Universalis
Thursday 26 May 2016    (other days)
Corpus Christi 
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. 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
Sacris sollémniis iuncta sint gáudia,
et ex præcórdiis sonent præcónia;
recédant vétera, nova sint ómnia,
corda, voces et ópera.
Noctis recólitur cena novíssima,
qua Christus créditur agnum et ázyma
dedísse frátribus iuxta legítima
priscis indúlta pátribus.
Dedit fragílibus córporis férculum,
dedit et trístibus sánguinis póculum,
dicens: «Accípite quod trado vásculum;
omnes ex eo bíbite».
Sic sacrifícium istud instítuit,
cuius offícium commítti vóluit
solis presbýteris, quibus sic cóngruit,
ut sumant et dent céteris.
Panis angélicus fit panis hóminum;
dat panis cǽlicus figúris términum.
O res mirábilis: mandúcat Dóminum
servus pauper et húmilis.
Te, trina Déitas únaque, póscimus;
sic nos tu vísitas sicut te cólimus:
per tuas sémitas duc nos quo téndimus
ad lucem quam inhábitas. Amen.
Hymn
Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore
Masked by these bare shadows, faith and nothing more.
See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.
Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived:
How says trusty hearing? That shall be believed.
What God’s Son hath told me, take for truth I do;
Truth himself speaks truly, or there’s nothing true.
On the Cross thy Godhead made no sign to men.;
Here thy very manhood steals from human ken;
Both are my confession, both are my belief,
And I pray the prayer of the dying thief.

Psalmus 22 (23)
Pastor bonus
Agnus pascet illos et deducet eos ad vitæ fontes aquarum” (Ap 7, 17).
Dícite invitátis: Ecce prándium meum parávi, veníte ad núptias, allelúia.
1Dóminus pascit me, et nihil mihi déerit:*
  2in páscuis viréntibus me collocávit,
super aquas quiétis edúxit me,*
  3ánimam meam refécit.
Dedúxit me super sémitas iustítiæ*
  propter nomen suum.
4Nam et si ambulávero in valle umbræ mortis, non timébo mala,*
  quóniam tu mecum es.
Virga tua et báculus tuus,*
  ipsa me consoláta sunt.
5Parásti in conspéctu meo mensam*
  advérsus eos, qui tríbulant me;
impinguásti in óleo caput meum,*
  et calix meus redúndat.
6Etenim benígnitas et misericórdia subsequéntur me*
  ómnibus diébus vitæ meæ,
et inhabitábo in domo Dómini*
  in longitúdinem diérum.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Dícite invitátis: Ecce prándium meum parávi, veníte ad núptias, allelúia.
Psalm 22 (23)
The good shepherd
Say to those who are invited: ‘Behold, the supper is ready, come to the marriage feast.’ Alleluia.
The Lord is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.
He has taken me to green pastures,
  he has led me to still waters;
  he has healed my spirit.
He has led me along right paths
  for his own name’s sake.
Even if I walk in the valley of the shadow of death,
  I shall fear no evil, for you are with me:
  your rod and your staff give me comfort.
You have set a table before me
  in the sight of my enemies.
You have anointed my head with oil,
  and my cup overflows.
Truly goodness and kindness will follow me
  all the days of my life.
For long years I shall live
  in the house of 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.
Say to those who are invited: ‘Behold, the supper is ready, come to the marriage feast.’ Alleluia.

