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Thursday 18 September 2014    (other days)
Saint Edith of Kemsing
 or Thursday of week 24 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
I. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur noctu vel summo mane:
Ales diéi núntius
lucem propínquam prǽcinit;
nos excitátor méntium
iam Christus ad vitam vocat.
«Auférte –clamat– léctulos
ægros, sopóros, désides;
castíque, recti ac sóbrii
vigiláte; iam sum próximus».
Ut, cum corúscis flátibus
auróra cælum spárserit,
omnes labóre exércitos
confírmet ad spem lúminis,
Iesum ciámus vócibus
flentes, precántes, sóbrii;
inténta supplicátio
dormíre cor mundum vetat.
Tu, Christe, somnum dísice,
tu rumpe noctis víncula,
tu solve peccátum vetus
novúmque lumen íngere.
Sit, Christe, rex piíssime,
tibi Patríque glória
cum Spíritu Paráclito,
in sempitérna sǽcula. Amen.
II. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur diurno tempore:
Amóris sensus érige
ad te, largítor véniæ,
ut fias clemens córdibus
purgátis inde sórdibus.
Extérni huc advénimus
et éxsules ingémimus;
tu portus es et pátria,
ad vitæ duc nos átria.
Felix quæ sitit cáritas
te fontem vitæ, o Véritas;
beáti valde óculi
te speculántis pópuli.
Grandis est tibi glória
tuæ laudis memória,
quam sine fine célebrant
qui cor ab imis élevant.
Præsta, Pater piíssime,
Patríque compar Unice,
cum Spíritu Paráclito
regnans per omne sǽculum. Amen.
Hymn
Where true love is dwelling, God is dwelling there:
Love’s own loving Presence love does ever share.
Love of Christ has made us out of many one;
In our midst is dwelling God’s eternal Son.
Give him joyful welcome, love him and revere:
Cherish one another with a love sincere.

Psalmus 43:2-9
Populi calamitates
In his omnibus superamus propter eum, qui dilexit nos” (Rom 8, 37).
Bráchium eórum non salvábit eos, sed déxtera tua et illuminátio vultus tui.
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.
Bráchium eórum non salvábit eos, sed déxtera tua et illuminátio vultus tui.
Psalm 43 (44)
In time of defeat
Their own arm did not bring them victory: this was won by your right hand and the light of your face.
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.
Their own arm did not bring them victory: this was won by your right hand and the light of your face.

Psalmus 43:10-17
Non avértet Dóminus fáciem suam a vobis, si revérsi fuéritis ad eum.
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.
Non avértet Dóminus fáciem suam a vobis, si revérsi fuéritis ad eum.
Psalm 43 (44)
If you return to the Lord, then he will not hide his face from you.
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.
If you return to the Lord, then he will not hide his face from you.

Psalmus 43:18-26
Exsúrge, Dómine, et ne repéllas in finem.
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 ne repéllas in finem.
Psalm 43 (44)
Arise, Lord, do not reject us for ever.
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, do not reject us for ever.

℣. Fáciem tuam illúmina super servum tuum, Dómine.
℟. Et doce me iustificatiónes tuas.
Lord, let your face shine on your servant;
teach me your decrees.

