Universalis
Friday 3 July 2015    (other days)
Saint Thomas, Apostle
Feast

Office of Readings

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


INTRODUCTION
Deus, in adiutórium meum inténde.
  Dómine, ad adiuvándum me festína.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen. Allelúia.
INTRODUCTION
O God, come to our aid.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.

Hymnus
I. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur noctu vel summo mane:
Tu, Trinitátis Unitas,
orbem poténter qui regis,
atténde laudum cántica
quæ excubántes psállimus.
Nam léctulo consúrgimus
noctis quiéto témpore,
ut flagitémus vúlnerum
a te medélam ómnium,
Quo, fraude quicquid dǽmonum
in nóctibus delíquimus,
abstérgat illud cǽlitus
tuæ potéstas glóriæ.
Te corde fido quǽsumus,
reple tuo nos lúmine,
per quod diérum círculis
nullis ruámus áctibus.
Præsta, Pater piíssime,
Patríque compar Unice,
cum Spíritu Paráclito
regnans per omne sǽculum. Amen.
II. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur diurno tempore:
Adésto, Christe, córdibus,
celsa redémptis cáritas;
infúnde nostris férvidos
fletus, rogámus, vócibus.
Ad te preces, piíssime
Iesu, fide profúndimus;
dimítte, Christe, quǽsumus,
factis malum quod fécimus.
Sanctæ crucis signáculo,
tuo sacráto córpore,
defénde nos ut fílios
omnes, rogámus, úndique.
Sit, Christe, rex piíssime,
tibi Patríque glória
cum Spíritu Paráclito,
in sempitérna sǽcula. Amen.
Hymn
In ancient times God spoke to us
Through prophets, and in varied ways,
But now he speaks through Christ his Son,
His radiance through eternal days.
To God the Father of the world,
His Son through whom he made all things,
And Holy Spirit, bond of love,
All glad creation glory sings.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Ps 18:2-7
Laus Domini rerum conditoris
Visitavit nos Oriens ex alto... ad dirigendos pedes nostros in viam pacis” (Lc 1, 78. 79).
In omnem terram exívit sonus eórum et in fines orbis terræ verba eórum.
2Cæli enárrant glóriam Dei, *
  et ópera mánuum eius annúntiat firmaméntum.
3Dies diéi erúctat verbum, *
  et nox nocti índicat sciéntiam.
4Non sunt loquélæ neque sermónes, *
  quorum non intellegántur voces:
5in omnem terram exívit sonus eórum, *
  et in fines orbis terræ verba eórum.
6Soli pósuit tabernáculum in eis, †
  et ipse tamquam sponsus procédens de thálamo suo, *
  exsultávit ut gigas ad curréndam viam.
7A fínibus cælórum egréssio eius, †
  et occúrsus eius usque ad fines eórum, *
  nec est quod se abscóndat a calóre eius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
In omnem terram exívit sonus eórum et in fines orbis terræ verba eórum.
Psalm 18 (19)
Praise of God the creator
Their voice has gone out through all the earth, their message to the ends of the world.
The skies tell the story of the glory of God,
  the firmament proclaims the work of his hands;
day pours out the news to day,
  night passes to night the knowledge.
Not a speech, not a word,
  not a voice goes unheard.
Their sound is spread throughout the earth,
  their message to all the corners of the world.
At the ends of the earth he has set up
  a dwelling place for the sun.
Like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
  it rejoices like an athlete at the race to be run.
It appears at the edge of the sky,
  runs its course to the sky’s furthest edge.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
Their voice has gone out through all the earth, their message to the ends of the world.

