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Tuesday 28 April 2015    (other days)
Saint Peter Chanel, Priest, Martyr
Feast

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
Rex glorióse mártyrum,
coróna confiténtium,
qui respuéntes térrea
perdúcis ad cæléstia,
Aurem benígnam prótinus
appóne nostris vócibus;
tropǽa sacra pángimus,
ignósce quod delíquimus.
Tu vincis in martýribus
parcéndo confessóribus;
tu vince nostra crímina
donándo indulgéntiam.
Præsta, Pater piíssime,
Patríque compar Unice,
cum Spíritu Paráclito
regnans per omne sǽculum. 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)

Psalmus 2:1-12
Messias rex et victor
Convenerunt vere adversus puerum tuum Iesum, quem unxisti” (Act 4, 27).
Sanguis sanctórum mártyrum pro Christo effusus est in terris; ídeo adépti sunt prǽmia ætérna, allelúia.
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.
Sanguis sanctórum mártyrum pro Christo effusus est in terris; ídeo adépti sunt prǽmia ætérna, allelúia.
Psalm 2
The Messiah, king and victor
The blood of the holy martyrs was shed for Christ on this earth; therefore have they received their reward in heaven. Alleluia.
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.
The blood of the holy martyrs was shed for Christ on this earth; therefore have they received their reward in heaven. Alleluia.

Psalmus 32:1-11
Laus Domini providentis
Omnia per ipsum facta sunt” (Io 1, 3).
Iusti in perpétuum vivent et apud Dóminum est merces eórum, allelúia.
1Exsultáte, iusti, in Dómino;*
  rectos decet collaudátio.
2Confitémini Dómino in cíthara,*
  in psaltério decem chordárum psállite illi.
3Cantáte ei cánticum novum,*
  bene psállite ei in vociferatióne,
4quia rectum est verbum Dómini,*
  et ómnia ópera eius in fide.
5Díligit iustítiam et iudícium;*
  misericórdia Dómini plena est terra.
6Verbo Dómini cæli facti sunt,*
  et spíritu oris eius omnis virtus eórum.
7Cóngregans sicut in utre aquas maris,*
  ponens in thesáuris abýssos.
8Tímeat Dóminum omnis terra,*
  a fácie autem eius formídent omnes inhabitántes orbem.
9Quóniam ipse dixit, et facta sunt,*
  ipse mandávit, et creáta sunt.
10Dóminus díssipat consília géntium,*
  írritas facit cogitatiónes populórum.
11Consílium autem Dómini in ætérnum manet,*
  cogitatiónes cordis eius in generatióne et generatiónem.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Iusti in perpétuum vivent et apud Dóminum est merces eórum, allelúia.
Psalm 32 (33)
The Lord provides
These holy men will live for ever; the Lord himself is their reward. Alleluia.
Rejoice in the Lord, you just:
  it is good for the upright to praise him.
Proclaim the Lord on the lyre,
  play his song on the ten-stringed harp.
Sing a new song to the Lord,
  sing out your cries of triumph,
for the word of the Lord is truly just,
  and all his actions are faithful.
The Lord loves justice and right judgement;
  the earth is full of his loving kindness.
By the Lord’s word the heavens were made,
  and all their array by the breath of his mouth.
He gathered the seas as if in a bag,
  he stored up the depths in his treasury.
Let every land fear the Lord,
  let all the world be awed at his presence.
For he spoke, and they came into being;
  he commanded, and they were made.
The Lord confounds the counsel of the nations,
  throws the thoughts of the peoples into confusion.
But the Lord’s own counsel stands firm for ever,
  his thoughts last for all generations.
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.
These holy men will live for ever; the Lord himself is their reward. Alleluia.

