Monday 30 November 2015    (other days)
Saint Andrew, Apostle

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.

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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 1, 18—2, 5
Apostoli prædicant crucem
Fratres: 1,18Verbum crucis pereúntibus quidem stultítia est, his autem, qui salvi fiunt, id est nobis, virtus Dei est. 19Scriptum est enim:
«Perdam sapiéntiam
et prudéntiam prudéntium
20Ubi sápiens? Ubi scriba? Ubi conquisítor huius sǽculi? Nonne stultam fecit Deus sapiéntiam huius mundi? 21Nam quia in Dei sapiéntia non cognóvit mundus per sapiéntiam Deum, plácuit Deo per stultítiam prædicatiónis salvos fácere credéntes. 22Quóniam et Iudǽi signa petunt et Græci sapiéntiam quærunt, 23nos autem prædicámus Christum crucifíxum, Iudǽis quidem scándalum, géntibus autem stultítiam; 24ipsis autem vocátis, Iudǽis atque Græcis, Christum Dei virtútem et Dei sapiéntiam, 25quia quod stultum est Dei, sapiéntius est homínibus et, quod infírmum est Dei, fórtius est homínibus.
  26Vidéte enim vocatiónem vestram, fratres, quia non multi sapiéntes secúndum carnem, non multi poténtes, non multi nóbiles; 27sed, quæ stulta sunt mundi, elégit Deus, ut confúndat sapiéntes, et infírma mundi elégit Deus, ut confúndat fórtia, 28et ignobília mundi et contemptibília elégit Deus, quæ non sunt, ut ea, quæ sunt, destrúeret, 29ut non gloriétur omnis caro in conspéctu Dei. 30Ex ipso autem vos estis in Christo Iesu, qui factus est sapiéntia nobis a Deo et iustítia et sanctificátio et redémptio, 31ut quemádmodum scriptum est:
«Qui gloriátur,
in Dómino gloriétur».
2,1Et, ego, cum veníssem ad vos, fratres, veni non per sublimitátem sermónis aut sapiéntiæ annúntians vobis mystérium Dei. 2Non enim iudicávi scire me áliquid inter vos nisi Iesum Christum et hunc crucifíxum. 3Et ego in infirmitáte et timóre et tremóre multo fui apud vos, 4et sermo meus et prædicátio mea non in persuasibílibus sapiéntiæ verbis, sed in ostensióne Spíritus et virtútis, 5ut fides vestra non sit in sapiéntia hóminum sed in virtúte Dei.
First Reading
1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 ©
The language of the cross may be illogical to those who are not on the way to salvation, but those of us who are on the way see it as God’s power to save. As scripture says: I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing all the learning of the learned. Where are the philosophers now? Where are the scribes? Where are any of our thinkers today? Do you see now how God has shown up the foolishness of human wisdom? If it was God’s wisdom that human wisdom should not know God, it was because God wanted to save those who have faith through the foolishness of the message that we preach. And so, while the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
  Take yourselves for instance, brothers, at the time when you were called: how many of you were wise in the ordinary sense of the word, how many were influential people, or came from noble families? No, it was to shame the wise that God chose what is foolish by human reckoning, and to shame what is strong that he chose what is weak by human reckoning; those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones that God has chosen – those who are nothing at all to show up those who are everything. The human race has nothing to boast about to God, but you, God has made members of Christ Jesus and by God’s doing he has become our wisdom, and our virtue, and our holiness, and our freedom. As scripture says: if anyone wants to boast, let him boast about the Lord.
  As for me, brothers, when I came to you, it was not with any show of oratory or philosophy, but simply to tell you what God had guaranteed. During my stay with you, the only knowledge I claimed to have was about Jesus, and only about him as the crucified Christ. Far from relying on any power of my own, I came among you in great ‘fear and trembling’ and in my speeches and the sermons that I gave, there were none of the arguments that belong to philosophy; only a demonstration of the power of the Spirit. And I did this so that your faith should not depend on human philosophy but on the power of God.
ResponsoriumMt 4, 18. 19
℟. Ambulans Dóminus iuxta mare Galilǽæ, vidit Petrum et Andréam mitténtes rete in mare et ait illis:* Veníte post me, fáciam vos piscatóres hóminum.
℣. Erant enim piscatóres et ait illis.* Veníte.
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, the Lord saw Peter and Andrew casting a net into the sea, and he called to them: Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
They were fishermen, and so he said to them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Lectio altera
