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Wednesday 13 December 2017    (other days)
Saint Lucy, Virgin, Martyr 
 (Wednesday of the 2nd week of Advent)

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
Verbum supérnum pródiens,
a Patre lumen éxiens,
qui natus orbi súbvenis
cursu declívi témporis:
Illúmina nunc péctora
tuóque amóre cóncrema;
audíta per præcónia
sint pulsa tandem lúbrica.
Iudéxque cum post áderis
rimári facta péctoris,
reddens vicem pro ábditis
iustísque regnum pro bonis,
Non demum artémur malis
pro qualitáte críminis,
sed cum beátis cómpotes
simus perénnes cǽlites.
Sit, Christe, rex piíssime,
tibi Patríque glória
cum Spíritu Paráclito,
in sempitérna sǽcula. Amen.
Hymn
The Advent of our God
  With eager prayers we greet
And singing haste up on the road
  His glorious gift to meet.
The everlasting Son
  Scorns not a Virgin’s womb;
That we from bondage may be won
  He bears a bondsman’s doom.
Daughter of Zion, rise
  To meet thy lowly King;
Let not thy stubborn heart despise
  The peace he deigns to bring.
In clouds of awful light,
  As Judge he comes again,
His scattered people to unite,
  With them in heaven to reign.
Let evil flee away
  Ere that dread hour shall dawn.
Let this old Adam day by day
  God’s image still put on.
Praise to the Incarnate Son,
  Who comes to set us free,
With God the Father, ever One,
  To all eternity.

Ps 38:2-7
Ægrotantis deprecatio

Vanitati creatura subiecta est ... propter eum qui subiecit eam in spe” (Rom 8, 20).

Ipsi intra nos gémimus, exspectántes redemptiónem córporis nostri.
2Dixi: «Custódiam vias meas,*
  ut non delínquam in lingua mea;
ponam ori meo custódiam,*
  donec consístit peccátor advérsum me».
3Tacens obmútui et sílui absque ullo bono,*
  et dolor meus renovátus est.
4Concáluit cor meum intra me,*
  et in meditatióne mea exársit ignis.
5Locútus sum in lingua mea:*
  «Notum fac mihi, Dómine, finem meum;
et númerum diérum meórum quis est,*
  ut sciam quam brevis sit vita mea».
6Ecce paucórum palmórum fecísti dies meos,*
  et spátium vitæ meæ tamquam níhilum ante te.
Etenim univérsa vánitas omnis homo constitútus est.*
  7Etenim ut imágo pertránsit homo.
Etenim vánitas est et concitátur;*
  thesaurízat et ignórat quis congregábit ea.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Ipsi intra nos gémimus, exspectántes redemptiónem córporis nostri.
Psalm 38 (39)
A prayer in sickness
We groan inwardly and await the redemption of our bodies.
I said, “I will watch my ways,
  I will try not to sin in my speech.
I will set a guard on my mouth,
  for as long as my enemies are standing against me.”
I stayed quiet and dumb, spoke neither evil nor good,
  but my pain was renewed.
My heart grew hot within me,
  and fire blazed in my thoughts.
Then I spoke out loud:
  “Lord, make me know my end.
Let me know the number of my days,
  so that I know how short my life is to be.”
All the length of my days is a handsbreadth or two,
  the expanse of my life is as nothing before you.
For in your sight all men are nothingness:
  man passes away, like a shadow.
Nothingness, although he is busy:
  he builds up treasure, but who will collect it?
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.
We groan inwardly and await the redemption of our bodies.

Ps 38:8-14
Exáudi oratiónem meam, Dómine; pércipe lácrimas meas.
8Et nunc quæ est exspectátio mea, Dómine?*
  Spes mea apud te est.
9Ab ómnibus iniquitátibus meis érue me,*
  oppróbrium insipiénti ne ponas me.
10Obmútui et non apériam os meum,*
  quóniam tu fecísti.
11Amove a me plagas tuas:*
  ab ictu manus tuæ ego deféci.
12In increpatiónibus, propter iniquitátem, corripuísti hóminem,†
  et tabéscere fecísti sicut tínea desiderabília eius.*
  Etenim vánitas omnis homo.
13Exáudi oratiónem meam, Dómine,*
  et clamórem meum áuribus pércipe.
Ad lácrimas meas ne obsurdéscas,†
  quóniam ádvena ego sum apud te,*
  peregrínus sicut omnes patres mei.
14Avértere a me, ut refrígerer,*
  priúsquam ábeam et non sim ámplius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Exáudi oratiónem meam, Dómine; pércipe lácrimas meas.
Psalm 38 (39)
Lord, hear my prayer: do not be deaf to my tears.
What, now, can I look forward to, Lord?
  My hope is in you.
Rescue me from all my sins,
  do not make me a thing for fools to laugh at.
I have sworn to be dumb, I will not open my mouth:
  for it is at your hands that I am suffering.
Aim your blows away from me,
  for I am crushed by the weight of your hand.
You rebuke and chastise us for our sins.
Like the moth you consume all we desire
 – for all men are nothingness.
Listen, Lord, to my prayer:
  turn your ear to my cries.
Do not be deaf to my weeping,
  for I come as a stranger before you,
  a wanderer like my fathers before me.
Turn away from me, give me respite,
  before I leave this world,
  before I am no more.
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.
Lord, hear my prayer: do not be deaf to my tears.

