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Thursday 25 August 2016    (other days)
Saint Joseph of Calasanz, Priest 
 or Thursday of week 21 in Ordinary Time 
 or Saint Louis 

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
I. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur noctu vel summo mane:
Nox atra rerum cóntegit
terræ colóres ómnium:
nos confiténtes póscimus
te, iuste iudex córdium,
Ut áuferas piácula
sordésque mentis ábluas,
donésque, Christe, grátiam
ut arceántur crímina.
Mens, ecce, torpet ímpia,
quam culpa mordet nóxia;
obscúra gestit tóllere
et te, Redémptor, quǽrere.
Repélle tu calíginem
intrínsecus quam máxime,
ut in beáto gáudeat
se collocári lúmine.
Sit, Christe, rex piíssime,
tibi Patríque glória
cum Spíritu Paráclito,
in sempitérna sǽcula. Amen.
II. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur diurno tempore:
Christe, precámur ádnuas
orántibus servis tuis,
iníquitas hæc sǽculi
ne nostram captívet fidem.
Non cogitémus ímpie,
invideámus némini,
læsi non reddámus vicem,
vincámus in bono malum.
Absit nostris e córdibus
ira, dolus, supérbia;
absístat avarítia,
malórum radix ómnium.
Consérvet pacis fœ́dera
non simuláta cáritas;
sit illibáta cástitas
credulitáte pérpeti.
Sit, Christe, rex piíssime,
tibi Patríque glória
cum Spíritu Paráclito,
in sempitérna sǽcula. Amen.
Hymn
Eternal Father, through your Word
You gave new life to Adam’s race,
And call us now to live in light,
New creatures by your saving grace.
To you who stooped to all who sin
We render homage and give praise:
To Father, Son and Spirit blest
Whose loving gift is endless days.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Ps 17:31-35
Gratiarum actio
Si Deus pro nobis, quis contra nos? ” (Rom 8, 31).
Elóquium Dómini scutum est ómnium sperántium in eum.
31Deus, impollúta via eius,†
  elóquia Dómini igne examináta;*
  protéctor est ómnium sperántium in se.
32Quóniam quis Deus præter Dóminum?*
  Aut quæ munítio præter Deum nostrum?
33Deus, qui præcínxit me virtúte*
  et pósuit immaculátam viam meam;
34qui perfécit pedes meos tamquam cervórum*
  et super excélsa státuit me;
35qui docet manus meas ad prœ́lium,*
  et tendunt arcum ǽreum bráchia mea.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Elóquium Dómini scutum est ómnium sperántium in eum.
Psalm 17 (18)
Thanksgiving
The word of the Lord is a shield for all who make him their refuge.
The Lord’s ways are pure;
  the words of the Lord are refined in the furnace;
  the Lord protects all who hope in him.
For what God is there, but our Lord?
  What help, but in the Lord our God?
God, who has wrapped me in his strength
  and set me on the perfect path,
who has made my feet like those of the deer,
  who has set me firm upon the heights,
who trains my hands for battle,
  teaches my arms to bend a bow of bronze.
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 word of the Lord is a shield for all who make him their refuge.

Ps 17:36-46
Déxtera tua, Dómine, suscépit me.
36Et dedísti mihi scutum salútis tuæ,†
  et déxtera tua suscépit me,*
  et exaudítio tua magnificávit me.
37Dilatásti gressus meos subtus me,*
  et non sunt infirmáta vestígia mea.
38Persequébar inimícos meos et comprehendébam illos*
  et non convertébar, donec defícerent.
39Confringébam illos, nec póterant stare,*
  cadébant subtus pedes meos.
40Et præcinxísti me virtúte ad bellum*
  et supplantásti insurgéntes in me subtus me.
41Et inimícos meos dedísti mihi dorsum*
  et odiéntes me disperdidísti.
42Clamavérunt, nec erat qui salvos fáceret,*
  ad Dóminum, nec exaudívit eos.
43Et commínui eos ut púlverem ante fáciem venti,*
  ut lutum plateárum contrívi eos.
44Eripuísti me de contradictiónibus pópuli,*
  constituísti me in caput géntium.
Pópulus, quem non cognóvi, servívit mihi,*
  45in audítu auris obœdívit mihi.
Fílii aliéni blandíti sunt mihi,†
  46fílii aliéni inveteráti sunt,*
  contremuérunt in ábditis suis.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Déxtera tua, Dómine, suscépit me.
Psalm 17 (18)
Lord, your right hand upheld me.
You have given me the shield of your salvation;
  your right hand holds me up;
  by answering me, you give me greatness.
You have stretched the length of my stride,
  my feet do not weaken.
I pursue my enemies and surround them;
  I do not turn back until they are no more.
I smash them to pieces, they cannot stand,
  they fall beneath my feet.
You have wrapped me round with strength for war,
  and made my attackers fall under me.
You turned my enemies’ backs on me,
  you destroyed those who hated me.
They cried out, but there was no-one to save them;
  they cried to the Lord, but he did not hear.
I have ground them up until they are dust in the wind,
  trodden them down like the mud of the street.
You have delivered me from the murmurings of the people
  and placed me at the head of the nations.
A people I do not even know serves me –
  at a mere rumour of my orders, they obey.
The children of strangers beg for my favour;
  they hide away and tremble where they hide.
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.
Lord, your right hand upheld me.

