Universalis
Wednesday 13 December 2017    (other days)
Saint Lucy, Virgin, Martyr 
Feast

Office of Readings

If you have already recited the Invitatory Psalm today, you should use the alternative opening.


Dómine, lábia mea apéries.
  Et os meum annuntiábit laudem tuam.
Lord, open our lips.
  And we shall praise your name.
Ps 99:1-5

Redemptos iubet Dominus victoriæ carmen canere” (S. Athanasius).

Regem mártyrum Dóminum, veníte, adorémus.
(repeat antiphon*)
2Iubiláte Dómino, omnis terra,*
  servíte Dómino in lætítia;
introíte in conspéctu eius*
  in exsultatióne.
3Scitóte quóniam Dóminus ipse est Deus;†
  ipse fecit nos, et ipsíus sumus,*
  pópulus eius et oves páscuæ eius.
(repeat antiphon*)
4Introíte portas eius in confessióne,†
  átria eius in hymnis,*
  confitémini illi, benedícite nómini eius.
5Quóniam suávis est Dóminus;†
  in ætérnum misericórdia eius,*
  et usque in generatiónem et generatiónem véritas eius.
(repeat antiphon*)
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Regem mártyrum Dóminum, veníte, adorémus.*
Invitatory PsalmPsalm 99 (100)
The Lord is the king of martyrs: come, let us adore him.
(repeat antiphon*)
Rejoice in the Lord, all the earth,
  and serve him with joy.
Exult as you enter his presence.
(repeat antiphon*)
Know that the Lord is God.
He made us and we are his
 – his people, the sheep of his flock.
(repeat antiphon*)
Cry out his praises as you enter his gates,
  fill his courtyards with songs.
Proclaim him and bless his name;
  for the Lord is our delight.
His mercy lasts for ever,
  his faithfulness through all the ages.
(repeat antiphon*)
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 is the king of martyrs: come, let us adore him.*

* If you are reciting this on your own, you can choose to say the antiphon once only at the start of the psalm and not repeat it.


Hymnus
O Christe, flos convállium,
te láudibus extóllimus,
quod hanc ornásti vírginem
palmis quoque martýrii.
Hæc prudens, fortis, sápiens,
fidem proféssa, líbere,
pro te dira supplícia
excépit impertérrita.
Sic spreto mundi príncipe,
tuo ditáta múnere,
cruénto parta prœ́lio,
ætérna tulit prǽmia.
Huius, Redémptor, méritis
nos pius adde sócios,
ut, mente pura, frúctibus
tui fruámur sánguinis.
Iesu, tibi sit glória,
qui natus es de Vírgine,
cum Patre et almo Spíritu,
in sempitérna sǽcula. Amen.
Hymn
The martyrs living now with Christ
In suffering were tried,
Their anguish overcome by love
When on his cross he died.
Across the centuries they come,
In constancy unmoved,
Their loving hearts make no complaint,
In silence they are proved.
No man has ever measured love,
Or weighed it in his hand,
But God who knows the inmost heart
Gives them the promised land.
Praise Father, Son and Spirit blest,
Who guides us through the night
In ways that reach beyond the stars
To everlasting light.
Francis E. Mostyn (1860-1939)

Ps 2:1-12
Messias rex et victor

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

Eritis ódio ómnibus propter nomen meum; qui autem perseveráverit usque in finem, hic salvus erit.
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.
Eritis ódio ómnibus propter nomen meum; qui autem perseveráverit usque in finem, hic salvus erit.
Psalm 2
The Messiah, king and victor
You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake; but he who endures to the end will be saved.
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.
You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake; but he who endures to the end will be saved.

Ps 10:1-7
Dominus fiducia iusti

Beati, qui esuriunt et sitiunt iustitiam, quoniam ipsi saturabuntur” (Mt 5, 6).

