Monday 6 July 2015    (other days)
Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin, Martyr
 or Monday of week 14 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.

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.
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.

I. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur noctu vel summo mane:
Ipsum nunc nobis tempus est
quo voce evangélica
ventúrus sponsus créditur,
regni cæléstis cónditor.
Occúrrunt sanctæ vírgines
óbviam tunc advéntui,
gestántes claras lámpadas,
magno lætántes gáudio.
Stultæ vero quæ rémanent
exstínctas habent lámpadas,
frustra pulsántes iánuam,
clausa iam regni régia.
Nunc vigilémus sóbrii
gestántes mentes spléndidas,
ut veniénti Dómino
digni currámus óbviam.
Dignos nos fac, rex óptime,
futúri regni glória,
ut mereámur láudibus
ætérnis te concínere. Amen.
II. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur diurno tempore:
Vita sanctórum, via, spes salúsque,
Christe, largítor probitátis atque
cónditor pacis, tibi voce, sensu
pángimus hymnum:
Cuius est virtus manifésta totum
quod pii possunt, quod habent, quod ore,
corde vel factis cúpiunt, amóris
igne flagrántes.
Témporum pacem, fídei tenórem,
lánguidis curam veniámque lapsis,
ómnibus præsta páriter beátæ
múnera vitæ.
Æqua laus summum célebret Paréntem
teque, Salvátor, pie rex, per ævum;
Spíritus Sancti résonet per omnem
glória mundum. Amen.
Come, Spirit blest, with God the Son
and God the Father, ever one:
shed forth your grace within our breast
and live in us, a ready guest.
By every power, by heart and tongue,
by act and deed, your praise be sung.
Inflame with perfect love each sense,
that others’ souls may kindle thence.

Ps 30:2-9
Afflicti supplicatio cum fiducia
Pater, in manus tuas commendo spiritum meum” (Lc 23, 46).
Inclína ad me, Dómine, aurem tuam, ut éruas me.
2In te, Dómine, sperávi, non confúndar in ætérnum;*
  in iustítia tua líbera me.
3Inclína ad me aurem tuam,*
  accélera, ut éruas me.
Esto mihi in rupem præsídii et in domum munítam,*
  ut salvum me fácias.
4Quóniam fortitúdo mea et refúgium meum es tu*
  et propter nomen tuum dedúces me et pasces me.
5Edúces me de láqueo, quem abscondérunt mihi,*
  quóniam tu es fortitúdo mea.
6In manus tuas comméndo spíritum meum;*
  redemísti me, Dómine, Deus veritátis.
7Odísti observántes vanitátes supervácuas,*
  ego autem in Dómino sperávi.
8Exsultábo et lætábor in misericórdia tua,*
  quóniam respexísti humilitátem meam;
agnovísti necessitátes ánimæ meæ,†
  9nec conclusísti me in mánibus inimíci;*
  statuísti in loco spatióso pedes meos.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Inclína ad me, Dómine, aurem tuam, ut éruas me.
Psalm 30 (31)
Trustful prayer in time of adversity
Hear me, Lord, and come to rescue me.
In you, Lord, I put my trust: may I never be put to shame.
  In your justice, set me free,
Turn your ear to me,
  make haste to rescue me.
Be my rampart, my fortification;
  keep me safe.
For you are my strength and my refuge:
  you will lead me out to the pastures,
  for your own name’s sake.
You will lead me out of the trap that they laid for me –
  for you are my strength.
Into your hands I commend my spirit:
  you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
You hate those who run after vain nothings;
  but I put my trust in the Lord.
I will rejoice and be glad in your kindness,
  for you have looked on me, lowly as I am.
You saw when my soul was in need:
  you did not leave me locked in the grip of the enemy,
  but set my feet on free and open ground.
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.
Hear me, Lord, and come to rescue me.

