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Saturday 22 September 2018    (other days)
Saturday of week 24 in Ordinary Time 
 or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

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
Lux ætérna, lumen potens,
dies indefíciens,
debellátor atræ noctis,
reparátor lúminis,
destructórque tenebrárum,
illustrátor méntium:
Quo nascénte suscitámur,
quo vocante súrgimus;
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.
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.

Ps 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.

Ps 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.

Ps 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 never cease to pray for you.
℟. We ask God to fill you with knowledge of his will.

Lectio prior
De libro Ezechiélis prophétæ 18, 1-13. 20-32
Unusquisque pro actibus suis retributionem accipiet
1Factus est sermo Dómini ad me dicens: 2«Quid est vobis quod vulgo dícitis provérbium istud in terra Israel dicéntes:
“Patres comedérunt uvam acérbam,
et dentes filiórum obstupéscunt?”.
3Vivo ego, dicit Dóminus Deus, non dicétis ultra hoc provérbium in Israel. 4Ecce omnes ánimæ meæ sunt: ut ánima patris, ita et ánima fílii mea est; ánima, quæ peccáverit, ipsa moriétur.
  5Et vir, si fúerit iustus et fécerit iudícium et iustítiam, 6in móntibus non coméderit et óculos suos non leváverit ad idóla domus Israel et uxórem próximi sui non violáverit et ad mulíerem menstruátam non accésserit 7et hóminem non afflíxerit, pignus debitóri reddíderit, per vim nihil rapúerit, panem suum esuriénti déderit et nudum operúerit vestiménto, 8ad usúram non commodáverit et fenus non accéperit, ab iniquitáte avérterit manum suam, iudícium verum fécerit inter virum et virum, 9in præcéptis meis ambuláverit et iudícia mea custodíerit, ut fáciat veritátem, hic iustus est, vita vivet, ait Dóminus Deus.
  10Quod si genúerit fílium latrónem, effundéntem sánguinem et faciéntem unum de istis, 11cum ipse hæc ómnia non fécerit, et étiam in móntibus comedéntem et uxórem próximi sui polluéntem, 12egénum et páuperem affligéntem, rapiéntem rapínas, pignus non reddéntem et ad idóla levántem óculos suos, abominatiónem faciéntem, 13ad usúram dantem et fenus accipiéntem, numquid vivet? Non vivet. Cum univérsa detestánda hæc fécerit, morte moriétur; sanguis eius in ipso erit.
  20Anima, quæ peccáverit, ipsa moriétur; fílius non portábit iniquitátem patris, et pater non portábit iniquitátem fílii. Iustítia iusti super eum erit, et impíetas ímpii erit super eum.
  21Si autem ímpius égerit pæniténtiam ab ómnibus peccátis suis, quæ operátus est, et custodíerit univérsa præcépta mea et fécerit iudícium et iustítiam, vita vivet, non moriétur. 22Omnes iniquitátes eius, quas operátus est, non memorabúntur ei; in iustítia sua, quam operátus est, vivet. 23Numquid voluntátis meæ est mors ímpii, dicit Dóminus Deus, et non ut convertátur a viis suis et vivat?
  24Si autem avérterit se iustus a iustítia sua et fécerit iniquitátem secúndum omnes abominatiónes, quas operári solet ímpius, numquid vivet? Omnes iustítiæ eius, quas fécerat, non recordabúntur; in prævaricatióne, qua prævaricátus est, et in peccáto suo, quod peccávit, in ipsis moriétur. 25Et dixístis: “Non est æqua via Dómini”. Audíte ergo, domus Israel: Numquid via mea non est æqua, et non magis viæ vestræ pravæ sunt? 26Cum enim avérterit se iustus a iustítia sua et fécerit iniquitátem, moriétur; in iniustítia, quam operátus est, moriétur. 27Et cum avérterit se ímpius ab impietáte sua, quam operátus est, et fécerit iudícium et iustítiam, ipse ánimam suam vivificábit; 28consíderans enim et avértens se ab ómnibus iniquitátibus suis, quas operátus est, vita vivet, non moriétur. 29Et dicunt domus Israel: “Non est æqua via Dómini”. Numquid viæ meæ non sunt æquæ, domus Israel, et non magis viæ vestræ pravæ?
  30Idcírco unumquémque iuxta vias suas iudicábo, domus Israel, ait Dóminus Deus. Convertímini et ágite pæniténtiam ab ómnibus iniquitátibus vestris, et non erit vobis in scándalum iniquitátis. 31Proícite a vobis omnes prævaricatiónes vestras, in quibus prævaricáti estis, et fácite vobis cor novum et spíritum novum. Et quare moriémini, domus Israel? 32Quia nolo mortem moriéntis, dicit Dóminus Deus. Revertímini et vívite».
