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Saturday 20 January 2018    (other days)
Saint Sebastian, Martyr 
 (Saturday of week 2 in Ordinary Time)

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:
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.
II. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur diurno tempore:
Deus de nullo véniens,
Deus de Deo pródiens,
Deus ab his progrédiens,
in nos veni subvéniens.
Tu nostrum desidérium,
tu sis amor et gáudium;
in te nostra cupíditas
et sit in te iucúnditas.
Pater, cunctórum Dómine,
cum Génito de Vírgine,
intus et in circúitu
nos rege Sancto Spíritu.
Meménto, Sancta Trínitas,
quod tua fecit bónitas,
creándo prius hóminem,
recreándo per sánguinem.
Nam quos creávit Unitas,
redémit Christi cáritas;
patiéndo tunc díligens,
nunc díligat nos éligens.
Tríadi sanctæ gáudium,
pax, virtus et impérium,
decus, omnipoténtia,
laus, honor, reveréntia. 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 135:1-9
Hymnus paschalis

Domini res gestas narrare, laudare est” (Cassiodorus).

Dóminus facit mirabília magna solus, in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
1Confitémini Dómino, quóniam bonus,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
2Confitémini Deo deórum,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
3Confitémini Dómino dominórum,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
4Qui facit mirabília magna solus,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
5Qui fecit cælos in intelléctu,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
6Qui expándit terram super aquas,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
7Qui fecit luminária magna,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius;
8solem, ut præésset diéi,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius;
9lunam et stellas, ut præéssent nocti,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Dóminus facit mirabília magna solus, in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
Psalm 135 (136)
A paschal hymn
The Lord alone has wrought marvellous works, for his love endures for ever.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
  for his love is for ever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
  for his love is for ever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
  for his love is for ever.
He alone works wonders,
  for his love is for ever.
In his wisdom he made the heavens,
  for his love is for ever.
He set the Earth upon the waters,
  for his love is for ever.
He created the great lights,
  for his love is for ever.
The sun, to rule over the day,
  for his love is for ever.
The moon and stars, to rule over the night,
  for his love is 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.
The Lord alone has wrought marvellous works, for his love endures for ever.

Ps 135:10-15
Edúxit Israel de médio Ægýpti, in manu poténti et bráchio exténto.
10Qui percússit Ægýptum in primogénitis eórum,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
11Qui edúxit Israel de médio eórum,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius;
12in manu poténti et bráchio exténto,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
13Qui divísit mare Rubrum in divisiónes,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
14Et tradúxit Israel per médium eius,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
15Et excússit pharaónem et virtútem eius in mari Rubro,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Edúxit Israel de médio Ægýpti, in manu poténti et bráchio exténto.
Psalm 135 (136)
He brought Israel out from Egypt, with arm outstretched, with power in his hand.
He struck down the first-born of Egypt,
  for his love is for ever.
He led Israel out from their midst,
  for his love is for ever.
With a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
  for his love is for ever.
He divided the Red Sea in two,
  for his love is for ever.
He led Israel out through the sea,
  for his love is for ever.
He overthrew Pharaoh and his army,
  for his love is 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.
He brought Israel out from Egypt, with arm outstretched, with power in his hand.

Ps 135:16-26
Confitémini Deo cæli; ipse redémit nos ab inimícis nostris.
16Qui tradúxit pópulum suum per desértum,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
17Qui percússit reges magnos,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius;
18et occídit reges poténtes,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
19Sehon regem Amorræórum,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius;
20et Og regem Basan,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
21Et dedit terram eórum hereditátem,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius;
22hereditátem Israel servo suo,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
23Qui in humilitáte nostra memor fuit nostri,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius;
24et redémit nos ab inimícis nostris,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
25Qui dat escam omni carni,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
26Confitémini Deo cæli,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Confitémini Deo cæli; ipse redémit nos ab inimícis nostris.
Psalm 135 (136)
To the Lord of heaven give thanks: he set us free from our foes.
He led his people through the wilderness,
  for his love is for ever.
He struck down great kings,
  for his love is for ever.
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
  for his love is for ever.
And Og, the king of Bashan,
  for his love is for ever.
He gave their land to his people,
  for his love is for ever.
A heritage for Israel his servant,
  for his love is for ever.
He remembered us in our affliction,
  for his love is for ever.
He rescued us from our enemies,
  for his love is for ever.
He gives food to all creatures that live,
  for his love is for ever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven,
  for his love is 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.
To the Lord of heaven give thanks: he set us free from our foes.

℣. Vias tuas, Dómine, demónstra mihi.
℟. Et sémitas tuas édoce me.
Lord, show me your ways,
and teach me your paths.

