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Friday 26 December 2014    (other days)
Saint Stephen, the first Martyr
Feast

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

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
Christus est vita véniens in orbem,
qui ferens vulnus removénsque mortem,
ad Patris dextram repeténdo, regnat
sede supérna.
Hunc sequens primus Stéphanus miníster
sortis illátæ título est decórus,
quam dedit spirans Dómini benígnus
Spíritus illi.
Sáxeo nimbo lapidátus instat,
sústinet mortis rábiem profánam,
hóstibus quærit véniam misértus
péctore grato.
Quǽsumus flentes, benedícte prime
martyr et civis sociáte iustis:
cǽlitus, claræ regiónis heres,
mitte favóres.
Glóriæ laudes Tríadi Beátæ
mártyrum læti cómites canámus,
quæ dedit primas Stéphano ex agóne
ferre corónas. Amen.
Hymn
All hail the power of Jesus’ name;
  Let Angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem
  To crown him Lord of all.
Crown him, ye Martyrs of your God,
  Who from his altar call;
Praise him whose way of pain ye trod,
  And crown him Lord of all.
Hail him, ye heirs of David’s line,
  Whom David Lord did call;
The God Incarnate, Man Divine,
  And crown him Lord of all.
Let every tribe and every tongue
  To him their hearts enthral,
Lift high the universal song,
  And crown him Lord of all.

Psalmus 62:2-9
Anima Dominum sitiens
Ad Deum vigilat, qui opera noctis reicit.
Adhǽsit ánima mea post te, quia caro mea lapidáta est pro te, Deus meus.
2Deus, Deus meus es tu,*
  ad te de luce vígilo.
Sitívit in te ánima mea,*
  te desiderávit caro mea.
In terra desérta et árida et inaquósa,†
  3sic in sancto appárui tibi,*
  ut vidérem virtútem tuam et glóriam tuam.
4Quóniam mélior est misericórdia tua super vitas,*
  lábia mea laudábunt te.
5Sic benedícam te in vita mea*
  et in nómine tuo levábo manus meas.
6Sicut ádipe et pinguédine repleátur ánima mea,*
  et lábiis exsultatiónis laudábit os meum.
7Cum memor ero tui super stratum meum,*
  in matutínis meditábor de te,
8quia fuísti adiútor meus,*
  et in velaménto alárum tuárum exsultábo.
9Adhǽsit ánima mea post te,*
  me suscépit déxtera tua.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Adhǽsit ánima mea post te, quia caro mea lapidáta est pro te, Deus meus.
Psalm 62 (63)
Thirsting for God
My soul clings to you, my God: for your sake my body was stoned.
O God, you are my God, I watch for you from the dawn.
My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.
I came to your sanctuary,
  as one in a parched and waterless land,
  so that I could see your might and your glory.
My lips will praise you, for your mercy is better than life itself.
Thus I will bless you throughout my life,
  and raise my hands in prayer to your name;
my soul will be filled as if by rich food,
  and my mouth will sing your praises and rejoice.
I will remember you as I lie in bed,
  I will think of you in the morning,
for you have been my helper,
  and I will take joy in the protection of your wings.
My soul clings to you; your right hand raises me up.
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.
My soul clings to you, my God: for your sake my body was stoned.

