Universalis
Saturday 26 May 2018    (other days)
Saint Philip Neri, Priest 
 (Saturday of week 7 in Ordinary Time)

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
Christe, pastórum caput atque princeps,
géstiens huius celebráre festum,
débitas sacro pia turba psallit
cármine laudes,
Hunc tibi eléctum fáciens minístrum
ac sacerdótem sócians, dedísti
dux ut astáret pópulo fidélis
ac bonus altor.
Hic gregis ductor fuit atque forma,
lux erat cæco, mísero levámen,
próvidus cunctis pater omnibúsque
ómnia factus.
Christe, qui sanctis méritam corónam
reddis in cælis, dócili magístrum
fac sequi vita, similíque tandem
fine potíri.
Æqua laus summum célebret Paréntem
teque, Salvátor, pie rex, per ævum;
Spíritus Sancti résonet per omnem
glória mundum. Amen.
Hymn
How great the tale, that there should be,
In God’s Son’s heart, a place for me!
That on a sinner’s lips like mine
The cross of Jesus Christ should shine!
Christ Jesus, bend me to thy will,
My feet to urge, my griefs to still;
That e’en my flesh and blood may be
A temple sanctified to Thee.
No rest, no calm my soul may win,
Because my body craves to sin;
Till thou, dear Lord, thyself impart
Peace on my head, light in my heart.
May consecration come from far,
Soft shining like the evening star.
My toilsome path make plain to me,
Until I come to rest in thee.

Ps 106:1-16
Pro liberatione gratiarum actio

Verbum misit Deus filiis Israel evangelizans pacem per Iesum Christum” (Act 10, 36).

Confiteántur Dómino misericórdiæ eius et mirabília eius fíliis hóminum.
1Confitémini Dómino, quóniam bonus,*
  quóniam in sǽculum misericórdia eius.
2Dicant, qui redémpti sunt a Dómino,*
  quos redémit de manu adversárii,
3et de regiónibus congregávit eos,†
  a solis ortu et occásu,*
  ab aquilóne et mari.
4Erravérunt in solitúdine, in inaquóso,*
  viam civitátis habitatiónis non invenérunt.
5Esuriéntes et sitiéntes,*
  ánima eórum in ipsis defécit.
6Et clamavérunt ad Dóminum, cum tribularéntur,*
  et de necessitátibus eórum erípuit eos.
7Et dedúxit eos in viam rectam,*
  ut irent in civitátem habitatiónis.
8Confiteántur Dómino propter misericórdiam eius*
  et mirabília eius in fílios hóminum,
9quia satiávit ánimam sitiéntem*
  et ánimam esuriéntem replévit bonis.
10Sedéntes in ténebris et umbra mortis,*
  vincti in mendicitáte et ferro,
11quia exacerbavérunt elóquia Dei*
  et consílium Altíssimi sprevérunt.
12Et humiliávit in labóribus cor eórum,*
  infirmáti sunt, nec fuit qui adiuváret.
13Et clamavérunt ad Dóminum, cum tribularéntur,*
  et de necessitátibus eórum liberávit eos.
14Et edúxit eos de ténebris et umbra mortis*
  et víncula eórum dirúpit.
15Confiteántur Dómino propter misericórdiam eius*
  et mirabília eius in fílios hóminum,
16quia contrívit portas ǽreas*
  et vectes férreos confrégit.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Confiteántur Dómino misericórdiæ eius et mirabília eius fíliis hóminum.
Psalm 106 (107)
Thanksgiving after rescue
Let them thank the Lord for his love, for the wonders he does for men.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
  for his kindness is for ever.
Let them say this, the people the Lord has redeemed,
  those whom he rescued from their enemies
  whom he gathered together from all lands,
  from east and west, from the north and the south.
They wandered through desert and wilderness,
  they could find no way to a city they could dwell in.
Their souls were weary within them,
  weary from hunger and thirst.
They cried to the Lord in their trouble
  and he rescued them from their distress.
He set them on the right path
  towards a city they could dwell in.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his kindness,
  for the wonders he works for men:
the Lord, who feeds hungry creatures
  and gives water to the thirsty to drink.
They sat in the darkness and shadow of death,
  imprisoned in chains and in misery,
because they had rebelled against the words of God
  and spurned the counsels of the Most High.
He wore out their hearts with labour:
  they were weak, there was no-one to help.
They cried to the Lord in their trouble
  and he rescued them from their distress.
He led them out of the darkness and shadow of death,
  he shattered their chains.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his kindness,
  for the wonders he works for men:
the Lord, who shatters doors of bronze,
  who breaks bars of iron.
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 them thank the Lord for his love, for the wonders he does for men.

