Saturday 29 April 2017    (other days)
Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Doctor 
 (Saturday of the 2nd week of Eastertide)

Office of Readings

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

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.
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.

Virgo prudéntum comitáta cœtum
óbviam sponso véniens paráta,
noctis horréndæ rémovet ténebras
lámpade pura.
Ille fulgéntem nítidis lapíllis
ánulum miri tríbuit decóris
vírgini dicens: «Tibi trado sancti
pignus amóris».
Mota flagrántis stímulo calóris
mentis excéssu rápitur frequénti,
fixa dum portat Catharína membris
vúlnera Christi.
Unde ter felix quater et beáta
in sinu sponsi requiévit almi,
inter illústres ánimas reláta
lux nova cæli.
Sit Deus cæli résidens in arce,
trinus et simplex benedíctus ille,
qui potens totum stábili gubérnat
órdine mundum. Amen.
Love’s redeeming work is done,
fought the fight, the battle won.
Lo, our Sun’s eclipse is o’er!
Lo, he sets in blood no more!
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal!
Christ has burst the gates of hell;
death in vain forbids him rise;
Christ has opened paradise.
Lives again our victor King;
where, O death, is now thy sting?
Dying once, he all doth save;
where thy victory, O grave?
Soar we now where Christ has led,
following our exalted Head;
made like him, like him we rise,
ours the cross, the grave, the skies.
Hail the Lord of earth and heaven!
Praise to thee by both be given:
thee we greet triumphant now;
hail, the Resurrection thou!

Ps 105:1-18
Bonitas Domini et populi infidelitas.

Hæc scripta sunt ad correptionem nostram, in quos fines sæculorum devenerunt” (1 Cor 10, 11).

Meménto nostri, Dómine, vísita nos in salutári tuo, allelúia.
1Confitémini Dómino, quóniam bonus,*
  quóniam in sǽculum misericórdia eius.
2Quis loquétur poténtias Dómini,*
  audítas fáciet omnes laudes eius?
3Beáti, qui custódiunt iudícium*
  et fáciunt iustítiam in omni témpore.
4Meménto nostri, Dómine, in beneplácito pópuli tui,*
  vísita nos in salutári tuo,
5ut videámus bona electórum tuórum,†
  ut lætémur in lætítia gentis tuæ,*
  ut gloriémur cum hereditáte tua.
6Peccávimus cum pátribus nostris,*
  iniúste égimus, iniquitátem fécimus.
7Patres nostri in Ægýpto non intellexérunt mirabília tua,†
  non fuérunt mémores multitúdinis misericordiárum tuárum*
  et irritavérunt ascendéntes in mare, mare Rubrum.
8Et salvávit eos propter nomen suum,*
  ut notam fáceret poténtiam suam.
9Et incrépuit mare Rubrum et exsiccátum est,*
  et dedúxit eos in abýssis sicut in desérto.
10Et salvávit eos de manu odiéntis*
  et redémit eos de manu inimíci.
11Et opéruit aqua tribulántes eos:*
  unus ex eis non remánsit.
12Et credidérunt verbis eius*
  et cantavérunt laudem eius.
13Cito oblíti sunt óperum eius*
  et non sustinuérunt consílium eius;
14et concupiérunt concupiscéntiam in desérto*
  et tentavérunt Deum in inaquóso.
15Et dedit eis petitiónem ipsórum*
  et misit saturitátem in ánimas eórum.
16Et zeláti sunt Móysen in castris,*
  Aaron sanctum Dómini.
17Apérta est terra et deglutívit Dathan*
  et opéruit super congregatiónem Abíram.
18Et exársit ignis in synagóga eórum,*
  flamma combússit peccatóres.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Meménto nostri, Dómine, vísita nos in salutári tuo, allelúia.
Psalm 105 (106)
The Lord's goodness and his people's infidelity
O Lord, remember us: come to us with your help Alleluia.
Give praise to the Lord, for he is good,
  for his kindness is for ever.
Who shall tell of his powerful deeds?
  Who shall proclaim the praises of the Lord?
Blessed are they who keep his decrees,
  who do right at all times.
Remember us, Lord, in your love for your people,
  and bring us your salvation,
so that we may see the good things you have kept for your chosen ones,
  that we may rejoice in the joys of your people,
  that we may glory with those whom you have made your heirs.
Like our fathers, we too have sinned:
  we have done wrong, we have transgressed.
Our fathers, in Egypt, did not understand your miracles;
  they did not remember the abundance of your mercies,
  but rebelled as they approached the Red Sea.
Still he saved them, for his own name’s sake,
  and to make known his mighty power.
He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up.
  He led them through its depths as if through a desert.
He saved them from the hands of those who hated them,
  he set them free from slavery at the hands of their enemies.
The water covered their oppressors:
  not one was left alive.
Then they believed his word,
  and they sang his praises.
But soon they forgot what he had done,
  and refused to submit to his direction.
They embraced desire in the desert
  and put God to the test in the waterless places.
He gave them all they requested,
  he filled their hearts with his abundance.
But in the camp, they grew jealous of Moses
  and Aaron, consecrated to the Lord.
The earth opened and swallowed Dathan,
  covered the party of Abiram.
Fire broke out against them,
  flames burnt up the sinners.
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.
O Lord, remember us: come to us with your help Alleluia.

