Universalis
Tuesday 17 January 2017    (other days)
Saint Antony, Abbot 
 (Tuesday after the Second Sunday after Epiphany)

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:
Nocte surgéntes vigilémus omnes,
semper in psalmis meditémur atque
víribus totis Dómino canámus
dúlciter hymnos,
Ut, pio regi páriter canéntes,
cum suis sanctis mereámur aulam
íngredi cæli, simul et beátam
dúcere vitam.
Præstet hoc nobis Déitas Beáta
Patris ac Nati, paritérque Sancti
Spíritus, cuius résonat per omnem
glória mundum. Amen.
II. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur diurno tempore:
Ad preces nostras deitátis aures,
Deus, inclína pietáte sola;
súpplicum vota súscipe, precámur
fámuli tui.
Réspice clemens sólio de sancto
vultu seréno, lámpadas illústra
ólei nostri, ténebras depélle
péctore cunctas.
Crímina laxa pietáte multa,
áblue sordes, víncula disrúmpe,
parce peccátis, réleva iacéntes
déxtera tua.
Glória Deo sit ætérno Patri,
sit tibi semper, Genitóris Nate,
cum quo per cuncta Spíritus æquális
sǽcula regnat. Amen.
Hymn
O God of truth and Lord of power,
whose word their course to things assigns,
whose splendour lights the morning hour,
whose fiery sun at noonday shines:
Within us quench the flames of strife,
the harmful heat of passion quell;
give health of body to our life
and give true peace of soul as well.
In this, most loving Father, hear,
and Christ, co-equal Son, our prayer:
with Holy Ghost, one Trinity,
you reign for all eternity.

Ps 36:1-11
Sors malorum et iustorum

Beati mites, quoniam ipsi possidebunt terram” (Mt 5, 5).

Commítte Dómino viam tuam et ipse fáciet.
1Noli æmulári in malignántibus,*
  neque zeláveris faciéntes iniquitátem,
2quóniam tamquam fenum velóciter aréscent*
  et quemádmodum herba virens décident.
3Spera in Dómino et fac bonitátem,*
  et inhabitábis terram et pascéris in fide.
4Delectáre in Dómino,*
  et dabit tibi petitiónes cordis tui.
5Commítte Dómino viam tuam et spera in eo,*
  et ipse fáciet;
6et edúcet quasi lumen iustítiam tuam*
  et iudícium tuum tamquam merídiem.
7Quiésce in Dómino et exspécta eum;†
  noli æmulári in eo, qui prosperátur in via sua,*
  in hómine, qui molítur insídias.
8Désine ab ira et derelínque furórem,*
  noli æmulári, quod vertit ad malum,
9quóniam qui malignántur, exterminabúntur,*
  sustinéntes autem Dóminum ipsi hereditábunt terram.
10Et adhuc pusíllum et non erit peccátor,*
  et quæres locum eius et non invénies.
11Mansuéti autem hereditábunt terram*
  et delectabúntur in multitúdine pacis.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Commítte Dómino viam tuam et ipse fáciet.
Psalm 36 (37)
The fate of the evil and the righteous
Commit your life to the Lord, and he will act on your behalf.
Do not envy the wicked;
  do not be jealous of those that do evil.
They will dry up as quickly as hay;
  they will wither like the grass.
Put your trust in the Lord and do good,
  and your land and habitation will be secure.
Take your delight in the Lord,
  and he will give you what your heart desires.
Entrust your journey to the Lord, and hope in him:
  and he will act.
He will make your uprightness shine like the light,
  your judgement like the sun at noon.
Take your rest in the Lord, and hope in him:
  do not envy the one who thrives in his own way,
  the man who weaves plots.
Abstain from wrath, abandon anger:
  do not envy him who turns to evil,
for those who do evil will be destroyed,
  but those on the side of the Lord
  will inherit the earth.
A moment yet – and the sinner will be gone:
  you will look where he was and find nothing.
But the meek will inherit the land
  and delight in abundant peace.
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.
Commit your life to the Lord, and he will act on your behalf.