Lectio prior
De libro Ezechiélis prophétæ 12, 1-16
Actione symbolica transmigratio populi adumbratur
In diébus illis: 1Factus est sermo Dómini ad me dicens: 2«Fili hóminis, in médio domus exasperántis tu hábitas, qui óculos habent ad vidéndum et non vident, et aures ad audiéndum et non áudiunt, quia domus exásperans est. 3Tu ergo, fili hóminis, fac tibi vasa transmigratiónis et transmigrábis per diem coram eis; transmigrábis autem de loco tuo ad locum álterum in conspéctu eórum, si forte aspíciant, quia domus exásperans est. 4Et éfferes foras vasa tua quasi vasa transmigrántis per diem in conspéctu eórum; tu autem egrediéris véspere coram eis, sicut egréditur migrans. 5Ante óculos eórum pérfode tibi paríetem et éfferes per eum; 6in conspéctu eórum in úmeris portábis, in calígine éfferes: fáciem tuam velábis et non vidébis terram, quia porténtum dedi te dómui Israel».
  7Feci ergo, sicut præcéperat mihi Dóminus: vasa mea prótuli quasi vasa transmigrántis per diem et véspere perfódi mihi paríetem manu; et in calígine éxtuli in úmeris portans in conspéctu eórum.
  8Et factus est sermo Dómini ad me mane dicens: 9«Fili hóminis, numquid non dixérunt ad te domus Israel, domus exásperans: “Quid tu facis?”. 10Dic ad eos: Hæc dicit Dóminus Deus: Super ducem onus istud, qui est in Ierúsalem, et super omnem domum Israel, quæ est in médio eius. 11Dic: Ego porténtum vestrum. Quómodo feci, sic fiet illis: in transmigratiónem et in captivitátem ibunt. 12Et dux, qui est in médio eórum, in úmeris portábit, in calígine, et egrediétur; paríetem perfódient, ut tránsitus fiat per eum; fáciem suam opériet, ut non vídeat óculo terram. 13Et exténdam rete meum super illum, et capiétur in tendícula mea; et addúcam eum in Babylónem in terram Chaldæórum, et ipsam non vidébit ibíque moriétur. 14Et omnes, qui circa eum sunt, præsídium eius et ágmina eius, dispérgam in omnem ventum; et gládium evaginábo post eos. 15Et scient quia ego Dóminus, quando dispérsero illos in géntibus et disseminávero eos in terris. 16Et relínquam ex eis viros paucos a gládio et fame et pestiléntia, ut narrent ómnia scélera eórum in géntibus, ad quas ingrediéntur, et scient quia ego Dóminus».
First ReadingEzekiel 12:1-16 ©
The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows, ‘Son of man, you are living with that set of rebels who have eyes and never see, ears and never hear, for they are a set of rebels. You, son of man, pack an exile’s bundle and emigrate by daylight when they can see you, emigrate from where you are to somewhere else while they watch. Perhaps they will admit then that they are a set of rebels. You will pack your baggage like an exile’s bundle, by daylight, for them to see, and leave like an exile in the evening, making sure that they are looking. As they watch, make a hole in the wall, and go out through it. As they watch, you will shoulder your pack and go out into the dark; you will cover your face so that you cannot see the country, since I have made you a symbol for the House of Israel.’
  I did as I had been told. I packed my baggage like an exile’s bundle, by daylight; and in the evening I made a hole through the wall with my hand. I went out into the dark and shouldered my pack as they watched.
  The next morning the word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows, ‘Son of man, did not the House of Israel, did not that set of rebels, ask you what you were doing? Say, “The Lord says this: This oracle is directed against Jerusalem and the whole House of Israel wherever they are living.” Say, “I am a symbol for you; the thing I have done will be done to them; they will go into exile, into banishment.” Their ruler will shoulder his pack in the dark and go out through the wall; a hole will be made to let him out; he will cover his face rather than see the country, I shall throw my net over him and catch him in my mesh; I shall take him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldaeans, though he will not see it; and there he will die. And all those who form his court, his guards and all his troops, I shall scatter to all the winds and unsheathe the sword behind them. They will learn that I am the Lord, when I scatter them throughout the nations and disperse them in foreign countries. However, I intend to leave some of them unscathed by sword, famine and plague, to describe all their filthy practices to the peoples among whom they will go, so that these too may learn that I am the Lord.’
Responsorium
Ez 12, 15; Ps 88 (89), 31. 33 a
℟. Quando dispérsero illos in géntibus et disseminávero eos in terris,* Scient quia ego Dóminus.
℣. Si derelíquerint legem meam et in iudíciis meis non ambuláverint, visitábo in virga delíctum eórum.* Scient.
Responsory
When I scatter them throughout the nations and disperse them in foreign countries, then they will learn that I am the Lord.
If they renounce my law and do not observe my commands, I will punish their disobedience with the rod: then they will learn that I am the Lord.

