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Wednesday 26 July 2017    (other days)
Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
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
Inclitos Christi fámulos canámus,
quos, fide claros nitidísque gestis,
hac die tellus sociáta cælo
láudibus ornat.
Quippe qui mites, húmiles, pudíci,
nésciam culpæ coluére vitam,
donec e terris ánimus volávit
liber ad astra.
Inde iam gaudent míseris adésse,
fléntium tergunt lácrimas, medéntur
méntium plagis, vitiáta reddunt
membra salúti.
Nostra laus ergo résonet benígnis
his Dei servis referátque grates,
qui pia pergant ope nos iuváre
rebus in arctis.
Sit Deo soli decus et potéstas,
laus in excélsis honor ac perénnis,
qui suis totum móderans gubérnat
légibus orbem. Amen.
Hymn
O God, creation’s secret force,
yourself unmoved, all motion’s source,
who from the morn till evening ray
through all its changes guide the day:
Grant us, when this short life is past,
the glorious evening that shall last;
that, by a holy death attained,
eternal glory may be gained.
To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, Three in One,
may every tongue and nation raise
an endless song of thankful praise!
St Ambrose of Milan

Ps 20:2-8,14
Gratiarum actio pro regis victoria

Accepit vitam, ut resurgeret, et longitudinem dierum in sæculum sæculi” (S. Irenæus).

Vitam pétiit a te et tribuísti ei, Dómine; glóriam et magnum decórem imposuísti super eum.
2Dómine in virtúte tua lætábitur rex,*
  et super salutáre tuum exsultábit veheménter.
3Desidérium cordis eius tribuísti ei*
  et voluntátem labiórum eius non denegásti.
4Quóniam prævenísti eum in benedictiónibus dulcédinis;*
  posuísti in cápite eius corónam de auro puríssimo.
5Vitam pétiit a te, et tribuísti ei,*
  longitúdinem diérum in sǽculum et in sǽculum sǽculi.
6Magna est glória eius in salutári tuo,*
  magnificéntiam et decórem impónes super eum;
7quóniam pones eum benedictiónem in sǽculum sǽculi,*
  lætificábis eum in gáudio ante vultum tuum.
8Quóniam rex sperat in Dómino*
  et in misericórdia Altíssimi non commovébitur.
14Exaltáre, Dómine, in virtúte tua;*
  cantábimus et psallémus virtútes tuas.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Vitam pétiit a te et tribuísti ei, Dómine; glóriam et magnum decórem imposuísti super eum.
Psalm 20 (21)
Thanksgiving for victory
My soul, give thanks to the Lord, and never forget all his blessings.
Lord, the king will rejoice in your strength,
  he will triumph in your saving power.
You have granted him his heart’s desire,
  you have not denied the wish that he spoke.
For you showered him with blessings
  even before he asked for them.
  You have placed a crown of purest gold upon his head.
He asked you for life,
  and you granted it to him,
  length of days for ever and for ever.
Great is his glory through your help:
  you cover him with splendour and majesty.
You lay a blessing upon him that will last for ever,
  you make him rejoice in joy before you.
For the king hopes in the Lord,
  and through the kindness of the Most High he will not be shaken.
Stand high above us, Lord, in your power;
  and we will sing and celebrate your might.
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.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord, and never forget all his blessings.

