Monday 23 October 2017    (other days)
Monday of week 29 in Ordinary Time 
 or Saint John of Capistrano, Priest 

Office of Readings

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.

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.
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.

I. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur noctu vel summo mane:
Somno reféctis ártubus,
spreto cubíli, súrgimus:
nobis, Pater, canéntibus
adésse te depóscimus.
Te lingua primum cóncinat,
te mentis ardor ámbiat,
ut áctuum sequéntium
tu, sancte, sis exórdium.
Cedant ténebræ lúmini
et nox diúrno síderi,
ut culpa, quam nox íntulit,
lucis labáscat múnere.
Precámur idem súpplices
noxas ut omnes ámputes,
et ore te canéntium
laudéris in perpétuum.
Præsta, Pater piíssime,
Patríque compar Unice,
cum Spíritu Paráclito
regnans per omne sǽculum. Amen.
II. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur diurno tempore:
Ætérna lux, divínitas,
in unitáte Trínitas,
te confitémur débiles,
te deprecámur súpplices.
Summum Paréntem crédimus
Natúmque Patris únicum,
et caritátis vínculum
qui iungit illos Spíritum.
O véritas, o cáritas,
o finis et felícitas,
speráre fac et crédere,
amáre fac et cónsequi.
Qui finis et exórdium
rerúmque fons es ómnium,
tu solus es solácium,
tu certa spes credéntium.
Qui cuncta solus éfficis
cunctísque solus súfficis,
tu sola lux es ómnibus
et prǽmium sperántibus.
Christum rogámus et Patrem,
Christi Patrísque Spíritum;
unum potens per ómnia,
fove precántes, Trínitas. Amen.
O God of truth, prepare our minds
To hear and heed your holy word;
Fill every heart that longs for you
With your mysterious presence, Lord.
Almighty Father, with your Son
And blessed Spirit, hear our prayer:
Teach us to love eternal truth
And seek its freedom everywhere.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Ps 6:2-11
Homo afflictus Domini clementiam implorat

Nunc anima mea turbata est ... Pater, salvifica me ex hora hac?” (Io 12, 27).

Salvum me fac, Dómine, propter misericórdiam tuam.
2Dómine, ne in furóre tuo árguas me,*
  neque in ira tua corrípias me.
3Miserére mei, Dómine, quóniam infírmus sum;*
  sana me, Dómine, quóniam conturbáta sunt ossa mea.
4Et ánima mea turbáta est valde,*
  sed tu, Dómine, úsquequo?
5Convértere, Dómine, éripe ánimam meam;*
  salvum me fac propter misericórdiam tuam.
6Quóniam non est in morte, qui memor sit tui,*
  in inférno autem quis confitébitur tibi?
7Laborávi in gémitu meo,†
  lavábam per síngulas noctes lectum meum;*
  lácrimis meis stratum meum rigábam.
8Turbátus est a mæróre óculus meus,*
  inveterávi inter omnes inimícos meos.
9Discédite a me omnes, qui operámini iniquitátem,*
  quóniam exaudívit Dóminus vocem fletus mei.
10Exaudívit Dóminus deprecatiónem meam,*
  Dóminus oratiónem meam suscépit.
11Erubéscant et conturbéntur veheménter omnes inimíci mei;*
  convertántur et erubéscant valde velóciter.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Salvum me fac, Dómine, propter misericórdiam tuam.
Psalm 6
A prayer for relief from affliction
Lord, save me in your merciful love.
Lord, do not condemn me in your fury:
  do not destroy me in your anger.
Take pity on me, Lord, for I am sick;
  heal me, Lord, for my bones are in disarray.
My spirit is deeply disturbed,
  and you, Lord – how long?
Turn to me, Lord, rescue my spirit:
  in your pity, save me.
If I die, how can I praise you?
  Can anyone in the underworld proclaim your name?
I struggle and groan,
  soak my bed with weeping night after night;
my eyes are troubled with sadness:
  I grow older as my enemies watch.
Leave me, all who do evil,
  for the Lord has heard my voice as I wept.
The Lord listened to my prayer,
  granted me what I asked.
Let my enemies be ashamed and confounded:
  let shame and confusion overtake them soon.
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.
Lord, save me in your merciful love.

