Universalis
Saturday 25 March 2017    (other days)
The Annunciation of the Lord 
Solemnity

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.
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.

Hymnus
Iam cæca vis mortálium
vénerans inánes nǽnias,
vel æra vel saxa álgida
vel ligna credébat Deum.
Hæc dum sequúntur pérfidi,
prædónis in ius vénerant
et mancipátam fúmido
vitam baráthro immérserant.
Stragem sed istam non tulit
Christus cadéntum géntium;
impúne ne forsan sui
Patris períret fábrica,
Mortále corpus índuit
ut, excitáto córpore,
mortis caténam frángeret
hominémque portáret Patri.
Hic ille natális dies,
quo te Creátor árduus
spirávit et limo índidit,
Sermóne carnem glútinans.
O quanta rerum gáudia
alvus pudíca cóntinet,
ex qua novéllum sǽculum
procédit et lux áurea!
Iesu, tibi sit glória,
qui natus es de Vírgine,
cum Patre et almo Spíritu,
in sempitérna sǽcula. Amen.
Hymn
Hail, of paradise the portal!
  Tree of Life regained, immortal;
Whence, through thee, all sweetness floweth,
  And salvation’s fruit still groweth.
Thou our hearts aright inclinest,
  On our life’s way brightly shinest;
Us from God’s just anger savest,
  Who to man our Saviour gavest.
Hail! Blest shrine of God the Father,
  Thither sinners haste to gather;
Pardon for their guilt obtaining,
  Freedom from the foe’s enchaining;
Strength from thee the weak shall borrow,
  Comfort, thou, of all who sorrow;
From the final wrath tremendous,
  Mother of our Christ, defend us.
Star of ocean! Mother fairest!
  Who the name of Mary bearest;
In thy bright illumination
  Pales each star and constellation.
Hail, O Father! Hail, sweet Mother!
  Hail, O Son of God, our Brother!
Let the hosts of heaven adore thee,
  Every spirit bow before thee.

Ps 2:1-12
Messias rex et victor

Convenerunt vere adversus puerum tuum Iesum, quem unxisti” (Act 4, 27).

Quando advénit plenitúdo témporis, misit Deus Fílium suum, factum ex mulíere, ut adoptiónem filiórum reciperémus.
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.
Quando advénit plenitúdo témporis, misit Deus Fílium suum, factum ex mulíere, ut adoptiónem filiórum reciperémus.
Psalm 2
The Messiah, king and victor
When the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, to enable us to become his adopted sons.
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.
When the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, to enable us to become his adopted sons.

Ps 18:2-7
Laus Domini rerum conditoris

Visitavit nos Oriens ex alto... ad dirigendos pedes nostros in viam pacis” (Lc 1, 78. 79).

Ingrédiens mundum, dicit: Corpus aptásti mihi; ecce vénio, ut fáciam, Deus, voluntátem tuam.
2Cæli enárrant glóriam Dei, *
  et ópera mánuum eius annúntiat firmaméntum.
3Dies diéi erúctat verbum, *
  et nox nocti índicat sciéntiam.
4Non sunt loquélæ neque sermónes, *
  quorum non intellegántur voces:
5in omnem terram exívit sonus eórum, *
  et in fines orbis terræ verba eórum.
6Soli pósuit tabernáculum in eis, †
  et ipse tamquam sponsus procédens de thálamo suo, *
  exsultávit ut gigas ad curréndam viam.
7A fínibus cælórum egréssio eius, †
  et occúrsus eius usque ad fines eórum, *
  nec est quod se abscóndat a calóre eius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Ingrédiens mundum, dicit: Corpus aptásti mihi; ecce vénio, ut fáciam, Deus, voluntátem tuam.
Psalm 18 (19)
Praise of God the creator
When he came into the world, he said: ‘You have prepared a body for me. Behold, O God, I am coming to do your will.’
The skies tell the story of the glory of God,
  the firmament proclaims the work of his hands;
day pours out the news to day,
  night passes to night the knowledge.
Not a speech, not a word,
  not a voice goes unheard.
Their sound is spread throughout the earth,
  their message to all the corners of the world.
At the ends of the earth he has set up
  a dwelling place for the sun.
Like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
  it rejoices like an athlete at the race to be run.
It appears at the edge of the sky,
  runs its course to the sky’s furthest edge.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
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.
When he came into the world, he said: ‘You have prepared a body for me. Behold, O God, I am coming to do your will.’