Canticum
Daniel 3:57-88,56
Omnis creatura laudet Dominum
Laudem dicite Deo nostro, omnes servi eius” (Ap 19, 5).
Stéphanus vidit cælos apértos, vidit et introívit: beátus homo, cui cæli patébant.
57Benedícite, ómnia ópera Dómini, Dómino,*
  laudáte et superexaltáte eum in sǽcula.
58Benedícite, cæli, Dómino,*
  59benedícite, ángeli Dómini, Dómino.
60Benedícite, aquæ omnes, quæ super cælos sunt, Dómino,*
  61benedícat omnis virtus Dómino.
62Benedícite, sol et luna, Dómino,*
  63benedícite, stellæ cæli, Dómino.
64Benedícite, omnis imber et ros, Dómino,*
  65benedícite, omnes venti, Dómino.
66Benedícite, ignis et æstus, Dómino,*
  67benedícite, frigus et æstus, Dómino.
68Benedícite, rores et pruína, Dómino,*
  69benedícite, gelu et frigus, Dómino.
70Benedícite, glácies et nives, Dómino,*
  71benedícite, noctes et dies, Dómino.
72Benedícite, lux et ténebræ, Dómino,*
  73benedícite, fúlgura et nubes, Dómino.
74Benedícat terra Dóminum,*
  laudet et superexáltet eum in sǽcula.
75Benedícite, montes et colles, Dómino,*
  76benedícite, univérsa germinántia in terra, Dómino.
77Benedícite, mária et flúmina, Dómino,*
  78benedícite, fontes, Dómino.
79Benedícite, cete et ómnia quæ movéntur in aquis, Dómino,*
  80benedícite, omnes vólucres cæli, Dómino.
81Benedícite, omnes béstiæ et pécora, Dómino,*
  82benedícite, fílii hóminum, Dómino.
83Bénedic, Israel, Dómino,*
  laudáte et superexaltáte eum in sǽcula.
84Benedícite, sacerdótes Dómini, Dómino,*
  85benedícite, servi Dómini, Dómino.
86Benedícite, spíritus et ánimæ iustórum, Dómino,*
  87benedícite, sancti et húmiles corde, Dómino.
88Benedícite, Ananía, Azaría, Mísael, Dómino,*
  laudáte et superexaltáte eum in sǽcula.
Benedicámus Patrem et Fílium cum Sancto Spíritu;*
  laudémus et superexaltémus eum in sǽcula.
56Benedíctus es in firmaménto cæli*
  et laudábilis et gloriósus in sǽcula.
Stéphanus vidit cælos apértos, vidit et introívit: beátus homo, cui cæli patébant.
CanticleDaniel 3
All creatures, bless the Lord
Stephen saw the heavens opened and he entered in there. Blessed is the man for whom the heavens stood open.
Bless the Lord, all his works,
  praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, you heavens;
  all his angels, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, you waters above the heavens;
  all his powers, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, sun and moon;
  all stars of the sky, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, rain and dew;
  all you winds, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, fire and heat;
  cold and warmth, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, dew and frost;
  ice and cold, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, ice and snow;
  day and night, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, light and darkness;
  lightning and storm-clouds, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, all the earth,
  praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, mountains and hills;
  all growing things, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, seas and rivers;
  springs and fountains, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, whales and fish;
  birds of the air, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, wild beasts and tame;
  sons of men, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, O Israel,
  praise and exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, his priests;
  all his servants, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, spirits and souls of the just;
  all who are holy and humble, bless the Lord.
Ananias, Azarias, Mishael, bless the Lord,
  praise and exalt him for ever.
Let us bless Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
  praise and exalt them for ever.
Bless the Lord in the firmament of heaven,
  praise and glorify him for ever.
Stephen saw the heavens opened and he entered in there. Blessed is the man for whom the heavens stood open.

Psalmus 149:1-9
Exsultatio sanctorum
Filii Ecclesiæ, filii novi populi exsultent in rege suo: in Christo” (Hesychius).
Ecce vídeo cælos apértos et Iesum stantem a dextris virtútis Dei.
1Cantáte Dómino cánticum novum;*
  laus eius in ecclésia sanctórum.
2Lætétur Israel in eo, qui fecit eum,*
  et fílii Sion exsúltent in rege suo.
3Laudent nomen eius in choro,*
  in týmpano et cíthara psallant ei,
4quia beneplácitum est Dómino in pópulo suo,*
  et honorábit mansuétos in salúte.
5Iúbilent sancti in glória,*
  læténtur in cubílibus suis.
6Exaltatiónes Dei in gútture eórum*
  et gládii ancípites in mánibus eórum,
7ad faciéndam vindíctam in natiónibus,*
  castigatiónes in pópulis,
8ad alligándos reges eórum in compédibus*
  et nóbiles eórum in mánicis férreis,
9ad faciéndum in eis iudícium conscríptum:*
  glória hæc est ómnibus sanctis eius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Ecce vídeo cælos apértos et Iesum stantem a dextris virtútis Dei.
Psalm 149
The saints rejoice
Behold, I see the heavens thrown open, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
Sing a new song to the Lord,
  his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its maker,
  and the sons of Zion delight in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing,
  sing to him with timbrel and lyre,
for the Lord’s favour is upon his people,
  and he will honour the humble with victory.
Let the faithful celebrate his glory,
  rejoice even in their beds,
the praise of God in their throats;
  and swords ready in their hands,
to exact vengeance upon the nations,
  impose punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings in fetters
  and their nobles in manacles of iron,
to carry out the sentence that has been passed:
  this is the glory prepared for all his faithful.
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.
Behold, I see the heavens thrown open, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

Lectio brevisActs 6:2-5
Non est æquum nos derelinquéntes verbum Dei ministráre mensis; consideráte vero, fratres, viros ex vobis boni testimónii septem plenos Spíritu et sapiéntia, quos constituémus super hoc opus; nos vero oratióni et ministério verbi instántes érimus. Et plácuit sermo coram omni multitúdine.
Short ReadingActs 6:2-5 ©
‘It would not be right for us to neglect the word of God so as to give out food; you, brothers, must select from among yourselves seven men of good reputation, filled with the Spirit and with wisdom; we will hand over this duty to them, and continue to devote ourselves to prayer and to the service of the word’. The whole assembly approved of this proposal.

