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Saturday 26 July 2014    (other days)
Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 (Saturday of week 16 in Ordinary Time)

Office of Readings

If you have already recited the Invitatory Psalm today, you should use the alternative opening.


Dómine, lábia mea apéries.
  Et os meum annuntiábit laudem tuam.
Lord, open our lips.
  And we shall praise your name.
Psalmus 99:1-5
Redemptos iubet Dominus victoriæ carmen canere” (S. Athanasius).
Mirábilem Deum in sanctis suis, veníte adorémus.
Vel: Laudémus Deum nostrum, in celebritáte sancti N.
(repeat antiphon*)
2Iubiláte Dómino, omnis terra,*
  servíte Dómino in lætítia;
introíte in conspéctu eius*
  in exsultatióne.
3Scitóte quóniam Dóminus ipse est Deus;†
  ipse fecit nos, et ipsíus sumus,*
  pópulus eius et oves páscuæ eius.
(repeat antiphon*)
4Introíte portas eius in confessióne,†
  átria eius in hymnis,*
  confitémini illi, benedícite nómini eius.
5Quóniam suávis est Dóminus;†
  in ætérnum misericórdia eius,*
  et usque in generatiónem et generatiónem véritas eius.
(repeat antiphon*)
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Mirábilem Deum in sanctis suis, veníte adorémus.
Vel: Laudémus Deum nostrum, in celebritáte sancti N.*
Invitatory PsalmPsalm 99 (100)
How wonderful is God among his saints: come, let us adore him.
(repeat antiphon*)
Rejoice in the Lord, all the earth,
  and serve him with joy.
Exult as you enter his presence.
(repeat antiphon*)
Know that the Lord is God.
He made us and we are his
 – his people, the sheep of his flock.
(repeat antiphon*)
Cry out his praises as you enter his gates,
  fill his courtyards with songs.
Proclaim him and bless his name;
  for the Lord is our delight.
His mercy lasts for ever,
  his faithfulness through all the ages.
(repeat antiphon*)
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.
How wonderful is God among his saints: come, let us adore him.*

* If you are reciting this on your own, you can choose to say the antiphon once only at the start of the psalm and not repeat it.


Hymnus
I. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur noctu vel summo mane:
Lux ætérna, lumen potens,
dies indefíciens,
debellátor atræ noctis,
reparátor lúminis,
destructórque tenebrárum,
illustrátor méntium:
Quo nascénte suscitámur,
quo vocante surgimus;
faciénte quo beáti,
quo linquénte míseri;
quo a morte liberáti,
quo sumus perlúcidi;
Mortis quo victóres facti,
noctis atque sǽculi;
ergo nobis, rex ætérne,
lucem illam tríbue,
quæ fuscátur nulla nocte,
solo gaudens lúmine.
Honor Patri sit ac tibi,
Sancto sit Spirítui,
Deo trino sed et uni,
paci, vitæ, lúmini,
nómini præ cunctis dulci
divinóque númini. Amen.
II. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur diurno tempore:
Deus de nullo véniens,
Deus de Deo pródiens,
Deus ab his progrédiens,
in nos veni subvéniens.
Tu nostrum desidérium,
tu sis amor et gáudium;
in te nostra cupíditas
et sit in te iucúnditas.
Pater, cunctórum Dómine,
cum Génito de Vírgine,
intus et in circúitu
nos rege Sancto Spíritu.
Meménto, Sancta Trínitas,
quod tua fecit bónitas,
creándo prius hóminem,
recreándo per sánguinem.
Nam quos creávit Unitas,
redémit Christi cáritas;
patiéndo tunc díligens,
nunc díligat nos éligens.
Tríadi sanctæ gáudium,
pax, virtus et impérium,
decus, omnipoténtia,
laus, honor, reveréntia. Amen.
Hymn
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, thy great Name we praise.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
To all life thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish, like leaves on the tree,
Then wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render: O help us to see
‘Tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.

Psalmus 49:1-6
Vera in Dominum pietas
Non veni solvere legem, sed adimplere” (Cf. Mt 5, 17).
Dóminus advocávit cælum et terram, ut discérnat pópulum suum.
1Deus deórum Dóminus locútus est*
  et vocávit terram a solis ortu usque ad occásum.
2Ex Sion speciósa decóre Deus illúxit,*
  3Deus noster véniet et non silébit:
ignis consúmens est in conspéctu eius*
  et in circúitu eius tempéstas válida.
4Advocábit cælum desúrsum*
  et terram discérnere pópulum suum:
«5Congregáte mihi sanctos meos,*
  qui disposuérunt testaméntum meum in sacrifício».
6Et annuntiábunt cæli iustítiam eius,*
  quóniam Deus iudex est.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Dóminus advocávit cælum et terram, ut discérnat pópulum suum.
Psalm 49 (50)
True reverence for the Lord
The Lord has summoned heaven and earth to witness his judgement of his people.
The Lord, the God of gods has spoken:
  he has summoned the whole earth, from east to west.
God has shone forth from Zion in her great beauty.
  Our God will come, and he will not be silent.
Before him, a devouring fire;
  around him, a tempest rages.
He will call upon the heavens above, and on the earth, to judge his people.
“Bring together before me my chosen ones, who have sealed my covenant with sacrifice.”
The heavens will proclaim his justice; for God is the true judge.
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 has summoned heaven and earth to witness his judgement of his people.