Ps 51:3-11
Contra calumniatorem

Qui gloriatur, in Domino glorietur” (1 Cor 1, 31).

Ego autem sperávi in misericórdia Dei in ætérnum.
3Quid gloriáris in malítia,*
  qui potens es iniquitáte?
4Tota die insídias cogitásti;*
  lingua tua sicut novácula acúta, qui facis dolum.
5Dilexísti malítiam super benignitátem,†
  mendácium magis quam loqui æquitátem.*
  6Dilexísti ómnia verba perditiónis, lingua dolósa.
7Proptérea Deus déstruet te in finem;†
  evéllet te et emigrábit te de tabernáculo*
  et radícem tuam de terra vivéntium.
8Vidébunt iusti et timébunt*
  et super eum ridébunt:
«9Ecce homo, qui non pósuit Deum refúgium suum,†
  sed sperávit in multitúdine divitiárum suárum*
  et præváluit in insídiis suis».
10Ego autem sicut virens olíva in domo Dei.†
  Sperávi in misericórdia Dei*
  in ætérnum et in sǽculum sǽculi.
11Confitébor tibi in sǽculum, quia fecísti;†
  et exspectábo nomen tuum, quóniam bonum est,*
  in conspéctu sanctórum tuórum.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Ego autem sperávi in misericórdia Dei in ætérnum.
Psalm 51 (52)
Against calumny
I trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever.
Why do you take pride in your malice,
  you expert in evil-doing?
All day long you plan your traps,
  your tongue is sharp as a razor –
  you master of deceit!
You have chosen malice over kindness;
  you speak lies rather than the truth;
  your tongue is in love with every deceit.
For all this, in the end God will destroy you.
  He will tear you out and expel you from your dwelling,
  uproot you from the land of the living.
The upright will see and be struck with awe:
  they will deride the evil-doer.
“Here is the man who did not make God his refuge,
  but put his hope in the abundance of his riches
  and in the power of his stratagems.”
But I flourish like an olive in the palace of God.
  I hope in the kindness of God,
  for ever, and through all ages.
I shall praise you for all time for what you have done.
  I shall put my hope in your name and in its goodness
  in the sight of your chosen ones.
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.
I trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever.

℣. Dómine Deus noster, convérte nos.
℟. Et osténde fáciem tuam et salvi érimus.
Lord our God, turn us round.
Show us your face and we shall be saved.