Ps 9A:2-11
Gratiarum actio pro victoria

Iterum venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos.

Factus est Dóminus refúgium páuperi in tribulatióne.
2Confitébor tibi, Dómine, in toto corde meo,*
  narrábo ómnia mirabília tua.
3Lætábor et exsultábo in te,*
  psallam nómini tuo, Altíssime.
4Cum convertúntur inimíci mei retrórsum,*
  infirmántur et péreunt a fácie tua.
5Quóniam fecísti iudícium meum et causam meam,*
  sedísti super thronum, qui iúdicas iustítiam.
6Increpásti gentes, perdidísti ímpium;*
  nomen eórum delésti in ætérnum et in sǽculum sǽculi.
7Inimíci defecérunt,*
  solitúdines sempitérnæ factæ sunt;
et civitátes destruxísti:*
  périit memória eórum cum ipsis.
8Dóminus autem in ætérnum sedébit,*
  parávit in iudícium thronum suum
9et ipse iudicábit orbem terræ in iustítia,*
  iudicábit pópulos in æquitáte.
10Et erit Dóminus refúgium opprésso,*
  refúgium in opportunitátibus, in tribulatióne.
11Et sperent in te, qui novérunt nomen tuum,*
  quóniam non dereliquísti quæréntes te, Dómine.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Factus est Dóminus refúgium páuperi in tribulatióne.
Psalm 9A (9)
Thanksgiving for victory
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed in times of distress.
I will thank you, Lord, with all my heart;
  I will tell of your wonders.
I will rejoice in you and triumph,
  make music to your name, O Most High.
Because my enemies are in full retreat;
  they stumble and perish at your presence.
For you have given judgement in my favour,
  upheld my case,
  taken your seat on the throne of judgement.
You have rebuked the nations,
  condemned the wicked,
  wiped out their name for ever and for ever.
My enemies are no more;
  their land is a desert for ever.
You have demolished their cities,
  their very memory is wiped away.
But the Lord will reign for ever:
  he has made his throne his judgement-seat.
He himself will judge the whole world in justice,
  judge the peoples impartially.
The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed,
  a refuge in good times and in bad.
Let them put their hope in you, those who know your name;
  for you, Lord, have never abandoned those who seek you.
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.
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed in times of distress.

Ps 9A:12-21
Annuntiábo laudatiónes tuas in portis fíliæ Sion.
12Psállite Dómino, qui hábitat in Sion;*
  annuntiáte inter gentes stúdia eius.
13Quóniam requírens sánguinem recordátus est eórum,*
  non est oblítus clamórem páuperum.
14Miserére mei, Dómine;†
  vide afflictiónem meam de inimícis meis,*
  qui exáltas me de portis mortis,
15ut annúntiem omnes laudatiónes tuas in portis fíliæ Sion,*
  exsúltem in salutári tuo.
16Infíxæ sunt gentes in fóvea, quam fecérunt;†
  in láqueo isto, quem abscondérunt,*
  comprehénsus est pes eórum.
17Manifestávit se Dóminus iudícium fáciens;*
  in opéribus mánuum suárum comprehénsus est peccátor.
18Converténtur peccatóres in inférnum,*
  omnes gentes, quæ obliviscúntur Deum.
19Quóniam non in finem oblívio erit páuperis;*
  exspectátio páuperum non períbit in ætérnum.
20Exsúrge, Dómine, non confortétur homo;*
  iudicéntur gentes in conspéctu tuo.
21Constítue, Dómine, terrórem super eos,*
  sciant gentes quóniam hómines sunt.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Annuntiábo laudatiónes tuas in portis fíliæ Sion.
Psalm 9A (9)
I will recount all your praise at the gates of the city of Sion.
Sing to the Lord who dwells in Zion,
  proclaim to the nations his loving care.
For he has remembered the poor and avenged them with blood:
  he has not forgotten the cry of the weak.
Take pity on me, Lord:
  see how my enemies torment me.
You raise me up from the gates of death,
  and I will proclaim your praise at the gates of the daughter of Zion;
  I will rejoice in your salvation.
The nations have fallen into the pit that they made,
  into the very trap that they set: their feet are caught fast.
The Lord’s justice shines forth:
  the sinner is trapped by his very own action.
Sinners will go down to the underworld,
  and all nations that forget God.
For the weak will not always be forgotten:
  the hope of the weak will never perish.
Rise up, Lord, let men not be complacent:
  let the nations come before you to be judged.
Put fear into them, Lord:
  let them know that they are only men.
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.
I will recount all your praise at the gates of the city of Sion.