Ps 36:12-29
Declína a malo et fac bonum; confírmat iustos Dóminus.
12Insidiábitur peccátor iusto*
  et stridébit super eum déntibus suis.
13Dóminus autem irridébit eum,*
  quóniam próspicit quod véniet dies eius.
14Gládium evaginavérunt peccatóres,*
  intendérunt arcum suum,
ut deíciant páuperem et ínopem,*
  ut trucídent recte ambulántes in via.
15Gládius eórum intrábit in corda ipsórum,*
  et arcus eórum confringétur.
16Mélius est módicum iusto*
  super divítias peccatórum multas,
17quóniam bráchia peccatórum conteréntur,*
  confírmat autem iustos Dóminus.
18Novit Dóminus dies immaculatórum,*
  et heréditas eórum in ætérnum erit.
19Non confundéntur in témpore malo*
  et in diébus famis saturabúntur.
20Quia peccatóres períbunt,†
  inimíci vero Dómini ut decor campórum defícient,*
  quemádmodum fumus defícient.
21Mutuátur peccátor et non solvet,*
  iustus autem miserétur et tríbuet.
22Quia benedícti eius hereditábunt terram,*
  maledícti autem eius exterminabúntur.
23A Dómino gressus hóminis confirmántur,*
  et viam eius volet.
24Cum cecíderit, non collidétur,*
  quia Dóminus susténtat manum eius.
25Iúnior fui et sénui†
  et non vidi iustum derelíctum,*
  nec semen eius quærens panem.
26Tota die miserétur et cómmodat,*
  et semen illíus in benedictióne erit.
27Declína a malo et fac bonum,*
  et inhabitábis in sǽculum sǽculi,
28quia Dóminus amat iudícium*
  et non derelínquet sanctos suos.
Iniústi in ætérnum disperíbunt,*
  et semen impiórum exterminábitur.
29Iusti autem hereditábunt terram*
  et inhabitábunt in sǽculum sǽculi super eam.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Declína a malo et fac bonum; confírmat iustos Dóminus.
Psalm 36 (37)
Turn away from evil and do good: the Lord will support the just.
The wicked will plot against the righteous
  and gnash his teeth at him;
but the Lord will deride him in his turn,
  for the Lord has seen what awaits him.
The wicked have pulled out their swords,
  the wicked have drawn their bows,
to throw down the poor and the destitute,
  to murder whoever follows the straight path.
But their swords will enter their own hearts,
  and their bows will splinter.
For the righteous, the little they have is better
  than the abundant wealth of the wicked.
The limbs of the wicked will be broken
  while the Lord gives his strength to the just.
The Lord knows when the day of the perfect will come;
  and their inheritance will be eternal.
They will not be troubled in evil times,
  and in times of famine they will have more than enough.
For the wicked will perish:
  the enemies of the Lord will be like the flowers of the fields,
  and like smoke they will vanish away.
The wicked man borrows and does not return;
  but the righteous takes pity and gives.
The blessed ones of the Lord will inherit the earth,
  but those whom he curses will be cut off.
It is the Lord who strengthens the steps of man
  and chooses his path.
Even if he trips he will not fall flat,
  for the Lord is holding his hand.
I was young and I have grown old,
  but I have not seen the righteous man abandoned
  nor his children seeking for bread.
All day long he takes pity and lends,
  and his seed will be blessed.
Shun evil and do good,
  and you will live for ever.
For the Lord loves right judgement,
  and will not abandon his chosen ones.
The unjust will be destroyed for ever,
  and the seed of the wicked will be cut off,
but the righteous will inherit the earth
  and live there from age to age.
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.
Turn away from evil and do good: the Lord will support the just.

