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Sunday 7 February 2016    (other days)
Sunday next before Lent (Quinquagesima) 

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
I. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur noctu vel summo mane:
Primo diérum ómnium,
quo mundus exstat cónditus
vel quo resúrgens cónditor
nos, morte victa, líberat,
Pulsis procul torpóribus,
surgámus omnes ócius,
et nocte quærámus pium,
sicut Prophétam nóvimus,
Nostras preces ut áudiat
suámque dextram pórrigat,
et hic piátos sórdibus
reddat polórum sédibus,
Ut, quique sacratíssimo
huius diéi témpore
horis quiétis psállimus,
donis beátis múneret.
Deo Patri sit glória
eiúsque soli Fílio
cum Spíritu Paráclito,
in sempitérna sǽcula. Amen.
II. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur diurno tempore:
Dies ætásque céteris
octáva splendet sánctior
in te quam, Iesu, cónsecras,
primítiæ surgéntium.
Tu tibi nostras ánimas
nunc primo conresúscita;
tibi consúrgant córpora
secúnda morte líbera.
Tibíque mox in núbibus,
Christe, ferámur óbviam
tecum victúri pérpetim:
tu vita, resurréctio.
Cuius vidéntes fáciem,
configurémur glóriæ;
te cognoscámus sicut es,
lux vera et suávitas.
Regnum, cum Patri tráditos,
plenos septéno chrísmate,
in temet nos lætíficas,
consúmmet Sancta Trínitas. Amen.
Hymn
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
Be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;
Be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
Both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.
Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word,
Be thou ever with me, and I with thee Lord;
Be thou my great Father, and I thy true son;
Be thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.
Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
Be thou my whole armour, be thou my true might;
Be thou my soul’s shelter, be thou my strong tower:
O raise thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise:
Be thou mine inheritance now and always;
Be thou and thou only the first in my heart;
O Sovereign of Heaven, my treasure thou art.
High King of Heaven, thou Heaven’s bright sun,
O grant me its joys after victory is won!
Great heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Ps 1:1-6
De duabus hominum viis
Beati qui, sperantes in crucem, in aquam descenderunt” (Ex auctore quodam II sæculi).
Lignum vitæ in cruce Dómini manifestátum est.
1Beátus vir, qui non ábiit in consílio impiórum, †
  et in via peccatórum non stetit, *
  et in convéntu derisórum non sedit;
2sed in lege Dómini volúntas eius, *
  et in lege eius meditátur die ac nocte.
3Et erit tamquam lignum plantátum secus decúrsus aquárum, *
  quod fructum suum dabit in témpore suo;
et fólium eius non défluet, *
  et ómnia quæcúmque fáciet prosperabúntur.
4Non sic ímpii, non sic, *
  sed tamquam pulvis quem próicit ventus.
5Ideo non consúrgent ímpii in iudício, *
  neque peccatóres in concílio iustórum.
6Quóniam novit Dóminus viam iustórum, *
  et iter impiórum períbit.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Lignum vitæ in cruce Dómini manifestátum est.
Psalm 1
The two paths
The cross of the Lord is become the tree of life for us.
Blessed the man who does not follow the counsels of the wicked,
  or stand in the paths that sinners use,
or sit in the gatherings of those who mock:
  his delight is the law of the Lord,
  he ponders his law day and night.
He is like a tree planted by flowing waters,
  that will give its fruit in due time,
  whose leaves will not fade.
All that he does will prosper.
Not thus are the wicked, not thus.
  They are like the dust blown by the wind.
At the time of judgement the wicked will not stand,
  nor sinners in the council of the just.
For the Lord knows the path of the just;
  but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
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 cross of the Lord is become the tree of life for us.