Ps 44:2-18
Regis nuptiæ

Ecce Sponsus venit, exite obviam ei” (Mt 25, 6).

In hoc appáruit cáritas Dei in nobis, quóniam Fílium suum unigénitum misit in mundum, ut vivámus per eum.
2Eructávit cor meum verbum bonum, †
  dico ego ópera mea regi. *
  Lingua mea cálamus scribæ velóciter scribéntis.
3Speciósus forma es præ fíliis hóminum, †
  diffúsa est grátia in lábiis tuis, *
  proptérea benedíxit te Deus in ætérnum.
4Accíngere gládio tuo super femur tuum, potentíssime; *
  magnificéntia tua et ornátu tuo.
5Et ornátu tuo procéde, currum ascénde*
  propter veritátem et mansuetúdinem et iustítiam. *
Et dóceat te mirabília déxtera tua:†
  6sagíttæ tuæ acútæ – pópuli sub te cadent – *
  in corda inimicórum regis.
7Sedes tua, Deus, in sǽculum sǽculi; *
  sceptrum æquitátis sceptrum regni tui.
8Dilexísti iustítiam et odísti iniquitátem, †
  proptérea unxit te Deus, Deus tuus, *
  óleo lætítiæ præ consórtibus tuis.
9Myrrha et áloe et cásia ómnia vestiménta tua, *
  e dómibus ebúrneis chordæ deléctant te.
10Fíliæ regum in pretiósis tuis; *
  ástitit regína a dextris tuis ornáta auro ex Ophir.
11Audi, fília, et vide, †
  et inclína aurem tuam, *
  et oblivíscere pópulum tuum et domum patris tui;
12et concupíscet rex spéciem tuam. *
  Quóniam ipse est dóminus tuus, et adóra eum.
13Fília Tyri cum munéribus; *
  vultum tuum deprecabúntur dívites plebis.
14Gloriósa nimis fília regis intrínsecus, *
  textúris áureis circumamícta.
15In véstibus variegátis adducétur regi; *
  vírgines post eam, próximæ eius, afferúntur tibi.
16Afferúntur in lætítia et exsultatióne, *
  adducúntur in domum regis.
17Pro pátribus tuis erunt tibi fílii; *
  constítues eos príncipes super omnem terram.
18Memor ero nóminis tui *
  in omni generatióne et generatióne;
proptérea pópuli confitebúntur tibi *
  in ætérnum et in sǽculum sǽculi.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
In hoc appáruit cáritas Dei in nobis, quóniam Fílium suum unigénitum misit in mundum, ut vivámus per eum.
Psalm 44 (45)
The wedding of the King
God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world, so that we might have life through him.
My heart cries out on a joyful theme:
  I will tell my poem to the king,
  my tongue like the pen of the swiftest scribe.
You have been given more than human beauty,
  and grace is poured out upon your lips,
  so that God has blessed you for ever.
Strap your sword to your side, mighty one,
  in all your greatness and splendour.
In your splendour go forth, mount your chariot,
  on behalf of truth, kindness and justice.
Let your right hand show your marvels,
  let your arrows be sharp against the hearts of the king’s enemies
 – the peoples will fall before you.
Your throne is firm, O God, from age to age,
  your royal sceptre is a sceptre of justice.
You love uprightness, hate injustice
 – for God, your God has anointed you
  with the oil of gladness, above all your companions.
Myrrh and aloes and cassia anoint your garments.
From ivory palaces the sound of harps delights you.
In your retinue go the daughters of kings.
At your right hand, the queen is adorned with gold of Ophir.
Listen, my daughter, and understand;
  turn your ears to what I have to say.
Forget your people, forget your father’s house,
  and the king will desire you for your beauty.
  He is your lord, so worship him.
The daughters of Tyre will bring you gifts;
  the richest of your subjects will beg you to look on them.
How great is the king’s daughter, within the palace!
  She is clothed in woven gold.
She will be taken to the king in coloured garments,
  her maidens will escort her to your presence.
In gladness and rejoicing they are brought
  and led to the house of the king.
Instead of your fathers you will have sons:
  you will make them rulers over all the world.
I will remember your name
  from generation to generation.
And so your people will do you honour
  for ever and for ever.
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.
God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world, so that we might have life through him.