Ps 91:2-9
Iustórum sémita quasi lux splendens procédit et crescit usque ad perféctum diem.
2Bonum est confitéri Dómino*
  et psállere nómini tuo, Altíssime,
3annuntiáre mane misericórdiam tuam*
  et veritátem tuam per noctem,
4in decachórdo et psaltério,*
  cum cántico in cíthara.
5Quia delectásti me, Dómine, in factúra tua,*
  et in opéribus mánuum tuárum exsultábo.
6Quam magnificáta sunt ópera tua, Dómine:*
  nimis profúndæ factæ sunt cogitatiónes tuæ.
7Vir insípiens non cognóscet,*
  et stultus non intélleget hæc.
8Cum germináverint peccatóres sicut fenum,*
  et florúerint omnes, qui operántur iniquitátem,
hoc tamen erit ad intéritum in sǽculum sǽculi;*
  9tu autem altíssimus in ætérnum, Dómine.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Iustórum sémita quasi lux splendens procédit et crescit usque ad perféctum diem.
Psalm 91 (92)
Praise of God, the Creator
As a father has compassion on his sons, the Lord has pity on those who fear him.
It is good to praise the Lord,
  and to sing psalms to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your mercy in the morning
  and your faithfulness by night;
on the ten-stringed lyre and the harp,
  with songs upon the lyre.
For you give me joy, Lord, in your creation:
  I rejoice in the work of your hands.
How great are your works, O Lord,
  how immeasurably deep your thoughts.
The fool does not hear,
  the slow-witted do not understand.
When the wicked sprout up like grass,
  and the doers of evil are in full bloom,
it will come to nothing, for they will perish for ever and ever;
  but you, Lord, are the Highest eternally.
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.
As a father has compassion on his sons, the Lord has pity on those who fear him.

Ps 91:10-16
Iustus ut palma florébit, sicut cedrus Líbani multiplicábitur.
10Quóniam ecce inimíci tui, Dómine,†
  quóniam ecce inimíci tui períbunt,*
  et dispergéntur omnes, qui operántur iniquitátem.
11Exaltábis sicut unicórnis cornu meum,*
  perfúsus sum óleo úberi.
12Et despíciet óculus meus inimícos meos,*
  et in insurgéntibus in me malignántibus áudiet auris mea.
13Iustus ut palma florébit,*
  sicut cedrus Líbani succréscet.
14Plantáti in domo Dómini,*
  in átriis Dei nostri florébunt.
15Adhuc fructus dabunt in senécta,*
  úberes et bene viréntes erunt,
16ut annúntient quóniam rectus Dóminus, refúgium meum,*
  et non est iníquitas in eo.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Iustus ut palma florébit, sicut cedrus Líbani multiplicábitur.
Psalm 91 (92)
Give thanks to the Lord, all his works.
For behold, Lord, your enemies,
  how your enemies will perish,
  how wrongdoers will be scattered.
You will give me strength as the wild oxen have;
  I have been anointed with the purest oil.
I will look down upon my enemies,
  and hear the plans of those who plot evil against me.
The just will flourish like the palm tree,
  grow tall like the cedar of Lebanon.
They will be planted in the house of the Lord;
  in the courts of our God they will flourish.
They will bear fruit even when old,
  fresh and luxuriant through all their days.
They will proclaim how just is the Lord, my refuge,
  for in him there is no unrighteousness.
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.
Give thanks to the Lord, all his works.

℣. Iustum dedúxit Dóminus per vias rectas.
℟. Et osténdit illi regnum Dei.
The Lord has led the just man on straight paths,
and shown him the kingdom of God.