Lectio prior
De libro Isaíæ prophétæ 25, 6 — 26, 6
Convivium Dei. Canticum redemptorum
25,6Fáciet Dóminus exercítuum
ómnibus pópulis in monte hoc
convívium pínguium,
convívium vini meri,
pínguium medullatórum,
vini deliquáti.
7Et præcipitábit in monte isto
fáciem vínculi colligáti super omnes pópulos
et telam, quam ordítus est super omnes natiónes.
8Præcipitábit mortem in sempitérnum
et abstérget Dóminus Deus lácrimam ab omni fácie
et oppróbrium pópuli sui áuferet de univérsa terra,
quia Dóminus locútus est.
9Et dicétur in die illa: «Ecce Deus noster iste,
exspectávimus eum, ut salváret nos;
iste Dóminus, sustinúimus eum:
exsultábimus et lætábimur in salutári eius.
10Quia requiéscet manus Dómini in monte isto».
Et triturábitur Moab in loco suo,
sícuti terúntur páleæ in sterquilínio;
11et exténdet manus suas in médio eius,
sicut exténdit natans ad natándum;
et humiliábitur supérbia eius
cum allisióne mánuum eius.
12Et firmum muniméntum murórum tuórum evértit,
deiécit, prostrávit in terram usque ad púlverem.
26,1In die illa cantábitur cánticum istud
in terra Iudæ:
«Urbs fortis nobis in salútem;
pósuit muros et antemurále.
2Aperíte portas et ingrediátur gens iusta,
quæ servat fidem.
3Propósitum eius est firmum;
servábis pacem,
quia in te sperávit.
4Speráte in Dóminum in sǽculis ætérnis,
Dóminus est petra ætérna.
5Quia evértit habitántes in excélso,
civitátem sublímem humiliábit;
humiliábit eam usque ad terram,
détrahet eam usque ad púlverem.
6Conculcábit eam pes, pedes páuperis,
gressus egenórum».
First Reading
Isaiah 25:6-26:6 ©
God’s feast. The song of the redeemed
On this mountain,
the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples
a banquet of rich food, a banquet of fine wines,
of food rich and juicy, of fine strained wines.
On this mountain he will remove
the mourning veil covering all peoples,
and the shroud enwrapping all nations,
he will destroy Death for ever.
The Lord will wipe away
the tears from every cheek;
he will take away his people’s shame
everywhere on earth,
for the Lord has said so.
That day, it will be said: See, this is our God
in whom we hoped for salvation;
the Lord is the one in whom we hoped.
We exult and we rejoice
that he has saved us;
for the hand of the Lord
rests on this mountain.
Moab is trodden down where he stands
as straw is trodden in the dung pit;
and there he stretches out his hands
like a swimmer stretching out his hands to swim.
But the Lord curbs his pride
and whatever his hands attempt.
Your arrogant, lofty walls
he destroys, he overthrows,
he flings them in the dust.
That day, this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
We have a strong city;
to guard us he has set
wall and rampart about us.
Open the gates! Let the upright nation come in,
she, the faithful one
whose mind is steadfast, who keeps the peace,
because she trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord for ever,
for the Lord is the everlasting Rock;
he has brought low those who lived high up
in the steep citadel;
he brings it down, brings it down to the ground,
flings it down in the dust:
the feet of the lowly, the footsteps of the poor
trample on it.
Responsorium
Ap 21, 3; Is 25, 8
℟. Audívi vocem magnam de throno dicéntem: Ecce tabernáculum Dei cum homínibus, et habitábit cum eis:* Et ipsi pópuli eius erunt et ipse Deus cum eis erit eórum Deus.
℣. Præcipitábit Dóminus Deus mortem in sempitérnum et abstérget lácrimam ab omni fácie.* Et ipsi.
Responsory
Rv 21:3; Is 25:8
℟. I heard a loud voice speaking from the throne: Now God’s home is with men! He will live with them,* and they shall be his people and he will be their God.
℣. The Lord God will swallow up death for ever, and will wipe away tears from all faces,* and they shall be his people and he will be their God.