Ps 105:19-33
Cave nequándo obliviscáris pacti Dómini Dei tui.
19Et fecérunt vítulum in Horeb*
  et adoravérunt scúlptile;
20et mutavérunt glóriam suam*
  in similitúdinem tauri comedéntis fenum.
21Oblíti sunt Deum, qui salvávit eos,*
  qui fecit magnália in Ægýpto,
22mirabília in terra Cham,*
  terribília in mari Rubro.
23Et dixit quia dispérderet eos,*
  nisi affuísset Móyses eléctus eius:
stetit in confractióne in conspéctu eius,*
  ut avérteret iram eius, ne destrúeret eos.
24Et pro níhilo habuérunt terram desiderábilem,*
  non credidérunt verbo eius.
25Et murmuravérunt in tabernáculis suis,*
  non exaudiérunt vocem Dómini.
26Et elevávit manum suam super eos,*
  ut prostérneret eos in desérto
27et ut deíceret semen eórum in natiónibus*
  et dispérgeret eos in regiónibus.
28Et adhæsérunt Beélphegor*
  et comedérunt sacrifícia mortuórum;
29et irritavérunt eum in adinventiónibus suis,*
  et irrúpit in eos ruína.
30Et stetit Phínees et fecit iudícium,*
  et cessávit quassátio,
31et reputátum est ei in iustítiam,*
  in generatiónem et generatiónem usque in sempitérnum.
32Et irritavérunt eum ad aquas Meríba,*
  et vexátus est Móyses propter eos,
33quia exacerbavérunt spíritum eius,*
  et témere locútus est in lábiis suis.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Cave nequándo obliviscáris pacti Dómini Dei tui.
Psalm 105 (106)
Take care you do not forget the covenant the Lord your God has made with you.
At Horeb they made a calf
  and worshipped a statue.
They exchanged the glory of their people
  for the likeness of a bull, that eats grass.
They forgot their God, who had saved them,
  who had done great miracles for them in Egypt,
  wonders in the land of Ham,
  terrors at the Red Sea.
Then he said that he would destroy them,
  but Moses, his chosen one, was there:
he stood in the breach before him
  to turn aside his wrath,
  to prevent the destruction.
To them, the Promised Land meant nothing,
  they did not believe the Lord’s word.
They stayed muttering in their tents,
  they were deaf to the voice of the Lord.
So he raised his hand against them
  to crush them in the desert,
to scatter their seed among the nations,
  to disperse them in foreign lands.
They made themselves followers of Baal-Peor,
  they ate the sacrifices of the dead.
They angered the Lord by their actions,
  and a plague broke out among them.
Then Phinehas stood up and gave judgement,
  and the plague was stopped.
For this, he is revered as one of the just,
  from generation to generation,
  for all eternity.
At the waters of Meribah they so angered the Lord
  that Moses suffered on their account:
they so embittered his spirit
  that his lips spoke rash words.
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.
Take care you do not forget the covenant the Lord your God has made with you.

