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Monday 4 May 2015    (other days)
Monday of the 5th 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.


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 victorious 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!

Psalmus 6:2-11
Homo afflictus Domini clementiam implorat
Nunc anima mea turbata est ... Pater, salvifica me ex hora hac?” (Io 12, 27).
Salvum me fac, Dómine, propter misericórdiam tuam, allelúia.
2Dómine, ne in furóre tuo árguas me,*
  neque in ira tua corrípias me.
3Miserére mei, Dómine, quóniam infírmus sum;*
  sana me, Dómine, quóniam conturbáta sunt ossa mea.
4Et ánima mea turbáta est valde,*
  sed tu, Dómine, úsquequo?
5Convértere, Dómine, éripe ánimam meam;*
  salvum me fac propter misericórdiam tuam.
6Quóniam non est in morte, qui memor sit tui,*
  in inférno autem quis confitébitur tibi?
7Laborávi in gémitu meo,†
  lavábam per síngulas noctes lectum meum;*
  lácrimis meis stratum meum rigábam.
8Turbátus est a mæróre óculus meus,*
  inveterávi inter omnes inimícos meos.
9Discédite a me omnes, qui operámini iniquitátem,*
  quóniam exaudívit Dóminus vocem fletus mei.
10Exaudívit Dóminus deprecatiónem meam,*
  Dóminus oratiónem meam suscépit.
11Erubéscant et conturbéntur veheménter omnes inimíci mei;*
  convertántur et erubéscant valde velóciter.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Salvum me fac, Dómine, propter misericórdiam tuam, allelúia.
Psalm 6
A prayer for relief from affliction
Lord, save me in your merciful love. Alleluia.
Lord, do not condemn me in your fury:
  do not destroy me in your anger.
Take pity on me, Lord, for I am sick;
  heal me, Lord, for my bones are in disarray.
My spirit is deeply disturbed,
  and you, Lord – how long?
Turn to me, Lord, rescue my spirit:
  in your pity, save me.
If I die, how can I praise you?
  Can anyone in the underworld proclaim your name?
I struggle and groan,
  soak my bed with weeping night after night;
my eyes are troubled with sadness:
  I grow older as my enemies watch.
Leave me, all who do evil,
  for the Lord has heard my voice as I wept.
The Lord listened to my prayer,
  granted me what I asked.
Let my enemies be ashamed and confounded:
  let shame and confusion overtake them soon.
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, save me in your merciful love. Alleluia.

Psalmus 9A:2-11
Gratiarum actio pro victoria
Iterum venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos.
Factus est Dóminus refúgium páuperi in tribulatióne, allelúia.
2Confitébor tibi, Dómine, in toto corde meo,*
  narrábo ómnia mirabília tua.
3Lætábor et exsultábo in te,*
  psallam nómini tuo, Altíssime.
4Cum convertúntur inimíci mei retrórsum,*
  infirmántur et péreunt a fácie tua.
5Quóniam fecísti iudícium meum et causam meam,*
  sedísti super thronum, qui iúdicas iustítiam.
6Increpásti gentes, perdidísti ímpium;*
  nomen eórum delésti in ætérnum et in sǽculum sǽculi.
7Inimíci defecérunt,*
  solitúdines sempitérnæ factæ sunt;
et civitátes destruxísti:*
  périit memória eórum cum ipsis.
8Dóminus autem in ætérnum sedébit,*
  parávit in iudícium thronum suum
9et ipse iudicábit orbem terræ in iustítia,*
  iudicábit pópulos in æquitáte.
10Et erit Dóminus refúgium opprésso,*
  refúgium in opportunitátibus, in tribulatióne.
11Et sperent in te, qui novérunt nomen tuum,*
  quóniam non dereliquísti quæréntes te, Dómine.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Factus est Dóminus refúgium páuperi in tribulatióne, allelúia.
Psalm 9A (9)
Thanksgiving for victory
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed in times of distress. Alleluia.
I will thank you, Lord, with all my heart;
  I will tell of your wonders.
I will rejoice in you and triumph,
  make music to your name, O Most High.
Because my enemies are in full retreat;
  they stumble and perish at your presence.
For you have given judgement in my favour,
  upheld my case,
  taken your seat on the throne of judgement.
You have rebuked the nations,
  condemned the wicked,
  wiped out their name for ever and for ever.
My enemies are no more;
  their land is a desert for ever.
You have demolished their cities,
  their very memory is wiped away.
But the Lord will reign for ever:
  he has made his throne his judgement-seat.
He himself will judge the whole world in justice,
  judge the peoples impartially.
The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed,
  a refuge in good times and in bad.
Let them put their hope in you, those who know your name;
  for you, Lord, have never abandoned those who seek you.
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.
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed in times of distress. Alleluia.