Non sunt condígnæ passiónes huius témporis ad futúram glóriam, quæ revelábitur in nobis.
1In Dómino confído, quómodo dícitis ánimæ meæ:*
  «Tránsmigra in montem sicut passer?
2Quóniam ecce peccatóres intendérunt arcum,†
  paravérunt sagíttas suas super nervum,*
  ut sagíttent in obscúro rectos corde.
3Quando fundaménta evertúntur,*
  iustus quid fáciat?».
4Dóminus in templo sancto suo,*
  Dóminus, in cælo sedes eius.
Oculi eius in páuperem respíciunt,*
  pálpebræ eius intérrogant fílios hóminum.
5Dóminus intérrogat iustum et ímpium;*
  qui autem díligit iniquitátem, odit ánima eius.
6Pluet super peccatóres carbónes;*
  ignis et sulphur et spíritus procellárum pars cálicis eórum.
7Quóniam iustus Dóminus et iustítias diléxit,*
  recti vidébunt vultum eius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Non sunt condígnæ passiónes huius témporis ad futúram glóriam, quæ revelábitur in nobis.
Psalm 10 (11)
The Lord, support of the just
The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us.
I trust in the Lord, so why do you say to me:
  “Fly up to the mountain like a sparrow”?
“For the wicked have drawn their bows,
  fitted the arrow to the string,
  to shoot in darkness at the upright of heart.
When the foundations are being overthrown,
  what are the just to do?”
The Lord is in his holy temple;
  the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes look down on the poor,
  he examines the children of men.
The Lord scrutinises the just and the unjust,
  and his heart hates those who do evil.
He rains down coals upon the wicked,
  fire and brimstone and a scorching wind:
  this is what he gives them to drink.
For the Lord is just and loves just deeds,
  and the upright shall see his face.
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 sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us.

Ps 16:1-15
Ab impiis salva me, Domine

In diebus carnis suae ... preces offerens et exauditus” (Hebr 5, 7).

Tamquam aurum in fornáce probávit eléctos Dóminus et quasi holocáusta accépit eos in ætérnum.
1Exáudi, Dómine, iustítiam meam,*
  inténde deprecatiónem meam.
Auribus pércipe oratiónem meam,*
  non in lábiis dolósis.
2De vultu tuo iudícium meum pródeat;*
  óculi tui vídeant æquitátes.
3Proba cor meum et vísita nocte;†
  igne me exámina,*
  et non invénies in me iniquitátem.
4Non transgréditur os meum ad ópera hóminum,*
  propter verba labiórum tuórum custodívi me a viis violénti.
5Rétine gressus meos in sémitis tuis,*
  ut non moveántur vestígia mea.
6Ego ad te clamávi, quóniam exáudis me, Deus;*
  inclína aurem tuam mihi et exáudi verba mea.
7Mirífica misericórdias tuas,*
  qui salvos facis ab insurgéntibus sperántes in déxtera tua.
8Custódi me ut pupíllam óculi,†
  sub umbra alárum tuárum prótege me*
  9a fácie impiórum, qui me afflixérunt.
Inimíci mei in furóre circumdedérunt me,†
  10ádipem suum conclusérunt;*
  os eórum locútum est supérbiam.
11Incedéntes nunc circumdedérunt me,*
  óculos suos statuérunt prostérnere in terram.
12Aspéctus eórum quasi leónis paráti ad prædam*
  et sicut cátuli leónis recubántis in ábditis.
13Exsúrge, Dómine, prǽveni eum, supplánta eum;*
  éripe ánimam meam ab ímpio frámea tua,
14a mórtuis manu tua, Dómine,*
  a mórtuis, quorum defécit pórtio vitæ.
De recónditis tuis adímpleas ventrem eórum,*
  saturéntur fílii et dimíttant relíquias párvulis suis.
15Ego autem in iustítia vidébo fáciem tuam,*
  satiábor, cum evigilávero, conspéctu tuo.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Tamquam aurum in fornáce probávit eléctos Dóminus et quasi holocáusta accépit eos in ætérnum.
Psalm 16 (17)
Save me from wrongdoers
The Lord tried his chosen ones like gold in a furnace; he accepted them as a holy offering, thoroughly consumed by fire.
Hear the case I bring before you, Lord,
  listen to my plea.
Lend your ears to the voice of my pleading:
  on my lips there is no deceit.
Give judgement yourself in my favour,
  let your eyes see that justice is done.
Search my heart, inspect it by night,
  test me with fire –
  in me you will find no wrong.
My speech is not turned aside towards the works of men:
  and because of your words I keep far from the ways of the violent.
Keep my steps from leaving your paths,
  so that I may never stumble.
I have cried to you, God, because you will listen;
  turn your ear to me and listen to my words.
Pour out your kindness till men are astonished,
  you, who keep safe from attack
  all who trust in your strength.
Guard me as the apple of your eye,
  hide me in the shade of your wings,
  away from the wicked who have done me wrong.
In their rage, my enemies surround me,
  they have sealed up their hearts and their mouths utter threats.
They advance, they surround me,
  they watch for their chance to send me sprawling to the ground.
Their faces are like lions eager for their prey,
  like lion cubs lying and waiting in their den.
Rise up, O Lord, face my enemy and defeat him,
  with your sword rescue my life from the wicked.
By your hand, Lord, rescue me from death;
  from joining the dead, who have life no more.
From your storehouse you fill men’s bellies,
  their children are sated, they leave the rest to their heirs.
And I, being upright, shall see your face,
  the sight of you, when I wake, will be all that I need.
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 tried his chosen ones like gold in a furnace; he accepted them as a holy offering, thoroughly consumed by fire.