Ps 105:34-48
Salvos nos fac, Dómine, et cóngrega nos de natiónibus, allelúia.
34Non disperdidérunt gentes,*
  quas dixit Dóminus illis.
35Et commíxti sunt inter gentes*
  et didicérunt ópera eórum.
36Et serviérunt sculptílibus eórum,*
  et factum est illis in scándalum.
37Et immolavérunt fílios suos*
  et fílias suas dæmóniis.
38Et effudérunt sánguinem innocéntem,†
  sánguinem filiórum suórum et filiárum suárum,*
  quas sacrificavérunt sculptílibus Chánaan.
Et infécta est terra in sanguínibus,†
  39et contamináti sunt in opéribus suis*
  et fornicáti sunt in adinventiónibus suis.
40Et exársit ira Dóminus in pópulum suum*
  et abominátus est hereditátem suam
41et trádidit eos in manus géntium,*
  et domináti sunt eórum, qui odérunt eos.
42Et tribulavérunt eos inimíci eórum,*
  et humiliáti sunt sub mánibus eórum.
43Sæpe liberávit eos;†
  ipsi autem exacerbavérunt eum in consílio suo*
  et corruérunt in iniquitátibus suis.
44Et vidit tribulatiónem eórum,*
  cum audívit clamórem eórum.
45Et memor fuit testaménti sui*
  et pænítuit eum secúndum multitúdinem misericórdiæ suæ.
46Et dedit eos in miseratiónes*
  in conspéctu ómnium,
qui captívos dúxerant eos.
47Salvos nos fac, Dómine Deus noster,*
  et cóngrega nos de natiónibus,
ut confiteámur nómini sancto tuo*
  et gloriémur in laude tua.
48Benedíctus Dóminus Deus Israel†
  a sǽculo et usque in sǽculum.*
  Et dicet omnis pópulus: «Fiat, fiat».
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Salvos nos fac, Dómine, et cóngrega nos de natiónibus, allelúia.
Psalm 105 (106)
O Lord, save us; gather us from among the nations. Alleluia.
They did not destroy the peoples
  as the Lord had told them they must.
They mingled themselves with the peoples,
  and learned to do as they did.
They served the same idols
  until it became their undoing.
They sacrificed their own sons
  and their daughters to demons.
They poured out innocent blood.
  The blood of their own sons and daughters
  was sacrificed to the idols of Canaan.
Their blood polluted the land,
  and their actions defiled them.
  They devoted themselves to whoring.
The Lord blazed out in anger against his own people,
  he detested his own chosen race.
He gave them into the hands of foreigners,
  they were conquered by those who hated them.
Their enemies persecuted them
  and humbled them beneath their hands.
Many times he freed them,
  but they turned him against themselves
  by falling back into wickedness.
Still he looked upon their distress
  when he heard their cries.
He remembered his covenant,
  and in his infinite kindness he repented.
He made them an object of pity
  and kindness to all their captors.
Save us, O Lord, our God,
  and gather us from among the nations,
so that we may proclaim your holy name,
  and rejoice as we praise you.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  from the beginning and for all time.
  And all the people shall cry, “Amen! Alleluia!”
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.
O Lord, save us; gather us from among the nations. Alleluia.

℣. Deus regenerávit nos in spem vivam, allelúia.
℟. Per resurrectiónem Iesu Christi ex mórtuis, allelúia.
God has given us a new birth into living hope, alleluia,
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, alleluia.