Ps 36:30-40
Exspécta Dóminum et custódi viam eius.
30Os iusti meditábitur sapiéntiam,*
  et lingua eius loquétur iudícium;
31lex Dei eius in corde ipsíus,*
  et non vacillábunt gressus eius.
32Consíderat peccátor iustum*
  et quærit mortificáre eum;
33Dóminus autem non derelínquet eum in mánibus eius,*
  nec damnábit eum, cum iudicábitur illi.
34Exspécta Dóminum et custódi viam eius,†
  et exaltábit te, ut hereditáte cápias terram;*
  cum exterminabúntur peccatóres, vidébis.
35Vidi ímpium superexaltátum*
  et elevátum sicut cedrum viréntem;
36et transívit, et ecce non erat,*
  et quæsívi eum, et non est invéntus.
37Obsérva innocéntiam et vide æquitátem,*
  quóniam est postéritas hómini pacífico.
38Iniústi autem disperíbunt simul,*
  postéritas impiórum exterminábitur.
39Salus autem iustórum a Dómino,*
  et protéctor eórum in témpore tribulatiónis.
40Et adiuvábit eos Dóminus et liberábit eos†
  et éruet eos a peccatóribus et salvábit eos,*
  quia speravérunt in eo.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Exspécta Dóminum et custódi viam eius.
Psalm 36 (37)
Wait for the Lord, keep to his way.
The mouth of the righteous will speak wisdom,
  and his tongue will utter right judgement.
The law of his God is in his heart
  and his steps will not stumble.
The wicked man watches the just
  and seeks to kill him;
but the Lord will rescue the just man from his hands
  and not condemn the just in the time of judgement.
Put your hope in the Lord and follow his paths,
  and he will raise you up and make the land your inheritance,
  let you watch as the wicked are cut off.
I have seen the sinner triumph,
  flourish like a green cedar,
but he is gone, he is there no longer:
  I have looked for him but have not found him.
Preserve innocence, follow uprightness:
  for the future belongs to the man of peace.
The unrighteous will be destroyed altogether,
  their posterity will be cut off.
The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord,
  and their protection in time of trouble.
The Lord will come to their help and free them,
  rescue them from the wicked and save them,
  because they have put their trust in him.
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.
Wait for the Lord, keep to his way.

℣. Bonitátem et prudéntiam et sciéntiam doce me.
℟. Quia præcéptis tuis crédidi.
Teach me goodness and discernment and knowledge;
for I trust in your commands.