Ex Homíliis sancti Ioánnis Chrysóstomi epíscopi in Evangélium Ioánnis (Hom. 19, 1: PG 59, 120-121)
Invenimus Messiam
Andréas, cum apud Iesum mansísset multáque didicísset, non thesáurum in se abscóndit, sed festínat et currit ad fratrem eius, ipsum consórtem redditúrus. Animadvérte enim quid hic fratri suo díxerit: Invénimus Messíam, quod interpretátum est Christus. Viden’ quo pacto quæ brevi témpore didícerat, hinc osténdat? Nam et Magístri virtútem declárat, qui hoc ipsis suáserit, et ipsórum stúdium diligentiámque, qui hæc iam a princípio curárent. Hoc quippe verbum est ánimæ advéntum eius summe desiderántis, et de cælo ventúrum exspectántis gaudióque exsultántis, postquam appáruit, atque festinántis tantam rem céteris nuntiáre. Hoc fratérnæ erat benevoléntiæ, amícæ cognatiónis, sincéri afféctus, in spiritálibus manum mútuo porrígere.
  Animadvérte autem, vel a princípio, morígerum facilémque Petri ánimum. Statim nihílque morátus accúrrit. Addúxit eum, inquit, ad Iesum. Sed nemo facilitátem eius damnet, quod sine multo exámine verbum accéperit. Verisímile enim est fratrem hæc ipsi accuráte et plúribus narrásse; verum evangelístæ ubíque multa compéndio narrant, brevitáti studéntes. Alióquin autem non dicit eum statim credidísse, sed: Addúxit eum ad Iesum, ipsi traditúrus eum, ut ómnia ab illo edísceret: nam álius quoque discípulus áderat, et ad hæc concurrébat.
  Quod si Ioánnes Baptísta, cum dixit: Agnus est et in Spíritu baptízat, clariórem hac de re doctrínam a Christo excipiéndam relíquit, multo magis Andréas id effécit, qui non ad totum explicándum suffícere censebátur, sed ad ipsum lucis fontem dedúxit fratrem, ita festínum et gaudéntem, ut ne tantíllum quidem cunctarétur.
Second Reading
A sermon of St John Chrysostom on St John's gospel
We have found the Messiah
After Andrew had stayed with Jesus and had learned much from him, he did not keep this treasure to himself, but hastened to share it with his brother. Notice what Andrew said to him: We have found the Messiah, that is to say, the Christ. Notice how his words reveal what he has learned in so short a time. They show the power of the master who has convinced them of this truth. They reveal the zeal and concern of men preoccupied with this question from the very beginning. Andrew’s words reveal a soul waiting with the utmost longing for the coming of the Messiah, looking forward to his appearing from heaven, rejoicing when he does appear, and hastening to announce so great an event to others. To support one another in the things of the spirit is the true sign of good will between brothers, of loving kinship and sincere affection.
  Notice, too, how, even from the beginning, Peter is docile and receptive in spirit. He hastens to Jesus without delay. He brought him to Jesus, says the evangelist. But Peter must not be condemned for his readiness to accept Andrew’s word without much weighing of it. It is probable that his brother had given him, and many others, a careful account of the event; the evangelists, in the interest of brevity, regularly summarise a lengthy narrative. Saint John does not say that Peter believed immediately, but that he brought him to Jesus. Andrew was to hand him over to Jesus, to learn everything for himself. There was also another disciple present, and he hastened with them for the same purpose.
  When John the Baptist said: This is the Lamb, and he baptizes in the Spirit, he left the deeper understanding of these things to be received from Christ. All the more so would Andrew act in the same way, since he did not think himself able to give a complete explanation. He brought his brother to the very source of light, and Peter was so joyful and eager that he would not delay even for a moment.
℟. Mox ut vocem Dómini prædicántis audívit beátus Andréas, relíctis rétibus, quorum usu actúque vivébat,* Ætérnæ vitæ secútus est prǽmia largiéntem.
℣. Hic est, qui pro amóre Christi et pro lege eius sustínuit passiónem.* Ætérnæ vitæ.
Immediately Andrew heard the Lord preaching, he left the nets by which he earned his living and followed the giver of eternal life.
Andrew endured his suffering for love of Christ and his law, and followed the giver of eternal life.

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.

  Maiestátem tuam, Dómine, supplíciter exorámus, ut, sicut Ecclésiæ tuæ beátus Andréas apóstolus éxstitit prædicátor et rector, ita apud te sit pro nobis perpétuus intercéssor. Per Dóminum.
Let us pray.
Lord God,
  you called Saint Andrew, your apostle,
  to preach the gospel and to guide your Church.
We humbly pray
  that he may always plead for us in your presence.
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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