Ps 17:47-51
Vivat Dóminus et exaltétur Deus salútis meæ.
47Vivit Dóminus et benedíctus Adiútor meus,*
  et exaltétur Deus salútis meæ.
48Deus qui das vindíctas mihi†
  et subdis pópulos sub me,*
  liberátor meus de inimícis meis iracúndis;
49et ab insurgéntibus in me exáltas me,*
  a viro iníquo éripis me.
50Proptérea confitébor tibi in natiónibus, Dómine,*
  et nómini tuo psalmum dicam,
51magníficans salútes regis sui†
  et fáciens misericórdiam christo suo,*
  David et sémini eius usque in sǽculum.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Vivat Dóminus et exaltétur Deus salútis meæ.
Psalm 17 (18)
Long life to the Lord! Praised be the God who saves me.
The Lord lives, my blessed Helper.
  Let the God of my salvation be exalted.
God, you give me my revenge,
  you subject peoples to my rule,
  you free me from my enraged enemies.
You raise me up from those who attack me,
  you snatch me from the grasp of the violent.
And so I will proclaim you among the nations, Lord,
  and sing to your name.
Time and again you save your king,
  you show your loving kindness to your anointed,
  to David and his descendants for ever.
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.
Long life to the Lord! Praised be the God who saves me.

℣. Révela, Dómine, óculos meos.
℟. Et considerábo mirabília de lege tua.
Uncover my eyes, Lord,
and I will consider the wonders of your Law.

