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Saturday 27 May 2017    (other days)
Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop 
 or Saturday before Ascension Sunday 

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
Lætáre, cælum, désuper,
appláude, tellus ac mare:
Christus resúrgens post crucem
vitam dedit mortálibus.
Iam tempus accéptum redit,
dies salútis cérnitur,
quo mundus Agni sánguine
refúlsit a calígine.
Mors illa, mortis pássio,
est críminis remíssio;
illǽsa virtus pérmanet,
victus dedit victóriam.
Nostræ fuit gustus spei
hic, ut fidéles créderent
se posse post resúrgere,
vitam beátam súmere.
Nunc ergo pascha cándidum
causa bonórum tálium
colámus omnes strénue
tanto repléti múnere.
Esto perénne méntibus
paschále, Iesu, gáudium
et nos renátos grátiæ
tuis triúmphis ággrega.
Iesu, tibi sit glória,
qui morte victa prǽnites,
cum Patre et almo Spíritu,
in sempitérna sǽcula. Amen.
Hymn
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.
Amen.
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.
Amen.
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.
Amen.
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.
Amen.
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.
Amen.
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.
Amen.
O Lord, save us; gather us from among the nations. Alleluia.

℣. Reflóruit caro mea, allelúia.
℟. Et ex voluntáte mea confitébor illi, allelúia.
My body revives, alleluia.
I will freely acknowledge the Lord, alleluia.

Lectio prior
De Epístola prima beáti Ioánnis apóstoli 3, 18-24
Mandatum fidei et caritatis
18Filíoli, non diligámus verbo nec lingua sed in ópere et veritáte. 19In hoc cognoscémus quóniam ex veritáte sumus, et in conspéctu eius placábimus corda nostra, 20quóniam si reprehénderit nos cor, maior est Deus corde nostro et cognóscit ómnia. 21Caríssimi, si cor nostrum non reprehénderit nos, fidúciam habémus ad Deum 22et, quodcúmque petiérimus, accípimus ab eo, quóniam mandáta eius custodímus et ea, quæ sunt plácita coram eo, fácimus.
  23Et hoc est mandátum eius, ut credámus nómini Fílii eius Iesu Christi et diligámus altérutrum, sicut dedit mandátum nobis. 24Et, qui servat mandáta eius, in ipso manet, et ipse in eo; et in hoc cognóscimus quóniam manet in nobis, ex Spíritu, quem nobis dedit.
First Reading1 John 3:18-24 ©
The commandment of faith and love
My children,
our love is not to be just words or mere talk,
but something real and active;
only by this can we be certain
that we are children of the truth
and be able to quieten our conscience in his presence,
whatever accusations it may raise against us,
because God is greater than our conscience and he knows everything.
My dear people,
if we cannot be condemned by our own conscience,
we need not be afraid in God’s presence,
and whatever we ask him,
we shall receive,
because we keep his commandments
and live the kind of life that he wants.
His commandments are these:
that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ
and that we love one another
as he told us to.
Whoever keeps his commandments
lives in God and God lives in him.
We know that he lives in us
by the Spirit that he has given us.
Responsorium
1 Io 3, 24; Eccli 1, 9 a. 10 ab
℟. Qui servat mandáta Dei, in ipso manet, et ipse in eo:* Et in hoc cognóscimus quóniam manet in nobis, ex Spíritu, quem dedit nobis, allelúia.
℣. Deus creávit sapiéntiam in spíritu sancto, et effúdit illam super omnem carnem.* Et in hoc.
Responsory
1 Jn 3:24; Si 1:9-10
℟. Whoever keeps his commandments lives in God and God lives in him;* and we know that he lives in us by the Spirit that he has given us, alleluia.
℣. God created Wisdom in the Holy Spirit, and poured her out on all mankind;* and we know that he lives in us by the Spirit that he has given us, alleluia.

