The Profession of Faith
Therefore, Lord, we pray:
graciously accept this oblation of our service,
that of your whole family, . . .
order our days in your peace,
and command that we be delivered from eternal damnation
and counted among the flock of those you have chosen.
The resurrection of all the dead, “of both the just and the
will precede the Last Judgment. This will be “the hour
when all who are in the tombs will hear [the Son of man’s] voice
and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of
life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judg-
Then Christ will come “in his glory, and all the angels
with him . . . . Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he
will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the
sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand,
but the goats at the left. . . . And they will go away into eternal
punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
In the presence of Christ, who is Truth itself, the truth of
each man’s relationship with God will be laid bare.
Judgment will reveal even to its furthest consequences the good
each person has done or failed to do during his earthly life:
All that the wicked do is recorded, and they do not know.
When “our God comes, he does not keep silence.” . . . he will
turn towards those at his left hand: . . .” I placed my poor
little ones on earth for you. I as their head was seated in
heaven at the right hand of my Father—but on earth my
members were suffering, my members on earth were in
need. If you gave anything to my members, what you gave
would reach their Head. Would that you had known that
my little ones were in need when I placed them on earth for
you and appointed them your stewards to bring your good
works into my treasury. But you have placed nothing in
their hands; therefore you have found nothing in my pres-
EP I (Roman Canon) 87.
25:31, 32, 46.
627 St. Augustine,
18, 4: PL 38, 130-131; cf.