Ps 63:2-11
Contra hostes oratio
Maxime Domini passio commendatur in hoc psalmo” (S. Augustinus).
Annuntiavérunt ópera Dei et facta eius intellexérunt.
2Exáudi, Deus, vocem meam in meditatióne mea;*
  a timóre inimíci custódi ánimam meam.
3Prótege me a convéntu malignántium,*
  a multitúdine operántium iniquitátem.
4Qui exacuérunt ut gládium linguas suas,†
  intendérunt sagíttas suas, venéfica verba*
  5ut sagíttent in occúltis immaculátum.
Súbito sagittábunt eum et non timébunt,*
  6firmavérunt sibi consílium nequam.
Disputavérunt, ut abscónderent láqueos,*
  dixérunt: «Quis vidébit eos?».
7Excogitavérunt iníqua,†
  perfecérunt excogitáta consília.*
  Interióra hóminis et cor eius abýssus.
8Et sagittávit illos Deus;†
  súbito factæ sunt plagæ eórum,*
  9et infirmávit eos lingua eórum.
Caput movébunt omnes, qui vidébunt eos,*
  10et timébit omnis homo;
et annuntiábunt ópera Dei*
  et facta eius intéllegent.
11Lætábitur iustus in Dómino et sperábit in eo,*
  et gloriabúntur omnes recti corde.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Annuntiavérunt ópera Dei et facta eius intellexérunt.
Psalm 63 (64)
A prayer against enemies
They told what God has done; they understood God’s deeds.
Listen, O God, to my voice;
  keep me safe from fear of the enemy.
Protect me from the alliances of the wicked,
  from the crowd of those who do evil.
They have sharpened their tongues like swords,
  aimed poisonous words like arrows,
  to shoot at the innocent in secret.
They will attack without warning, without fear,
  for they are firm in their evil purpose.
They have set out to hide their snares
 – for they say, “Who will see us?”
They have thought out plans to commit wicked deeds,
  and they carry out what they have planned.
Truly the heart and soul of a man
  are bottomless depths.
And God has shot them with his arrow:
  in a moment, they are wounded –
  their own tongues have brought them low.
All who see them will shake their heads;
  all will behold them with fear
and proclaim the workings of God
  and understand what he has done.
The just will rejoice and hope in the Lord:
  the upright in heart will give him glory.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
They told what God has done; they understood God’s deeds.

Ps 96:1-12
Gloria Domini in iudicio
Hic psalmus salutem mundi significat et fidem omnium gentium in ipsum” (S. Athanasius).
Annuntiavérunt iustítiam eius et vidérunt omnes pópuli glóriam eius.
1Dóminus regnávit! Exsúltet terra,*
  læténtur ínsulæ multæ.
2Nubes et calígo in circúitu eius,*
  iustítia et iudícium firmaméntum sedis eius.
3Ignis ante ipsum præcédet*
  et inflammábit in circúitu inimícos eius.
4Illustrárunt fúlgura eius orbem terræ:*
  vidit et contrémuit terra.
5Montes sicut cera fluxérunt a fácie Dómini,*
  a fácie Dómini omnis terra.
6Annuntiavérunt cæli iustítiam eius,*
  et vidérunt omnes pópuli glóriam eius.
7Confundántur omnes, qui adórant sculptília†
  et qui gloriántur in simulácris suis.*
  Adoráte eum, omnes ángeli eius.
8Audívit et lætáta est Sion,†
  et exsultavérunt fíliæ Iudæ*
  propter iudícia tua, Dómine.
9Quóniam tu Dóminus, Altíssimus super omnem terram,*
  nimis exaltátus es super omnes deos.
10Qui dilígitis Dóminum, odíte malum;†
  custódit ipse ánimas sanctórum suórum,*
  de manu peccatóris liberábit eos.
11Lux orta est iusto,*
  et rectis corde lætítia.
12Lætámini, iusti, in Dómino*
  et confitémini memóriæ sanctitátis eius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Annuntiavérunt iustítiam eius et vidérunt omnes pópuli glóriam eius.
Psalm 96 (97)
The glory of God in his judgements
They proclaimed the justice of God; all peoples saw his glory.
The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice,
  let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and dark mist surround him,
  his throne is founded on law and justice.
Fire precedes him,
  burning up his enemies all around.
His lightnings light up the globe;
  the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains flow like wax at the sight of the Lord,
  at the sight of the Lord the earth dissolves.
The heavens proclaim his justice
  and all peoples see his glory.
Let them be dismayed, who worship carved things,
  who take pride in the images they make.
All his angels, worship him.
Zion heard and was glad,
  the daughters of Judah rejoiced
  because of your judgements, O Lord.
For you are the Lord, the Most High over all the earth,
  far above all other gods.
You who love the Lord, hate evil!
The Lord protects the lives of his consecrated ones:
  he will free them from the hands of sinners.
A light has arisen for the just,
  and gladness for the upright in heart.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord
  and proclaim his holiness.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
They proclaimed the justice of God; all peoples saw his glory.

℣. Narravérunt laudes Dómini et virtútes eius.
℟. Et mirabília eius quæ fecit.
They told of the Lord’s glory and might
and the wonders that he had performed.

