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Dante's Purgatory - Divine Comedy

Text of Dante's Purgatory

  • 1. Dante's Purgatory lofty island-mountain the only land in the southern Hemisphere at the antipodes of Jerusalem consists of seven level terraces
  • 2. On the summit of the mountain is the Garden of Eden, or Earthly Paradise Temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God's grace, are not entirely free from venial faults
  • 3. do not eat or drink will heal from any wound o injury do not cast shadows guarded by angels
  • 4. Four particularly noticeable stars Four Cardinal Virtues Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude, and Justice
  • 5. Cato As dawn rises, an angel comes to the shore. It is at first visible as a bright white light moving swiftly over the sea, out of the dawn. As it approaches it can be seen to be standing on a boat, which leaps lightly over the waves.
  • 6. The boat which the angel pilots carries a hundred souls to purgatory. They sing 'In exitu Israel de Aegypto' as the boat carries them along. souls arrive on the shores of Purgatory quite regularly.
  • 7. THE EXCOMMUNICATE died outside the Church died repentant but unreconciled with the Church thirty times longer than they were outside the Church though the prayers of those on Earth can reduce this time somewhat.
  • 8. THE LETHARGIC the negligent those who postponed their repentance to the last hour did repent before death equivalent to the time they spent drifting through unrepentant days prayers of those on Earth can reduce this time somewhat.
  • 9. THE UN-ABSOLVED delayed repentance met with death by violence died repentant, pardoning and pardoned.
  • 10. The Negligent Rulers Salve Regina. virtuous, but negligent of salvation in life Emperor Rudolph, Ottocar (the father of King Wenceslas), Peter the Third of Aragon and Henry III of England.
  • 11. Gate of the Purgatory simple fissure in the wall of the path three steps with different colors The first is white marble, polished to a mirror finish. The second is basalt, coloured darker than purple with a rough finish and two cracks a long its length and width forming the sign of the Cross. The third, and last, is flaming porphyry, brighter red then arterial blood. The gate itself is of solid banded iron.
  • 12. gatekeeper guards the gate into Purgatory proper well, will allow those who are sufficiently devout, and who have a valid reason through seven 'P's on his forehead with the point of his sword, one for each mortal sin, and advises Dante that he does not fail to wash them all off as he ascends. The gatekeeper has two keys in his robe, one of silver and one of gold. These were given to him by St. Peter
  • 13. Both are needed to open the gate when used in order, silver then gold. If the gate does open, which it does with a shrill shriek of un-oiled hinges the gatekeeper advises those let in not to look back as they ascend further those who do are brought back to antePurgatory,
  • 14. First Terrace: The Proud beautiful sculptures expressing humility, the opposite virtue The Annunciation to the Virgin Mary, where she responds to the angel Gabriel with the words EcceancillaDei ("Behold the handmaid of the Lord," Luke 1:38) bent over by the weight of huge stones on their backs
  • 15. Satan (Lucifer), the building of the To of Babel, King Saul, Arachne, King Rehoboam an angel brushes Dante's forehead wi his wings, erasing the letter "P" (peccatum) corresponding to the sin of pride Beati pauperes spiritu ("Blessed are t poor in spirit," Matthew 5:3)
  • 16. Anunciation
  • 17. Tower of Babel
  • 18. Arachne
  • 19. Second Terrace: The Envious stories of generosity, the opposite virtue Wedding at Cana classical story shows the friendship between Orestes and Pylades penitential grey cloaks their eyes are sewn shut with iron thread
  • 20. Cain and Abel
  • 21. Third terrace : The Wrathful examples of meekness, the opposite virtue The scene from the Life of the Finding at the Temple. The prayer for this terrace is the Agnus Dei or Lamb of God hidden in thick, choking smoke
  • 22. St. Stephen
  • 23. Fourth terrace: The Slothful deficient love that is, sloth or acedia souls as they run around the terrace The Visitation Allegorically, spiritual laziness and lack of caring lead to sadness and so the beatitude for this terrace is Beati qui lugent ("Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted) Dante dreams of a siren Constant running
  • 24. Fifth terrace: The Covetous Excessive love for things excessive concern for earthly goods greed, ambition or extravagance The avaracious and prodigal lie face-down on the ground, unable to move. Their prayer is Adhaesit pavimento anima mea, taken from Psalm 119:25 Dante meets the shade of Pope Adrian V Statius Humble birth of Christ
  • 25. Sixth terrace: The Gluttonous over-emphasised food, drink, and bodily comforts Punishment to Tantalus Wedding at Cana, and John the Baptist Labia mea Domine Foresa Donati Bonagiunta Orbicciani Starvation while sorrounded by food
  • 26. Battle of Centaurs and Lapiths
  • 27. Seventh terrace: The Lustful immense wall of Souls repenting of misdirected sexual desire run through the flames calling out examples of lust As a prayer, they sing the hymn Summae Deus Clementiae (God of Supreme Clemency) from the Liturgy of the Hours strong wind rising from below. two groups of sinners in the fire, one stationary, one moving The moving group are those who committed unnatural acts of lust while the stationary are those who sinned no less, but by simply lusting too much, rather than wrongly.

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