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Tuesday 24 April 2018    (other days)
Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest, Martyr 
 or Tuesday of the 4th week of Eastertide 

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
Beáte (Beáta) martyr, próspera
diem triumphálem tuum,
quo sánguinis merces tibi
coróna vincénti datur.
Hic te ex ténebris sǽculi,
tortóre victo et iúdice,
evéxit ad cælum dies
Christóque ovántem réddidit.
Nunc angelórum párticeps
collúces insígni stola,
quam testis indomábilis
rivis cruóris láveras.
Adésto nunc et óbsecra,
placátus ut Christus suis
inclínet aurem prósperam,
noxas nec omnes ímputet.
Paulísper huc illábere
Christi favórem déferens,
sensus graváti ut séntiant
levámen indulgéntiæ.
Honor Patri cum Fílio
et Spíritu Paráclito,
qui te coróna pérpeti
cingunt in aula glóriæ. 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)

Ps 101:2-12
Exsulis vota et preces

Consolatur nos Deus in omni tribulatione nostra” (2 Cor 1, 4).

Clamor meus, Dómine, ad te pervéniat; non abscóndas fáciem tuam a me.
2Dómine, exáudi oratiónem meam,*
  et clamor meus ad te véniat.
3Non abscóndas fáciem tuam a me;†
  in quacúmque die tríbulor,*
  inclína ad me aurem tuam.
In quacúmque die invocávero te,*
  velóciter exáudi me.
4Quia defecérunt sicut fumus dies mei,*
  et ossa mea sicut crémium aruérunt.
5Percússum est ut fenum et áruit cor meum,*
  étenim oblítus sum comédere panem meum.
6A voce gémitus mei*
  adhǽsit os meum carni meæ.
7Símilis factus sum pellicáno solitúdinis,*
  factus sum sicut nyctícorax in ruínis.
8Vigilávi*
  et factus sum sicut passer solitárius in tecto.
9Tota die exprobrábant mihi inimíci mei,*
  exardescéntes in me per me iurábant.
10Quia cínerem tamquam panem manducábam*
  et potum meum cum fletu miscébam,
11a fácie iræ et increpatiónis tuæ,*
  quia élevans allisísti me.
12Dies mei sicut umbra declinavérunt,*
  et ego sicut fenum árui.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Clamor meus, Dómine, ad te pervéniat; non abscóndas fáciem tuam a me.
Psalm 101 (102)
Prayers and vows of an exile
Let my cry come to you, Lord: do not hide your face from me.
Lord, listen to my prayer
  and let my cry come to you.
Do not hide your face from me:
  whenever I am troubled,
  turn to me and hear me.
Whenever I call on you,
  hurry to answer me.
For my days vanish like smoke,
  and my bones are dry as tinder.
My heart is cut down like grass, it is dry –
  I cannot remember to eat.
The sound of my groaning
  makes my bones stick to my flesh.
I am lonely as a pelican in the wilderness,
  as an owl in the ruins,
  as a sparrow alone on a rooftop:
  I do not sleep.
All day long my enemies taunt me,
  they burn with anger and use my name as a curse.
I make ashes my bread,
  I mix tears with my drink,
  because of your anger and reproach –
you, who raised me up, have dashed me to the ground.
My days fade away like a shadow:
  I wither like grass.
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.
Let my cry come to you, Lord: do not hide your face from me.