℣. Verbum caro factum est.
℟. Et habitávit in nobis.
The word was made flesh.
And dwelt among us.

Lectio prior
De libro primo Chronicórum 17, 1-15
Vaticinium de filio David
1Cum habitáret David in domo sua, dixit ad Nathan prophétam: «Ecce ego hábito in domo cédrina, arca autem fœ́deris Dómini sub péllibus est». 2Et ait Nathan ad David: «Omnia, quæ in corde tuo sunt, fac; Deus enim tecum est».
  3Igitur nocte illa factus est sermo Dei ad Nathan dicens: 4«Vade et lóquere David servo meo: Hæc dicit Dóminus: Non ædificábis tu mihi domum ad habitándum; 5neque enim mansi in domo ex eo témpore, quo edúxi Israel usque ad hanc diem, sed fui semper migrans de tabernáculo in tabernáculum et de habitatióne in habitatiónem. 6Ubicúmque ambulábam in omni Israel, numquid locútus sum uni iúdicum Israel, quibus præcéperam, ut páscerent pópulum meum, et dixi: Quare non ædificástis mihi domum cédrinam? 7Nunc ítaque, sic loquéris ad servum meum David: Hæc dicit Dóminus exercítuum: Ego tuli te, cum in páscuis sequeréris gregem, ut esses dux pópuli mei Israel; 8et fui tecum, quocúmque perrexísti, et interféci omnes inimícos tuos coram te fecíque tibi nomen quasi uníus magnórum, qui celebrántur in terra. 9Et dedi locum pópulo meo Israel et plantávi eum, ut habitáret in eo, et ultra non commovébitur, nec fílii iniquitátis átterent eos sicut in principio 10et ex diébus, quibus dedi iúdices pópulo meo Israel et humiliávi univérsos inimícos tuos. Annúntio ergo tibi quod ædificatúrus sit domum tibi Dóminus. 11Cumque impléveris dies tuos, ut vadas ad patres tuos, suscitábo semen tuum post te, quod erit de fíliis tuis, et stabíliam regnum eius. 12Ipse ædificábit mihi domum, et firmábo sólium eius usque in ætérnum. 13Ego ero ei in patrem, et ipse erit mihi in fílium; et misericórdiam meam non áuferam ab eo, sicut ábstuli ab eo, qui ante te fuit. 14Et státuam eum in domo mea et in regno meo usque in sempitérnum et thronus eius erit firmíssimus in perpétuum».
  15Iuxta ómnia verba hæc et iuxta univérsam visiónem istam, sic locútus est Nathan ad David.
First Reading
1 Chronicles 17:1-15 ©
Once David had settled into his house, he said to the prophet Nathan, ‘Here am I living in a house of cedar, while the ark of the Lord’s covenant is still beneath the awning of a tent.’ Nathan said to David, ‘Do all that is in your mind, for God is with you.’
  But that very night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, ‘Go and tell my servant David, “The Lord says this: You are not the man to build me a house to dwell in. I have never stayed in a house from the day I brought Israel out until today, but went from tent to tent, from one shelter to another. In all my journeying with the whole of Israel, did I say to any one of the judges of Israel, whom I had appointed as shepherds of my people: Why have you not built me a house of cedar? This is what you must say to my servant David: the Lord of Hosts says this: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader of my people Israel. I have been with you on all your expeditions; I have cut off all your enemies before you. I will give you fame as great as the fame of the greatest on earth. I will provide a place for my people Israel; I will plant them there and they shall live in that place and never be disturbed again; nor shall the wicked continue to destroy them, as they did in the days when I appointed judges over my people Israel; I will subdue all their enemies. I will make you great; the Lord will make you a House. And when your days are ended and you must go to your ancestors, I will preserve your offspring after you, a son of your own, and make his sovereignty secure. It is he who shall build a house for me and I will make his throne firm for ever. I will be a father to him and he a son to me. I will not withdraw my favour from him, as I withdrew it from your predecessor. I will preserve him for ever in my house and in my kingdom; and his throne shall be established for ever.”’
  Nathan related all these words to David and this whole revelation.
ResponsoriumCf. Lc 1, 26-32
℟. Missus est Gábriel ángelus ad Maríam Vírginem desponsátam Ioseph, núntians ei verbum; et expavéscit Virgo de lúmine. Ne tímeas, María, invenísti grátiam apud Dóminum:* Ecce concípies et páries et vocábitur Altíssimi Fílius.
℣. Ave, María, grátia plena; Dóminus tecum.* Ecce.
Responsory
℟. The angel Gabriel was sent to announce the word to Mary, a virgin betrothed to Joseph, and she began to fear the light. ‘Mary, do not be afraid, you have won the Lord’s favour:* You are to conceive and bear a son; he shall be called Son of the Most High.’
℣. ‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.* You are to conceive and bear a son; he shall be called Son of the Most High.’