Lectio prior
De libro Ieremíæ prophétæ 3, 1-5. 19 — 4, 4
Invitatio ad conversionem
Factum est verbum Dómini ad me, dicens:
3,1«Si dimíserit vir uxórem suam,
et recédens ab eo
dúxerit virum álterum,
numquid revertétur ad eam ultra?
Numquid non pollúta
et contamináta est terra illa?
Tu autem fornicáta es cum amatóribus multis,
et revérteris ad me?,
dicit Dóminus.
2Leva óculos tuos ad colles et vide,
ubi non prostráta sis.
In viis sedébas exspéctans eos
quasi Arabs in solitúdine;
et polluísti terram in fornicatiónibus tuis
et in malítia tua.
3Quam ob rem prohíbitæ sunt stillæ pluviárum,
et serótinus imber non fuit.
Frons mulíeris meretrícis facta est tibi;
noluísti erubéscere.
4Nonne ámodo vocas me: “Pater meus,
dux adulescéntiæ meæ tu es!
5Numquid irascétur in perpétuum
aut perseverábit in finem?”.
Ecce locúta es
et fecísti mala et prævaluísti.
19Ego autem dixi:
Quómodo ponam te in fíliis
et tríbuam tibi terram desiderábilem,
hereditátem præclaríssimam inter gentes?
Et dixi: Patrem vocábitis me
et post me íngredi non cessábitis.
20Sed, quómodo contémnit múlier amatórem suum,
sic contempsístis me, domus Israel»,
dicit Dóminus.
21Vox in cóllibus audíta est,
plorátus et supplicátio filiórum Israel,
quóniam iníquam fecérunt viam suam,
oblíti sunt Dómini Dei sui.
22«Convertímini, fílii, qui avérsi estis a me,
et sanábo aversiónes vestras».
«Ecce nos venímus ad te;
tu enim es Dóminus Deus noster.
23Vere mendáces erant colles
et tumúltus móntium;
vere in Dómino Deo nostro
salus Israel.
24Confúsio comédit labórem patrum nostrórum
ab adulescéntia nostra,
greges eórum et arménta eórum,
fílios eórum et fílias eórum.
25Dormiémus in confusióne nostra,
et opériet nos ignomínia nostra,
quóniam Dómino Deo nostro peccávimus nos et patres nostri
ab adulescéntia nostra usque ad hanc diem
et non audívimus vocem Dómini Dei nostri».
4,1«Si convérteris, Israel,
ait Dóminus,
ad me convértere;
si abstúleris abominatiónes tuas a fácie mea,
non effúgies.
2Et iurábis: “Vivit Dóminus!”
in veritáte et in iudício et in iustítia,
et benedicéntur in ipso gentes
et in ipso gloriabúntur.
3Hæc enim dicit Dóminus
viro Iudæ et Ierúsalem:
Nováte vobis novále
et nolíte sérere super spinas.
4Circumcidímini Dómino
et auférte præpútia córdium vestrórum,
viri Iudæ et habitatóres Ierúsalem,
ne forte egrediátur ut ignis indignátio mea
et succendátur, et non sit qui exstínguat,
propter malítiam óperum vestrórum».
First Reading
Jeremiah 3:1-5,19-4:4 ©
If a man divorces his wife
and she leaves him
to marry someone else,
may she still go back to him?
Has not that piece of land
been totally polluted?
And you, who have prostituted yourself with so many lovers,
you would come back to me? – it is the Lord who speaks.
Lift your eyes to the bare heights and look!
Is there a single place where you have not offered your body?
You waited by the roadside for clients
like an Arab in the desert.
You have polluted the country
with your prostitution and your vices:
this is why the showers have been withheld,
the late rains have not come.
And you maintained a prostitute’s bold front,
never thinking to blush.
Even then did you not cry to me, “My father!
You, the friend of my youth!
Will he keep his resentment for ever,
will he maintain his wrath to the end?”
That was what you said, and still you went on sinning,
you were so obstinate.
And I was thinking:
How I wanted to rank you with my sons,
and give you a country of delights,
the fairest heritage of all the nations!
I had thought you would call me: My father,
and would never cease to follow me.
But like a woman betraying her lover,
the House of Israel has betrayed me –
it is the Lord who speaks.
A noise is heard on the bare heights:
the weeping and entreaty of the sons of Israel,
because they have gone so wildly astray,
and forgotten the Lord their God.
‘Come back, disloyal sons,
I want to heal your disloyalty.’
‘We are here, we are coming to you,
for you are the Lord our God.
The heights are a delusion after all,
so is the tumult of the mountains.
‘The Lord our God is, after all,
the saving of Israel.
The Thing of Shame has devoured what our ancestors worked for
since our youth
(their flocks and herds, their sons and daughters).
Let us lie down in our shame, let our dishonour be our covering,
for we have sinned against the Lord our God
(we and our ancestors since our youth until today;
and we have not listened to the voice of the Lord our God).’
‘If you wish to come back, Israel – it is the Lord who speaks –
it is to me you must return.
Do away with your abominations
and you will have no need to avoid me.
If you swear, “As the Lord lives!”
truthfully, justly, honestly,
the nations will bless themselves by you,
and glory in you.
For thus speaks the Lord
to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem:
Clean your ground thoroughly,
sow nothing among thorns.
Circumcise yourselves for the Lord; off with the foreskin of your hearts
(men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem),
lest my wrath should leap out like a fire,
and burn with no one to quench it,
in return for the wickedness of your deeds.’
Responsorium
Ier 14, 7; Ps 129 (130), 3
℟. Si iniquitátes nostræ testificántur advérsus nos, Dómine, fac propter nomen tuum;* Quóniam multæ sunt aversiónes nostræ, tibi peccávimus.
℣. Si iniquitátes observáveris, Dómine, Dómine, quis sustinébit?* Quóniam.
Responsory
℟. If our crimes are witness against us, then, Lord, for your name’s sake, act!* Yes, our apostasies have been many, we have sinned against you.
℣. If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt, Lord, who would survive?* Yes, our apostasies have been many, we have sinned against you.