Ps 101:13-23
Réspice, Dómine, in oratiónem humílium.
13Tu autem, Dómine, in ætérnum pérmanes,*
  et memoriále tuum in generatiónem et generatiónem.
14Tu exsúrgens miseréberis Sion,†
  quia tempus miseréndi eius,*
  quia venit tempus,
15quóniam placuérunt servis tuis lápides eius*
  et púlveris eius miseréntur.
16Et timébunt gentes nomen tuum, Dómine,*
  et omnes reges terræ glóriam tuam,
17quia ædificávit Dóminus Sion*
  et appáruit in glória sua.
18Respéxit in oratiónem ínopum*
  et non sprevit precem eórum.
19Scribántur hæc pro generatióne áltera,*
  et pópulus, qui creábitur, laudábit Dóminum.
20Quia prospéxit de excélso sanctuário suo,*
  Dóminus de cælo in terram aspéxit,
21ut audíret gémitus compeditórum,*
  ut sólveret fílios mortis;
22ut annúntient in Sion nomen Dómini*
  et laudem eius in Ierúsalem,
23cum congregáti fúerint pópuli in unum*
  et regna, ut sérviant Dómino.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Réspice, Dómine, in oratiónem humílium.
Psalm 101 (102)
Turn, Lord, to the prayers of the helpless.
But you, Lord, remain for ever
  and your name lasts from generation to generation.
You will rise up and take pity on Zion,
  for it is time that you pitied it,
  indeed it is time:
for your servants love its very stones
  and pity even its dust.
Then, Lord, the peoples will fear your name.
  All the kings of the earth will fear your glory,
when the Lord has rebuilt Zion
  and appeared there in his glory;
when he has listened to the prayer of the destitute
  and not rejected their pleading.
These things shall be written for the next generation
  and a people yet to be born shall praise the Lord:
because he has looked down from his high sanctuary,
 – the Lord has looked down from heaven to earth –
and heard the groans of prisoners
  and freed the children of death
so that they could proclaim the Lord’s name in Zion
  and sing his praises in Jerusalem,
where people and kingdoms gather together
  to serve 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.
Turn, Lord, to the prayers of the helpless.

Ps 101 (102)
Tu, Dómine, terram fundásti et ópera mánuum tuárum sunt cæli, allelúia.
24Humiliávit in via virtútem meam,*
  abbreviávit dies meos.
Dicam: «Deus meus,†
  25ne áuferas me in dimídio diérum meórum;*
  in generatiónem et generatiónem sunt anni tui.
26Inítio terram fundásti;*
  et ópera mánuum tuárum sunt cæli.
27Ipsi períbunt, tu autem pérmanes;†
  et omnes sicut vestiméntum veteráscent,*
  et sicut opertórium mutábis eos, et mutabúntur.
28Tu autem idem ipse es,*
  et anni tui non defícient.
29Fílii servórum tuórum habitábunt,*
  et semen eórum in conspéctu tuo firmábitur».
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Tu, Dómine, terram fundásti et ópera mánuum tuárum sunt cæli, allelúia.
Psalm 101 (102)
You founded the earth, Lord, and the heavens are the work of your hands. Alleluia.
He has brought down my strength in the midst of my journey;
  he has shortened my days.
I will say, “My God, do not take me away
  half way through the days of my life.
Your years last from generation to generation:
  in the beginning you founded the earth,
  and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will pass away but you will remain;
  all will grow old, like clothing,
  and like a cloak you will change them, and they will be changed.
“But you are always the same,
  your years will never run out.
The children of your servants shall live in peace,
  their descendants will endure in your sight.”
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.
You founded the earth, Lord, and the heavens are the work of your hands. Alleluia.

℣. Christus resúrgens ex mórtuis iam non móritur, allelúia.
℟. Mors illi ultra non dominábitur, allelúia.
Christ, risen from the dead, dies no more, alleluia.
Death will have no more power over him, alleluia.