Lectio altera
Ex Epístolis sancti Leónis Magni papæ (Epist. 28, ad Flavianum, 3-4: PL 54, 763-767)
Sacramentum reconciliationis nostræ
Suscépta est a maiestáte humílitas, a virtúte infírmitas, ab æternitáte mortálitas; et ad resolvéndum condiciónis nostræ débitum, natúra inviolábilis natúræ est uníta passíbili, ut, quod nostris remédiis congruébat, unus atque idem mediátor Dei et hóminum, homo Iesus Christus, et mori posset ex uno et mori non posset ex áltero.
  In íntegra ergo veri hóminis perfectáque natúra verus natus est Deus, totus in suis, totus in nostris. Nostra autem dícimus, quæ in nobis ab inítio Creátor cóndidit et quæ reparánda suscépit.
  Nam illa quæ decéptor íntulit et homo decéptus admísit, nullum habuérunt in Salvatóre vestígium. Nec, quia communiónem humanárum súbiit infirmitátum, ídeo nostrórum fuit párticeps delictórum.
  Assúmpsit formam servi sine sorde peccáti, humána augens, divína non mínuens: quia exinanítio illa, qua se invisíbilis visíbilem prǽbuit et Creátor ac Dóminus ómnium rerum unus vóluit esse mortálium, inclinátio fuit miseratiónis, non deféctio potestátis. Proínde, qui manens in forma Dei fecit hóminem, idem in forma servi factus est homo.
  Ingréditur ergo hæc mundi ínfima Fílius Dei, de cælésti sede descéndens, et a patérna glória non recédens, novo órdine, nova nativitáte generátus.
  Novo órdine, quia, invisíbilis in suis, visíbilis factus est in nostris; incomprehensíbilis, vóluit comprehéndi; ante témpora manens, esse cœpit ex témpore; universitátis Dóminus servílem formam, obumbráta maiestátis suæ immensitáte, suscépit; impassíbilis Deus non dedignátus est homo esse passíbilis, et immortális mortis légibus subiacére.
  Qui enim verus est Deus, idem verus est homo, et nullum est in hac unitáte mendácium, dum ínvicem sunt et humílitas hóminis et altitúdo Deitátis.
  Sicut enim Deus non mutátur miseratióne, ita homo non consúmitur dignitáte. Agit enim utráque forma, cum alteríus communióne, quod próprium est: Verbo scílicet operánte quod Verbi est, et carne exsequénte quod carnis est.
  Unum horum corúscat miráculis, áliud succúmbit iniúriis. Et sicut Verbum ab æqualitáte patérnæ glóriæ non recédit, ita caro natúram nostri géneris non relínquit.
  Unus enim idémque est, quod sæpe dicéndum est, vere Dei Fílius, et vere hóminis fílius. Deus per id quod in princípio erat Verbum et Verbum erat apud Deum et Deus erat Verbum; homo per id quod Verbum caro factum est et habitávit in nobis.
Second Reading
From a letter by Saint Leo the Great, pope
The mystery of man's reconciliation with God
Lowliness is assured by majesty, weakness by power, mortality by eternity. To pay the debt of our sinful state, a nature that was incapable of suffering was joined to one that could suffer. Thus, in keeping with the healing that we needed, one and the same mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ, was able to die in one nature, and unable to die in the other.
  He who is true God was therefore born in the complete and perfect nature of a true man, whole in his own nature, whole in ours. By our nature we mean what the Creator had fashioned in us from the beginning, and took to himself in order to restore it.
  For in the Saviour there was no trace of what the deceiver introduced and man, being misled, allowed to enter. It does not follow that because he submitted to sharing in our human weakness he therefore shared in our sins.