Lectio prior
De Epístola prima beáti Pauli apóstoli ad Corínthios 4, 1-16
Imitatores simus Apostoli, sicut Apostolus imitator est Christi
Fratres: 1Sic nos exístimet homo ut minístros Christi et dispensatóres mysteriórum Dei. 2Hic iam quǽritur inter dispensatóres, ut fidélis quis inveniátur. 3Mihi autem pro mínimo est, ut a vobis iúdicer aut ab humáno die. Sed neque meípsum iúdico; 4nihil enim mihi cónscius sum, sed non in hoc iustificátus sum. Qui autem iúdicat me, Dóminus est! 5Itaque nolíte ante tempus quidquam iudicáre, quoadúsque véniat Dóminus, qui et illuminábit abscóndita tenebrárum et manifestábit consília córdium; et tunc laus erit unicuíque a Deo.
  6Hæc autem, fratres, transfigurávi in me et Apóllo propter vos, ut in nobis discátis illud: «Ne supra quæ scripta sunt», ne unus pro álio inflémini advérsus álterum. 7Quis enim te discérnit? Quid autem habes, quod non accepísti? Si autem accepísti, quid gloriáris, quasi non accéperis?
  8Iam saturáti estis, iam dívites facti estis. Sine nobis regnástis; et útinam regnarétis, ut et nos vobíscum regnarémus. 9Puto enim, Deus nos apóstolos novíssimos osténdit tamquam morti destinátos, quia spectáculum facti sumus mundo et ángelis et homínibus. 10Nos stulti propter Christum, vos autem prudéntes in Christo; nos infírmi, vos autem fortes; vos gloriósi, nos autem ignóbiles. 11Usque in hanc horam et esurímus et sitímus et nudi sumus et cólaphis cǽdimur et instábiles sumus 12et laborámus operántes mánibus nostris; maledícti benedícimus, persecutiónem passi sustinémus, 13blasphemáti obsecrámus; tamquam purgaménta mundi facti sumus, ómnium peripséma, usque adhuc.
  14Non ut confúndam vos, hæc scribo, sed ut quasi fílios meos caríssimos móneam; 15nam si decem mília pædagogórum habeátis in Christo, sed non multos patres, nam in Christo Iesu per evangélium ego vos génui. 16Rogo ergo vos: imitatóres mei estóte!
First Reading
1 Corinthians 4:1-16 ©
People must think of us as Christ’s servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God. What is expected of stewards is that each one should be found worthy of his trust. Not that it makes the slightest difference to me whether you, or indeed any human tribunal, find me worthy or not. I will not even pass judgement on myself. True, my conscience does not reproach me at all, but that does not prove that I am acquitted: the Lord alone is my judge. There must be no passing of premature judgement. Leave that until the Lord comes; he will light up all that is hidden in the dark and reveal the secret intentions of men’s hearts. Then will be the time for each one to have whatever praise he deserves, from God.
  Now in everything I have said here, brothers, I have taken Apollos and myself as an example (remember the maxim: ‘Keep to what is written’); it is not for you, so full of your own importance, to go taking sides for one man against another. In any case, brother, has anybody given you some special right? What do you have that was not given to you? And if it was given, how can you boast as though it were not? Is it that you have everything you want – that you are rich already, in possession of your kingdom, with us left outside? Indeed I wish you were really kings, and we could be kings with you! But instead, it seems to me, God has put us apostles at the end of his parade, with the men sentenced to death; it is true – we have been put on show in front of the whole universe, angels as well as men. Here we are, fools for the sake of Christ, while you are the learned men in Christ; we have no power, but you are influential; you are celebrities, we are nobodies. To this day, we go without food and drink and clothes; we are beaten and have no homes; we work for our living with our own hands. When we are cursed, we answer with a blessing; when we are hounded, we put up with it; we are insulted and we answer politely. We are treated as the offal of the world, still to this day, the scum of the earth.
  I am saying all this not just to make you ashamed but to bring you, as my dearest children, to your senses. You might have thousands of guardians in Christ, but not more than one father and it was I who begot you in Christ Jesus by preaching the Good News. That is why I beg you to copy me.
Responsorium
Cf. Io 15, 15; Mt 13, 11. 16
℟. Iam non dicam vos servos, vos autem dixi amícos,* Quia ómnia quæ audívi a Patre meo, nota feci vobis.
℣. Vobis datum est nosse mystéria regni cælórum; vestri beáti óculi quia vident et aures quia áudiunt.* Quia.
Responsory
I shall not call you servants any more, I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learned from my Father.
The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven are revealed to you; happy are your eyes because they see, your ears because they hear. Because I have made known to you everything I have learned from my Father.