Lectio prior
De libro Apocalýpsis beáti Ioánnis apóstoli 14, 1-13
Agnus iam victor
Ego Ioánnes 1vidi: et ecce Agnus stans supra montem Sion, et cum illo centum quadragínta quáttuor mília, habéntes nomen eius et nomen Patris eius scriptum in fróntibus suis. 2Et audívi vocem de cælo tamquam vocem aquárum multárum et tamquam vocem tonítrui magni; et vox, quam audívi, sicut citharœdórum citharizántium in cítharis suis. 3Et cantant quasi cánticum novum ante thronum et ante quáttuor animália et senióres. Et nemo póterat díscere cánticum nisi illa centum quadragínta quáttuor mília, qui empti sunt de terra. 4Hi sunt qui cum muliéribus non sunt coinquináti, vírgines enim sunt. Hi qui sequúntur Agnum, quocúmque abíerit. Hi empti sunt ex homínibus primítiæ Deo et Agno; 5et in ore ipsórum non est invéntum mendácium: sine mácula sunt.
  6Et vidi álterum ángelum volántem per médium cælum, habéntem evangélium ætérnum, ut evangelizáret super sedéntes in terra et super omnem gentem et tribum et linguam et pópulum, 7dicens magna voce: «Timéte Deum et date illi glóriam, quia venit hora iudícii eius, et adoráte eum, qui fecit cælum et terram et mare et fontes aquárum».
  8Et álius ángelus secútus est dicens: «Cécidit, cécidit Bábylon illa magna, quæ a vino iræ fornicatiónis suæ potionávit omnes gentes!».
  9Et álius ángelus tértius secútus est illos dicens voce magna: «Si quis adoráverit béstiam et imáginem eius et accéperit charactérem in fronte sua aut in manu sua, 10et hic bibet de vino iræ Dei, quod mixtum est mero in cálice iræ ipsíus, et cruciábitur igne et súlphure in conspéctu angelórum sanctórum et ante conspéctum Agni. 11Et fumus tormentórum eórum in sǽcula sæculórum ascéndit, nec habent réquiem die ac nocte, qui adoravérunt béstiam et imáginem eius, et si quis accéperit charactérem nóminis eius».
  12Hic patiéntia sanctórum est, qui custódiunt mandáta Dei et fidem Iesu. 13Et audívi vocem de cælo dicéntem: «Scribe: Beáti mórtui, qui in Dómino moriúntur ámodo. Etiam, dicit Spíritus, ut requiéscant a labóribus suis; ópera enim illórum sequúntur illos».
First Reading
Apocalypse 14:1-13 ©
The victorious Lamb
Next in my vision I saw Mount Zion, and standing on it a Lamb who had with him a hundred and forty-four thousand people, all with his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. I heard a sound coming out of the sky like the sound of the ocean or the roar of thunder; it seemed to be the sound of harpists playing their harps. There in front of the throne they were singing a new hymn in the presence of the four animals and the elders, a hymn that could only be learnt by the hundred and forty-four thousand who had been redeemed from the world. These are the ones who have kept their virginity and not been defiled with women; they follow the Lamb wherever he goes; they have been redeemed from amongst men to be the first-fruits for God and for the Lamb. They never allowed a lie to pass their lips and no fault can be found in them.
  Then I saw another angel, flying high overhead, sent to announce the Good News of eternity to all who live on the earth, every nation, race, language and tribe. He was calling, ‘Fear God and praise him, because the time has come for him to sit in judgement; worship the maker of heaven and earth and sea and every water-spring.’
  A second angel followed him, calling, ‘Babylon has fallen, Babylon the Great has fallen, Babylon which gave the whole world the wine of God’s anger to drink.’
  A third angel followed, shouting aloud, ‘All those who worship the beast and his statue, or have had themselves branded on the hand or forehead, will be made to drink the wine of God’s fury which is ready, undiluted, in his cup of anger; in fire and brimstone they will be tortured in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb and the smoke of their torture will go up for ever and ever. There will be no respite, night or day, for those who worshipped the beast or its statue or accepted branding with its name.’ This is why there must be constancy in the saints who keep the commandments of God and faith in Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven say to me, ‘Write down: Happy are those who die in the Lord! Happy indeed, the Spirit says; now they can rest for ever after their work, since their good deeds go with them.’
ResponsoriumCf. Ap 14, 7. 6
℟. Audívi vocem in cælo angelórum multórum dicéntium:* Timéte Dóminum, et date illi glóriam, et adoráte eum, qui fecit cælum et terram, mare et fontes aquárum, allelúia.
℣. Vidi ángelum Dei fortem, volántem per médium cæli, voce magna clamántem et dicéntem.* Timéte.
ResponsoryCf. Rv 14:6-7
℟. I heard the voice of many angels in heaven, saying,* Fear God and praise his greatness. Worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water, alleluia.
℣. I saw a mighty angel of God flying in mid-heaven, and he cried out in a loud voice:* Fear God and praise his greatness. Worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water, alleluia.