First Reading
Ezekiel 18:1-13,20-32 ©
Each will receive retribution for his own acts
The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows:
  Why do you keep repeating this proverb in the land of Israel: “The fathers have eaten unripe grapes; and the children’s teeth are set on edge?”
  As I live – it is the Lord who speaks – there will no longer be any reason to repeat this proverb in Israel. See now: all life belongs to me; the father’s life and the son’s life, both alike belong to me. The man who has sinned, he is the one who shall die.
  The upright man is law-abiding and honest; he does not eat on the mountains or raise his eyes to the idols of the House of Israel, does not seduce his neighbour’s wife or sleep with a woman during her periods. He oppresses no one, returns pledges, never steals, gives his own bread to the hungry, his clothes to the naked. He never charges usury on loans, takes no interest, abstains from evil, gives honest judgement between man and man, keeps my laws and sincerely respects my observances – such a man is truly upright. It is the Lord who speaks.
  But if anyone has a son prone to violence and bloodshed, who commits one of these misdeeds – even though the father never has – a son who dares to eat on the mountains and to seduce his neighbour’s wife, who oppresses the poor and needy, steals, fails to return pledges, raises his eyes to idols, engages in filthy practices, charges usury on loans and takes interest, then this son shall certainly not live; having committed all these appalling crimes he will have to die, and his blood be on his own head.
  The man who has sinned is the one who must die; a son is not to suffer for the sins of his father, nor a father for the sins of his son. To the upright man his integrity will be credited, to the wicked his wickedness.
  But if the wicked man renounces all the sins he has committed, respects my laws and is law-abiding and honest, he will certainly live; he will not die. All the sins he committed will be forgotten from then on; he shall live because of the integrity he has practised. What! Am I likely to take pleasure in the death of a wicked man – it is the Lord who speaks – and not prefer to see him renounce his wickedness and live?
  But if the upright man renounces his integrity, commits sin, copies the wicked man and practises every kind of filth, is he to live? All the integrity he has practised shall be forgotten from then on; but this is because he himself has broken faith and committed sin, and for this he shall die. But you object, “What the Lord does is unjust.” Listen, you House of Israel: is what I do unjust? Is it not what you do that is unjust? When the upright man renounces his integrity to commit sin and dies because of this, he dies because of the evil that he himself has committed. When the sinner renounces sin to become law-abiding and honest, he deserves to live. He has chosen to renounce all his previous sins; he shall certainly live; he shall not die. And yet the House of Israel objects, “What the Lord does is unjust.” Is what I do unjust, you House of Israel? Is it not what you do that is unjust? House of Israel, in future I mean to judge each of you by what he does – it is the Lord who speaks. Repent, renounce all your sins, avoid all occasions of sin! Shake off all the sins you have committed against me, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why are you so anxious to die, House of Israel? I take no pleasure in the death of anyone – it is the Lord who speaks. Repent and live!
Responsorium
Ier 31, 29; Ez 18, 20 a. 30 a. 20 b
℟. Non dicent ultra: Patres comedérunt uvam acérbam et dentes filiórum obstupuérunt;* Anima quæ peccáverit, ipsa moriétur.
℣. Unumquémque iuxta vias suas iudicábo, fílius non portábit iniquitátem patris et pater non portábit iniquitátem fílii.* Anima.
Responsory
Jr 31:29; Ezk 18:30,20
℟. They shall no longer say: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’:* it is the man who has sinned who must die.
℣. In future I mean to judge each of you by what he does. A son is not to suffer for the sins of his father, nor a father for the sins of his son:* it is the man who has sinned who must die.