Lectio altera
Ex Scriptis sancti Iosephi de Calasanz presbýteri (Memoriale al Card. M. A. Tonti, 1621: Ephem. Calas. 36, 9-10: Romæ 1967, pp. 473-474; L. Picanyol, Epistolario di S. Giuseppe Calasanzio, 9 vol., ediz. Calas., Romæ 1951-1956, passim)
Christo adhærere eique soli placere studeamus
Sanctum ministérium, quo púeri, præsértim páuperes, instituúntur, ut sic edócti vitam cónsequi possint ætérnam, quanta dignitáte quantóque mérito præstet, nemo prorsus ignórat. Dum enim tum in disciplína tradénda, tum in pietáte potíssimum et doctrína christiána curánda, animárum simul et córporum salúti consúlitur, idem ipsum erga púeros munus quodámmodo exhibétur, quod eórum ángeli éxhibent custódes.
  Optimum ínsuper præbétur subsídium, quo adulescéntes non solum a malis arceántur, sed ad bona potíssimum operánda, cuiúsvis sint géneris vel condiciónis, facílius suaviúsque trahántur et exciténtur. Quo item adhíbito subsídio, adulescéntes ádeo in mélius constat immutári, ut quales fúerint erudiéndi, erudíti iam non dignoscántur. Quasi enim súrculi plantárum, eo fácile adulescéntes adducúntur quo quis eórum ánimos vértere conténdat, dum, si duréscere sinántur, facultátem eos aliquándo flecténdi haud ignorámus vel multum mínui vel intérdum pénitus auférri.
  Quod autem púeri, præsértim páuperes, apta educatióne donéntur, non solum confert ad ipsórum humánam dignitátem augéndam, sed ómnibus in humána et christiána societáte probátur, tum paréntibus, qui de fíliis suis per vias rectas hoc modo dedúctis appríme lætántur, tum civitátum rectóribus, qui probos súbditos civésque bonos acquírunt, tum potíssimum Ecclésiæ, in cuius multímodam vivéndi agendíque ratiónem, tamquam Christi amatóres Evangeliíque assertóres, matúrius et efficácius inserúntur.
  Multa vero caritáte, máxima patiéntia, profúnda præsértim humilitáte prǽditi sint opórtet, qui hoc docéndi munus sédula cura exercéndum assúmunt, ut digni inveniántur quos Dóminus, húmili afféctu rogátus, idóneos veritátis cooperatóres effíciat, in nobilíssimo offício adimpléndo confórtet, et cælésti tandem múnere ditet, iuxta illud: Qui erúdiunt multos ad iustítiam, quasi stellæ in perpétuas æternitátes.
  Id autem facílius consequéntur si, fœdus perpétuæ proféssi servitútis, Christo adhærére eíque soli placére studúerint, qui dixit: Quod uni ex mínimis meis fecístis, mihi fecístis.
Second Reading
From St Joseph de Calasanz to Cardinal M.A. Tonti
Let us strive to cling to Christ and please him alone
Everybody realises the great dignity and merit of that ministry in which men devote themselves to the education of boys, especially poor boys, so that they may learn the way to eternal life. When, in the interests of soul and body, knowledge is imparted, piety cultivated, Christian doctrine inculcated, their teachers share in a certain manner in the work of their guardian angels.
  Help of the most excellent kind is given to young people, whatever their origin or station, so that not only are they preserved from evil but they are more easily and gently drawn towards good. It is universally accepted that when the young receive such aid, they become so much changed for the better as to be no longer recognizable for what they previously were. The young, like tender plants, are easily trained in the desired direction, but if allowed to toughen, we find that our best efforts may fail to correct their wills.
  The education of youth, particularly of the poor, while it assists them to grow in human dignity, also concerns all members of Christian society. Parents rejoice to see their children being led along the right path; civil authorities approve the formation of good-living subjects and citizens. The Church especially has cause to be glad, for, as lovers of Christ and defenders of the gospel, the young are more speedily and efficaciously brought into her many and varied fields of life and action.
  Those who undertake this work of teaching, surely a task to be carried out with the greatest care, must be endowed with overflowing charity, inexhaustible patience, and, above all, profound humility. So may they be found worthy for the Lord, in answer to their humble entreaties, to make them fellow-workers with Truth itself; may he strengthen them to carry out their noble office, and finally, may he grant them a heavenly reward in accordance with the saying: ‘Those who instruct many in virtue will shine like stars for all eternity.’
  They will attain more easily to this, if, having made profession of perpetual service, they strive wholeheartedly to cleave to Christ and to please him only, who said: ‘Whatever you did to one of the least of my little ones, you did it to me.’
Responsorium
1 Th 2, 8; Gal 4, 19
℟. Cúpide volebámus trádere vobis non solum Evangélium Dei, sed étiam ánimas nostras:* Quóniam caríssimi nobis facti estis.
℣. Filíoli mei, quos íterum partúrio, donec formétur Christus in vobis.* Quóniam.
Responsory
℟. In our great longing for you, we desired nothing better than to offer you our own lives as well as God’s gospel,* so greatly have we learned to love you.
℣. My little children, I shall always be concerned about you, until I can see Christ’s image formed in you,* so greatly have we learned to love you.

Oremus.
  Deus, qui beátum Ioséphum, presbýterum, tanta caritáte et patiéntia decorásti, ut púeris erudiéndis omníque virtúte exornándis constánter incúmberet, concéde, quǽsumus, ut, quem sapiéntiæ præceptórem cólimus, veritátis cooperatórem iúgiter imitémur. Per Dóminum.
Let us pray.
God our Father,
  for the education and religious upbringing of the young
  you gave Saint Joseph of Calasanz remarkable gifts of priestly charity and patience.
Grant that while we honour him as a master of wisdom,
  we may imitate him by teaching the true way 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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