Lectio altera
Ex Epístolis sancti Gregórii Magni papæ (Lib. 11, 36: MGH, 1899, Epistolæ 2, 305-306)
Gens Anglorum sanctæ fidei luce perfusa est
Glória in excélsis Deo, et in terra pax homínibus bonæ voluntátis, quia granum fruménti mórtuum est cadens in terram, ne solum regnáret in cælo, cuius morte vívimus, cuius infirmitáte roborámur, cuius passióne a passióne erípimur, cuius amóre in Británnia fratres quǽrimus quos ignorámus, cuius múnere, quos nesciéntes quærebámus, invenímus.
  Quis autem narráre suffíciat quanta hinc lætítia in ómnium corde fidélium fúerit exórta, quod gens Anglórum, operánte omnipoténtis Dei grátia et tua fraternitáte laboránte, expúlsis errórum ténebris, sanctæ fídei luce perfúsa est, quod mente integérrima iam calcat idóla, quibus prius vesáno timóre subiacébat, quod omnipoténti Deo puro corde substérnitur, quod a pravi óperis lápsibus sanctæ prædicatiónis régulis ligátur, quod præcéptis divínis ánimo súbiacet et intelléctu sublevátur, quod usque ad terram se in oratióne humíliat, ne mente iáceat in terra. Cuius hoc opus est, nisi eius qui ait: Pater meus usque nunc operátur, et ego óperor?
  Qui ut mundum osténderet non sapiéntia hóminum, sed sua se virtúte convértere, prædicatóres suos, quos in mundum misit, sine lítteris elégit, hæc étiam modo fáciens, quia in Anglórum gentem fórtia dignátus est per infírmos operári. Sed est in isto dono cælésti, frater caríssime, quod cum magno gáudio vehementíssime débeat formidári.
  Scio enim quia omnípotens Deus, per dilectiónem tuam in gente quam éligi vóluit, magna mirácula osténdit. Unde necésse est ut, de eódem dono cælésti, et timéndo gáudeas, et gaudéndo pertiméscas: gáudeas vidélicet, quia Anglórum ánimæ per exterióra mirácula ad interiórem grátiam pertrahúntur; pertiméscas vero, ne inter signa quæ fiunt, infírmus ánimus in sui præsumptióne se élevet, et, unde foras in honóre attóllitur, inde per inánem glóriam intus cadat.
  Meminísse étenim debémus quod discípuli cum gáudio a prædicatióne redeúntes, dum cælésti magístro dícerent: Dómine, in nómine tuo étiam dæmónia nobis subiécta sunt, prótinus audiérunt: Nolíte gaudére super hoc, sed pótius gaudéte quia nómina vestra scripta sunt in cælo.
Second Reading
A letter by Pope St Gregory the Great
The nation of angels was bathed with the light of holy faith
Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth, because the grain of wheat has fallen into the earth and has died. Christ has died in order to reign in heaven. Not only that: by his death we live; by his weakness we are strengthened; by his passion we are freed from suffering; impelled by his love, we are seeking in Britain brothers whom we do not know; through his help we have found those for whom we were searching, although we were not acquainted with them.
  Who, dear brother, is capable of describing the great joy of believers when they have learned what the grace of Almighty God and your own cooperation achieved among the Angles? They abandoned the errors of darkness and were bathed with the light of holy faith. With full awareness they trampled on the idols which they had previously adored with savage fear. They are now committed to Almighty God. The guidelines given them for their preaching restrain them from falling into evil ways. In their minds they are submissive to the divine precepts and consequently feel uplifted. They bow down to the ground in prayer lest their minds cling too closely to earthly things. Whose achievement is this? It is the achievement of him who said: My Father is at work until now and I am at work as well.
  God chose illiterate preachers and sent them into the world in order to show the world that conversion is brought about not by men’s wisdom but rather by his own power. So in like manner God worked through weak instruments and wrought great things among the Angles. Dear brother, in this heavenly gift there is something which should inspire us with great fear and great joy.
  For I know through your love for that people, specially chosen for you, that Almighty God has performed great miracles. But it is necessary that the same heavenly gift should cause you to rejoice with fear and to fear with gladness. You should be glad because by means of external miracles the souls of the Angles have been led to interior grace. But you should tremble, lest on account of these signs, the preacher’s own weak soul be puffed up with presumption; lest, while seeming externally raised aloft in honour, it fall internally as a result of vainglory.
  We should remember that when the disciples on their joyous return from their preaching mission said to their heavenly master: Lord, in your name even devils were subjected to us, he immediately retorted: Do not rejoice about this but rather that your names are inscribed in heaven.
Responsorium
Phil 3, 17; 4, 9; 1 Cor 1, 10 a
℟. Coimitatóres mei estóte, fratres, et observáte eos, qui ita ámbulant, sicut habétis formam nos:* Quæ et didicístis et accepístis et audístis et vidístis in me, hæc ágite et Deus pacis erit vobíscum.
℣. Obsecro vos, per nomen Dómini nostri Iesu Christi, ut idípsum dicátis omnes.* Quæ.
Responsory
℟. My friends, join in imitating me. You have us for a model: watch those whose way of life conforms to it.* The lessons I taught you, the tradition I passed on, all that you heard me say or saw me do – put into practice, and the God of peace will be with you, alleluia.
℣. I appeal to you, my brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, agree among yourselves.* The lessons I taught you, the tradition I passed on, all that you heard me say or saw me do – put into practice, and the God of peace will be with you, alleluia.

Oremus.
  Deus, qui beáti Augustíni, epíscopi, prædicatióne Anglórum gentes ad Evangélium perduxísti, tríbue, quǽsumus, ut eius labórum fructus in Ecclésia tua perénni fecunditáte persístant.
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.
Almighty God, you led the English people to the gospel
  by the preaching of Saint Augustine of Canterbury.
Grant that his work may last on in the Church
  and bear fruit in every generation.
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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