℣. Tribulátio et angústia invenérunt me.
℟. Mandáta tua meditátio mea est.
Tribulation and anguish are upon me;
I meditate on your commandments.

Lectio prior
De libro Apocalypsis beáti Ioánnis apóstoli 7, 9-17
Visio turbæ magnæ electorum
In diébus illis: 9Ego Ioánnes vidi turbam magnam, quam dinumeráre nemo póterat, ex ómnibus géntibus et tríbubus et pópulis et linguis stantes ante thronum et in conspéctu Agni, amícti stolis albis, et palmæ in mánibus eórum; 10et clamant voce magna dicéntes: «Salus Deo nostro, qui sedet super thronum, et Agno».
  11Et omnes ángeli stabant in circúitu throni et seniórum et quáttuor animálium, et cecidérunt in conspéctu throni in fácies suas et adoravérunt Deum 12dicéntes:
  «Amen! Benedíctio et glória et sapiéntia et gratiárum áctio et honor et virtus et fortitúdo Deo nostro in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen».
  13Et respóndit unus de senióribus dicens mihi: «Hi qui amícti sunt stolis albis, qui sunt et unde venérunt?». 14Et dixi illi: «Dómine mi, tu scis». Et dixit mihi: «Hi sunt qui véniunt de tribulatióne magna et lavérunt stolas suas et dealbavérunt eas in sánguine Agni. 15Ideo sunt ante thronum Dei et sérviunt ei die ac nocte in templo eius et, qui sedet in throno, habitábit super illos. 16Non esúrient ámplius, neque sítient ámplius, neque cadet super illos sol neque ullus æstus 17quóniam Agnus, qui in médio throni est, pascet illos et dedúcet eos ad vitæ fontes aquárum, et abstérget Deus omnem lácrimam ex óculis eórum».
First Reading
Ecclesiasticus 51:1-17 ©
I will give thanks to you, Lord and King,
  and praise you, God my saviour,
  I give thanks to your name;
for you have been protector and support to me,
  and redeemed my body from destruction,
from the snare of the lying tongue,
  from lips that fabricate falsehood;
and in the presence of those around me
  you have been my support, you have redeemed me,
true to the greatness of your mercy and of your name,
  from the fangs of those who would devour me,
from the hands of those seeking my life,
  from the many ordeals which I have endured,
from the stifling heat which hemmed me in,
  from the heart of a fire which I had not kindled,
from deep in the belly of Sheol,
  from the unclean tongue and the lying word –
  the perjured tongue slandering me to the king.
My soul has been close to death,
  my life had gone down to the brink of Sheol.
They were surrounding me on every side, there was no-one to support me;
  I looked for someone to help – in vain.
Then I remembered your mercy, Lord,
  and your deeds from earliest times,
how you deliver those who wait for you patiently,
  and save them from the clutches of their enemies.
And I sent up my plea from the earth,
  I begged to be delivered from death,
I called on the Lord, the father of my Lord,
‘Do not desert me in the days of ordeal,
  in the time of my helplessness against the proud.
I will praise your name unceasingly,
  and gratefully sing its praises.’
And my plea was heard,
  for you saved me from destruction,
  you delivered me from that time of evil.
And therefore I will thank you and praise you,
  and bless the name of the Lord.
Responsorium
Ap 2, 10 c. 11 b; Eccli 4, 33
℟. Esto fidélis usque ad mortem, et dabo tibi corónam vitæ. * Qui vícerit non lædétur a morte secúnda.
℣. Usque ad mortem agonizáre pro iustítia, et Deus expugnábit pro te inimícos tuos. * Qui vícerit.
Responsory
℟. I will give thanks to your name, O Lord,* for you have been my protector and helper.
℣. I will rejoice and be glad for your steadfast love,* for you have been my protector and helper.