Lectio prior
De libro Apocalýpsis beáti Ioánnis apóstoli 5, 1-14
Visio Agni
Ego Ioánnes 1vidi in déxtera sedéntis super thronum librum scriptum intus et foris, signátum sigíllis septem. 2Et vidi ángelum fortem prædicántem voce magna: «Quis est dignus aperíre librum et sólvere signácula eius?». 3Et nemo póterat in cælo neque in terra neque subtus terram aperíre librum neque respícere illum. 4Et ego flebam multum, quóniam nemo dignus invéntus est aperíre librum nec respícere eum. 5Et unus de senióribus dicit mihi: «Ne fléveris; ecce vicit leo de tribu Iudæ, radix David, aperíre librum et septem signácula eius».
  6Et vidi in médio throni et quáttuor animálium et in médio seniórum Agnum stantem tamquam occísum, habéntem córnua septem et óculos septem, qui sunt septem spíritus Dei missi in omnem terram. 7Et venit et accépit de déxtera sedéntis in throno. 8Et cum accepísset librum, quattuor animália et vigínti quáttuor senióres cecidérunt coram Agno, habéntes sínguli cítharas et phíalas áureas plenas incensórum, quæ sunt oratiónes sanctórum. 9Et cantant novum cánticum dicéntes:
«Dignus es accípere librum
et aperíre signácula eius,
quóniam occísus es et redemísti Deo in sánguine tuo
ex omni tribu et lingua et pópulo et natióne
10et fecísti eos Deo nostro regnum et sacerdótes,
et regnábunt super terram».
11Et vidi et audívi vocem angelórum multórum in circúitu throni et animálium et seniórum, et erat númerus eórum myríades myríadum et mília mílium 12dicéntium voce magna:
«Dignus est Agnus, qui occísus est,
accípere virtútem et divítias et sapiéntiam
et fortitúdinem et honórem et glóriam et benedictiónem».
13Et omnem creatúram, quæ in cælo est et super terram et sub terra et super mare et quæ in eis ómnia, audívi dicéntes: «Sedénti super thronum et Agno benedíctio et honor et glória et potéstas in sǽcula sæculórum».
  14Et quáttuor animália dicébant: «Amen»; et senióres cecidérunt et adoravérunt.
First Reading
Apocalypse 5:1-14 ©
I saw that in the right hand of the One sitting on the throne there was a scroll that had writing on back and front and was sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a powerful angel who called with a loud voice, ‘Is there anyone worthy to open the scroll and break the seals of it?’ But there was no one, in heaven or on the earth or under the earth, who was able to open the scroll and read it. I wept bitterly because there was nobody fit to open the scroll and read it, but one of the elders said to me, ‘There is no need to cry: the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed, and he will open the scroll and the seven seals of it.’
  Then I saw, standing between the throne with its four animals and the circle of the elders, a Lamb that seemed to have been sacrificed; it had seven horns, and it had seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits God has sent out all over the world. The Lamb came forward to take the scroll from the right hand of the One sitting on the throne, and when he took it, the four animals prostrated themselves before him and with them the twenty-four elders; each one of them was holding a harp and had a golden bowl full of incense made of the prayers of the saints. They sang a new hymn:
‘You are worthy to take the scroll
and break the seals of it,
because you were sacrificed, and with your blood
you bought men for God
of every race, language, people and nation
and made them a line of kings and priests,
to serve our God and to rule the world.’
In my vision, I heard the sound of an immense number of angels gathered round the throne and the animals and the elders; there were ten thousand times ten thousand of them and thousands upon thousands, shouting, ‘The Lamb that was sacrificed is worthy to be given power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessing.’ Then I heard all the living things in creation – everything that lives in the air, and on the ground, and under the ground, and in the sea, crying, ‘To the One who is sitting on the throne and to the Lamb, be all praise, honour, glory and power, for ever and ever.’ And the four animals said, ‘Amen’; and the elders prostrated themselves to worship.
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℟. Dignus es, Dómine, accípere librum et aperíre signácula eius, quóniam occísus es* Et redemísti nos Deo in sánguine tuo, allelúia.
℣. Fecísti enim nos Deo nostro regnum et sacerdótes.* Et redemísti.
℟. Lord, you are worthy to take the scroll and to break open its seals, for you were slain,* and by your death you purchased us for God, alleluia.
℣. You have made us a kingdom of priests,* and by your death you purchased us for God, alleluia.

