Introibo ad altare Dei
I will go unto the altar of God
this weekday morning at 7 A. M. rain or shine
in black and spotless white.
Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam.
To God who giveth joy to my youth
this morning to serve mass before class
for the sick and the old.
Deus, tu conversus vivificabis nos.
Thou will return O God and bring us to life
for the sick the old
for the immigrants
a sermon in Italian.
Et plebs tua laetabitur en te.
And thy people will rejoice in Thee
my grandmother smiles
as she catches my eye between mea culpas.
Iube, domne benedicere
per omnia saecula saculorum
Grant O Lord thy blessing
world without end.
The host is raised up
and I stand at the
right hand of father
walking the rail
placing the paten under the chin
of the faithful as the Eucharist
is placed upon the tongue.
The body of Christ.
Misereatur tui omnipotens Deus,
et dimissis peccatis tuis,
perducat te ad vitam aeternam.
May almighty God have mercy on you
forgive you your sins
and bring you to everlasting life
for even if you no longer believe
you will never forget the words.
Regina Pacis – Bensonhurst, Brooklym