Ps 106:17-32
Ipsi vidérunt ópera Dei et mirabília eius.
17Stulti facti sunt in via iniquitátis suæ*
  et propter iniustítias suas afflícti sunt;
18omnem escam abomináta est ánima eórum,*
  et appropinquavérunt usque ad portas mortis.
19Et clamavérunt ad Dóminum, cum tribularéntur,*
  et de necessitátibus eórum liberávit eos.
20Misit verbum suum et sanávit eos*
  et erípuit eos de interitiónibus eórum.
21Confiteántur Dómino propter misericórdiam eius*
  et mirabília eius in fílios hóminum,
22et sacríficent sacrifícium laudis*
  et annúntient ópera eius in exsultatióne.
23Qui descéndunt mare in návibus,*
  faciéntes operatiónem in aquis multis,
24ipsi vidérunt ópera Dómini*
  et mirabília eius in profúndo.
25Dixit et excitávit spíritum procéllæ,*
  et exaltáti sunt fluctus eius.
26Ascéndunt usque ad cælos†
  et descéndunt usque ad abýssos;*
  ánima eórum in malis tabescébat.
27Turbáti sunt et moti sunt sicut ébrius,*
  et omnis sapiéntia eórum devoráta est.
28Et clamavérunt ad Dóminum, cum tribularéntur,*
  et de necessitátibus eórum edúxit eos.
29Et státuit procéllam eius in auram,*
  et tacuérunt fluctus eius.
30Et lætáti sunt quia siluérunt,*
  et dedúxit eos in portum voluntátis eórum.
31Confiteántur Dómino propter misericórdiam eius*
  et mirabília eius in fílios hóminum,
32et exáltent eum in ecclésia plebis*
  et in convéntu seniórum laudent eum.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Ipsi vidérunt ópera Dei et mirabília eius.
Psalm 106 (107)
They have seen the Lord’s deeds and the wonders he does.
The people were sick because they transgressed,
  afflicted because of their sins.
All food was distasteful to them,
  they were on the verge of death.
They cried to the Lord in their trouble
  and he rescued them from their distress.
He sent forth his word and healed them,
  delivered them from their ruin.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his kindness,
  for the wonders he works for men:
Let them offer a sacrifice of praise
  and proclaim his works with rejoicing.
Those who go down to the sea in ships,
  those who trade across the great waters –
they have seen the works of the Lord,
  the wonders he performs in the deep.
He spoke, and a storm arose,
  and the waves of the sea rose up.
They rose up as far as the heavens
  and descended down to the depths:
the sailors’ hearts melted from fear,
  they staggered and reeled like drunkards,
  terror drove them out of their minds.
But they cried to the Lord in their trouble
  and he rescued them from their distress.
He turned the storm into a breeze
  and silenced the waves.
They rejoiced at the ending of the storm
  and he led them to the port that they wanted.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his kindness,
  for the wonders he works for men:
let them exalt him in the assembly of the people,
  give him praise in the council of the elders.
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.
They have seen the Lord’s deeds and the wonders he does.

