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Thursday 13 December 2018    (other days)
Saint Lucy, Virgin, Martyr 
 (Thursday of the 2nd week of Advent)

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
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 they 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 43:2-9
Populi calamitates

In his omnibus superamus propter eum, qui dilexit nos” (Rom 8, 37).

Salvásti nos, Dómine, et in nómine tuo confitébimur in sǽculum.
2Deus, áuribus nostris audívimus;†
  patres nostri annuntiavérunt nobis*
  opus, quod operátus es in diébus eórum, in diébus antíquis.
3Tu manu tua gentes depulísti et plantásti illos*
  afflixísti pópulos et dilatásti eos.
4Nec enim in gládio suo possedérunt terram,*
  et bráchium eórum non salvávit eos;
sed déxtera tua et bráchium tuum et illuminátio vultus tui,*
  quóniam complacuísti in eis.
5Tu es rex meus et Deus meus,*
  qui mandas salútes Iacob.
6In te inimícos nostros proiécimus,*
  et in nómine tuo conculcávimus insurgéntes in nos.
7Non enim in arcu meo sperábo,*
  et gládius meus non salvábit me.
8Tu autem salvásti nos de affligéntibus nos*
  et odiéntes nos confudísti.
9In Deo gloriábimur tota die*
  et in nómine tuo confitébimur in sǽculum.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Salvásti nos, Dómine, et in nómine tuo confitébimur in sǽculum.
Psalm 43 (44)
In time of defeat
It was you who saved us, Lord: we will praise your name without ceasing.
Our own ears have heard, O God,
  and our fathers have proclaimed it to us,
  what you did in their days, the days of old:
how with your own hand you swept aside the nations
  and put us in their place,
  struck them down to make room for us.
It was not by their own swords that our fathers took over the land,
  it was not their own strength that gave them victory;
but your hand and your strength,
  the light of your face,
  for you were pleased in them.
You are my God and my king,
  who take care for the safety of Jacob.
Through you we cast down your enemies;
  in your name we crushed those who rose against us.
I will not put my hopes in my bow,
  my sword will not bring me to safety;
for it was you who saved us from our afflictions,
  you who set confusion among those who hated us.
We will glory in the Lord all the day,
  and proclaim your name for all ages.
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.
It was you who saved us, Lord: we will praise your name without ceasing.

Ps 43:10-17
Parce, Dómine, et ne des hereditátem tuam in oppróbrium.
10Nunc autem reppulísti et confudísti nos*
  et non egrediéris, Deus, cum virtútibus nostris.
11Convertísti nos retrórsum coram inimícis nostris,*
  et, qui odérunt nos, diripuérunt sibi.
12Dedísti nos tamquam oves ad vescéndum*
  et in géntibus dispersísti nos.
13Vendidísti pópulum tuum sine lucro,*
  nec dítior factus es in commutatióne eórum.
14Posuísti nos oppróbrium vicínis nostris,*
  subsannatiónem et derísum his, qui sunt in circúitu nostro.
15Posuísti nos similitúdinem in géntibus,*
  commotiónem cápitis in pópulis.
16Tota die verecúndia mea contra me est,*
  et confúsio faciéi meæ coopéruit me
17a voce exprobrántis et obloquéntis,*
  a fácie inimíci et ultóris.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Parce, Dómine, et ne des hereditátem tuam in oppróbrium.
Psalm 43 (44)
Spare us, Lord, do not let your people be put to shame.
But now, God, you have spurned us and confounded us,
  so that we must go into battle without you.
You have put us to flight in the sight of our enemies,
  and those who hate us plunder us at will.
You have handed us over like sheep sold for food,
  you have scattered us among the nations.
You have sold your people for no money,
  not even profiting by the exchange.
You have made us the laughing-stock of our neighbours,
  mocked and derided by those who surround us.
The nations have made us a by-word,
  the peoples toss their heads in scorn.
All the day I am ashamed,
  I blush with shame
as they reproach me and revile me,
  my enemies and my persecutors.
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.
Spare us, Lord, do not let your people be put to shame.

Ps 43:18-26
Exsúrge, Dómine, et rédime nos propter misericórdiam tuam.
18Hæc ómnia venérunt super nos, nec oblíti sumus te;*
  et iníque non égimus in testaméntum tuum.
19Et non recéssit retro cor nostrum,*
  nec declinavérunt gressus nostri a via tua;
20sed humiliásti nos in loco vúlpium*
  et operuísti nos umbra mortis.
21Si oblíti fuérimus nomen Dei nostri*
  et si expandérimus manus nostras ad deum aliénum,
22nonne Deus requíret ista?*
  Ipse enim novit abscóndita cordis.
23Quóniam propter te mortificámur tota die,*
  æstimáti sumus sicut oves occisiónis.
24Evígila quare obdórmis, Dómine?*
  Exsúrge et ne repéllas in finem.
25Quare fáciem tuam avértis,*
  oblivísceris inópiæ nostræ et tribulatiónis nostræ?
26Quóniam humiliáta est in púlvere ánima nostra,*
  conglutinátus est in terra venter noster.
Exsúrge, Dómine, ádiuva nos*
  et rédime nos propter misericórdiam tuam.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Exsúrge, Dómine, et rédime nos propter misericórdiam tuam.
Psalm 43 (44)
Arise, Lord! Redeem us because of your love.
All this happened to us,
  but not because we had forgotten you.
We were not disloyal to your covenant;
  our hearts did not turn away;
  our steps did not wander from your path;
and yet you brought us low,
  with horrors all about us:
  you overwhelmed us in the shadows of death.
If we had forgotten the name of our God,
  if we had spread out our hands before an alien god —
would God not have known?
  He knows what is hidden in our hearts.
It is for your sake that we face death all the day,
  that we are reckoned as sheep to be slaughtered.
Awake, Lord, why do you sleep?
  Rise up, do not always reject us.
Why do you turn away your face?
  How can you forget our poverty and our tribulation?
Our souls are crushed into the dust,
  our bodies dragged down to the earth.
Rise up, Lord, and help us.
  In your mercy, redeem 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.
Arise, Lord! Redeem us because of your love.