Lectio altera
Elógium sancti Fidélis presbýteri et mártyris
Vir nomine et re Fidelis
Cathólicæ fídei assertórem Benedíctus papa Décimus quartus his verbis sanctum Fidélem celebrávit:
  «Caritátis suæ plenitúdinem ad extérnum proximórum levámen et auxílium exténdens, omnes calamitósos patérno sinu ampléxus, páuperum numerósos greges colléctis úndique eleemósynis sustentábat.
  Pupillórum et viduárum solitúdinem, comparáta eísdem potentiórum ac príncipum ope, sublevábat; carcéribus inclúsos ómnibus, quibus póterat, spiritálibus et corporálibus soláciis iuváre, ægrótos quóslibet sédulo invísere, recreáre ac Deo conciliátos ad extrémam subeúndam luctam armáre non desistébat.
  Quo quidem in génere nullam hábuit uberiórem meritórum ségetem, quam cum austríacus exércitus, in regiónibus Retórum statiónes habens, epidémico morbo univérsim fere corréptus, miserándum de se pábulum languóribus et morti præbébat».
  Simul cum hac caritáte, vir nómine et re Fidélis, excélluit stúdio fídei cathólicæ defendéndæ, quam ímpigre prædicávit et, paucis diébus ántequam suo sánguine confirmáret, in última contióne hábita, véluti testaméntum his verbis relíquit:
  «O fides cathólica, quam stábilis, quam firma es, quam bene radicáta, quam bene fundáta super firmam petram! Cælum et terra transíbunt, tu autem præteríre numquam póteris. Totus orbis a princípio tibi contradíxit, sed tu potentíssime de ómnibus triumphásti.
  Hæc est enim victória, quæ vicit mundum, fides nostra; hæc reges potentíssimos Christi império subiugávit, hæc pópulos Christi obséquio mancipávit.
  Quid fecit sanctos Apóstolos et mártyres diros agónes et acérrimas pœnas subíre, nisi fides, de resurrectióne præcípue?
  Quid fecit anachorítas, contémptis delíciis, spretis honóribus, calcátis divítiis, cǽlibem in solitúdine vitam ágere, nisi fides viva?
  Quid hódie veros christícolas facit móllia abícere, dúlcia relínquere, áspera subíre, laboriósa sufférre?
  Viva fides, quæ per caritátem operátur. Hæc facit spe futurórum præséntia bona dimíttere, et futúris præséntia commutáre».
Second Reading
From a eulogy for Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest and martyr
Faithful in name and in truth
Pope Benedict XIV praised Fidelis as a confessor of the Catholic faith in these words: “He practised the fullness of charity in bringing consolation and relief to his neighbours as well as strangers. With a father’s love he embraced all those who were in trouble. He supported great numbers of poor people with the alms he had collected from every quarter.
  “With wealth collected from the powerful and from princes, he comforted widows and orphans in their loneliness. He was always helping prisoners in their spiritual and bodily needs. He showed constant zeal in visiting and comforting the sick whom he would win back to God and prepare for their last struggle.
  “The most outstanding example of this meritorious way of life occurred when the Austrian army, stationed in the area of Raetia, was almost totally destroyed by an epidemic. To show compassion he used to bring food for the weak and the dying.”
  In addition to this charity, he was faithful in truth as well as in name. His zeal for defending the Catholic faith was unsurpassed and he preached it tirelessly. A few days before he shed his blood to bear witness to his preaching, he gave his last sermon. These are the words he left as a testament: “O Catholic faith, how solid, how strong you are! How deeply rooted, how firmly founded on a solid rock! Heaven and earth will pass away, but you can never pass away. From the beginning the whole world opposed you, but you mightily triumphed over everything. This is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. It has subjected powerful kings to the rule of Christ; it has bound nations to his service.
  “What made the holy apostles and martyrs endure fierce agony and bitter torments, except faith, and especially faith in the resurrection?
  “What is it that today makes true followers of Christ cast luxuries aside, leave pleasures behind, and endure difficulties and pain? It is living faith that expresses itself through love. It is this that makes us put aside the goods of the present in the hope of future goods. It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the future.”
Responsorium
2 Tim 4, 7-8 a; Phil 3, 8 b-10
℟. Bonum certámen certávi, cursum consummávi, fidem servávi:* In réliquo repósita est mihi iustítiæ coróna, allelúia.
℣. Omnia detriméntum feci ad cognoscéndum Christum, et communiónem passiónum illíus, confórmans me morti eius.* In réliquo.
Responsory
℟. I have run the great race, I have finished the course, I have kept faith,* and now the prize, the garland of righteousness awaits me, alleluia.
℣. I have lost everything that I may learn to know Christ and what it means to share his sufferings, moulded into the pattern of his death,* and now the prize, the garland of righteousness awaits me, alleluia.

Oremus.
  Deus, qui beátum Fidélem, amóre tuo succénsum, in fídei propagatióne martýrii palma decoráre dignátus es, ipso interveniénte, concéde, ut, in caritáte fundáti, cum illo resurrectiónis Christi virtútem cognóscere mereámur.
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.
Lord God, you crowned Saint Fidelis with a martyr’s death,
  when, filled with your love, he was preaching the faith.
Let our lives be rooted in love,
  so that with him, and by his prayer,
  we may know the power of God’s resurrection.
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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