Ps 106:33-43
Vidébunt recti et lætabúntur et intéllegent misericórdias Dómini.
33Pósuit flúmina in desértum*
  et éxitus aquárum in sitim,
34terram fructíferam in salsúginem*
  a malítia inhabitántium in ea.
35Pósuit desértum in stagna aquárum*
  et terram sine aqua in éxitus aquárum.
36Et collocávit illic esuriéntes,*
  et constituérunt civitátem habitatiónis.
37Et seminavérunt agros et plantavérunt víneas*
  et fecérunt fructum in provéntum suum.
38Et benedíxit eis, et multiplicáti sunt nimis,*
  et iuménta eórum non minorávit.
39Et pauci facti sunt et vexáti sunt*
  a tribulatióne malórum et dolóre.
40Effúdit contemptiónem super príncipes*
  et erráre fecit eos in desérto ínvio.
41Et suscépit páuperem de inópia*
  et pósuit sicut oves famílias.
42Vidébunt recti et lætabúntur,*
  et omnis iníquitas oppilábit os suum.
43Quis sápiens, et custódiet hæc*
  et intélleget misericórdias Dómini?
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Vidébunt recti et lætabúntur et intéllegent misericórdias Dómini.
Psalm 106 (107)
The upright see and rejoice; they consider the love of the Lord.
The Lord has turned rivers into wilderness,
  he has made well-watered lands into desert,
  fruitful ground into salty waste
  because of the evil of those who dwelt there.
But he has made wilderness into ponds,
  deserts into the sources of rivers,
he has called together the hungry
  and they have founded a city to dwell in.
They have sowed the fields, planted the vines;
  they grow and harvest their produce.
He has blessed them and they have multiplied;
  he does not let their cattle decrease.
But those others became few and oppressed
  through trouble, evil, and sorrow.
He poured his contempt on their princes
  and set them to wander the trackless waste.
But the poor he has saved from their poverty
  and their families grow numerous as sheep.
The upright shall see, and be glad,
  and all wickedness shall block up its mouth.
Whoever is wise will remember these things
  and understand the mercies 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.
The upright see and rejoice; they consider the love of the Lord.

℣. Dómine, véritas tua usque ad nubes.
℟. Iudícia tua abýssus multa.
Lord, your faithfulness reaches up to the clouds.
Your judgements reach down to the depths.

Lectio prior
De libro Ecclesiástes 11, 7 — 12, 14
Sententiæ de senectute
11,7Dulce lumen
et delectábile est óculis vidére solem.
8Si annis multis víxerit homo
et in his ómnibus lætátus fúerit,
meminísse debet tenebrósi témporis,
quod multum erit:
omne quod vénerit, vánitas.
9Lætáre ergo iúvenis in adulescéntia tua,
et in bono sit cor tuum in diébus iuventútis tuæ,
et ámbula in viis cordis tui
et in intúitu oculórum tuórum;
et scito quod pro ómnibus his
addúcet te Deus in iudícium.
10Aufer curam a corde tuo
et ámove malum a carne tua;
adulescéntia enim et iuvéntus vanæ sunt.
12,1Meménto Creatóris tui
in diébus iuventútis tuæ,
ántequam véniat tempus afflictiónis,
et appropínquent anni, de quibus dicas:
«Non mihi placent»;
2ántequam tenebréscat
sol et lumen et luna et stellæ,
et revertántur nubes post plúviam;
3quando commovebúntur custódes domus,
et nutábunt viri fortíssimi,
et otiósæ erunt moléntes imminúto número,
et tenebréscent vidéntes per forámina,
4et claudéntur óstia in platéa
submíssa voce moléntis,
et consúrgent ad vocem vólucris,
et subsídent omnes fíliæ cárminis;
5excélsa quoque timébunt
et formidábunt in via.
Florébit amýgdalus,
reptábit locústa,
et dissipábitur cápparis,
quóniam ibit homo in domum æternitátis suæ,
et circuíbunt in platéa plangéntes,
6ántequam rumpátur funículus argénteus,
et frangátur lécythus áureus,
et conterátur hýdria super fontem,
et confringátur rota super cistérnam,