Psalmus 32:12-22
Sancti mei, qui in isto sǽculo certámen habuístis, mercédem labórum ego reddam vobis, allelúia.
12Beáta gens, cui Dóminus est Deus,*
  pópulus, quem elégit in hereditátem sibi.
13De cælo respéxit Dóminus,*
  vidit omnes fílios hóminum.
14De loco habitáculi sui respéxit*
  super omnes, qui hábitant terram,
15qui finxit singillátim corda eórum,*
  qui intéllegit ómnia ópera eórum.
16Non salvátur rex per multam virtútem,*
  et gigas non liberábitur
in multitúdine virtútis suæ.
17Fallax equus ad salútem,*
  in abundántia autem virtútis suæ non salvábit.
18Ecce óculi Dómini super metuéntes eum,*
  in eos, qui sperant super misericórdia eius,
19ut éruat a morte ánimas eórum*
  et alat eos in fame.
20Anima nostra sústinet Dóminum,*
  quóniam adiútor et protéctor noster est;
21quia in eo lætábitur cor nostrum,*
  et in nómine sancto eius sperávimus.
22Fiat misericórdia tua, Dómine, super nos,*
  quemádmodum sperávimus in te.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Sancti mei, qui in isto sǽculo certámen habuístis, mercédem labórum ego reddam vobis, allelúia.
Psalm 32 (33)
Come, my saints, who fought valiantly in this world: I will give you the reward of your labours. Alleluia.
Happy the nation whose lord is God,
  the people he has chosen as his inheritance.
The Lord looks down from the heavens
  and sees all the children of men.
From his dwelling-place he looks
  upon all who inhabit the earth.
He moulded each one of their hearts,
  he understands all that they do.
The king will not be saved by his forces;
  the abundance of his strength will not set the strong man free.
Do not trust a horse to save you,
  whatever its swiftness and strength.
For see, the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
  upon those who trust in his mercy,
hoping he will save their souls from death
  and their bodies from hunger.
Our souls praise the Lord,
  for he is our help and our protector,
for our hearts rejoice in him,
  and we trust in his holy name.
Lord, show us your loving kindness,
  just as we put our hope in 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.
Amen.
Come, my saints, who fought valiantly in this world: I will give you the reward of your labours. Alleluia.

℣. Anima nostra sústinet Dóminum, allelúia.
℟. Quóniam adiútor et protéctor noster est, allelúia.
Our soul is waiting for the Lord, alleluia:
he is our help and our protection. Alleluia.

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
Apocalypse 7:9-17 ©
After that I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language; they were standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands. They shouted aloud, ‘Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ And all the angels who were standing in a circle round the throne, surrounding the elders and the four animals, prostrated themselves before the throne, and touched the ground with their foreheads, worshipping God with these words, ‘Amen. Praise and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and strength to our God for ever and ever. Amen.’
  One of the elders then spoke, and asked me, ‘Do you know who these people are, dressed in white robes, and where they have come from?’ I answered him, ‘You can tell me, my lord.’ Then he said, ‘These are the people who have been through the great persecution, and because they have washed their robes white again in the blood of the Lamb, they now stand in front of God’s throne and serve him day and night in his sanctuary; and the One who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. They will never hunger or thirst again; neither the sun nor scorching wind will ever plague them, because the Lamb who is at the throne will be their shepherd and will lead them to springs of living water; and God will wipe away all tears from their eyes.’
Responsorium
Cf. Sap 10, 17-20
℟. Sancti tui, Dómine, mirábile consecúti sunt iter, serviéntes præcéptis tuis, * Ut inveniréntur illǽsi in aquis válidis: terra appáruit árida, et in mari Rubro via sine impediménto, allelúia.
℣. Victrícem manum tuam laudavérunt páriter, et decantavérunt, Dómine, nomen sanctum tuum. * Ut inveniréntur.
Responsory
The saints, who kept your commands, O Lord, travelled along a marvellous way: dry land appeared, and an unhindered path across the Red Sea, so that they emerged unharmed from the deep waters, alleluia.
They proclaimed with one voice your sovereign power, O Lord, and they extolled your holy name. Dry land appeared, and an unhindered path across the Red Sea, so that they emerged unharmed from the deep waters, alleluia.