Lectio altera
Ex Sermóne sancti Augustíni epíscopi De pastóribus (Sermo 46, 11-12: CCL 41, 538-539)
Offer consolationis alligamentum
Flagéllat, inquit, omnem fílium quem récipit. Et tu dicis: «Forte excéptus eris?». Si excéptus a passióne flagellórum, excéptus a número filiórum. «Itáne, ínquies, flagéllat omnem fílium?». Prorsus flagéllat omnem fílium ut et únicum. Unicus ille de Patris substántia natus, æquális Patri in forma Dei, Verbum per quod facta sunt ómnia, non habébat ubi flagellarétur. Ad hoc carne indútus est, ut sine flagéllo non esset. Qui ergo flagéllat únicum sine peccáto, relínquit cum peccáto adoptátum? In adoptiónem vocátos nos esse Apóstolus dicit. Adoptiónem filiórum accépimus, ut essémus único coherédes, essémus étiam heréditas eius: Póstula a me, et dabo tibi gentes hereditátem tuam. Exémplum nobis propósuit in passiónibus suis.
  Sed plane ne futúris tentatiónibus defíciat infírmus, nec falsa spe decipiéndus est, nec terróre frangéndus. Dic ei: Prǽpara ánimam tuam ad tentatiónem. Et forte íncipit labi, contremíscere, nolle accédere. Habes áliud: Fidélis Deus, qui non vos sinat tentári supra quam potéstis ferre. Illud enim promíttere et prædicáre ventúras passiónes, infírmum confirmáre est. Timénti autem nímium et ex hoc detérrito, cum pollicéris misericórdiam Dei, non quia tentatiónes déerunt, sed quia non permíttit tentári super quam ferre potest, fractum colligáre est.
  Sunt enim qui cum audíerint ventúras tribulatiónes, armant se magis et quasi potum suum sítiunt. Parvam enim sibi putant fidélium medicínam, sed quærunt et mártyrum glóriam. Sunt autem álii qui audítis futúris et necessário veniéntibus tentatiónibus, quas próprie opórtet veníre christiáno, quas nemo sentit nisi qui volúerit esse vere christiánus, imminéntibus ergo sibi tálibus, frángitur et cláudicat.
  Offer consolatiónis alligaméntum, álliga quod fractum est. Dic: «Ne tímeas, non déserit in tentatiónibus ille in quem credidísti. Fidélis Deus, qui te non sinat tentári supra quam potes ferre. Non hoc a me audis, Apóstolus dicit, qui étiam dicit: Vultis experiméntum eius accípere, qui in me lóquitur Christus? Hæc ergo cum audis, ab ipso Christo audis, audis et ab illo pastóre qui pascit Israel. Illi enim dictum est: Potábis nos in lácrimis, in mensúra. Quod enim ait Apóstolus: Non sinit tentári supra quam potéstis ferre: hoc ait Prophéta: In mensúra. Tantum tu noli dimíttere corripiéntem et hortántem, terréntem et consolántem, percutiéntem et sanántem».
Second Reading
St Augustine's sermon On Pastors
Offer the bandage of consolation
Scripture says: God chastises every son whom he acknowledges. But the bad shepherd says: “Perhaps I will be exempt.” If he is exempt from the suffering of his chastisements, then he is not numbered among God’s sons. You will say: “Does God indeed punish every son?” Yes, every one, just as he chastised his only Son. His only Son, born of the substance of the Father, equal to the Father in the form of God, the Word through whom all things were made, he could not be chastised. For this reason he was clothed with flesh so that he might know chastisement. God punishes his only Son who is without sin; does he then leave unpunished an adopted son who is with sin? The Apostle says that we have been called to adoption. We have been adopted as sons, that we might be co-heirs with the only Son, and also that we might be his inheritance: Ask of me and I will give you the nations as your inheritance. Christ gave us the example by his own sufferings.
  But clearly one who is weak must neither be deceived with false hope nor broken by fear. Otherwise he may fail when temptations come. Say to him: Prepare your soul for temptation. Perhaps he is starting to falter, to tremble with fear, perhaps he is unwilling to approach. You have another passage of Scripture for him: God is faithful. He does not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. Make that promise while preaching about the sufferings to come, and you will strengthen the man who is weak. When someone is held back because of excessive fear, promise him God’s mercy. It is not that temptations will be lacking, but that God will not permit anyone to be tempted beyond what he can bear. In this manner you will be binding up the broken one.
  When they hear of the trials that are coming, some men arm themselves more and, so to speak, are eager to drain the cup. The ordinary medicine of the faithful seems to them but a small thing; for their part they seek the glorious death of the martyrs. Others hear of the temptations to come, and when they do arrive, as arrive they must, they become broken and lame. Yet it is right that such things befall the Christian, and no one esteems them except the one who desires to be a true Christian.
  Offer the bandage of consolation, bind up what has been broken. Say this: “Do not be afraid. God in whom you have believed does not abandon you in temptations. God is faithful. He does not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. It is not I who say this, but the Apostle, and he says further: Are you willing to accept his trial, the trial of Christ who speaks in me? When you hear this you are hearing it from Christ himself, you are hearing it from the shepherd who gives pasture to Israel. For of him it was said: You will give us tears to drink in measure. The Apostle says: He does not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. This is also what the prophet intends by adding the words: in measure. God rebukes but also encourages, he brings fear and he brings consolation, he strikes and he heals. Do not reject him.”
Responsorium
Ps 43 (44), 23. 12; Rom 8, 37
℟. Propter te, Dómine, mortificámur tota die; æstimáti sumus sicut oves occisiónis.* Sed in his ómnibus supervíncimus per eum qui diléxit nos.
℣. Dedísti nos tamquam oves ad vescéndum et in géntibus dispersísti nos.* Sed in.
Responsory
℟. It is for you we face death all day long and are counted as sheep for the slaughter:* these are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us.
℣. You make us like sheep for the slaughter and scatter us among the nations:* these are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us.

Oremus.
  Réspice nos, rerum ómnium Deus creátor et rector, et, ut tuæ propitiatiónis sentiámus efféctum, toto nos tríbue tibi corde servíre.
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.
Look upon us, Lord, creator and ruler of the whole world:
  give us grace to serve you with all our heart
  that we may come to know the power of your forgiveness and love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of 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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