7et revertátur pulvis in terram suam, unde erat,
et spíritus rédeat ad Deum, qui dedit illum.
8Vánitas vanitátum,
dixit Ecclesiástes,
et ómnia vánitas.
9Cumque esset sapientíssimus, Ecclesiástes dócuit ínsuper pópulum sciéntiam; ponderávit et investígans compósuit parábolas multas. 10Quæsívit Ecclesiástes verba delectabília et conscrípsit sermónes rectíssimos ac veritáte plenos.
  11Verba sapiéntium sicut stímuli, et quasi clavi defíxi sunt magístri collatiónum; data sunt a pastóre uno.
  12His ámplius, fili mi, ne requíras: faciéndi plures libros nullus est finis, frequénsque meditátio carnis afflíctio est.
  13Finis loquéndi, ómnibus audítis: Deum time et mandáta eius obsérva; hoc est enim omnis homo. 14Et cuncta, quæ fiunt, addúcet Deus in iudícium circa omne occúltum, sive bonum sive malum.
First Reading
Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14 ©
Teachings concerning old age
Light is sweet; at sight of the sun the eyes are glad. However great the number of the years a man may live, let him enjoy them all, and yet remember that dark days will be many. All that is to come is vanity.
Rejoice in your youth, you who are young;
let your heart give you joy in your young days.
Follow the promptings of your heart
and the desires of your eyes.
But this you must know: for all these things God will bring you to judgement.
Cast worry from your heart,
shield your flesh from pain.
Yet youth, the age of dark hair, is vanity. And remember your creator in the days of your youth, before evil days come and the years approach when you say, ‘These give me no pleasure’, before sun and light and moon and stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain;
the day when those who keep the house tremble
and strong men are bowed;
when the women grind no longer at the mill,
because day is darkening at the windows
and the street doors are shut;
when the sound of the mill is faint,
when the voice of the bird is silenced,
and song notes are stilled,
when to go uphill is an ordeal
and a walk is something to dread.
Yet the almond tree is in flower,
the grasshopper is heavy with food
and the caper bush bears its fruit,
while man goes to his everlasting home. And the mourners are already walking to and fro in the street
before the silver cord has snapped,
or the golden lamp been broken,
or the pitcher shattered at the spring,
or the pulley cracked at the well,
or before the dust returns to the earth as it once came from it, and the breath to God who gave it.
  Vanity of vanities, Qoheleth says. All is vanity.
  Besides being a sage, Qoheleth also taught his knowledge to the people, having weighed, studied and amended a great many proverbs. Qoheleth tried to write in an attractive style and to set down truthful thoughts in a straightforward manner.
  The words of the sages are like goads, like pegs driven deep; a shepherd uses these for the good of his flocks.
  One last thing, my son, be warned that writing books involves endless hard work, and that much study wearies the body.
  To sum up the whole matter: fear God, and keep his commandments, since this is the whole duty of man. For God will call all hidden deeds, good or bad, to judgement.
Responsorium
Ps 70 (71), 17. 9 a; cf. Ps 15 (16), 11
℟. Deus, docuísti me a iuventúte mea et usque nunc annuntiábo mirabília tua.* Ne proícias me in témpore senectútis.
℣. Adimplébis me lætítia cum vultu tuo, delectatiónes in déxtera tua usque in finem.* Ne proícias.
Responsory
Pr 31:17-18; Ps 46:6
℟. O God, you have taught me from my youth and I proclaim your wonders still.* Do not reject me now that I am old.
℣. You will give me the fullness of joy in your presence, at your right hand happiness for ever.* Do not reject me now that I am old.