Lectio altera
Elógium sancti Petri presbýteri et mártyris
Sanguis martyrum, semen christianorum
Petrus, statim ac vitam religiósam in Societáte Maríæ ampléxus est, sui rogátu ad missiónes Oceániæ míttitur et ad ínsulam Futúnam in océano Pacífico sitam áppulit, ubi nondum Christi nomen fúerat nuntiátum. Religiósus láicus, qui ei semper ástitit, his verbis vitam eius missionálem enárrat:
  «In labóribus suis ardóre solis arsus, fame sæpe vexátus, domum redíbat sudóre mádidus, lassitúdine consúmptus, idémque semper ánimo fortis, álacer et lætus, quasi e deliciárum loco reverterétur; idque non semel, sed fere cotídie.
  Futuniánis nil recusáre sólitus erat, ne iis quidem qui persecutiónes ei inferébant, eos semper excúsans et numquam, etsi rudes ac moléstos, reíciens. Dulcédine absque exémplo perfúsus erga omnes et ómnibus modis, nullo excépto».
  Nil ígitur mirum quod «vir óptimi cordis» ab íncolis illis appellarétur, qui et aliquándo confrátri díxerat: «In missióne tam diffícili opórtet nos esse sanctos».
  Paulátim Christum et Evangélium nuntiávit, sed exíguos colligébat fructus. Invícta tamen constántia opus suum missionále humánum simul ac religiósum prosequebátur, exémplo verbísque Christi fretus: Alius est qui séminat et álius qui metit, necnon opem Dei Genetrícis, cuius cultor erat exímius, assídue efflágitans.
  Eius christiánæ religiónis prædicátio destrúxit cultum malórum spirítuum, quem próceres Futuniáni fovébant ad gentem suam in sua dominatióne servándam. Quaprópter necem acerbíssimam ei intulérunt, spe nixi fore ut Petri morte religiónis christiánæ sémina ab eo sparsa deleréntur.
  Sed prídie sui martýrii ipse díxerat: «Nihil refert si ego mórior, relígio Christi ádeo huic ínsulæ adhǽret, ut mea morte non auferátur».
  Sanguis mártyris ipsis Futúnæ íncolis imprímis prófuit, qui paucos post annos omnes Christi fidem recepérunt, sed étiam céteris Oceániæ ínsulis, ubi floréntes nunc exstant christiánæ Ecclésiæ, quæ Petrum suum habent et ínvocant protomártyrem.
Second Reading
From a eulogy of St Peter Chanel
The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church
As soon as Peter embraced religious life in the Society of Mary, he was sent at his own request to the missions of Oceania, and landed on the island of Futuna in the Pacific Ocean, where the name of Christ had never before been preached. A lay-brother who was constantly at his side gave the following account of his life in the missions.
  “Because of his labours he was often burned by the heat of the sun, and famished with hunger, and he would return home wet with perspiration and completely exhausted. Yet he always remained in good spirits, courageous and energetic, as if he were returning from a pleasure jaunt, and this would happen almost every day.
  “He could never refuse anything to the Futunians, even to those who persecuted him; he always made excuses for them and never rejected them, even though they were often rude and troublesome. He displayed an unparalleled mildness toward everyone on all occasions without exception. It is no wonder then that the natives used to call him the “good-hearted man.” He once told a fellow religious: “In such a difficult mission one has to be holy.” Quietly he preached Christ and the Gospel, but there was little response. Still with invincible perseverance he pursued his missionary task on both the human and religious level, relying on the example and words of Christ: There is one who sows and another who reaps. And he constantly prayed for help from the Mother of God, to whom he was especially devoted.
  By his preaching of Christianity he destroyed the cult of the evil spirits, which the chieftains of the Futunians encouraged in order to keep the tribe under their rule. This was the reason they subjected Peter to a most cruel death, hoping that by killing him the seeds of the Christian religion which he had sown would be annihilated.
  On the day before his martyrdom he had said: “It does not matter if I die. Christ’s religion is so deeply rooted on this island that it cannot be destroyed by my death.”
  The blood of this martyr benefited, in the first place, the natives of Futuna, for a few years later they were all converted to the faith of Christ. But it benefited as well the other islands of Oceania, where Christian churches, which claim Peter as their first martyr, are now flourishing.
Responsorium
Lc 10, 2; Act 1, 8
℟. Messis quidem multa, operárii autem pauci;* Rogáte ergo Dóminum messis, ut mittat operários in messem suam, allelúia.
℣. Accipiétis virtútem superveniénte Sancto Spíritu in vos, et éritis mihi testes usque ad últimum terræ.* Rogáte.
Responsory
The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest, alleluia.
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses to the ends of the earth; so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest, alleluia.

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.
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 ad dilatándam Ecclésiam tuam beátum Petrum martýrio coronásti, da nobis, in his paschálibus gáudiis, ita Christi mórtui et resurgéntis mystéria frequentáre, ut novitátis vitæ testes esse mereámur. Per Dóminum.
Let us pray.
Lord God, you made the martyrdom of Saint Peter Chanel
  serve the growth of your Church.
Give us grace, in these days of Easter joy,
  so to celebrate the mysteries of Christ’s death and resurrection
  that we may give witness of newness of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and 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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