Psalmus 49:7-15
Invoca me in die tribulatiónis et éruam te.
«7Audi, pópulus meus, et loquar;†
  Israel, et testificábor advérsum te:*
  Deus, Deus tuus ego sum.
8Non in sacrifíciis tuis árguam te;*
  holocáusta enim tua in conspéctu meo sunt semper.
9Non accípiam de domo tua vítulos,*
  neque de grégibus tuis hircos.
10Quóniam meæ sunt omnes feræ silvárum,*
  iumentórum mille in móntibus.
11Cognóvi ómnia volatília cæli,*
  et, quod movétur in agro, meum est.
12Si esuríero non dicam tibi;*
  meus est enim orbis terræ et plenitúdo eius.
13Numquid manducábo carnes taurórum*
  aut sánguinem hircórum potábo?
14Immola Deo sacrifícium laudis*
  et redde Altíssimo vota tua;
15et ínvoca me in die tribulatiónis:*
  éruam te, et honorificábis me».
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Invoca me in die tribulatiónis et éruam te.
Psalm 49 (50)
Call on me in the day of trouble, and I will come to free you.
Listen, my people, and I will speak;
  Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.
I will not reproach you with your sacrifices,
  for your burnt offerings are always before me.
But I will not accept calves from your houses,
  nor goats from your flocks.
For all the beasts of the forests are mine,
  and in the hills, a thousand animals.
All the birds of the air – I know them.
  Whatever moves in the fields – it is mine.
If I am hungry, I will not tell you;
  for the whole world is mine, and all that is in it.
Am I to eat the flesh of bulls,
  or drink the blood of goats?
Offer a sacrifice to God – a sacrifice of praise;
  to the Most High, fulfil your vows.
Then you may call upon me in the time of trouble:
  I will rescue you, and you will honour me.
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.
Call on me in the day of trouble, and I will come to free you.

Psalmus 49:16-23
Sacrifícium laudis honorificábit me.
16Peccatóri autem dixit Deus:†
  «Quare tu enárras præcépta mea*
  et assúmis testaméntum meum in os tuum?
17Tu vero odísti disciplínam*
  et proiecísti sermónes meos retrórsum.
18Si vidébas furem, currébas cum eo;*
  et cum adúlteris erat pórtio tua.
19Os tuum dimittébas ad malítiam,*
  et lingua tua concinnábat dolos.
20Sedens advérsus fratrem tuum loquebáris*
  et advérsus fílium matris tuæ proferébas oppróbrium.
21Hæc fecísti, et tácui.†
  Existimásti quod eram tui símilis.*
  Arguam te et státuam illa contra fáciem tuam.
22Intellégite hæc, qui obliviscímini Deum,*
  nequándo rápiam, et non sit qui erípiat.
23Qui immolábit sacrifícium laudis, honorificábit me,†
  et, qui immaculátus est in via,*
  osténdam illi salutáre Dei».
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Sacrifícium laudis honorificábit me.
Psalm 49 (50)
A sacrifice of thanksgiving will honour me.
To the sinner, God has said this:
Why do you recite my statutes?
  Why do you dare to speak my covenant?
For you hate what I teach you,
  and reject what I tell you.
The moment you saw a thief, you joined him;
  you threw in your lot with adulterers.
You spoke evil with your mouth,
  and your tongue made plans to deceive.
Solemnly seated, you denounced your own brother;
  you poured forth hatred against your own mother’s son.
All this you did, and I was silent;
  so you thought that I was just like you.
But I will reprove you –
  I will confront you with all you have done.
Understand this, you who forget God;
  lest I tear you apart, with no-one there to save you.
Whoever offers up a sacrifice of praise gives me true honour;
  whoever follows a sinless path in life will be shown the salvation of God.
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.
A sacrifice of thanksgiving will honour me.

℣. Non cessámus pro vobis orántes et postulántes.
℟. Ut impleámini agnitióne voluntátis Dei.
We ceaselessly pray to God for you.
For you to have the fullest knowledge of God’s will.