Lectio altera
E Libro sancti Ambrósii epíscopi De Virginitáte (Cap. 12, 68. 74-75; 13, 77-78: PL 16 [edit. 1845], 281. 283. 285-286)
Corporis tui gratiam splendore mentis illuminas
Tu, una de pópulo, una de plebe, certe tu una de virgínibus, quæ córporis tui grátiam splendóre mentis illúminas (própior enim es quæ Ecclésiæ comparáris), tu, inquam, in cubíli tuo et noctúrno témpore constitúta, semper meditáre Christum, et eius advéntum ómnibus speráto moméntis.
  Talem te Christus desiderávit, talem te Christus elégit. Apérto ítaque ingréditur óstio; neque enim potest fállere, qui se ingressúrum esse promísit. Compléctere ígitur quem quæsísti; accéde ad ipsum et illumináberis; tene illum, roga ne cito ábeat, óbsecra ne recédat. Verbum enim Dei currit, fastídio non cápitur, neglegéntia non tenétur. Obeat ánima tua in verbo eius, et cæléstis sermónis insíste vestígio; cito enim transit.
  Dénique quid ait illa? Quæsívi eum et non invéni illum: vocávi eum et non obaudívit me. Ne putes displicére te, quæ vocásti, quæ rogásti, quæ aperuísti, quod tam cito ábiit: sinit nos sæpe tentári. Dénique turbis rogántibus ne recéderet, quid ait in Evangélio? Et áliis civitátibus opórtet me evangelizáre verbum Dei; quia ídeo missus sum. Sed étiam si tibi ille abiísse vidétur, exi, rursus explóra.
  Quis autem te, nisi sancta Ecclésia, debet docére quemádmodum Christum téneas? Immo iam dócuit, si quæ legis, intéllegas: Quam módicum, inquit, fuit, cum transívi ab ipsis, donec invéni quem diléxit ánima mea: ténui eum et non relínquam eum.
  Quibus ígitur Christus tenétur? Non iniúriæ néxibus, non réstium nodis; sed vínculis caritátis, mentis habénis stríngitur, et ánimæ tenétur afféctu.
  Si vis et tu tenére Christum, quære ígitur, nec pœnam métuas; inter supplícia enim frequénter córporis, inter ipsas persecutórum manus Christus mélius invenítur.
  Quam módicum, inquit, fuit, cum transívi ab ipsis. Exíguo enim spátio brevíque moménto cum persecutórum manus eváseris, nec succubúeris potestátibus mundi, tibi Christus occúrret, nec te diu tentári patiétur. Quæ sic Christum requírit, quæ Christum ínvenit, potest dícere: Ténui eum, nec relínquam eum; donec introdúcam eum in domum matris meæ et in cubículum eius quæ me concépit. Quæ est domus matris tuæ et cubículum eius, nisi intérnum tuæ secretúmque natúræ?
  Hanc domum serva, huius domus mundáto penetrália; ut, cum immaculáta domus fúerit, spiritális domus in sacerdótium sanctum lápide angulári coagmentáta consúrgat, et Spíritus Sanctus hábitet in ea.
  Quæ sic Christum requírit, quæ sic Christum óbsecrat, non relínquitur ab eo, immo étiam frequénter revísitur; est enim nobíscum usque ad consummatiónem mundi.
Second Reading
A book on virginity, by St Ambrose
You light up your grace of body with the radiance of your mind
You are one of God’s people, of God’s family, a virgin among virgins; you light up your grace of body with your splendour of soul. More than others you can be compared to the Church. When you are in your room, then, at night, think always on Christ, and wait for his coming at every moment.
  This is the person Christ has loved in loving you, the person he has chosen in choosing you. He enters by the open door; he has promised to come in, and he cannot deceive. Embrace him, the one you have sought; turn to him, and be enlightened; hold him fast, ask him not to go in haste, beg him not to leave you. The Word of God moves swiftly; he is not won by the lukewarm, nor held fast by the negligent. Let your soul be attentive to his word; follow carefully the path God tells you to take, for he is swift in his passing.
  What does his bride say? I sought him, and did not find him; I called him, and he did not hear me. Do not imagine that you are displeasing to him despite having called him, asked him in, and opened the door to him; and that this is the reason why he has gone so quickly – no, for he allows us to be constantly tested. When the crowds pressed him to stay, what does he say in the Gospel? I must preach the word of God to other cities, because for that I have been sent. But even if it seems to you that he has left you, go out and seek him once more.
  Who but holy Church is to teach you how to hold Christ fast? Indeed, she has already taught you, if you only understood her words in Scripture: How short a time it was when I left them before I found him whom my soul has loved. I held him fast, and I will not let him go.
  How do we hold him fast? Not by restraining chains or knotted ropes but by bonds of love, by spiritual reins, by the longing of the soul.
  If you also, like the bride, wish to hold him fast, seek him and be fearless of suffering. It is often easier to find him in the midst of bodily torments, in the very hands of persecutors.
  His bride says: How short a time it was after I left them. In a little space, after a brief moment, when you have escaped from the hands of your persecutors without yielding to the powers of this world, Christ will come to you, and he will not allow you to be tested for long.
  Whoever seeks Christ in this way, and finds him, can say: I held him fast, and I will not let him go before I bring him into my mother’s house, into the room of her who conceived me. What is this “house,” this “room,” but the deep and secret places of your heart?
  Maintain this house, sweep out its secret recesses until it becomes immaculate and rises as a spiritual temple for a holy priesthood, firmly secured by Christ, the cornerstone, so that the Holy Spirit may dwell in it.
  Whoever seeks Christ in this way, whoever prays to Christ in this way, is not abandoned by him; on the contrary, Christ comes again and again to visit such a person, for he is with us until the end of the world.
Responsorium
℟. Grata facta est a Dómino in certámine, quia apud Deum et apud hómines glorificáta est: in conspéctu príncipis loquebátur sapiéntiam:* Et Dóminus ómnium diléxit eam.
℣.Ista est virgo, quæ iucúndum Deo in corde suo habitáculum præparávit.* Et Dóminus.
Responsory
℟. The Lord strengthened her for the combat with his grace, and she was glorified before God and men, speaking words of wisdom in the presence of the prince,* and the Lord of all loved her.
℣. This virgin prepared a pleasant dwelling-place for God in her heart,* and the Lord of all loved her.

Oremus.
  Intercéssio nos, quǽsumus, Dómine, sanctæ Lúciæ, vírginis et mártyris, gloriósa confóveat, ut eius natalícia et temporáliter frequentémus et conspiciámus ætérna.
Per Dóminum nostrum Iesum Christum, Fílium tuum,
qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus,
per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Let us pray.
Let the prayer of the virgin martyr Lucy support us, Lord,
  so that with each passing year we may celebrate her entry into life,
  and finally see you face to face in heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of 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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