℣. Da mihi intelléctum et servábo legem tuam.
℟. Et custódiam illam in toto corde meo.
Give me understanding, and I will follow your law.
I will keep it wholeheartedly.

Lectio prior
De libro Esther 3, 1-15
Iudæi in periculo versantes
In diébus illis: 1Rex Asuérus exaltávit Aman fílium Amadáthi, qui erat de stirpe Agag, et pósuit sólium eius super omnes príncipes, quos habébat. 2Cunctíque servi regis, qui in fóribus palátii versabántur, flectébant génua et adorábant Aman; sic enim præcéperat rex pro illo. Solus Mardochǽus non flectébat genu, neque adorábat eum. 3Cui dixérunt púeri regis, qui ad fores palátii præsidébant: «Cur non obsérvas mandátum regis?». 4Cumque hoc crébrius dícerent, et ille nollet audíre, nuntiavérunt Aman scire cupiéntes utrum perseveráret in senténtia; díxerat enim eis se esse Iudǽum.
  5Cumque Aman experiménto probásset quod Mardochǽus non sibi flécteret genu nec se adoráret, irátus est valde 6et pro níhilo duxit in unum Mardochǽum míttere manus suas —audíerat enim quod esset gentis Iudǽæ— magísque vóluit omnem Iudæórum, qui erant in regno Asuéri, pérdere natiónem.
  7Mense primo, cuius vocábulum est Nisan, anno duodécimo regni Asuéri, missa est in urnam sors, quæ dícitur Phur, coram Aman, quo die et quo mense gens Iudæórum debéret intérfici; et exívit dies tértia décima mensis duodécimi, qui vocátur Adar. 8Dixítque Aman regi Asuéro: «Est pópulus per omnes províncias regni tui dispérsus, segregátus inter pópulos alienísque utens légibus, quas céteri non cognóscunt, ínsuper et regis scita contémnens; non éxpedit regi, ut det illis réquiem. 9Si tibi placet, scriptis decérne, ut péreat, et decem mília talentórum argénti appéndam arcáriis gazæ tuæ». 10Tulit ergo rex ánulum, quo utebátur, de manu sua et dedit eum Aman fílio Amadáthi de progénie Agag, hosti Iudæórum. 11Dixítque ad eum: «Argéntum, quod pollicéris, tuum sit; de pópulo age, quod tibi placet».
  12Vocatíque sunt scribæ regis mense primo, tértia décima die eius, et scriptum est, ut iússerat Aman, ad omnes sátrapas regis et duces provinciárum et príncipes diversárum géntium, ut quæque gens légere póterat et audíre pro varietáte linguárum, ex nómine regis Asuéri; et lítteræ ipsíus signátæ ánulo. 13Missæ sunt epístulæ per cursóres ad univérsas províncias regis, ut pérderent, occíderent atque delérent omnes Iudǽos, a púero usque ad senem, párvulos et mulíeres uno die, hoc est tértio décimo mensis duodécimi, qui vocátur Adar, et bona eórum diríperent.
  14Exémplar autem epistulárum ut lex in ómnibus provínciis promulgándum erat, ut scirent omnes pópuli et parárent se ad prædíctam diem. 15Festinábant cursóres, qui missi erant, regis impérium explére; statímque in Susan pepéndit edíctum, rege et Aman celebránte convívium, dum cívitas ipsa esset conturbáta.
First ReadingEsther 3:1-15 ©
The Jews in peril