Ps 41:2-12
Desiderium Domini et templi eius
Qui sitit, veniat; qui vult, accipiat aquam vitæ” (Ap 22, 17).
Si quis sitit, véniat ad me et bibat fontem ætérnum.
2Quemádmodum desíderat cervus ad fontes aquárum,*
  ita desíderat ánima mea ad te, Deus.
3Sitívit ánima mea ad Deum, Deum vivum;*
  quando véniam et apparébo ante fáciem Dei?
4Fuérunt mihi lácrimæ meæ panis die ac nocte,*
  dum dícitur mihi quotídie: «Ubi est Deus tuus?».
5Hæc recordátus sum et effúdi in me ánimam meam;†
  quóniam transíbam in locum tabernáculi admirábilis*
  usque ad domum Dei,
in voce exsultatiónis et confessiónis,*
  multitúdinis festa celebrántis.
6Quare tristis es, ánima mea,*
  et quare conturbáris in me?
Spera in Deo, quóniam adhuc confitébor illi,*
  salutáre vultus mei et Deus meus.
7In meípso ánima mea contristáta est;†
  proptérea memor ero tui*
  de terra Iordánis et Hermónim, de monte Misar.
8Abýssus abýssum ínvocat in voce cataractárum tuárum;*
  omnes gúrgites tui et fluctus tui super me transiérunt.
9In die mandávit Dóminus misericórdiam suam,†
  et nocte cánticum eius apud me est:*
  orátio ad Deum vitæ meæ.
10Dicam Deo:*
  «Suscéptor meus es.
Quare oblítus es mei,†
  et quare contristátus incédo,*
  dum afflígit me inimícus?».
11Dum confringúntur ossa mea,†
  exprobravérunt mihi, qui tríbulant me,*
  dum dicunt mihi quotídie: «Ubi est Deus tuus?».
12Quare tristis es, ánima mea,*
  et quare conturbáris in me?
Spera in Deo, quóniam adhuc confitébor illi,*
  salutáre vultus mei et Deus meus.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Si quis sitit, véniat ad me et bibat fontem ætérnum.
Psalm 41 (42)
Longing for the Lord and his temple
If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink from an inexhaustible spring.
Like a deer that longs for springs of water,
  so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, the living God:
  when shall I come and stand before the face of God?
My tears are my food, by day and by night,
  and everyone asks, “where is your God?”.
I remember how I went up to your glorious dwelling-place
  and into the house of God:
  the memory melts my soul.
The sound of joy and thanksgiving,
  the crowds at the festival.
Why are you so sad, my soul,
  and anxious within me?
Put your hope in the Lord, I will praise him still,
  my saviour and my God.
My soul is sad within me,
  and so I will remember you
  in the lands of Jordan and Hermon,
  on the mountain of Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
  in your rushing waters:
and all your torrents, all your waves
  have flowed over me.
By day the Lord sends his kindness upon me;
  by night his song is with me,
  a prayer to the God of my life.
I will say to God:
  “You are my support, why have you forgotten me?
  Why must I go in mourning, while the enemy persecutes me?.”
As my bones break,
  my persecutors deride me,
  all the time saying “where is your God?.”
Why are you so sad, my soul,
  and anxious within me?
Put your hope in the Lord, I will praise him still,
  my saviour and my 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.
If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink from an inexhaustible spring.

Ps 80:2-17
Sollemnis renovatio foederis
Videte, ne forte sit in aliquo vestrum cor malum incredulitatis” (Hebr 3, 12).
Cibávit nos Dóminus ex ádipe fruménti et de petra melle saturávit nos.
2Exsultáte Deo adiutóri nostro,*
  iubiláte Deo Iacob.
3Súmite psalmum et date týmpanum,*
  psaltérium iucúndum cum cíthara.
4Bucináte in neoménia tuba,*
  in die plenæ lunæ, in sollemnitáte nostra.
5Quia præcéptum in Israel est,*
  et iudícium Deo Iacob.
6Testimónium in Ioseph pósuit illud,†
  cum exíret de terra Ægýpti;*
  sermónem, quem non nóveram, audívi:
«7Divérti ab onéribus dorsum eius;*
  manus eius a cóphino recessérunt.
8In tribulatióne invocásti me et liberávi te,†
  exaudívi te in abscóndito tempestátis,*
  probávi te apud aquam Meríba.
9Audi, pópulus meus, et contestábor te;*
  Israel, útinam áudias me!
10Non erit in te deus aliénus,*
  neque adorábis deum extráneum.
11Ego enim sum Dóminus Deus tuus,†
  qui edúxi te de terra Ægýpti;*
  diláta os tuum, et implébo illud.
12Et non audívit pópulus meus vocem meam,*
  et Israel non inténdit mihi.
13Et dimísi eos secúndum durítiam cordis eórum,*
  ibunt in adinventiónibus suis.
14Si pópulus meus audísset me,*
  Israel si in viis meis ambulásset!
15In brevi inimícos eórum humiliássem*
  et super tribulántes eos misíssem manum meam.
16Inimíci Dómini blandiréntur ei,*
  et esset sors eórum in sǽcula;
17et cibárem eos ex ádipe fruménti*
  et de petra melle saturárem eos».
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Cibávit nos Dóminus ex ádipe fruménti et de petra melle saturávit nos.
Psalm 80 (81)
Solemn renewal of the covenant
The Lord fed us with finest wheat; he filled us with honey from the rock.
Shout with joy to God our helper,
  rejoice in the God of Jacob.
Take up the song, sound the timbrel,
  play on the lyre and the harp.
At the start of the month, sound the trumpet,
  at the full moon, at our festival.
For this is the law for Israel,
  the decree of the God of Jacob.
He gave it to Joseph, for a witness,
  when he went out of the land of Egypt;
  with words that had never been heard:
“I freed his back from burdens;
  his hands were freed from heavy loads.
In your tribulation you called on me and I freed you,
  I heard you from the heart of the storm,
  I tested you at the waters of Meribah.
Listen, my people, and I will put my case –
  Israel, if you would only hear me!
You shall not have any strange god,
  you shall not worship the gods of foreigners.
For I am the Lord, your God,
  who led you out of the land of Egypt.
  Open wide your mouth and I shall fill it.
But my people did not hear my voice:
  Israel did not turn to me.
So I let them go on in the hardness of their hearts,
  and follow their own counsels.
If my people had heard me,
  if only they had walked in my ways –
I would swiftly have crushed their enemies,
  stretched my hand over those who persecuted them.
The enemies of the Lord would be overcome with weakness,
  Israel’s would be the good fortune, for ever:
  I would feed them full of richest wheat
and give them honey from the rock,
  to their heart’s content.
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 fed us with finest wheat; he filled us with honey from the rock.