Lectio altera
Ex Sermóne sancti Augustíni epíscopi De pastóribus (Sermo 46, 9: CCL 41, 535-536)
Forma esto fidelibus
Cum autem Dóminus dixísset quæ díligant isti pastóres, dicit et quæ néglegant. Vítia enim óvium late iacent. Sanæ atque crassæ oves perpáucæ sunt, id est sólidæ in cibo veritátis, uténtes páscuis bene de múnere Dei. Sed mali illi pastóres non parcunt tálibus. Parum est quod illas languéntes et infírmas et errántes et pérditas non curant. Etiam istas fortes et pingues necant, quantum in ipsis est. Et illæ vivunt. De misericórdia Dei vivunt. Tamen quantum ad pastóres malos áttinet, occídunt. «Quómodo, inquis, occídunt?». Male vivéndo, malum exémplum præbéndo. An frustra dictum est servo Dei, eminénti in membris summi pastóris: Circa omnes te ipsum bonórum óperum præbens exémplum? et: Forma esto fidélibus.
  Attendéndo enim ovis étiam fortis plerúmque præpósitum suum male vivéntem, si declínet óculos a régulis Dómini et inténdat in hóminem, íncipit dícere in corde suo: «Si præpósitus meus sic vivit, ego quis sum qui non fáciam quod ille facit?». Occídit ovem fortem. Si fortem ergo occídit ovem, iam de céteris quid facit, qui illud quod non ipse fortificáverat, sed forte aut robústum invénerat, male vivéndo intérficit?
  Dico caritáti vestræ, íterum dico, et si vivunt oves et si fortes sunt oves in verbo Dómini et tenent illud quod audiérunt a Dómino suo: Quæ dicunt, fácite; quæ autem fáciunt, fácere nolíte, tamen qui in conspéctu pópuli male vivit, quantum in illo est, eum a quo atténditur occídit. Non sibi ergo blandiátur quia ille non est mórtuus. Et ille vivit, et ille homicída est. Quómodo cum lascívus homo inténdit mulíerem ad concupiscéndum, etsi illa casta est, et mœchátus est iste. Dómini enim vera et apérta senténtia est: Quisquis víderit mulíerem ad concupiscéndum eam, iam mœchátus est eam in corde suo. Non pervénit ad illíus cubículum, et in interióre iam suo cubículo volutátur.
  Sic omnis qui male vivit in conspéctu eórum quibus præpósitus est, quantum in ipso est, occídit et fortes. Qui imitátur, móritur; qui non imitátur vivit. Tamen quantum ad illum pértinet ambos occídit. Et quod crassum est, inquit, interfícitis, et oves meas non páscitis.
Second Reading
St Augustine's sermon On Pastors
Be a model for the faithful
When the Lord had explained what these bad shepherds seek, he also said what they neglect. The defects of the sheep are widespread. There are a very few healthy, fat sheep – that is, those that are made strong by feeding on the truth, by God’s gift making good use of the pastures – but they are not safe from the bad shepherds. Those shepherds not only do not look after the sick, the weak, the wandering and the lost, but they do as much harm as they can to the strong and sleek among the flock. Those sheep survive – by the mercy of God they survive – but the bad shepherds do what they can to kill them.
  You may ask how they do this. By living badly, by setting a bad example. There was a reason why the servants of God, eminent among shepherds, were told In everything you do make yourself an example to them of working for good, and Be a model for the faithful. Often even a strong sheep, seeing its leader living a wicked life, will turn from contemplation of the laws of the Lord to the behaviour of the man and say to itself, “if my leader lives thus, who am I that I should do things differently?” In that way the shepherd is killing the strong sheep: and if the strong, then what of the rest? Even if their strength did not come from his care – even if they were strong and healthy before he saw them – still he is killing him by his evil life.
  I say this to your loving kindness, I say it again: even if the sheep are living strong in the word of the Lord, even if they follow what their Lord has told them: Do what they say; but what they do, do not do yourselves, whoever lives wickedly in the sight of the people is a murderer in so far as he is able. Let him not flatter himself that his victim is not dead. The victim is not dead but the man is still a murderer. When a man lusts after a woman then even if she remains chaste he is still an adulterer. The Lord’s judgement is clear and true: If a man looks at a woman lustfully, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart. He has not come to her in his bedroom but in the interior bedroom of his heart he is already in the throes of passion with her.
  And so it is that anyone who lives wickedly in the sight of those over whom he has authority is killing them, even the strong ones, as far as he is able. Whoever imitates him dies and whoever does not imitate him lives, but as far as he himself is concerned he is killing them all. As the Lord says, You are killing the fattest sheep but you do not feed my flock.
Responsorium
Lc 12, 48 b; Sap 6, 5 b
℟. Omni cui multum datum est, multum quærétur ab eo;* Et cui commendavérunt multum, plus petent ab eo.
℣. Iudícium duríssimum his, qui præsunt, fiet.* Et cui.
Responsory
Much will be asked of those to whom much has been given; more will be expected of them, because they were entrusted with more.
Severe judgement fall on those in high places: more will be expected of them, because they were entrusted with more.

Oremus.
  Réspice nos, rerum ómnium Deus creátor et rector, et, ut tuæ propitiatiónis sentiámus efféctum, toto nos tríbue tibi corde servíre. Per Dóminum.
Let us pray.
Look upon us, Lord, creator and ruler of the whole world:
  give us grace to serve you with all our heart
  that we may come to know the power of your forgiveness and love.
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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