Ps 2:1-12
Messias rex et victor
Convenerunt vere adversus puerum tuum Iesum, quem unxisti” (Act 4, 27).
Ego constítui Regem meum super Sion.
1Quare fremuérunt gentes, *
  et pópuli meditáti sunt inánia?
2Astitérunt reges terræ †
  et príncipes convenérunt in unum *
  advérsus Dóminum et advérsus christum eius:
3Dirumpámus víncula eórum, *
  et proiciámus a nobis iugum ipsórum!”
4Qui hábitat in cælis irridébit eos, *
  Dóminus subsannábit eos.
5Tunc loquétur ad eos in ira sua, *
  et in furóre suo conturbábit eos:
6Ego autem constítui regem meum *
  super Sion, montem sanctum meum!”.
7Prædicábo decrétum eius: †
  Dóminus dixit ad me: “Fílius meus es tu, *
  ego hódie génui te.
8Póstula a me, et dabo tibi gentes hereditátem tuam, *
  et possessiónem tuam términos terræ.
9Reges eos in virga férrea, *
  et tamquam vas fíguli confrínges eos”.
10Et nunc, reges, intellégite, *
  erudímini, qui iudicátis terram.
11Servíte Dómino in timóre, *
  et exsultáte ei cum tremóre.
12Apprehéndite disciplínam, †
  ne quando irascátur, et pereátis de via, *
  cum exárserit in brevi ira eius.
Beáti omnes *
  qui confídunt in eo.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Ego constítui Regem meum super Sion.
Psalm 2
The Messiah, king and victor
It is I who have set up my king on Sion.
Why are the nations in a ferment?
  Why do the people make their vain plans?
The kings of the earth have risen up;
  the leaders have united against the Lord,
  against his anointed.
“Let us break their chains, that bind us;
  let us throw off their yoke from our shoulders!”
The Lord laughs at them,
  he who lives in the heavens derides them.
Then he speaks to them in his anger;
  in his fury he throws them into confusion:
“But I – I have set up my king on Zion,
my holy mountain.”
I will proclaim the Lord’s decrees.
The Lord has said to me: “You are my son: today I have begotten you.
  Ask me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance,
  the ends of the earth for you to possess.
You will rule them with a rod of iron,
  break them in pieces like an earthen pot.”
So now, kings, listen: understand, you who rule the land.
  Serve the Lord in fear, tremble even as you praise him.
Learn his teaching, lest he take anger,
  lest you perish when his anger bursts into flame.
Blessed are all who put their trust in the Lord.
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.
It is I who have set up my king on Sion.

Ps 3:2-9
Dominus protector meus
Dormivit et somnum cepit et resurrexit, quoniam Dominus suscepit eum” (S. Irenæus).
Tu, Dómine, protéctor meus et exáltans caput meum.
2Dómine, quid multiplicáti sunt qui tríbulant me? *
  Multi insúrgunt advérsum me,
3multi dicunt ánimæ meæ: *
  “Non est salus ipsi in Deo”.
4Tu autem, Dómine, protéctor meus es, *
  glória mea et exáltans caput meum.
5Voce mea ad Dóminum clamávi, *
  et exaudívit me de monte sancto suo.
6Ego obdormívi et soporátus sum, *
  exsurréxi quia Dóminus suscépit me.
7Non timébo mília pópuli circumdántis me. *
  Exsúrge, Dómine, salvum me fac, Deus meus;
8quóniam tu percussísti in maxíllam omnes adversántes mihi, *
  dentes peccatórum contrivísti.
9Dómini est salus, *
  et super pópulum tuum benedíctio tua.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Tu, Dómine, protéctor meus et exáltans caput meum.
Psalm 3
The Lord is my protector
You, Lord, are my salvation and my glory: you lift up my head.
Lord, how many they are, my attackers!
  So many rise up against me, so many of them say:
  “He can hope for no help from the Lord.”
But you, Lord, are my protector, my glory:
  you raise up my head.
I called to the Lord,
  and from his holy mountain he heard my voice.
I fell asleep, and slept;
  but I rose, for the Lord raised me up.
I will not fear when the people surround me in their thousands.
  Rise up, O Lord;
  bring me to safety, my God.
Those who attacked me – you struck them on the jaw,
  you shattered their teeth.
Salvation comes from the Lord:
  Lord, your blessing is upon your people.
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.
You, Lord, are my salvation and my glory: you lift up my head.

℣. Verbum Christi hábitet in vobis abundánter.
℟. In omni sapiéntia commonéntes vosmetípsos.
May the word of the Lord find a true home in you.
Teach and advise one another in all wisdom.