Lectio altera
Ex Homíliis sancti Gregórii Magni papæ in Evangélia (Hom. 26, 7-9: PL 76, 1201-1202)
Dominus meus et Deus meus
Thomas autem unus ex duódecim, qui dícitur Dídymus, non erat cum eis quando venit Iesus. Iste unus discípulus défuit, revérsus quod gestum est audívit, audíta crédere rénuit. Venit íterum Dóminus, et non credénti discípulo latus palpándum prǽbuit, manus osténdit, et, osténsa suórum cicatríce vúlnerum, infidelitátis illíus vulnus sanávit. Quid, fratres caríssimi, quid inter hæc animadvértitis? Numquid casu gestum créditis, ut eléctus ille discípulus tunc deésset, post autem véniens audíret, áudiens dubitáret, dúbitans palpáret, palpans créderet?
  Non hoc casu, sed divína dispensatióne gestum est. Egit namque miro modo supérna cleméntia ut discípulus ille dúbitans, dum in magístro suo vúlnera palpáret carnis, in nobis vúlnera sanáret infidelitátis. Plus enim nobis Thomæ infidélitas ad fidem quam fides credéntium discipulórum prófuit, quia dum ille ad fidem palpándo redúcitur, nostra mens, omni dubitatióne postpósita, in fide solidátur. Nam ita factus est discípulus dúbitans et palpans, testis veræ resurrectiónis.
  Palpávit autem, et exclamávit: Dóminus meus et Deus meus. Dicit ei Iesus: Quia vidísti me, Thoma, credidísti. Cum Paulus apóstolus dicat: Est autem fides sperandárum substántia rerum, arguméntum non apparéntium, profécto liquet quia fides illárum rerum arguméntum est quæ apparére non possunt. Quæ étenim appárent iam fidem non habent, sed agnitiónem. Dum ergo vidit Thomas, dum palpávit, cur ei dícitur: Quia vidísti me, credidísti? Sed áliud vidit, áliud crédidit. A mortáli quippe hómine divínitas vidéri non pótuit. Hóminem ergo vidit, et Deum conféssus est, dicens: Dóminus meus et Deus meus. Vidéndo ergo crédidit, qui considerándo verum hóminem, hunc Deum, quem vidére non póterat, exclamávit.
  Lætíficat valde quod séquitur: Beáti qui non vidérunt et credidérunt. In qua nimírum senténtia nos speciáliter signáti sumus, qui eum quem carne non vídimus, mente retinémus. Nos signáti sumus, sed si fidem nostram opéribus séquimur. Ille étenim vere credit, qui exércet operándo quod credit. Quo contra de his qui fidem nómine tenus rétinent Paulus dicit: Confiténtur se nosse Deum, factis autem negant. Hinc Iacóbus ait: Fides sine opéribus mórtua est.
Second Reading
From a homily on the Gospels by Saint Gregory the Great, pope
My Lord and my God
Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. He was the only disciple absent; on his return he heard what had happened but refused to believe it. The Lord came a second time; he offered his side for the disbelieving disciple to touch, held out his hands, and showing the scars of his wounds, healed the wound of his disbelief.
  Dearly beloved, what do you see in these events? Do you really believe that it was by chance that this chosen disciple was absent, then came and heard, heard and doubted, doubted and touched, touched and believed? It was not by chance but in God’s providence. In a marvellous way God’s mercy arranged that the disbelieving disciple, in touching the wounds of his master’s body, should heal our wounds of disbelief. The disbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples. As he touches Christ and is won over to belief, every doubt is cast aside and our faith is strengthened. So the disciple who doubted, then felt Christ’s wounds, becomes a witness to the reality of the resurrection.
  Touching Christ, he cried out: My Lord and my God. Jesus said to him: Because you have seen me, Thomas, you have believed. Paul said: Faith is the guarantee of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. It is clear, then, that faith is the proof of what can not be seen. What is seen gives knowledge, not faith. When Thomas saw and touched, why was he told: You have believed because you have seen me? Because what he saw and what he believed were different things. God cannot be seen by mortal man. Thomas saw a human being, whom he acknowledged to be God, and said: My Lord and my God. Seeing, he believed; looking at one who was true man, he cried out that this was God, the God he could not see.
  What follows is reason for great joy: Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. There is here a particular reference to ourselves; we hold in our hearts one we have not seen in the flesh. We are included in these words, but only if we follow up our faith with good works. The true believer practises what he believes. But of those who pay only lip service to faith, Paul has this to say: They profess to know God, but they deny him in their works. Therefore James says: Faith without works is dead.
Responsorium
1 Io 1, 2. 1. 3 a
℟. Vita appáruit, et vídimus et testámur et annuntiámus vobis* Vitam ætérnam, quæ erat coram Patre et appáruit nobis.
℣. Quod vídimus óculis nostris et manus nostræ contrectavérunt de verbo vitæ, quod vídimus et audívimus, annuntiámus et vobis.* Vitam.
Responsory
Life has been made visible; we have seen it and testify to it, and we here declare to you the eternal life which dwelt with the Father and was made visible to us.
We have seen with our own eyes and touched with our hands the Word who is life. What we have seen and heard we are telling you concerning that life which dwelt with the Father and was made visible to us.