Lectio altera
E Libro sancti Ambrósii epíscopi De Virginitáte (Cap. 12, 68. 74-75; 13, 77-78: PL 16 [edit. 1845], 281. 283. 285-286)
Corporis tui gratiam splendore mentis illuminas
Tu, una de pópulo, una de plebe, certe tu una de virgínibus, quæ córporis tui grátiam splendóre mentis illúminas (própior enim es quæ Ecclésiæ comparáris), tu, inquam, in cubíli tuo et noctúrno témpore constitúta, semper meditáre Christum, et eius advéntum ómnibus speráto moméntis.
  Talem te Christus desiderávit, talem te Christus elégit. Apérto ítaque ingréditur óstio; neque enim potest fállere, qui se ingressúrum esse promísit. Compléctere ígitur quem quæsísti; accéde ad ipsum et illumináberis; tene illum, roga ne cito ábeat, óbsecra ne recédat. Verbum enim Dei currit, fastídio non cápitur, neglegéntia non tenétur. Obeat ánima tua in verbo eius, et cæléstis sermónis insíste vestígio; cito enim transit.
  Dénique quid ait illa? Quæsívi eum et non invéni illum: vocávi eum et non obaudívit me. Ne putes displicére te, quæ vocásti, quæ rogásti, quæ aperuísti, quod tam cito ábiit: sinit nos sæpe tentári. Dénique turbis rogántibus ne recéderet, quid ait in Evangélio? Et áliis civitátibus opórtet me evangelizáre verbum Dei; quia ídeo missus sum. Sed étiam si tibi ille abiísse vidétur, exi, rursus explóra.
  Quis autem te, nisi sancta Ecclésia, debet docére quemádmodum Christum téneas? Immo iam dócuit, si quæ legis, intéllegas: Quam módicum, inquit, fuit, cum transívi ab ipsis, donec invéni quem diléxit ánima mea: ténui eum et non relínquam eum.
  Quibus ígitur Christus tenétur? Non iniúriæ néxibus, non réstium nodis; sed vínculis caritátis, mentis habénis stríngitur, et ánimæ tenétur afféctu.
  Si vis et tu tenére Christum, quære ígitur, nec pœnam métuas; inter supplícia enim frequénter córporis, inter ipsas persecutórum manus Christus mélius invenítur.
  Quam módicum, inquit, fuit, cum transívi ab ipsis. Exíguo enim spátio brevíque moménto cum persecutórum manus eváseris, nec succubúeris potestátibus mundi, tibi Christus occúrret, nec te diu tentári patiétur. Quæ sic Christum requírit, quæ Christum ínvenit, potest dícere: Ténui eum, nec relínquam eum; donec introdúcam eum in domum matris meæ et in cubículum eius quæ me concépit. Quæ est domus matris tuæ et cubículum eius, nisi intérnum tuæ secretúmque natúræ?
  Hanc domum serva, huius domus mundáto penetrália; ut, cum immaculáta domus fúerit, spiritális domus in sacerdótium sanctum lápide angulári coagmentáta consúrgat, et Spíritus Sanctus hábitet in ea.
  Quæ sic Christum requírit, quæ sic Christum óbsecrat, non relínquitur ab eo, immo étiam frequénter revísitur; est enim nobíscum usque ad consummatiónem mundi.
Second Reading
A book on virginity, by St Ambrose
You light up your grace of body with the radiance of your mind
You are one of God’s people, of God’s family, a virgin among virgins; you light up your grace of body with your splendour of soul. More than others you can be compared to the Church. When you are in your room, then, at night, think always on Christ, and wait for his coming at every moment.
  This is the person Christ has loved in loving you, the person he has chosen in choosing you. He enters by the open door; he has promised to come in, and he cannot deceive. Embrace him, the one you have sought; turn to him, and be enlightened; hold him fast, ask him not to go in haste, beg him not to leave you. The Word of God moves swiftly; he is not won by the lukewarm, nor held fast by the negligent. Let your soul be attentive to his word; follow carefully the path God tells you to take, for he is swift in his passing.