Lectio prior
Incipit Epístola beáti Pauli apóstoli ad Gálatas 1, 1-12
Evangelium Pauli
1Paulus apóstolus, non ab homínibus neque per hóminem, sed per Iesum Christum et Deum Patrem, qui suscitávit eum a mórtuis, 2et, qui mecum sunt, omnes fratres, ecclésiis Galátiæ: 3grátia vobis et pax a Deo Patre nostro et Dómino Iesu Christo, 4qui dedit semetípsum pro peccátis nostris, ut eríperet nos de præsénti sǽculo nequam secúndum voluntátem Dei et Patris nostri, 5cui glória in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.
  6Miror quod tam cito transferímini ab eo, qui vos vocávit in grátia Christi, in áliud evangélium; 7quod non est áliud, nisi sunt áliqui, qui vos contúrbant et volunt convértere evangélium Christi. 8Sed licet nos aut ángelus de cælo evangelízet vobis prætérquam quod evangelizávimus vobis, anáthema sit! 9Sicut prædíximus, et nunc íterum dico: Si quis vobis evangelizáverit præter id, quod accepístis, anáthema sit! 10Modo enim homínibus suádeo aut Deo? Aut quæro homínibus placére? Si adhuc homínibus placérem, Christi servus non essem!
  11Notum enim vobis fácio, fratres, evangélium, quod evangelizátum est a me, quia non est secúndum hóminem; 12neque enim ego ab hómine accépi illud neque dídici, sed per revelatiónem Iesu Christi.
First Reading
Galatians 1:1-12 ©
From Paul to the churches of Galatia, and from all the brothers who are here with me, an apostle who does not owe his authority to men or his appointment to any human being but who has been appointed by Jesus Christ and by God the Father who raised Jesus from the dead. We wish you the grace and peace of God our Father and of the Lord Jesus Christ, who in order to rescue us from this present wicked world sacrificed himself for our sins, in accordance with the will of God our Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
  I am astonished at the promptness with which you have turned away from the one who called you and have decided to follow a different version of the Good News. Not that there can be more than one Good News; it is merely that some troublemakers among you want to change the Good News of Christ; and let me warn you that if anyone preaches a version of the Good News different from the one we have already preached to you, whether it be ourselves or an angel from heaven, he is to be condemned. I am only repeating what we told you before: if anyone preaches a version of the Good News different from the one you have already heard, he is to be condemned. So now whom am I trying to please – man, or God? Would you say it is men’s approval I am looking for? If I still wanted that, I should not be what I am – a servant of Christ.
  The fact is, brothers, and I want you to realise this, the Good News I preached is not a human message that I was given by men, it is something I learnt only through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
Responsorium
Gal 1, 3-4 a. 10 c
℟. Grátia vobis et pax a Deo Patre nostro et Dómino Iesu Christo,* Qui dedit semetípsum pro peccátis nostris.
℣. Si adhuc homínibus placérem, Christi servus non essem.* Qui dedit.
Responsory
Grace and peace be yours from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ. He it is who has given himself up for our sins.
If, after all these years, I were still courting the favour of men, I should not be what I am, the slave of Christ. He it is who has given himself up for our sins.