Lectio prior
De libro Deuteronómii 16, 1-17
Festa celebranda
In diébus illis: Locútus est Móyses pópulo dicens:
  1«Obsérva mensem Abib, ut fácies Pascha Dómino Deo tuo; quóniam in isto mense Abib edúxit te Dóminus Deus tuus de Ægýpto nocte. 2Immolabísque Pascha Dómino Deo tuo de óvibus et de bobus in loco, quem elégerit Dóminus Deus tuus, ut hábitet nomen eius ibi. 3Non cómedes cum eo panem fermentátum; septem diébus cómedes absque ferménto afflictiónis panem, quóniam festinánter egréssus es de Ægýpto, ut memíneris diéi egressiónis tuæ de Ægýpto ómnibus diébus vitæ tuæ. 4Non apparébit ferméntum in ómnibus términis tuis septem diébus; et non manébit de cárnibus eius, quod immolátum est véspere in die primo, usque mane. 5Non póteris immoláre Pascha in quálibet úrbium tuárum, quas Dóminus Deus tuus datúrus est tibi, 6sed in loco, quem elégerit Dóminus Deus tuus, ut hábitet nomen eius ibi, immolábis Pascha véspere ad solis occásum, quando egréssus es de Ægýpto. 7Et coques et cómedes in loco, quem elégerit Dóminus Deus tuus, manéque consúrgens vades in tabernácula tua. 8Sex diébus cómedes ázyma et in die séptimo, quia collécta est Dómino Deo tuo; non fácies opus.
  9Septem hebdómadas numerábis tibi ab ea die, qua falcem in ségetem míseris, 10et celebrábis diem festum Hebdomadárum Dómino Deo tuo, oblatiónem spontáneam manus tuæ, quam ófferes iuxta benedictiónem Dómini Dei tui. 11Et epuláberis coram Dómino Deo tuo tu, fílius tuus et fília tua, servus tuus et ancílla tua et Levítes, qui est intra portas tuas, ádvena ac pupíllus et vídua, qui morántur tecum in loco, quem elégerit Dóminus Deus tuus, ut hábitet nomen eius ibi; 12et recordáberis quóniam servus fúeris in Ægýpto custodiésque ac fácies, quæ præcépta sunt.
  13Sollemnitátem quoque Tabernaculórum celebrábis per septem dies, quando collégeris de área et torculári fruges tuas; 14et epuláberis in festivitáte tua tu, fílius tuus et fília, servus tuus et ancílla, Levítes quoque et ádvena, pupíllus ac vídua, qui intra portas tuas sunt. 15Septem diébus Dómino Deo tuo festa celebrábis in loco, quem elégerit Dóminus, quia benedícet tibi Dóminus Deus tuus in cunctis frúgibus tuis et in omni ópere mánuum tuárum, erísque totus in lætítia.
  16Tribus vícibus per annum apparébit omne masculínum tuum in conspéctu Dómini Dei tui in loco, quem elégerit: in sollemnitáte Azymórum et in sollemnitáte Hebdomadárum et in sollemnitáte Tabernaculórum. Non apparébit ante Dóminum vácuus, 17sed ófferet unusquísque secúndum quod habúerit, iuxta benedictiónem Dómini Dei tui, quam déderit tibi».
First Reading
Deuteronomy 16:1-17 ©
The feasts of Israel
Observe the month of Abib and celebrate the Passover for the Lord your God, because it was in the month of Abib that the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night. You must sacrifice a passover from your flock or herd for the Lord your God in the place where the Lord chooses to give his name a home. You must not eat leavened bread with this; for seven days you must eat it with unleavened bread, the bread of emergency, for it was in great haste that you came out of the land of Egypt; so you will remember, all the days of your life, the day you came out of the land of Egypt. For seven days no leaven must be found in any house throughout your territory, nor must any of the meat that you sacrifice in the evening of the first day be kept overnight until morning. You may not sacrifice the passover in any of the towns that the Lord your God gives you; but only in the place where the Lord your God chooses to give his name a home, there you must sacrifice the passover, in the evening at sunset, at the hour at which you came out of Egypt. You must cook it and eat it in the place the Lord your God chooses, and in the morning you are to return and go to your tents. For six days you shall eat unleavened bread; on the seventh day there shall be an assembly for the Lord your God; and you must do no work.
  You are to count seven weeks, counting these seven weeks from the time you begin to put your sickle into the standing corn. You must then celebrate the feast of weeks for the Lord your God with the gift of a voluntary offering from your hand in proportion to the way that the Lord your God has blessed you. You must rejoice in the presence of the Lord your God in the place where the Lord your God chooses to give his name a home, you and your son and daughter, your serving men and women, the Levite who lives in your towns, the stranger, the orphan and the widow who live among you. Remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and carefully observe these laws.
  You must celebrate the feast of Tabernacles for seven days, at the time when you gather in the produce of your threshing-floor and winepress. You must rejoice at your feast, you and your son and daughter, your serving men and women, the Levite, the stranger, the orphan and the widow who live in your towns. For seven days you are to celebrate the feast for the Lord your God in the place the Lord chooses, for the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and all your handiwork, and you will be filled with joy.
  Three times a year all your menfolk are to appear before the Lord your God in the place he chooses: at the feast of Unleavened Bread, at the feast of Weeks, at the feast of Tabernacles. No one must appear before the Lord empty-handed, but every man must give what he can, in proportion to the blessing that the Lord your God gives you.
Responsorium
Cf. Deut 16, 14. 15; Nah 2, 1
℟. Epuláberis in festivitáte tua tu, fílius tuus et fília, levítes quoque et ádvena, pupíllus ac vídua;* Benedicétque tibi Dóminus erísque in lætítia.
℣. Ecce super montes pedes evangelizántis et annuntiántis pacem: célebra, Iuda, festivitátes tuas.* Benedicétque.
Responsory
Dt 16:14-15; Na 1:15
℟. You must rejoice at your feast, you and your son and daughter, the Levite, the stranger, the orphan and the widow,* and the Lord will bless you, and you will be filled with joy.
℣. See on the mountains the feet of the herald who brings good tidings, who proclaims peace! Keep your feasts, O Judah,* and the Lord will bless you, and you will be filled with joy.