Lectio prior
De Epístola secúnda beáti Pauli apóstoli ad Corínthios 6, 1—7, 1
Tribulationes Pauli et exhortatio ad sanctitatem
Fratres: 6,1Adiuvántes et exhortámur, ne in vácuum grátiam Dei recipiátis 2—ait enim:
« Témpore accépto exaudívi te
et in die salútis adiúvi te».
Ecce nunc tempus acceptábile, ecce nunc dies salútis — 3némini dantes ullam offensiónem, ut non vituperétur ministérium, 4sed in ómnibus exhibéntes nosmetípsos sicut Dei minístros in multa patiéntia, in tribulatiónibus, in necessitátibus, in angústiis, 5in plagis, in carcéribus, in seditiónibus, in labóribus, in vigíliis, in ieiúniis, 6in castitáte, in sciéntia, in longanimitáte, in suavitáte, in Spíritu Sancto, in caritáte non ficta, 7in verbo veritátis, in virtúte Dei; per arma iustítiæ a dextris et sinístris, 8per glóriam et ignobilitátem, per infámiam et bonam famam; ut seductóres et veráces, 9sicut qui ignóti et cógniti, quasi moriéntes, et ecce vívimus, ut castigáti et non mortificáti, 10quasi tristes, semper autem gaudéntes, sicut egéntes, multos autem locupletántes, tamquam nihil habéntes et ómnia possidéntes.
  11Os nostrum patet ad vos, o Corínthii, cor nostrum dilatátum est. 12Non angustiámini in nobis, sed angustiámini in viscéribus vestris; 13eándem autem habéntes remuneratiónem, tamquam fíliis dico, dilatámini et vos.
  14Nolíte iugum dúcere cum infidélibus! Quæ enim participátio iustítiæ cum iniquitáte? Aut quæ socíetas luci ad ténebras? 15Quæ autem convéntio Christi cum Béliar, aut quæ pars fidéli cum infidéli? 16Qui autem consénsus templo Dei cum idólis? Vos enim estis templum Dei vivi; sicut dicit Deus:
« Inhabitábo in illis et inambulábo
et ero illórum Deus, et ipsi erunt mihi pópulus.
17Propter quod exíte de médio eórum
et separámini, dicit Dóminus,
et immúndum ne tetigéritis;
et ego recípiam vos
18et ero vobis in Patrem,
et vos éritis mihi in fílios et fílias,
dicit Dóminus omnípotens».
7,1Has ígitur habéntes promissiónes, caríssimi, mundémus nos ab omni inquinaménto carnis et spíritus, perficiéntes sanctificatiónem in timóre Dei.
First Reading
2 Corinthians 6:1-7:1 ©
As his fellow workers, we beg you once again not to neglect the grace of God that you have received. For he says: At the favourable time, I have listened to you; on the day of salvation I came to your help. Well, now is the favourable time; this is the day of salvation.
  We do nothing that people might object to, so as not to bring discredit on our function as God’s servants. Instead, we prove we are servants of God by great fortitude in times of suffering: in times of hardship and distress; when we are flogged, or sent to prison, or mobbed; labouring, sleepless, starving. We prove we are God’s servants by our purity, knowledge, patience and kindness; by a spirit of holiness, by a love free from affectation; by the word of truth and by the power of God; by being armed with the weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left, prepared for honour or disgrace, for blame or praise; taken for impostors while we are genuine; obscure yet famous; said to be dying and here are we alive; rumoured to be executed before we are sentenced; thought most miserable and yet we are always rejoicing; taken for paupers though we make others rich, for people having nothing though we have everything.
  Corinthians, we have spoken to you very frankly; our mind has been opened in front of you. Any constraint that you feel is not on our side; the constraint is in your own selves. I speak as if to children of mine: as a fair exchange, open your minds in the same way.
  Do not harness yourselves in an uneven team with unbelievers. Virtue is no companion for crime. Light and darkness have nothing in common. Christ is not the ally of Beliar, nor has a believer anything to share with an unbeliever. The temple of God has no common ground with idols, and that is what we are – the temple of the living God. We have God’s word for it: I will make my home among them and live with them; I will be their God and they shall be my people. Then come away from them and keep aloof, says the Lord. Touch nothing that is unclean, and I will welcome you and be your father, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Almighty Lord.
  With promises like these made to us, dear brothers, let us wash off all that can soil either body or spirit, to reach perfection of holiness in the fear of God.
Responsorium
2 Cor 6, 14 b. 16; 1 Cor 3, 16
℟. Quæ participátio iustítiæ cum iniquitáte? qui consénsus templo Dei cum idólis?* Vos enim estis templum Dei vivi.
℣. Nescítis quia templum Dei estis, et Spíritus Dei hábitat in vobis?* Vos enim.
Responsory
How can right and wrong be partners? How can God’s temple tolerate pagan idols? You yourselves are the temple of the living God.
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? You yourselves are the temple of the living God.

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.

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.
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 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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