℣. Sapiéntia ædificávit sibi domum, allelúia.
℟. Míscuit vinum et pósuit mensam, allelúia.
Wisdom has built herself a house, alleluia.
She has prepared the wine and laid the table, alleluia.

Lectio prior
De libro Exodi 24, 1-11
Viderunt Deum, et comederunt ac biberunt
In diébus illis: 1Dixit Dóminus Móysi: «Ascénde ad Dóminum, tu et Aaron, Nadab et Abiu et septuagínta senes ex Israel, et adorábitis procul. 2Solúsque Móyses ascéndet ad Dóminum, et illi non appropinquábunt, nec pópulus ascéndet cum eo».
  3Venit ergo Móyses et narrávit plebi ómnia verba Dómini atque iudícia; respondítque omnis pópulus una voce: «Omnia verba Dómini, quæ locútus est, faciémus». 4Scripsit autem Móyses univérsos sermónes Dómini; et mane consúrgens ædificávit altáre ad radíces montis et duódecim lápides per duódecim tribus Israel. 5Misítque iúvenes de fíliis Israel, et obtulérunt holocáusta; immolaverúntque víctimas pacíficas Dómino vítulos. 6Tulit ítaque Móyses dimídiam partem sánguinis et misit in cratéras; partem autem resíduam respérsit super altáre. 7Assuménsque volúmen fœ́deris legit, audiénte pópulo, qui dixérunt: «Omnia, quæ locútus est Dóminus, faciémus et érimus obœdiéntes». 8Ille vero sumptum sánguinem respérsit in pópulum et ait: «Hic est sanguis fœ́deris, quod pépigit Dóminus vobíscum super cunctis sermónibus his».
  9Ascenderúntque Móyses et Aaron, Nadab et Abiu et septuagínta de senióribus Israel. 10Et vidérunt Deum Israel, et sub pédibus eius quasi opus lápidis sapphiríni et quasi ipsum cælum, cum serénum est. 11Nec in eléctos filiórum Israel misit manum suam; viderúntque Deum et comedérunt ac bibérunt.
First ReadingExodus 24:1-11 ©
To Moses he had said, ‘Come up to the Lord, yourself and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel and bow down in worship at a distance. Moses alone must approach the Lord; the others must not, nor must the people go up with him.’
  Moses went and told the people all the commands of the Lord and all the ordinances. In answer, all the people said with one voice, ‘We will observe all the commands that the Lord has decreed.’ Moses put all the commands of the Lord into writing, and early next morning he built an altar at the foot of the mountain, with twelve standing-stones for the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he directed certain young Israelites to offer holocausts and to immolate bullocks to the Lord as communion sacrifices. Half of the blood Moses took up and put into basins, the other half he cast on the altar. And taking the Book of the Covenant he read it to the listening people, and they said, ‘We will observe all that the Lord has decreed; we will obey.’ Then Moses took the blood and cast it towards the people. This’ he said ‘is the blood of the Covenant that the Lord has made with you, containing all these rules.’
  Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel. They saw the God of Israel beneath whose feet there was, it seemed, a sapphire pavement pure as the heavens themselves. He laid no hand on these notables of the sons of Israel: they gazed on God. They ate and they drank.
Responsorium
Io 6, 48-50. 51 ab
℟. Ego sum panis vitæ. Patres vestri manducavérunt in desérto manna et mórtui sunt.* Hic est panis de cælo descéndens, ut, si quis ex ipso manducáverit, non moriátur.
℣. Ego sum panis vivus, qui de cælo descéndi. Si quis manducáverit ex hoc pane, vivet in ætérnum.* Hic est.
Responsory
℟. I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate manna in the desert, and they died.* I am speaking of the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat, and never die.
℣. I am that living bread which has come down from heaven: if anyone eats this bread, he shall live for ever.* I am speaking of the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat, and never die.