Lectio altera
Ex Expositióne sancti Ambrósii epíscopi in Psalmum centésimum décimum octávum (Cap. 20, 43-45. 48: CSEL 62, 466-468)
Testimonium Christi fidele
Per multas tribulatiónes opórtet nos introíre in regnum Dei. Si multæ persecutiónes, multæ probatiónes; ubi multæ corónæ, multa certámina. Tibi ergo próficit quod multi persecutóres sunt, ut inter multas persecutiónes facílius invénias quemádmodum coronéris.
  Utámur exémplo Sebastiáni mártyris, cuius hódie natális est.
  Hic Mediolanénsis oriúndus est. Fortásse aut iam discésserat persecútor aut adhuc non vénerat in hæc pártium, aut mítior erat. Advértit hic aut nullum esse aut tepére certámen.
  Romam proféctus est, ubi propter fídei stúdium persecutiónes acérbæ fervébant; ibi passus est, hoc est ibi coronátus. Itaque illic, quo hospes advénit, domicílium immortalitátis perpétuæ collocávit. Si unus persecútor fuísset, coronátus hic martyr útique non fuísset.
  Sed quod peius, non hi solum persecutóres sunt qui vidéntur, sed étiam qui non vidéntur, et multo plures persecutóres.
  Sicut enim unus persecútor rex multis persecutiónis præcépta mittébat et per síngulas vel civitátes vel províncias erant divérsi persecutóres, ita étiam diábolus multos minístros suos dírigit, qui non foris tantúmmodo, sed étiam intus fáciant persecutiónes in ánimis singulórum.
  De his dictum est persecutiónibus: Omnes qui volunt pie vívere in Christo Iesu persecutiónem patiúntur. Omnes dixit, nullum excépit. Quis enim excéptus potest esse, cum ipse Dóminus persecutiónum tentaménta toleráverit?
  Quanti cotídie in occúlto mártyres Christi sunt et Iesum Dóminum confiténtur! Novit hoc martýrium Apóstolus et testimónium Christi fidéle, qui dixit: Hæc est enim gloriátio nostra et testimónium consciéntiæ nostræ.
Second Reading
From an exposition of psalm 118 by Saint Ambrose, bishop
Faithful witnessing to Christ
To enter the kingdom of God we must endure many tribulations. If there are many persecutions, there are many testings; where there are many crowns of victory, there are many trials of strength. It is then to your advantage if there are many persecutors; among many persecutions you may more easily find a path to victory.
  Take the example of the martyr Sebastian, whose birthday in glory we celebrate today. He was a native of Milan. At a time when persecution either had ceased or had not yet begun or was of a milder kind, he realised that there was only slight, if any, opportunity for suffering. He set out for Rome, where bitter persecutions were raging because of the fervour of the Christians. There he endured suffering; there he gained his crown. He went to the city as a stranger and there established a home of undying glory. If there had been only one persecutor, he would not have gained a martyr’s crown.
  The persecutors who are visible are not the only ones. There are also invisible persecutors, much greater in number. This is more serious. Like a king bent on persecution, sending orders to persecute to his many agents, and establishing different persecutors in each city or province, the devil directs his many servants in their work of persecution, whether in public or in the souls of individuals. Of this kind of persecution Scripture says: All who wish to live a holy life in Christ Jesus suffer persecution. “All” suffer persecution; there is no exception. Who can claim exemption if the Lord himself endured the testing of persecution? How many there are today who are secret martyrs for Christ, giving testimony to Jesus as Lord! The Apostle knew this kind of martyrdom, this faithful witnessing to Christ; he said: This is our boast, the testimony of our conscience.
Responsorium
℟. Iste sanctus pro lege Dei sui certávit usque ad mortem et a verbis impiórum non tímuit;* Fundátus enim erat supra firmam petram.
℣. Iste est qui contémpsit vitam mundi et pervénit ad cæléstia regna.* Fundátus.
Responsory
℟. Fearless in the sight of wicked men, this saint died in defence of the law of God,* for he was built on rock.
℣. This is he who rejected the life of this world and gained the kingdom of heaven,* for he was built on rock.

Oremus.
  Præsta nobis, quǽsumus, Dómine, spíritum fortitúdinis, ut, glorióso exémplo beáti Sebastiáni mártyris tui edócti, tibi magis quam homínibus obœdíre discámus.
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.
Grant us, Lord, the spirit of fortitude.
Teach us, by the example of Saint Sebastian,
  to render obedience to you rather than to men.
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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