Shortly afterwards, King Ahasuerus singled out Haman son of Hammedatha, from the land of Agag, for promotion. He raised him in rank and precedence above all his colleagues, the other officers of state, and gave orders that all the officials employed at the Chancellery were to bow down and prostrate themselves before Haman. Mordecai refused either to bow or prostrate himself. ‘Why do you flout the royal command?’ the officials of the Chancellery asked Mordecai. They asked him this day after day, but he took no notice of them. In the end they reported the matter to Haman, wishing to see whether Mordecai would persist in his attitude, since he had told them he was a Jew. When Haman had seen for himself that Mordecai did not bow or prostrate himself before him, he was seized with fury. Having been told what race Mordecai belonged to, he could not be content with murdering Mordecai but made up his mind to wipe out all the members of Mordecai’s race, the Jews, throughout the empire of Ahasuerus.
  In the first month, that is the month of Nisan, of the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast the pur (that is, the lot) before Haman for the day and the month. The lot falling on the twelfth month, which is Adar, Haman said to King Ahasuerus, ‘There is a certain unassimilated nation scattered among the other nations throughout the provinces of your realm; their laws are different from those of all the other nations and they ignore the royal edicts; hence it is not in the king’s interests to tolerate them. If it please the king to decree their destruction, I am prepared to pay ten thousand talents of silver to the king’s receivers, to be credited to the royal treasury.’
  The king then took his signet ring off his hand and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the persecutor of the Jews. ‘Keep the money,’ he said ‘and you can have the people too; do what you like with them.’
  Then on the thirteenth day of the first month the royal scribes were summoned, and copies were made of the orders addressed by Haman to the king’s satraps, to the governors ruling each province and to the principal officials of each people, to each province in its own script and to each people in its own language. The edict was signed in the name of King Ahasuerus and sealed with his ring, and letters were sent by runners to every province of the realm ordering the destruction, slaughter and annihilation of all Jews, young and old, women and children, on the one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is Adar, and the seizing of their possessions.
  The text of this decree, to be promulgated as law in each province, was published to the various peoples, so that each might be ready for the day aforementioned. At the king’s command, the runners set out with all speed; the decree was first promulgated in the citadel of Susa.
  While the king and Haman gave themselves up to feasting and drinking, consternation reigned in the city of Susa.
Est 4, 17 c; Ps 43 (44), 26; Est 4, 17 l
℟. Dómine, rex omnípotens, in dicióne tua cuncta sunt pósita, et non est qui possit tuæ resístere voluntáti.* Rédime nos propter misericórdiam tuam.
℣. Exáudi deprecatiónem meam et convérte luctum nostrum in gáudium.* Rédime.
Est 13:9,17; Ps 44:26
℟. Lord, Lord, King and Master of all things, everything is subject to your power and there is no-one who can withstand your will.* Deliver us for the sake of your name.
℣. Hear my supplication and turn our grief into rejoicing.* Deliver us for the sake of your name.