℣. Audíte verbum Dómini, gentes.
℟. Et annuntiáte illud in fínibus terræ.
℣. Listen to the word of the Lord, you nations.
℟. Make it known to coasts and islands far away.

Lectio prior
De libro Isaíæ prophétæ 26, 7-21
Canticum iustorum. Promissio resurrectionis
7«Sémita iusti recta est;
rectum callem iusti complánas.
8Et in sémita iudiciórum tuórum, Dómine,
  sperávimus in te;
ad nomen tuum et ad memoriále tuum
  desidérium ánimæ.
9Anima mea desíderat te in nocte,
sed et spíritu meo in præcórdiis meis te quæro.
Cum resplendúerint iudícia tua in terra,
iustítiam discent habitatóres orbis.
10Fit misericórdia ímpio,
non discet iustítiam;
in terra probitátis iníque gerit
et non videt maiestátem Dómini.
11Dómine, exaltáta est manus tua, et non vídent;
vídeant confúsi zelum tuum in pópulum,
et ignis hóstium tuórum devorábit eos.
12Dómine, dabis pacem nobis;
ómnia enim ópera nostra operátus es nobis.
13Dómine Deus noster,
  possedérunt nos dómini absque te;
tantum in te recordémur nóminis tui.
14Mórtui non revivíscent,
defúncti non resúrgent;
proptérea visitásti et contrivísti eos
et perdidísti omnem memóriam eórum.
15Auxísti gentem, Dómine,
auxísti gentem, glorificátus es;
elongásti omnes términos terræ.
16Dómine, in angústia quæsiérunt te,
fudérunt incantatiónem, castigátio tua in eis.
17Sicut quæ cóncipit,
  cum appropinquáverit ad partum
dolens clamat in dolóribus suis,
sic facti sumus a fácie tua, Dómine.
18Concépimus et parturívimus,
quasi pepérimus ventum.
Salútes non fécimus in terra,
ídeo non nati sunt habitatóres terræ.
19Revivíscent mórtui tui, interfécti mei resúrgent.
Expergiscímini et laudáte, qui habitátis in púlvere,
quia ros lucis ros tuus,
et terra defúnctos suos edet in lucem.
20Vade, pópulus meus, intra in cubícula tua,
claude óstia tua super te,
abscóndere módicum ad moméntum,
donec pertránseat indignátio.
21Ecce enim Dóminus egrediétur de loco suo,
ut vísitet iniquitátem habitatóris terræ contra eum;
et revelábit terra sánguinem suum
et non opériet ultra interféctos suos».
First ReadingIsaiah 26:7-21 ©
A promise of resurrection
The path of the upright man is straight,
you smooth the way of the upright.
Following the path of your judgements,
we hoped in you, O Lord,
your name, your memory are all my soul desires.
At night my soul longs for you
and my spirit in me seeks for you;
when your judgements appear on earth
the inhabitants of the world learn the meaning of integrity.
If favour is shown to the wicked,
he does not learn the meaning of integrity.
He does evil in the land of uprightness,
he fails to see the majesty of the Lord.
O Lord, your hand is raised,
but they do not see it.
Let them see your jealous love for this people and be ashamed,
let the fire prepared for your enemies consume them.
O Lord, you are giving us peace,
since you treat us
as our deeds deserve.
O Lord our God,
other lords than you have ruled us,
but we acknowledge no-one other than you,
no other name than yours.
The dead will not come to life,
their ghosts will not rise,
for you have punished them, annihilated them,
and wiped out their memory.
Enlarge the nation, O Lord, enlarge it,
to the nation grant glory,
extend all the frontiers of the country.
Distressed, we search for you, O Lord;
the misery of oppression was your punishment for us.
As a woman with child near her time
writhes and cries out in her pangs,
so are we, O Lord, in your presence:
we have conceived, we writhe
as if we were giving birth;
we have not given the spirit of salvation to the earth,
no more inhabitants of the world are born.
Your dead will come to life,
their corpses will rise;
awake, exult,
all you who lie in the dust,
for your dew is a radiant dew
and the land of ghosts will give birth.
Go into your rooms, my people,
shut your doors behind you.
Hide yourselves a little while
until the wrath has passed.
For, see, the Lord will soon come out of his dwelling,
to punish all the inhabitants of earth for their crimes.
The earth will reveal its blood
and no longer hide its slain.
Responsorium
Cf. Is 26, 19; Dan 12, 2
℟. Exspergiscímini et laudáte, qui habitátis in púlvere, * Quia ros lucis, ros Dómini.
℣. Multi de his qui dórmiunt in terra púlveris evigilábunt. * Quia.
Responsory
Is 26:19; Dn 12:2
℟. O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy,* for the dew of the Lord shall bring you light.
℣. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,* for the dew of the Lord shall bring you light.

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.

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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