Hymnus
Te Deum laudámus:* te Dóminum confitémur.
Te ætérnum Patrem,* omnis terra venerátur.
Tibi omnes ángeli,*
  tibi cæli et univérsæ potestátes:
tibi chérubim et séraphim*
  incessábili voce proclámant:
Sanctus,* Sanctus,* Sanctus*
  Dóminus Deus Sábaoth.
Pleni sunt cæli et terra* maiestátis glóriæ tuæ.
Te gloriósus* Apostolórum chorus,
te prophetárum* laudábilis númerus,
te mártyrum candidátus* laudat exércitus.
Te per orbem terrárum*
  sancta confitétur Ecclésia,
Patrem* imménsæ maiestátis;
venerándum tuum verum* et únicum Fílium;
Sanctum quoque* Paráclitum Spíritum.
Tu rex glóriæ,* Christe.
Tu Patris* sempitérnus es Fílius.
Tu, ad liberándum susceptúrus hóminem,*
  non horruísti Vírginis úterum.
Tu, devícto mortis acúleo,*
  aperuísti credéntibus regna cælórum.
Tu ad déxteram Dei sedes,* in glória Patris.
Iudex créderis* esse ventúrus.
Te ergo quæsumus, tuis fámulis súbveni,*
  quos pretióso sánguine redemísti.
Ætérna fac cum sanctis tuis* in glória numerári.
Haec ultima pars hymni ad libitum omitti potest:
Salvum fac pópulum tuum, Dómine,*
  et bénedic hereditáti tuæ.
Et rege eos,* et extólle illos usque in ætérnum.
Per síngulos dies* benedícimus te;
et laudámus nomen tuum in sæculum,*
  et in sæculum sæculi.
Dignáre, Dómine, die isto*
sine peccáto nos custodíre.
Miserére nostri, Dómine,* miserére nostri.
Fiat misericórdia tua, Dómine, super nos,*
  quemádmodum sperávimus in te.
In te, Dómine, sperávi:*
  non confúndar in ætérnum.
HymnTe Deum
God, we praise you; Lord, we proclaim you!
You, the Father, the eternal –
all the earth venerates you.
All the angels, all the heavens, every power –
The cherubim, the seraphim –
unceasingly, they cry:
“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts:
heaven and earth are full of the majesty of your glory!”
The glorious choir of Apostles –
The noble ranks of prophets –
The shining army of martyrs –
all praise you.
Throughout the world your holy Church proclaims you.
– Father of immeasurable majesty,
– True Son, only-begotten, worthy of worship,
– Holy Spirit, our Advocate.
You, Christ:
– You are the king of glory.
– You are the Father’s eternal Son.
– You, to free mankind, did not disdain a Virgin’s womb.
– You defeated the sharp spear of Death, and opened the kingdom of heaven to those who believe in you.
– You sit at God’s right hand, in the glory of the Father.
– You will come, so we believe, as our Judge.
And so we ask of you: give help to your servants, whom you set free at the price of your precious blood.
Number them among your chosen ones in eternal glory.
The final part of the hymn may be omitted:
Bring your people to safety, Lord, and bless those who are your inheritance.
Rule them and lift them high for ever.
Day by day we bless you, Lord: we praise you for ever and for ever.
Of your goodness, Lord, keep us without sin for today.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us.
Let your pity, Lord, be upon us, as much as we trust in you.
In you, Lord, I trust: let me never be put to shame.

Oremus.
  Da nobis, omnípotens Deus, beáti Thomæ apóstoli festivitáte gloriári, ut eius semper et patrocíniis sublevémur et vitam credéntes habeámus in nómine eius, quem ipse Dóminum agnóvit, Iesum Christum Fílium tuum. Qui tecum vivit.
Let us pray.
Father, let our celebration of the feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle
  be the source of his unfailing help and protection.
Fill us with your life-giving grace
  through faith in your Son, Jesus,
  whom Thomas acknowledged to be his Lord and God.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Benedicámus Dómino.
– Deo grátias.
Let us praise the Lord.
– Thanks be to God.

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