Lectio altera
Ex Epístola sancti Augustíni epíscopi ad Probam (Ep. 130, 9, 18 – 10, 20: CSEL 44, 60-63)
Certis horis ad negotium orandi mentem revocemus
Semper vitam beátam a Dómino Deo desiderémus et semper orémus. Sed ídeo ab áliis curis atque negótiis, quibus ipsum desidérium quodámmodo tepéscit, certis horis ad negótium orándi mentem revocámus, verbis oratiónis nos admonéntes in id quod desiderámus inténdere, ne quod tepéscere cœ́perat, omníno frigéscat et pénitus exstinguátur, nisi crébrius inflammétur.
  Unde et illud quod Apóstolus ait: Postulatiónes vestræ innotéscant apud Deum, non sic accipiéndum est, tamquam Deo innotéscant, qui eas et ántequam essent útique nóverat, sed nobis innotéscant apud Deum per tolerántiam, non apud hómines per iactántiam.
  Quæ cum ita sint, étiam diu oráre cum vacat, id est cum ália bonárum et necessariárum actiónum non impediúntur offícia, quamvis et in eis, ut dixi, desidério illo semper orándum sit, non est ímprobum nec inútile. Neque enim, ut nonnúlli putant, hoc est oráre in multilóquio, si diútius orétur. Aliud est sermo multus, áliud diutúrnus afféctus. Nam et de ipso Dómino scriptum est quod pernoctáverit in orándo, et quod prolíxius oráverit: ubi quid áliud quam nobis præbébat exémplum, in témpore precátor opportúnus, cum Patre exaudítor ætérnus?
  Dicúntur fratres in Ægýpto crebras quidem habére oratiónes, sed eas tamen brevíssimas et raptim quodámmodo iaculátas, ne illa vigilánter erécta, quæ oránti plúrimum necessária est, per productióres moras evanéscat atque hebetétur inténtio. Ac per hoc étiam ipsi satis osténdunt, hanc intentiónem sicut non est obtundénda, si perduráre non potest, ita si perduráverit, non cito esse rumpéndam.
  Absit enim ab oratióne multa locútio, sed non desit multa precátio, si fervens persevérat inténtio. Nam multum loqui est in orándo rem necessáriam supérfluis ágere verbis. Multum autem precári est ad eum, quem precámur, diutúrna et pia cordis excitatióne pulsáre. Nam plerúmque hoc negótium plus gemítibus quam sermónibus ágitur, plus fletu quam affátu. Ponit autem lácrimas nostras in conspéctu suo, et gémitus noster non est abscónditus ab eo, qui ómnia per Verbum cóndidit et humána verba non quærit.
Second Reading
A letter to Proba by St Augustine
Let us turn our mind to the task of prayer at appointed hours
Let us always desire the happy life from the Lord God and always pray for it. But for this very reason we turn our mind to the task of prayer at appointed hours, since that desire grows lukewarm, so to speak, from our involvement in other concerns and occupations. We remind ourselves through the words of prayer to focus our attention on the object of our desire; otherwise, the desire that began to grow lukewarm may grow chill altogether and may be totally extinguished unless it is repeatedly stirred into flame.
  Therefore, when the Apostle says: Let your petitions become known before God, this should not be taken in the sense that they are in fact becoming known to God who certainly knew them even before they were made, but that they are becoming known to us before God through submission and not before men through boasting.
  Since this is the case, it is not wrong or useless to pray even for a long time when there is the opportunity. I mean when it does not keep us from performing the other good and necessary actions we are obliged to do. But even in these actions, as I have said, we must always pray with that desire. To pray for a longer time is not the same as to pray by multiplying words, as some people suppose. Lengthy talk is one thing, a prayerful disposition which lasts a long time is another. For it is even written in reference to the Lord himself that he spent the night in prayer and that he prayed at great length. Was he not giving us an example by this? In time, he prays when it is appropriate, and in eternity, he hears our prayers with the Father.
  The monks in Egypt are said to offer frequent prayers, but these are very short and hurled like swift javelins. Otherwise their watchful attention, a very necessary quality for anyone at prayer, could be dulled and could disappear through protracted delays. They also clearly demonstrate through this practice that a person must not quickly divert such attention if it lasts, just as one must not allow it to be blunted if it cannot last.
  Excessive talking should be kept out of prayer but that does not mean that one should not spend much time in prayer so long as a fervent attitude continues to accompany his prayer. To talk at length in prayer is to perform a necessary action with an excess of words. To spend much time in prayer is to knock with a persistent and holy fervour at the door of the one whom we beseech. This task is generally accomplished more through sighs than words, more through weeping than speech. He places our tears in his sight, and our sighs are not hidden from him, for he has established all things through his Word and does not seek human words.
Ps 87 (88), 2-3 a; Is 26, 8 b
℟. Dómine Deus salútis meæ, in die clamávi et nocte coram te;* Intret in conspéctu tuo orátio mea.
℣. Ad nomen tuum et ad memoriále tuum desidérium ánimæ.* Intret.
℟. Lord my God, I call for help by day; I cry at night before you.* Let my prayer reach your presence.
℣. Your name, your memory are all my soul desires.* Let my prayer reach your presence.

  Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, fac nos tibi semper et devótam gérere voluntátem et maiestáti tuæ sincéro corde servíre.
Per Dóminum nostrum Iesum Christum, Fílium tuum,
qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus,
per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum.
Let us pray.
Almighty, ever-living God,
  make us ever obey you willingly and promptly.
Teach us how to serve you
  with sincere and upright hearts
  in every sphere of life.
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.

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

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