Lectio prior
De Epístola beáti Pauli apóstoli ad Colossénses 3, 1-17
Vita vestra abscondita est cum Christo in Deo
Fratres: 1Si conresurrexístis Christo, quæ sursum sunt quǽrite, ubi Christus est in déxtera Dei sedens; 2quæ sursum sunt sápite, non quæ supra terram. 3Mórtui enim estis, et vita vestra abscóndita est cum Christo in Deo! 4Cum Christus apparúerit, vita vestra, tunc et vos apparébitis cum ipso in glória.
  5Mortificáte ergo membra, quæ sunt super terram: fornicatiónem, immundítiam, libídinem, concupiscéntiam malam et avarítiam, quæ est simulacrórum sérvitus, 6propter quæ venit ira Dei super fílios incredulitátis; 7in quibus et vos ambulástis aliquándo, cum viverétis in illis. 8Nunc autem depónite et vos ómnia: iram, indignatiónem, malítiam, blasphémiam, turpem sermónem de ore vestro; 9nolíte mentíri ínvicem, qui exuístis vos véterem hóminem cum áctibus eius 10et induístis novum, eum, qui renovátur in agnitiónem secúndum imáginem eius, qui creávit eum, 11ubi non est Græcus et Iudǽus, circumcísio et præpútium, bárbarus, Scytha, servus, liber, sed ómnia et in ómnibus Christus.
  12Indúite vos ergo, sicut elécti Dei, sancti et dilécti, víscera misericórdiæ, benignitátem, humilitátem, mansuetúdinem, patiéntiam, 13supportántes ínvicem et donántes vobis ipsis, si quis advérsus áliquem habet querélam; sicut et Dóminus donávit vobis, ita et vos; 14super ómnia autem hæc: caritátem, quod est vínculum perfectiónis. 15Et pax Christi dominétur in córdibus vestris, ad quam et vocáti estis in uno córpore. Et grati estóte.
  16Verbum Christi hábitet in vobis abundánter, in omni sapiéntia docéntes et commonéntes vosmetípsos psalmis, hymnis, cánticis spiritálibus, in grátia cantántes in córdibus vestris Deo; 17et omne, quodcúmque fácitis in verbo aut in ópere, ómnia in nómine Dómini Iesu grátias agéntes Deo Patri per ipsum.
First Reading
Colossians 3:1-17 ©
Your life is hidden with Christ in God
Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.
  That is why you must kill everything in you that belongs only to earthly life: fornication, impurity, guilty passion, evil desires and especially greed, which is the same thing as worshipping a false god; all this is the sort of behaviour that makes God angry. And it is the way in which you used to live when you were surrounded by people doing the same thing, but now you, of all people, must give all these things up: getting angry, being bad-tempered, spitefulness, abusive language and dirty talk; and never tell each other lies. You have stripped off your old behaviour with your old self, and you have put on a new self which will progress towards true knowledge the more it is renewed in the image of its creator; and in that image there is no room for distinction between Greek and Jew, between the circumcised or the uncircumcised, or between barbarian and Scythian, slave and free man. There is only Christ: he is everything and he is in everything.
  You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same. Over all these clothes, to keep them together and complete them, put on love. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together as parts of one body. Always be thankful.
  Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you. Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God; and never say or do anything except in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Responsorium
Gal 3, 27-28; Eph 4, 24
℟. Quicúmque in Christo baptizáti estis, Christum induístis; non est Iudǽus neque Græcus;* Omnes enim vos unus estis in Christo Iesu.
℣. Indúite novum hóminem, qui secúndum Deum creátus est in iustítia et sanctitáte veritátis.* Omnes.
ResponsoryCol 3:1-3
℟. You have been raised to life with Christ. Set your hearts, then, on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right side of God.* Keep your minds fixed on things there, not on things here on earth, alleluia.
℣. You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.* Keep your minds fixed on things there, not on things here on earth, alleluia.