Responsorium breve
℣. Fortitúdo mea* Et laus mea Dóminus. Fortitúdo.
℟. Et factus est mihi in salútem.* Et laus mea Dóminus. Glória Patri. Fortitúdo.
Short Responsory
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him.
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him.
He is my salvation.
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord is my strength. I will sing praise to him.

Canticum
De Messia eiusque præcursore
Patefáctæ sunt iánuæ cæli beáto Stéphano, qui in número mártyrum primus est coronátus.
Benedíctus Dóminus Deus Israel,*
  quia visitávit et fecit redemptiónem plebi suæ
et eréxit cornu salútis nobis*
  in domo David púeri sui,
sicut locútus est per os sanctórum,*
  qui a sæculo sunt, prophetárum eius,
salútem ex inimícis nostris*
  et de manu ómnium, qui odérunt nos;
ad faciéndam misericórdiam cum pátribus nostris*
  et memorári testaménti sui sancti,
iusiurándum, quod iurávit ad Abraham patrem nostrum,*
  datúrum se nobis,
ut sine timóre, de manu inimicórum liberáti,*
  serviámus illi
in sanctitáte et iustítia coram ipso*
  ómnibus diébus nostris.
Et tu, puer, prophéta Altíssimi vocáberis:*
  præíbis enim ante fáciem Dómini paráre vias eius,
ad dandam sciéntiam salútis plebi eius*
  in remissiónem peccatórum eórum,
per víscera misericórdiæ Dei nostri,*
  in quibus visitábit nos óriens ex alto,
illumináre his, qui in ténebris et in umbra mortis sedent*
  ad dirigéndos pedes nostros in viam pacis.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Patefáctæ sunt iánuæ cæli beáto Stéphano, qui in número mártyrum primus est coronátus.
CanticleBenedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
The gates of heaven were thrown open for Saint Stephen, who was the first follower of Christ to receive the martyr’s crown.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation
  in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
  his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies
  and all who hate us,
to take pity on our fathers,
  to remember his holy covenant
and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
  that he would give himself to us,
that we could serve him without fear
 – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him,
  for all of our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
  for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation,
  so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
  one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness,
  who live in the shadow of death;
  to lead our feet in the path of 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.
The gates of heaven were thrown open for Saint Stephen, who was the first follower of Christ to receive the martyr’s crown.

Preces
Fratres, Salvatórem nostrum, testem fidélem, per mártyres interféctos propter verbum Dei celebrémus, clamántes:
Redemísti nos Deo in sánguine tuo.
Per mártyres tuos, qui líbere mortem in testimónium fídei sunt ampléxi,
— da nobis, Dómine, veram spíritus libertátem.
Per mártyres tuos, qui fidem usque ad sánguinem sunt conféssi,
— da nobis, Dómine, puritátem fideíque constántiam.
Per mártyres tuos, qui, sustinéntes crucem, tua vestígia sunt secúti,
— da nobis, Dómine, ærúmnas vitæ fórtiter sustinére.
Per mártyres tuos, qui stolas suas lavérunt in sánguine Agni,
— da nobis, Dómine, omnes insídias carnis mundíque devíncere.
Prayers and intercessions
Let us give thanks for Saint Stephen, whose life on earth was lived in the service of Christ, and who came at his death to witness to Christ with his blood.
We give you thanks, O Lord.
For all who have found the freedom to lay down their lives for your sake:
We give you thanks, O Lord.
For all whose desire for you has brought them through death with a joyful heart:
We give you thanks, O Lord.
For all who have followed, through suffering, the way of the cross:
We give you thanks, O Lord.
For all who have undergone martyrdom for the gospel:
We give you thanks, O Lord.

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificétur nomen tuum;
advéniat regnum tuum;
fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidiánum da nobis hódie;
et dimítte nobis débita nostra,
sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris;
et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem;
sed líbera nos a malo.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
  hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
  Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
  and forgive us our trespasses,
  as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
  but deliver us from evil.

Da nobis, quǽsumus, Dómine, imitári quod cólimus, ut discámus et inimícos dilígere, quia eius natalícia celebrámus, qui novit étiam pro persecutóribus exoráre. Per Dóminum.
Give us grace, Lord, to practise what we worship.
Teach us to love our enemies
  as we keep the feast of Saint Stephen,
  who prayed even for the men who stoned him to death.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Dóminus nos benedícat, et ab omni malo deféndat, et ad vitam perdúcat ætérnam.
The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

AMEN

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