Lectio altera
E Diálogo sanctæ Catharínæ Senénsis vírginis de divína Providéntia (Cap. 167, Gratiarum actio ad Trinitatem: ed. lat., Ingolstadii, 1583, f. 290v-291)
Gustavi et vidi
O Déitas ætérna, o ætérna Trínitas, quæ per uniónem divínæ natúræ fecísti tantum valére prétium sánguinis unigéniti Fílii tui! Tu, Trínitas ætérna, es quoddam mare profúndum, in quo quanto plus quæro, plus invénio; et quanto plus invénio, plus quæro te. Tu quodámmodo insatiabíliter ánimam sátias; quóniam in abýsso tua ita sátias ánimam, quod semper remáneat esúriens atque famélica, te, Trínitas ætérna, peróptans desideránsque te vidére lumen in lúmine tuo.
  Gustávi et vidi cum lúmine intelléctus, in lúmine tuo abýssum tuam, ætérna Trínitas, atque pulchritúdinem creatúræ tuæ: propter quod intuéndo meípsam in te, vidi me fore tuam imáginem: donánte vidélicet mihi te, Pater ætérne, de poténtia tua et de sapiéntia tua, quæ sapiéntia Unigénito tuo est appropriáta. Spíritus vero Sanctus, qui procédit a te Patre et a Fílio tuo, dedit mihi voluntátem, per quam me facit aptam ad amándum.
  Nam tu, Trínitas ætérna, factor es, et ego factúra: unde cognóvi, te illuminánte, in recreatióne quam de me fecísti per sánguinem unigéniti Fílii tui, quod amóre captus es de pulchritúdine factúræ tuæ.
  O abýssus, o Trínitas ætérna, o Déitas, o mare profúndum: et quid maius mihi dare póteras quam teípsum? Tu es ignis qui semper ardes et non consúmeris; tu es qui consúmis calóre tuo quemcúmque próprium amórem ánimæ. Tu es íterum ignis qui tollis omnem frigiditátem, et illúminas mentes lúmine tuo, quo lúmine fecísti me cognóscere veritátem tuam.
  In huius lúminis spéculo cognósco te summum bonum, bonum super omne bonum, bonum felix, bonum incomprehensíbile, bonum inæstimábile: pulchritúdinem super omnem pulchritúdinem, sapiéntiam super omnem sapiéntiam: quia tu es ipsa sapiéntia, tu cibus angelórum, qui igne caritátis te dedísti homínibus.
  Tu vestiméntum coopériens nuditátem meam, pascis nos famélicos tua dulcédine, quia dulcis es absque ulla amaritúdine. O Trínitas ætérna!
Second Reading
From the dialogue On Divine Providence by Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor
I tasted and I saw
Eternal God, eternal Trinity, you have made the blood of Christ so precious through his sharing in your divine nature. You are a mystery as deep as the sea; the more I search, the more I find, and the more I find the more I search for you. But I can never be satisfied; what I receive will ever leave me desiring more. When you fill my soul I have an even greater hunger, and I grow more famished for your light. I desire above all to see you, the true light, as you really are.
  I have tasted and seen the depth of your mystery and the beauty of your creation with the light of my understanding. I have clothed myself with your likeness and have seen what I shall be. Eternal Father, you have given me a share in your power and the wisdom that Christ claims as his own, and your Holy Spirit has given me the desire to love you. You are my Creator, eternal Trinity, and I am your creature. You have made of me a new creation in the blood of your Son, and I know that you are moved with love at the beauty of your creation, for you have enlightened me.
  Eternal Trinity, Godhead, mystery deep as the sea, you could give me no greater gift than the gift of yourself. For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness, illuminates the mind with its light and causes me to know your truth. By this light, reflected as it were in a mirror, I recognise that you are the highest good, one we can neither comprehend nor fathom. And I know that you are beauty and wisdom itself. The food of angels, you gave yourself to man in the fire of your love.
  You are the garment which covers our nakedness, and in our hunger you are a satisfying food, for you are sweetness and in you there is no taste of bitterness, O triune God!
℟. Aperi mihi, soror mea, regni mei cohéres effécta; amíca mea, quæ cognovísti meæ veritátis arcána;* Spíritus mei dono ditáta, effusióne sánguinis mei ab omni labe purgáta, allelúia.
℣. Egrédere de quiéte contemplatiónis, et ad testimónium meæ veritátis te constánter impénde.* Spíritus.
℟. Now that you are endowed with the gift of my Spirit, cleansed from all stain by the outpouring of my blood,* leave the quiet of contemplation and resolutely take up the work of witnessing to my truth, alleluia.
℣. Open your heart to me, my sister, co-heir with me of my kingdom; my beloved, who have understood Truth’s hidden mysteries;* leave the quiet of contemplation and resolutely take up the work of witnessing to my truth, alleluia.

  Deus, qui beátam Catharínam, in contemplatióne domínicæ passiónis et in Ecclésiæ tuæ servítio, divíno amóre flagráre fecísti, ipsíus intercessióne concéde, ut pópulus tuus, Christi mystério sociátus, in eius glóriæ revelatióne semper exsúltet.
Per Dóminum nostrum Iesum Christum, Fílium tuum,
qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus,
per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum.
Let us pray.
Almighty God, you made Saint Catherine of Siena
  a contemplative lover of the Lord’s sufferings
  and an ardent servant of your church.
Grant through her prayer
  that your people may be united to Christ in his mystery,
  and rejoice for ever in the revelation of his glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.

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

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