Lectio altera
Ex Sermónibus sancti Augustíni epíscopi (Sermo 171, 1-3. 5: PL 38, 933-935)
Gaudete in Domino semper
Gaudére nos Apóstolus prǽcipit, sed in Dómino, non in sǽculo. Quicúmque enim volúerit amícus esse huius mundi, sicut Scriptúra dicit, inimícus Dei reputábitur. Sicut autem non potest homo duóbus dóminis servíre, sic nemo potest gaudére et in sǽculo et in Dómino.
  Vincat ergo gáudium in Dómino, donec finiátur gáudium in sǽculo. Gáudium in Dómino semper augeátur; gáudium in sǽculo semper minuátur, donec finiátur. Non ídeo ista dicúntur, quóniam, in hoc sǽculo cum sumus, gaudére non debémus: sed ut, étiam in hoc sǽculo constitúti, iam in Dómino gaudeámus.
  Sed ait áliquis: In sǽculo sum; útique, si gáudeo, ibi gáudeo ubi sum. Quid enim? quia es in sǽculo, in Dómino non es? Audi eúndem Apóstolum ad Atheniénses loquéntem, et in Actibus Apostolórum dicéntem de Deo et de Dómino creatóre nostro: In illo vívimus et movémur et sumus. Qui enim ubíque est, ubi non est? Nonne ad hoc nos exhortabátur? Dóminus in próximo est, nihil sollíciti fuéritis.
  Magnum est hoc, quod ascéndit super omnes cælos et próximus est eis qui versántur in terris. Quis est iste longínquus et próximus, nisi qui nobis misericórdia factus est próximus?
  Totum enim genus humánum est homo ille, qui iacébat in via semivívus a latrónibus relíctus, quem contémpsit tránsiens sacérdos et levítes, et accéssit ad eum curándum eíque opitulándum tránsiens Samaritánus. Cum ergo longe a nobis esset immortális et iustus, tamquam a mortálibus et peccatóribus, descéndit ad nos, ut fíeret nobis próximus ille longínquus.
  Non enim secúndum peccáta nostra fecit nobis. Fílii enim sumus. Unde hoc probámus? Mórtuus est pro nobis Unicus, ne remanéret unus. Nóluit esse unus, qui mórtuus est unus. Multos enim fílios Dei fecit únicus Fílius Dei. Emit sibi fratres sánguine suo, probávit reprobátus, redémit vénditus, honorávit iniuriátus, vivificávit occísus.
  Ergo, fratres, gaudéte in Dómino, non in sǽculo: id est, gaudéte in veritáte, non in iniquitáte; gaudéte in spe æternitátis, non in flore vanitátis. Ita gaudéte: et ubicúmque et quamdiucúmque hic fuéritis, Dóminus in próximo est, nihil sollíciti fuéritis.
Second Reading
From a sermon by Saint Augustine
Always rejoice in the Lord
The Apostle commands us to rejoice, but in the Lord, not in the world. For, you see, as Scripture says, whoever wishes to be a friend of this world will be counted as God’s enemy. Just as a man cannot serve two masters, so too no-one can rejoice both in the world and in the Lord.
  Let joy in the Lord win and go on winning, until people take no more joy in the world. Let joy in the Lord always go on growing, and joy in the world always go on shrinking until it is reduced to nothing. I do not mean that we should not rejoice as long as we are in this world, but that even while we do find ourselves in this world, we should already be rejoicing in the Lord.
  Someone may argue, “I am in the world; so obviously, if I rejoice, I rejoice where I am”. What of it? Because you are in the world, does it mean that you are not in the Lord? Listen to the same Apostle in the Acts of the Apostles, speaking to the Athenians, and saying about God and about the Lord, our Creator, In him we live, and move, and are. Since he is everywhere, there is nowhere that he is not. Is it not precisely this that he is emphasising to encourage us? The Lord is very near; do not be anxious about anything.
  This is something tremendous, that he ascended above all the heavens but is still very near to those who dwell on earth, wherever they may be. Who can this be that is both far away and close at hand, except the one who became our near neighbour out of mercy?
  The whole of the human race, you see, is that man who was lying in the road, left there by robbers, half dead, who was ignored by the passing priest and Levite, while the passing Samaritan stopped by him to take care of him and help him; and when the Immortal, the Just, was far away from us mortals and sinners, he came down to us to become – that far distant being – our near neighbour.
  He has not treated us according to our sins. For we are his children. How do we prove this? The only Son died for us so that he would not remain the only child. He did not want to be alone, who died alone. The only Son of God made many children for God. He bought himself brothers and sisters with his blood; rejected, he accepted us; sold, he bought us back; dishonoured, he honoured us; killed, he brought us life.
  So then, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord, not in the world; that is, rejoice in faithfulness and not in iniquity; rejoice in the hope of eternity and not the brief flower of vanity. Rejoice thus, and wherever you are here, as long as you are here, the Lord is very near: do not be anxious about anything.
Responsorium
2 Cor 13, 11; Rom 15, 13 a
℟. Fratres, gaudéte, perfécti estóte, exhortámini, idem sápite, pacem habéte;* Et Deus dilectiónis et pacis erit vobíscum.
℣. Deus autem spei répleat vos omni gáudio et pace in credéndo.* Et Deus.
Responsory
℟. Rejoice, my brothers. Strive for perfection; listen to my appeals; agree with one another, and live in peace,* and the God of love and peace will be with you.
℣. May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him,* and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Oremus.
  Deus, qui fidéles tibi servos sanctitátis glória sublimáre non desístis, concéde propítius, ut illo nos igne Spíritus Sanctus inflámmet, quo beáti Philíppi cor mirabíliter penetrávit.
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.
God our Father, you are continually raising to the glory of holiness
  those who serve you faithfully.
In your love, hear our prayer:
  let the Holy Spirit inflame us with that fire with which, in so admirable a way,
  he took possession of Saint Philip’s heart.
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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