Lectio altera
Ex Sermónibus sancti Ioánnis Damascéni presbýteri (Orat. 6, in Nativitatem Beatæ Mariæ Virginis, 2. 4. 5. 6: PG 96, 663. 667. 670)
Ex fructibus eorum cognoscetis eos
Quóniam futúrum erat ut Dei Génetrix Virgo ex Anna nascerétur, natúra grátiæ germen antevértere non ausa est; sed mansit fructus expers, dum grátia fructum éderet. Nasci síquidem primogénitam oportébat, ex qua nascitúrus esset omnis creatúræ primogénitus, in quo ómnia constant.
  O par beátum Ióachim et Anna! Vobis omnis creatúra obstrícta est. Per vos enim donum ómnium donórum præstantíssimum Creatóri óbtulit, nempe castam matrem, quæ sola Creatóre digna erat.
  Lætáre, Anna stérilis, quæ non paris: erúmpe et clama, quæ non párturis. Exsúlta, Ióachim, quóniam ex fília tua puer natus est nobis, et fílius datus est nobis, et vocábitur nomen eius magni consílii, salútis univérsi mundi, Angelus, Deus fortis. Puer iste Deus est.
  O beátum par Ióachim etAnna, immaculatíssimum prorsus! Ex fructu ventris vestri cognoscímini, velut alícubi Dóminus ait: Ex frúctibus eórum cognoscétis eos. Uti Deo gratum erat, atque ea dignum quæ ex vobis orta est, vitæ vestræ ratiónes instituístis. Casta enim et sancta conversatióne vestra virginitátis moníle protulístis, eam, quæ ante partum virgo foret, atque in partu virgo nec non virgo post partum; illam, inquam, quæ sola semper, tum mente tum ánimo, tum étiam córpore virginitátem cultúra esset.
  O castíssimum par Ióachim et Anna! Vos castitátem, quam natúræ lex præscríbit, conservántes, ea quæ natúram súperant, divínitus estis consecúti: mundo quippe Dei matrem viri nésciam peperístis. Vos pie et sancte in humána natúra vitam agéntes, fíliam ángelis superiórem nuncque angelórum dóminam edidístis. O speciosíssima dulcissimáque puélla! O fília Adámi et Dei mater! Beáti lumbi et venter, ex quibus prodiísti! Beátæ ulnæ, quæ te gestavérunt; lábia item, quibus castis ósculis frui concéssa es, paréntum nempe dumtáxat tuórum, ut in ómnibus semper virginitátem cóleres! Iubiláte Deo, omnis terra, cantáte, exsultáte et psállite. Exaltáte vocem vestram, exaltáte, nolíte timére.
Second Reading
From a sermon by Saint John Damascene, bishop
By their fruits you will know them
Anne was to be the mother of the Virgin Mother of God, and hence nature did not dare to anticipate the flowering of grace. Thus nature remained sterile, until grace produced its fruit. For she who was to be born had to be a first born daughter, since she would be the mother of the first-born of all creation, in whom all things are held together.
  Joachim and Anne, how blessed a couple! All creation is indebted to you. For at your hands the Creator was offered a gift excelling all other gifts: a chaste mother, who alone was worthy of him.
  And so rejoice, Anne, that you were sterile and have not borne children; break forth into shouts, you who have not given birth. Rejoice, Joachim, because from your daughter a child is born for us, a son is given us, whose name is Messenger of great counsel and universal salvation, mighty God. For this child is God.
  Joachim and Anne, how blessed and spotless a couple! You will be known by the fruit you have borne, as the Lord says: By their fruits you will know them. The conduct of your life pleased God and was worthy of your daughter. For by the chaste and holy life you led together, you have fashioned a jewel of virginity: she who remained a virgin before, during and after giving birth. She alone for all time would maintain her virginity in mind and soul as well as in body.
  Joachim and Anne, how chaste a couple! While safeguarding the chastity prescribed by the law of nature, you achieved with God’s help something which transcends nature in giving the world the Virgin Mother of God as your daughter. While leading a devout and holy life in your human nature, you gave birth to a daughter nobler than the angels, whose queen she now is. Girl of utter beauty and delight, daughter of Adam and mother of God, blessed the loins and blessed the womb from which you come! Blessed the arms that carried you, and blessed your parents’ lips, which you were allowed to cover with chaste kisses, ever maintaining your virginity. Rejoice in God, all the earth. Sing, exult and sing hymns. Raise your voice, raise it and not be afraid.
Responsorium
Cf. Lc 2, 37. 38; 7, 16
℟. Ieiúniis et obsecratiónibus Dómino serviébant nocte ac die,* Exspectántes redemptiónem Israel.
℣. Orábant Deum, ut visitáret plebem suam.* Exspectántes.
Responsory
℟. They worshipped God day and night, fasting and praying,* and they looked for the liberation of Israel.
℣. They begged God to come and save his people,* and they looked for the liberation of Israel.

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.
  Dómine, Deus patrum nostrórum, qui beátis Ióachim et Annæ hanc grátiam contulísti, ut ex eis incarnáti Fílii tui Mater nascerétur, utriúsque précibus concéde, ut salútem tuo promíssam pópulo consequámur.
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.
Lord, God of our fathers,
  you bestowed on Saint Joachim and Saint Anne
  this singular grace:
that their daughter, Mary,
  should become the Mother of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Grant, at their intercession,
  the salvation you promised to your people.
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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