  He took the nature of a servant without stain of sin, enlarging our humanity without diminishing his divinity. He emptied himself; though invisible he made himself visible, though Creator and Lord of all things he chose to be one of us mortal men. Yet this was the condescension of compassion, not the loss of omnipotence. So he who in the nature of God had created man, became in the nature of a servant, man himself.
  Thus the Son of God enters this lowly world. He comes down from the throne of heaven, yet does not separate himself from the Father’s glory. He is born in a new condition, by a new birth.
  He was born in a new condition, for, invisible in his own nature, he became visible in ours. Beyond our grasp, he chose to come within our grasp. Existing before time began, he began to exist at a moment in time. Lord of the universe, he hid his infinite glory and took the nature of a servant. Incapable of suffering as God, he did not refuse to be a man, capable of suffering. Immortal, he chose to be subject to the laws of death.
  He who is true God is also true man. There is no falsehood in this unity as long as the lowliness of man and the pre-eminence of God coexist in mutual relationship.
  As God does not change by his condescension, so man is not swallowed up by being exalted. Each nature exercises its own activity, in communion with the other. The Word does what is proper to the Word, the flesh fulfils what is proper to the flesh.
  One nature is resplendent with miracles, the other falls victim to injuries. As the Word does not lose equality with the Father’s glory, so the flesh does not leave behind the nature of our race.
  One and the same person – this must be said over and over again – is truly the Son of God and truly the son of man. He is God in virtue of the fact that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He is man in virtue of the fact that the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.
Responsorium
Cf. Lc 1, 31. 42
℟. Súscipe verbum, Virgo María, quod tibi a Dómino per Angelum transmíssum est: concípies et páries Deum páriter et hóminem,* Ut benedícta dicáris inter omnes mulíeres.
℣. Páries quidem fílium et virginitátis non patiéris detriméntum: efficiéris grávida et eris mater semper intácta. *Ut benedícta.
Responsory
℟. Virgin Mary, receive the word of the Lord brought to you by the angel: You will conceive and bear a son, both God and man.* You will be called, Blessed among all women.
℣. You will indeed bear a son, yet suffer no loss of virginity; you will be with child, yet remain a mother ever undefiled.* You will be called, Blessed among all women.

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.
  Deus, qui Verbum tuum in útero Vírginis Maríæ veritátem carnis humánæ suscípere voluísti, concéde, quǽsumus, ut, qui Redemptórem nostrum Deum et hóminem confitémur, ipsíus étiam divínæ natúræ mereámur esse consórtes.
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.
Shape us in the likeness of the divine nature of our Redeemer,
  whom we believe to be true God and true man,
since it was your will, Lord God,
  that he, your Word, should take to himself our human nature
  in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
  God for ever and ever.

Benedicámus Dómino.
– Deo grátias.
Let us praise the Lord.
– Thanks be to God.

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