Christ exalted

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Christ Enthroned / Bartolomeo Vivarini / Wikimedia Commons

In Christ then,
    Who is God and Man, the True Light,
    the Brightness of Glory and of Eternal Light,
    the Spotless Mirror and Image of God;
in Christ,
    appointed by the Eternal Father
    to be the Judge, Lawgiver and Savior of men;
in Christ,
    to Whom the Holy Ghost has given testimony;
    and from Whom are all our merit, example, help, grace, and reward;
    in Whom be all our meditation and imitation;
    in Whom all things are sweet, learned, holy, and perfect;
in Christ,
    Who is the light and expectation of the Gentiles,
    the end of the law, the salvation of God,
    the Father of the World to come, our final hope,
Who of God is fashioned the Wisdom and Justice,
    Sanctification and unto us Redemption,
Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost, co-eternal, con-substantial, and co-equal
    lives and reigns one God, be everlasting praise, honor, majesty, and glory,
    world without end.
Amen.

Capuchin Constitution, 1536

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He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

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