Psalmus 9A:12-21
Annuntiábo laudatiónes tuas in portis fíliæ Sion, allelúia.
12Psállite Dómino, qui hábitat in Sion;*
  annuntiáte inter gentes stúdia eius.
13Quóniam requírens sánguinem recordátus est eórum,*
  non est oblítus clamórem páuperum.
14Miserére mei, Dómine;†
  vide afflictiónem meam de inimícis meis,*
  qui exáltas me de portis mortis,
15ut annúntiem omnes laudatiónes tuas in portis fíliæ Sion,*
  exsúltem in salutári tuo.
16Infíxæ sunt gentes in fóvea, quam fecérunt;†
  in láqueo isto, quem abscondérunt,*
  comprehénsus est pes eórum.
17Manifestávit se Dóminus iudícium fáciens;*
  in opéribus mánuum suárum comprehénsus est peccátor.
18Converténtur peccatóres in inférnum,*
  omnes gentes, quæ obliviscúntur Deum.
19Quóniam non in finem oblívio erit páuperis;*
  exspectátio páuperum non períbit in ætérnum.
20Exsúrge, Dómine, non confortétur homo;*
  iudicéntur gentes in conspéctu tuo.
21Constítue, Dómine, terrórem super eos,*
  sciant gentes quóniam hómines sunt.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Annuntiábo laudatiónes tuas in portis fíliæ Sion, allelúia.
Psalm 9A (9)
I will recount all your praise at the gates of the city of Sion. Alleluia.
Sing to the Lord who dwells in Zion,
  proclaim to the nations his loving care.
For he has remembered the poor and avenged them with blood:
  he has not forgotten the cry of the weak.
Take pity on me, Lord:
  see how my enemies torment me.
You raise me up from the gates of death,
  and I will proclaim your praise at the gates of the daughter of Zion;
  I will rejoice in your salvation.
The nations have fallen into the pit that they made,
  into the very trap that they set: their feet are caught fast.
The Lord’s justice shines forth:
  the sinner is trapped by his very own action.
Sinners will go down to the underworld,
  and all nations that forget God.
For the weak will not always be forgotten:
  the hope of the weak will never perish.
Rise up, Lord, let men not be complacent:
  let the nations come before you to be judged.
Put fear into them, Lord:
  let them know that they are only men.
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 will recount all your praise at the gates of the city of Sion. Alleluia.

℣. Cor meum et caro mea, allelúia.
℟. Exsultavérunt in Deum vivum, allelúia.
My heart and my flesh, alleluia,
shout joy to the living God, alleluia.