Lectio prior
De libro Deuteronómii 6, 4-25
Lex dilectionis
In diébus illis: Locútus est Móyses pópulo dicens:
  4«Audi, Israel: Dóminus Deus noster Dóminus unus est. 5Díliges Dóminum Deum tuum ex toto corde tuo et ex tota ánima tua et ex tota fortitúdine tua. 6Erúntque verba hæc, quæ ego præcípio tibi hódie, in corde tuo, 7et inculcábis ea fíliis tuis et loquéris ea sedens in domo tua et ámbulans in itínere, decúmbens atque consúrgens; 8et ligábis ea quasi signum in manu tua, erúntque quasi appénsum quid inter óculos tuos, 9scribésque ea in póstibus domus tuæ et in portis tuis.
  10Cumque introdúxerit te Dóminus Deus tuus in terram, pro qua iurávit pátribus tuis Abraham, Isaac et Iacob, ut daret tibi, civitátes magnas et óptimas, quas non ædificásti, 11domos plenas cunctárum opum, quas non implevísti, cistérnas, quas non fodísti, vinéta et olivéta, quæ non plantásti, et coméderis et saturátus fúeris, 12cave diligénter, ne obliviscáris Dómini, qui edúxit te de terra Ægýpti, de domo servitútis: 13Dóminum Deum tuum timébis et ipsi sérvies ac per nomen illíus iurábis.
  14Non íbitis post deos aliénos, de diis géntium, quæ in circúitu vestro sunt, 15quóniam Deus æmulátor Dóminus Deus tuus in médio tui; nequándo irascátur furor Dómini Dei tui contra te et áuferat te de superfície terræ. 16Non tentábitis Dóminum Deum vestrum, sicut tentástis in Massa. 17Custodíte mandáta Dómini Dei vestri ac testimónia et præcépta, quæ præcépit tibi; 18et fac, quod rectum est et bonum in conspéctu Dómini, ut bene sit tibi, et ingréssus possídeas terram óptimam, de qua iurávit Dóminus pátribus tuis, 19ut deléret omnes inimícos tuos coram te, sicut locútus est Dóminus.
  20Cumque interrogáverit te fílius tuus cras dicens: “Quid sibi volunt testimónia hæc et præcépta atque iudícia, quæ præcépit Dóminus Deus noster vobis?”, 21dices ei: “Servi erámus pharaónis in Ægýpto, et edúxit nos Dóminus de Ægýpto in manu forti 22fecítque signa atque prodígia magna et péssima in Ægýpto contra pharaónem et omnem domum illíus in conspéctu nostro; 23et edúxit nos inde, ut introdúctis daret terram, super qua iurávit pátribus nostris. 24Præcepítque nobis Dóminus, ut faciámus ómnia præcépta hæc et timeámus Dóminum Deum nostrum, et bene sit nobis cunctis diébus vitæ nostræ, sicut est hódie. 25Erítque iustítia nobis, si custodiérimus et fecérimus ómnia mandáta hæc coram Dómino Deo nostro, sicut mandávit nobis”».
First Reading
Deuteronomy 6:4-25 ©
The law of love
These are the words that Moses spoke beyond Jordan to the whole of Israel:
  Listen, Israel: the Lord our God is the one Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength. Let these words I urge on you today be written on your heart. You shall repeat them to your children and say them over to them whether at rest in your house or walking abroad, at your lying down or at your rising; you shall fasten them on your hand as a sign and on your forehead as a circlet; you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
  When the Lord has brought you into the land which he swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that he would give you, with great and prosperous cities not of your building, houses full of good things not furnished by you, wells you did not dig, vineyards and olives you did not plant, when you have eaten these and had your fill, then take care you do not forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You must fear the Lord your God, you must serve him, by his name you must swear.
  Do not follow other gods, gods of the peoples round you, for the Lord your God who dwells among you is a jealous God; his anger could blaze out against you and wipe you from the face of the earth. Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you tested him at Massah. Keep the commandments of the Lord your God and his decrees and laws that he has laid down for you, and do what is right and good in the eyes of the Lord so that you may prosper and take possession of the rich land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers, driving out your enemies before you; this was the promise of the Lord.
  In times to come, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the decrees and laws and customs that the Lord our God has laid down for you?” you shall tell your son, “Once we were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt by his mighty hand. Before our eyes the Lord worked great and terrible signs and wonders against Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his House. And he brought us out from there to lead us into the land he swore to our fathers he would give to us. And the Lord commanded us to observe all these laws and to fear the Lord our God, so as to be happy for ever and to live, as he has granted us to do until now. For us right living will mean this: to keep and observe all these commandments before the Lord our God as he has directed us.”
Responsorium
Ps 18 (19), 8. 9 b; Rom 13, 8 b. 10 b
℟. Lex Dómini immaculáta, refíciens ánimam; testimónium Dómini fidéle, sapiéntiam præstans párvulis.* Præcéptum Dómini lúcidum, illúminans óculos.
℣. Qui díligit próximum, legem implévit; plenitúdo legis est diléctio.* Præcéptum.
Responsory
℟. The law of the Lord is perfect: it revives the soul. The rule of the Lord is to be trusted, it gives wisdom to the simple.* The command of the Lord is clear, it gives light to the eyes.
℣. He who loves his neighbour has satisfied every claim of the law: the whole law is summed up in love.* The command of the Lord is clear, it gives light to the eyes.