Lectio altera
Ex Expositióne sancti Augustíni epíscopi in Epístolam ad Gálatas
(Præfatio: PL 35, 2105-2107)
Gratiam Dei intellegamus
Causa propter quam scribit Apóstolus ad Gálatas, hæc est, ut intéllegant grátiam Dei id secum ágere, ut sub lege iam non sint. Cum enim prædicáta eis esset Evangélii grátia, non defuérunt quidam ex circumcisióne, quamvis christiáni nómine, nondum tamen tenéntes ipsum grátiæ benefícium, et adhuc voléntes esse sub onéribus legis, quæ Dóminus Deus imposúerat, non iustítiæ serviéntibus, sed peccáto, iustam scílicet legem iniústis homínibus dando ad demonstránda peccáta eórum, non auferénda; non enim aufert peccáta nisi grátia fídei, quæ per dilectiónem operátur; sub hac ergo grátia iam Gálatas constitútos illi volébant constitúere sub onéribus legis, asseverántes nihil eis prodésse Evangélium, nisi circumcideréntur, et céteras carnáles iudáici ritus observatiónes subírent.
  Et ídeo Paulum apóstolum suspéctum habére cœ́perant, a quo illis Evangélium prædicátum erat, tamquam non tenéntem disciplínam ceterórum Apostolórum, qui gentes cogébant iudaizáre. Césserat enim tálium hóminum scándalis apóstolus Petrus, et in simulatiónem ductus erat, tamquam et ipse hoc sentíret, nihil prodésse géntibus Evangélium nisi ónera legis implérent; a qua simulatióne idem apóstolus Paulus eum révocat, sicut in hac ipsa epístola docet. Talis quidem quǽstio est et in epístola ad Romános; verúmtamen vidétur áliquid interésse, quod ibi contentiónem ipsam dírimit litémque compónit, quæ inter eos qui ex Iudǽis, et eos qui ex Géntibus credíderant, orta erat.
  In hac vero epístola ad eos scribit, qui iam commóti erant auctoritáte illórum qui ex Iudǽis erant, et ad observatiónes legis cogébant; cœ́perant enim eis crédere, tamquam Paulus apóstolus non vera prædicásset, quod eos circumcídi noluísset. Et ídeo sic cœpit: Miror quod sic tam cito transferímini ab eo, qui vos vocávit in glóriam Christi, in áliud evangélium.
  Hoc ergo exórdio, causæ quæstiónem bréviter insinuávit. Quamquam et ipsa salutatióne, cum dicit se apóstolum, non ab homínibus, neque per hóminem, quod in nulla ália epístola dixísse invenítur, satis osténdit, et illos qui tália persuadébant, non esse a Deo, sed ab homínibus; et céteris Apóstolis, quantum ad auctoritátem testimónii evangélici pértinet, ímparem se habéri non oportére: quandóquidem non ab homínibus, neque per hóminem, sed per Iesum Christum et Deum Patrem se apóstolum nóverit.
Second Reading
From an explanation of Paul's letter to the Galatians by Saint Augustine, bishop
Let us understand the workings of God's grace
Paul writes to the Galatians to make them understand that by God’s grace they are no longer under the law. When the Gospel was preached to them, there were some among them of Jewish origin known as circumcisers – though they called themselves Christians – who did not grasp the gift they had received. They still wanted to be under the burden of the law. Now God had imposed that burden on those who were slaves to sin and not on servants of justice. That is to say, God had given a just law to unjust men in order to show them their sin, not to take it away. For sin is taken away only by the gift of faith that works through love. The Galatians had already received this gift, but the circumcisers claimed that the Gospel would not save them unless they underwent circumcision and were willing to observe also the other traditional Jewish rites.
  The Galatians, therefore, began to question Paul’s preaching of the Gospel because he did not require Gentiles to follow Jewish observances as other apostles had done. Even Peter had yielded to the scandalised protests of the circumcisers. He pretended to believe that the Gospel would not save the Gentiles unless they fulfilled the burden of the law. But Paul recalled him from such dissimulation, as is shown in this very same letter. A similar issue arises in Paul’s letter to the Romans, but with an evident difference. Through his letter to them, Paul was able to resolve the strife and controversy that had developed between the Jewish and Gentile converts.
  In the present letter Paul is writing to persons who were profoundly influenced and disturbed by the circumcisers. The Galatians had begun to believe them and to think that Paul had not preached rightly, since he had not ordered them to be circumcised. And so the Apostle begins by saying: I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting him who called you to the glory of Christ, and turning to another gospel.
  After this there comes a brief introduction to the point at issue. But remember in the very opening of the letter Paul had said that he was an apostle not from men nor by any man, a statement that does not appear in any other letter of his. He is making it quite clear that the circumcisers, for their part, are not from God but from men, and that his authority in preaching the Gospel must be considered equal to that of the other apostles. For he was called to be an apostle not from men nor by any man, but through God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.
Responsorium
Gal 3, 24-25. 23
℟. Lex pædagógus noster fuit in Christum, ut ex fide iustificémur;* At ubi venit fides, iam non sumus sub pædagógo.
℣. Prius quam veníret fides, sub lege custodiebámur conclúsi in eam fidem, quæ revelánda erat.* At ubi.
Responsory
The law was our tutor, bringing us to Christ, to find in faith our justification. When faith comes, then we are no longer under the rule of a tutor.
Until faith came, we were all being kept in bondage to the law, waiting for the faith that was one day to be revealed. When faith comes, then we are no longer under the rule of a tutor.

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.
  Famíliam tuam, quæsumus, Dómine, contínua pietáte custódi, ut, quæ in sola spe grátiæ cæléstis innítitur, tua semper protectióne muniátur. Per Dóminum.
Let us pray.
Guard your family, Lord,
  with constant loving care,
for in your divine grace
  we place our only hope.
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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