Lectio prior
De libro Apocalýpsis beáti Ioánnis apóstoli 19, 11-21
Verbi Dei victoria
Ego Ioánnes 11vidi cælum apértum: et ecce equus albus; et, qui sedébat super eum, vocabátur Fidélis et Verax, et in iustítia iúdicat et pugnat.
  12Oculi autem eius sicut flamma ignis, et in cápite eius diadémata multa, habens nomen scriptum, quod nemo novit nisi ipse, 13et vestítus veste aspérsa sánguine, et vocátur nomen eius Verbum Dei. 14Et exércitus, qui sunt in cælo, sequebántur eum in equis albis, vestíti býssino albo mundo. 15Et de ore ipsíus procédit gládius acútus, ut in ipso percútiat gentes, et ipse reget eos in virga férrea; et ipse calcat tórcular vini furóris iræ Dei omnipoténtis. 16Et habet super vestiméntum et super femur suum nomen scriptum: Rex regum et Dóminus dominórum.
  17Et vidi unum ángelum stantem in sole, et clamávit voce magna dicens ómnibus ávibus, quæ volábant per médium cæli: «Veníte, congregámini ad cenam magnam Dei, 18ut manducétis carnes regum et carnes tribunórum et carnes fórtium et carnes equórum et sedéntium in ipsis et carnes ómnium liberórum ac servórum et pusillórum ac magnórum».
  19Et vidi béstiam et reges terræ et exércitus eórum congregátos ad faciéndum prœ́lium cum illo, qui sedébat super equum, et cum exércitu eius. 20Et apprehénsa est béstia et cum illa pseudoprophéta, qui fecit signa coram ipsa, quibus sedúxit eos, qui accepérunt charactérem béstiæ et qui adórant imáginem eius; vivi missi sunt hi duo in stagnum ignis ardéntis súlphure. 21Et céteri occísi sunt in gládio sedéntis super equum, qui procédit de ore ipsíus, et omnes aves saturátæ sunt cárnibus eórum.
First Reading
Apocalypse 19:11-21 ©
And now I saw heaven open, and a white horse appear; its rider was called Faithful and True; he is a judge with integrity, a warrior for justice. His eyes were flames of fire, and his head was crowned with many coronets; the name written on him was known only to himself, his cloak was soaked in blood He is known by the name, The Word of God. Behind him, dressed in linen of dazzling white, rode the armies of heaven on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike the pagans with; he is the one who will rule them with an iron sceptre, and tread out the wine of Almighty God’s fierce anger. On his cloak and on his thigh there was a name written: The King of kings and the Lord of lords.
  I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he shouted aloud to all the birds that were flying high overhead in the sky, ‘Come here. Gather together at the great feast that God is giving. There will be the flesh of kings for you, and the flesh of great generals and heroes, the flesh of horses and their riders and of all kinds of men, citizens and slaves, small and great.’
  Then I saw the beast, with all the kings of the earth and their armies, gathered together to fight the rider and his army. But the beast was taken prisoner, together with the false prophet who had worked miracles on the beast’s behalf and by them had deceived all who had been branded with the mark of the beast and worshipped his statue. These two were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulphur. All the rest were killed by the sword of the rider, which came out of his mouth, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.
Responsorium
Ap 19, 13. 15 c. 16
℟. Vestítus erat veste aspérsa sánguine, et vocátur nomen eius Verbum Dei;* Ipse calcat tórcular vini furóris iræ Dei omnipoténtis, allelúia.
℣. Habet super vestiméntum et super femur suum nomen scriptum: Rex regum et Dóminus dominórum.* Ipse.
Responsory
The robe he wore was covered with blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. He will tread out the wine in the winepress of the wrath of God, alleluia.
On his robe and on his leg were written the name, King of kings and Lord of lords. He will tread out the wine in the winepress of the wrath of God, alleluia.