Lectio altera
E Vita sancti Antónii a sancto Athanásio epíscopo conscrípta (Cap. 2-4: PG 26, 842-846)
De vocatione sancti Antonii
Post paréntum óbitum, solus cum sola soróre ádmodum parva relíctus, cum Antónius decem et octo vel vigínti annórum esset, domus sororísque curam gessit.
  Sex autem nondum exáctis ménsibus a paréntum éxitu, cum de more ad Domínicum procéderet, atque secum ánimo cogitáret, qua ratióne Apóstoli relíctis ómnibus secúti sint Salvatórem, et qui in Actibus Apostolórum, vénditis possessiónibus, prétia afferébant ad pedes Apostolórum ut egénis distribueréntur; nec non quænam quantáque istis spes in cælis repósita sit; hæc secum réputans, in ecclésiam ingréditur, contigítque ut tum Evangélium legerétur, et audívit Dóminum díviti illi dixísse: Si vis perféctus esse, vade, vende ómnia quæ habes, et da paupéribus, et veni, séquere me, et habébis thesáurum in cælis.
  Antónius porro quasi divínitus immíssa sibi esset sanctórum memória, et quasi sui causa lecta illa fuíssent, egréssus quamprímum ex Domínico, quas a maióribus hábuit possessiónes (erant autem illi arúræ trecéntæ, fértiles et perquam amœ́næ) vicánis dono dedit, ne sibi sororíque moléstiam afférrent. Mobílibus vero ómnibus vénditis, multam hinc colléctam pecúniam paupéribus distríbuit, paucis solum soróris causa reservátis.
  Rursus in Domínicum ingréssus, audívit Dóminum in Evangélio dícere: Nolíte sollíciti esse in crástinum. Nec ultra illic remanére sústinens, egréssus, illa quoque tenuióribus largítus est. Soróre vero virgínibus notis sibi atque fidélibus commendáta, atque ad Parthenónem trádita, ut illic educarétur, ipse ante domum suam ascéticæ vitæ deínceps óperam dedit, atque atténtus sibi, ásperum vitæ genus toleránter agébat.
  Laborábat ítaque mánibus suis; audíerat nempe: Qui otiósus fúerit ne mandúcet; atque hinc partim panem sibi emébat, partim egénis largiebátur.
  Frequens orábat, quod didicísset oportére seórsim sine intermissióne oráre: étenim ita atténtus erat lectióni, ut nihil sibi scriptórum excíderet, sed retinéret ómnia; ita ut ipsi deínde memória librórum loco esset.
  Omnes autem vici íncolæ, atque probi viri, quorum consuetúdine utebátur, eiúsmodi hóminem cernéntes, Dei amícum vocábant; et álii ut fílium diligébant, álii ut fratrem.
Second Reading
From the Life of Saint Anthony by Saint Athanasius, bishop
Saint Antony receives his vocation
When Antony was about eighteen or twenty years old, his parents died, leaving him with an only sister. He cared for her as she was very young, and also looked after their home.
  Not six months after his parents’ death, as he was on his way to church for his usual visit, he began to think of how the apostles had left everything and followed the Saviour, and also of those mentioned in the book of Acts who had sold their possessions and brought the apostles the money for distribution to the needy. He reflected too on the great hope stored up in heaven for such as these. This was all in his mind when, entering the church just as the Gospel was being read, he heard the Lord’s words to the rich man: If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor – you will have riches in heaven. Then come and follow me.
  It seemed to Antony that it was God who had brought the saints to his mind and that the words of the Gospel had been spoken directly to him. Immediately he left the church and gave away to the villagers all the property he had inherited, about 200 acres of very beautiful and fertile land, so that it would cause no distraction to his sister and himself. He sold all his other possessions as well, giving to the poor the considerable sum of money he collected. However, to care for his sister he retained a few things.
  The next time he went to church he heard the Lord say in the Gospel: Do not be anxious about tomorrow. Without a moment’s hesitation he went out and gave the poor all that he had left. He placed his sister in the care of some well-known and trustworthy virgins and arranged for her to be brought up in the convent. Then he gave himself up to the ascetic life, not far from his own home. He kept a careful watch over himself and practised great austerity. He did manual work because he had heard the words: If anyone will not work, do not let him eat. He spent some of his earnings on bread and the rest he gave to the poor.
  Having learned that we should always be praying, even when we are by ourselves, he prayed without ceasing. Indeed, he was so attentive when Scripture was read that nothing escaped him and because he retained all he heard, his memory served him in place of books.
  Seeing the kind of life he lived, the villagers and all the good men he knew called him the friend of God, and they loved him as both son and brother.
Responsorium
Mt 19, 21; Lc 14, 33 b
℟. Si vis perféctus esse, vade, vende quæ habes et da paupéribus et habébis thesáurum in cælo;* Et veni, séquere me.
℣. Qui non renúntiat ómnibus quæ póssidet, non potest meus esse discípulus.* Et veni.
Responsory
℟. If you wish to be perfect, go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven;* then come, follow me.
℣. None of you can be my disciple unless he give up all his possessions;* then come, follow me.

Oremus.
  Deus, qui beáto António, abbáti, tribuísti mira tibi in desérto conversatióne servíre, eius nobis interventióne concéde, ut, abnegántes nosmetípsos, te iúgiter super ómnia diligámus.
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, you bestowed on Saint Antony
  the grace of serving you in the wilderness.
Grant that through his intercession
  we may deny ourselves and love you above all things.
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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