Lectio altera
Ex Opéribus sancti Thomæ de Aquíno presbýteri (Opusculum 57, in festo Corporis Christi, lect. 1-4)
O pretiosum et admirandum convivium!
Unigénitus Dei Fílius, suæ divinitátis volens nos esse partícipes, natúram nostram assúmpsit, ut hómines deos fáceret factus homo.
  Et hoc ínsuper, quod de nostro assúmpsit, totum nobis cóntulit ad salútem. Corpus namque suum pro nostra reconciliatióne in ara crucis hóstiam óbtulit Deo Patri, sánguinem suum fudit in prétium simul et lavácrum; ut redémpti a miserábili servitúte, a peccátis ómnibus mundarémur.
  Ut autem tanti benefícii iugis in nobis manéret memória, corpus suum in cibum, et sánguinem suum in potum, sub spécie panis et vini suméndum fidélibus derelíquit.
  O pretiósum et admirándum convívium, salutíferum et omni suavitáte replétum! Quid enim hoc convívio pretiósius esse potest? in quo non carnes vitulórum et hircórum, ut olim in lege, sed nobis Christus suméndus propónitur verus Deus. Quid hoc sacraménto mirabílius?
  Nullum étiam sacraméntum est isto salúbrius, quo purgántur peccáta, virtútes augéntur, et mens ómnium spiritálium charísmatum abundántia impinguátur.
  Offértur in Ecclésia pro vivis et mórtuis, ut ómnibus prosit, quod est pro salúte ómnium institútum.
  Suavitátem dénique huius sacraménti nullus exprímere súfficit, per quod spiritális dulcédo in suo fonte gustátur; et recólitur memória illíus, quam in sua passióne Christus monstrávit, excellentíssimæ caritátis.
  Unde, ut árctius huius caritátis imménsitas fidélium córdibus infigerétur, in última cena, quando, Pascha cum discípulis celebráto, transitúrus erat de hoc mundo ad Patrem, hoc sacraméntum instítuit, tamquam passiónis suæ memoriále perénne, figurárum véterum impletívum, miraculórum ab ipso factórum máximum, et de sua contristátis abséntia solácium singuláre relíquit.
Second Reading
St Thomas Aquinas
O precious and wonderful banquet!
Since it was the will of God’s only-begotten Son that men should share in his divinity, he assumed our nature in order that by becoming man he might make men gods. Moreover, when he took our flesh he dedicated the whole of its substance to our salvation. He offered his body to God the Father on the altar of the cross as a sacrifice for our reconciliation. He shed his blood for our ransom and purification, so that we might be redeemed from our wretched state of bondage and cleansed from all sin. But to ensure that the memory of so great a gift would abide with us for ever, he left his body as food and his blood as drink for the faithful to consume in the form of bread and wine.
  O precious and wonderful banquet, that brings us salvation and contains all sweetness! Could anything be of more intrinsic value? Under the old law it was the flesh of calves and goats that was offered, but here Christ himself, the true God, is set before us as our food. What could be more wonderful than this? No other sacrament has greater healing power; through it sins are purged away, virtues are increased, and the soul is enriched with an abundance of every spiritual gift. It is offered in the Church for the living and the dead, so that what was instituted for the salvation of all may be for the benefit of all. Yet, in the end, no one can fully express the sweetness of this sacrament, in which spiritual delight is tasted at its very source, and in which we renew the memory of that surpassing love for us which Christ revealed in his passion.
  It was to impress the vastness of this love more firmly upon the hearts of the faithful that our Lord instituted this sacrament at the Last Supper. As he was on the point of leaving the world to go to the Father, after celebrating the Passover with his disciples, he left it as a perpetual memorial of his passion. It was the fulfilment of ancient figures and the greatest of all his miracles, while for those who were to experience the sorrow of his departure, it was destined to be a unique and abiding consolation.
Responsorium
℟. Hoc agnóscite in pane, quod pepéndit in cruce; hoc in cálice, quod manávit ex látere. Accípite ítaque et édite corpus Christi; accípite et potáte sánguinem Christi.* Iam ipsi facti membra Christi.
℣. Ne dissolvámini, manducáte vínculum vestrum; ne vobis viles videámini, bíbite prétium vestrum.* Iam ipsi.
Responsory
℟. See in this bread the body of Christ which hung upon the cross, and in this cup the blood which flowed from his side.* Take his body, then, and eat it; take his blood and drink it, and you will become his members.
℣. The body of Christ is the bond which unites you to him: eat it, or you will have no part in him. The blood is the price he paid for your redemption: drink it, lest you despair of your sinfulness.* Take his body, then, and eat it; take his blood and drink it, and you will become his members.

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 nobis sub sacraménto mirábili passiónis tuæ memóriam reliquísti, tríbue, quǽsumus, ita nos córporis et sánguinis tui sacra mystéria venerári, ut redemptiónis tuæ fructum in nobis iúgiter sentiámus. Qui vivis.
Let us pray.
Lord Jesus Christ,
  you gave your Church an admirable sacrament
  as the abiding memorial of your passion.
Teach us so to worship the sacred mystery of your Body and Blood
  that its redeeming power may sanctify us always.
You live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
  God for ever and ever.
Amen.

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

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