Lectio altera
Ex Oratiónibus sancti Gregórii Nysséni epíscopi
(Oratio 1 in Christi resurrectionem: PG 46, 603-606. 626-627)
Primogenitus novæ creationis
Venit vitæ regnum, et solútum est mortis impérium. Appáruit ália generátio, ália vita, álius vivéndi modus, ipsíus natúræ nostræ commutátio. Quænam generátio? Quæ non ex sanguínibus, neque ex voluntáte viri, neque ex voluntáte carnis, sed ex Deo facta est.
  Cuínam, ínquies, hoc fíeri potest? Audi, nam paucis explicábo. Fetus hic per fidem concípitur, per baptísmatis regeneratiónem in lucem éditur, nutrícem habet Ecclésiam, huius doctrínam et institúta sugit tamquam úbera, illi cæléstis panis est cibus; ætátis perféctio est sublímis vivéndi rátio; núptiæ, consuetúdo sapiéntiæ; líberi, spes; domus, regnum; heréditas et opuléntia, delíciæ paradísi; finis, non mors sed vita illa, quæ dignis paráta est, beatíssima et sempitérna.
  Hæc est dies illa, quam fecit Dóminus, a diébus illis longe divérsa, qui mundi procreatiónis inítio sunt constitúti, quos témporis cursus dimetítur. Alteríus hæc est procreatiónis inítium. In hac enim die cælum novum facit Deus et terram novam, ut ait Prophéta. Ecquod cælum? Firmaméntum eius quæ in Christo est fídei. Ecquam terram? Cor bonum, inquam, ut dixit Dóminus, terram quæ bibit super se veniéntem imbrem, et spicam multíplicem parit.
  In hac creatióne, sol quidem est vita munda; stellæ, virtútes; aer, præclára conversátio; mare, altitúdo divitiárum sapiéntiæ et sciéntiæ? herbæ et gérmina, bona doctrína, divináque documénta, quæ pópulus páscuæ, hoc est, Dei grex carpit, atque depáscitur; árbores feréntes fructum, mandatórum observátio.
  In hac die verus homo procreátur ad imáginem et similitúdinem Dei. Annon mundus tibi fit hoc princípium, Hæc dies, quam fecit Dóminus? Quam neque diem esse dicit prophéta diébus áliis, neque noctem áliis nóctibus símilem?
  Sed quod in hac grátia præstantíssimum est, nondum explicávimus. Hæc mortis dolóres dissólvit. Hæc mortuórum primogénitum édidit.
  Ascéndo, inquit, ad Patrem meum et Patrem vestrum, Deum meum et Deum vestrum. O núntium præclárum et bonum! Qui pro nobis factus est homo, is cum sit Unigénitus, quo nos fratres effíciat suos, se hóminem ad verum Patrem addúcit, ut per se ipsum omnes cognátos secum trahat.
Second Reading
From a sermon by Saint Gregory of Nyssa, bishop
The firstborn of the new creation
The reign of life has begun, the tyranny of death is ended. A new birth has taken place, a new life has come, a new order of existence has appeared, our very nature has been transformed! This birth is not brought about by human generation, by the will of man, or by the desire of the flesh, but by God.
  If you wonder how, I will explain in clear language. Faith is the womb that conceives this new life, baptism the rebirth by which it is brought forth into the light of day. The Church is its nurse; her teachings are its milk, the bread from heaven is its food. It is brought to maturity by the practice of virtue; it is wedded to wisdom; it gives birth to hope. Its home is the kingdom; its rich inheritance the joys of paradise; its end, not death, but the blessed and everlasting life prepared for those who are worthy.
  This is the day the Lord has made – a day far different from those made when the world was first created and which are measured by the passage of time. This is the beginning of a new creation. On this day, as the prophet says, God makes a new heaven and a new earth. What is this new heaven? you may ask. It is the firmament of our faith in Christ. What is the new earth? A good heart, a heart like the earth, which drinks up the rain that falls on it and yields a rich harvest.
  In this new creation, purity of life is the sun, the virtues are the stars, transparent goodness is the air, and the depths of the riches of wisdom and knowledge, the sea. Sound doctrine, the divine teachings are the grass and plants that feed God’s flock, the people whom he shepherds; the keeping of the commandments is the fruit borne by the trees.
  On this day is created the true man, the man made in the image and likeness of God. For this day the Lord has made is the beginning of this new world. Of this day the prophet says that it is not like other days, nor is this night like other nights. But still we have not spoken of the greatest gift it has brought us. This day destroyed the pangs of death and brought to birth the firstborn of the dead.
  I ascend to my Father and to your Father, to my God and to your God. O what wonderful good news! He who for our sake became like us in order to make us his brothers, now presents to his true Father his own humanity in order to draw all his kindred up after him.
Responsorium
1 Cor 15, 21-22; 2 Petr 3, 13 a
℟. Per hóminem mors, et per hóminem resurréctio mortuórum;* Et sicut in Adam omnes moriúntur, ita et in Christo omnes vivificabúntur, allelúia.
℣. Novos cælos et terram novam secúndum promíssum ipsíus exspectámus.* Et sicut.
Responsory
Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ, alleluia.
What we are waiting for is what he promised: the new heavens and the new earth. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ, alleluia.

Oremus.
  Deus, qui fidélium mentes uníus éfficis voluntátis, da pópulis tuis id amáre quod præcipis, id desideráre quod promíttis, ut, inter mundánas varietátes, ibi nostra fixa sint corda, ubi vera sunt gáudia. Per Dóminum.
Let us pray.
Lord, by your grace we are made one in mind and heart.
Give us a love for what you command
  and a longing for what you promise,
  so that, amid this world’s changes,
  our hearts may be set on the world of lasting joy.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and 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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