  What does his bride say? I sought him, and did not find him; I called him, and he did not hear me. Do not imagine that you are displeasing to him despite having called him, asked him in, and opened the door to him; and that this is the reason why he has gone so quickly – no, for he allows us to be constantly tested. When the crowds pressed him to stay, what does he say in the Gospel? I must preach the word of God to other cities, because for that I have been sent. But even if it seems to you that he has left you, go out and seek him once more.
  Who but holy Church is to teach you how to hold Christ fast? Indeed, she has already taught you, if you only understood her words in Scripture: How short a time it was when I left them before I found him whom my soul has loved. I held him fast, and I will not let him go.
  How do we hold him fast? Not by restraining chains or knotted ropes but by bonds of love, by spiritual reins, by the longing of the soul.
  If you also, like the bride, wish to hold him fast, seek him and be fearless of suffering. It is often easier to find him in the midst of bodily torments, in the very hands of persecutors.
  His bride says: How short a time it was after I left them. In a little space, after a brief moment, when you have escaped from the hands of your persecutors without yielding to the powers of this world, Christ will come to you, and he will not allow you to be tested for long.
  Whoever seeks Christ in this way, and finds him, can say: I held him fast, and I will not let him go before I bring him into my mother’s house, into the room of her who conceived me. What is this “house,” this “room,” but the deep and secret places of your heart?
  Maintain this house, sweep out its secret recesses until it becomes immaculate and rises as a spiritual temple for a holy priesthood, firmly secured by Christ, the cornerstone, so that the Holy Spirit may dwell in it.
  Whoever seeks Christ in this way, whoever prays to Christ in this way, is not abandoned by him; on the contrary, Christ comes again and again to visit such a person, for he is with us until the end of the world.
Responsorium
℟. Grata facta est a Dómino in certámine, quia apud Deum et apud hómines glorificáta est: in conspéctu príncipis loquebátur sapiéntiam:* Et Dóminus ómnium diléxit eam.
℣.Ista est virgo, quæ iucúndum Deo in corde suo habitáculum præparávit.* Et Dóminus.
Responsory
℟. The Lord strengthened her for the combat with his grace, and she was glorified before God and men, speaking words of wisdom in the presence of the prince,* and the Lord of all loved her.
℣. This virgin prepared a pleasant dwelling-place for God in her heart,* and the Lord of all loved her.

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.
  Intercéssio nos, quǽsumus, Dómine, sanctæ Lúciæ, vírginis et mártyris, gloriósa confóveat, ut eius natalícia et temporáliter frequentémus et conspiciámus ætérna.
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.
Let the prayer of the virgin martyr Lucy support us, Lord,
  so that with each passing year we may celebrate her entry into life,
  and finally see you face to face in heaven.
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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