Ps 30:10-17
Illúmina fáciem tuam super servum tuum, Dómine.
10Miserére mei, Dómine, quóniam tríbulor;†
  conturbátus est in mæróre óculus meus,*
  ánima mea et venter meus.
11Quóniam defécit in dolóre vita mea*
  et anni mei in gemítibus;
infirmáta est in paupertáte virtus mea,*
  et ossa mea contabuérunt.
12Apud omnes inimícos meos factus sum oppróbrium†
  et vicínis meis valde et timor notis meis:*
  qui vidébant me foras, fugiébant a me.
13Oblivióni a corde datus sum tamquam mórtuus;*
  factus sum tamquam vas pérditum.
14Quóniam audívi vituperatiónem multórum:*
  horror in circúitu;
in eo dum convenírent simul advérsum me,*
  auférre ánimam meam consiliáti sunt.
15Ego autem in te sperávi, Dómine;†
  dixi: «Deus meus es tu,*
  16in mánibus tuis sortes meæ».
Eripe me de manu inimicórum meórum*
  et a persequéntibus me;
17illústra fáciem tuam super servum tuum,*
  salvum me fac in misericórdia tua.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Illúmina fáciem tuam super servum tuum, Dómine.
Psalm 30 (31)
Lord, let your face shine on your servant.
Take pity on me, Lord, for I am troubled:
  my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
  the very centre of my being is disturbed.
For my life is worn out with distress,
  my years with groaning;
my strength becomes weakness,
  my bones melt away.
I am a scandal and a disgrace,
  so many are my enemies;
to my friends and neighbours,
  I am a thing to fear.
When they see me in the street,
  they run from me.
I have vanished from their minds as though I were dead,
  or like a pot that is broken.
I know this – for I have heard the scolding of the crowd.
  There is terror all around,
for when they come together against me
  it is my life they are resolved to take.
But I put my trust in you, Lord;
  I say: “You are my God,
  my fate is in your hands.”
Tear me from the grip of my enemies,
  from those who hound me;
let your face shine upon your servant,
  in your kindness, save me.
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.
Lord, let your face shine on your servant.

Ps 30:20-25
Benedíctus Dóminus, quóniam mirificávit misericórdiam suam mihi.
20Quam magna multitúdo dulcédinis tuæ, Dómine,*
  quam abscondísti timéntibus te.
Perfecísti eis, qui sperant in te,*
  in conspéctu filiórum hóminum.
21Abscóndes eos in abscóndito faciéi tuæ*
  a conturbatióne hóminum;
próteges eos in tabernáculo*
  a contradictióne linguárum.
22Benedíctus Dóminus,*
  quóniam mirificávit misericórdiam suam mihi in civitáte muníta.
23Ego autem dixi in trepidatióne mea:*
  «Præcísus sum a conspéctu oculórum tuórum».
Verúmtamen exaudísti vocem oratiónis meæ,*
  dum clamárem ad te.
24Dilígite Dóminum, omnes sancti eius:†
  fidéles consérvat Dóminus*
  et retríbuit abundánter faciéntibus supérbiam.
25Viríliter ágite, et confortétur cor vestrum,*
  omnes, qui sperátis in Dómino.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Benedíctus Dóminus, quóniam mirificávit misericórdiam suam mihi.
Psalm 30 (31)
Blessed be the Lord, who has shown me the wonders of his love.
How very many are the pleasures, Lord,
  that you have stored up for those who fear you.
You have made these things ready for those who trust in you,
  to give them in the sight of all men.
Far away from the plottings of men
  you hide them in your secret place.
You keep them safe in your dwelling-place
  far from lying tongues.
Blessed be the Lord,
  for he has shown me his wonderful kindness
  within the fortified city.
In my terror, I said
  “I am cut off from your sight”;
but you heard the voice of my prayer
  when I called to you.
Love the Lord, all his chosen ones.
The Lord keeps his faithful ones safe,
  heaps rich revenge on the arrogant.
Be brave, let your hearts be strong,
  all who 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.
Blessed be the Lord, who has shown me the wonders of his love.

℣. Dírige me, Dómine, in veritáte tua, et doce me.
℟. Quia tu es Deus salútis meæ.
Guide me in your truth, Lord, and teach me;
for you are my God and my salvation.

Lectio prior
De libro secúndo Samuélis 15, 7-14. 24-30; 16, 5-13
Seditio Absalom et fuga David
In diébus illis: 15,7Dixit Absalom ad regem: «Vadam, quæso, et reddam in Hebron vota mea, quæ vovi Dómino. 8Votum enim vovit servus tuus, cum esset in Gesur Sýriæ, dicens: Si redúxerit me Dóminus in Ierúsalem, sacrificábo Dómino». 9Dixítque ei rex: «Vade in pace». Et surréxit et ábiit in Hebron.
  10Misit autem Absalom exploratóres in univérsas tribus Israel dicens: «Statim ut audiéritis clangórem búcinæ, dícite: “Factus est rex Absalom in Hebron”». 11Porro cum Absalom iérunt ducénti viri de Ierúsalem vocáti, eúntes símplici corde et causam pénitus ignorántes. 12Accersívit quoque Absalom, cum immoláret víctimas, Achítophel Gilonítem consiliárium David de civitáte sua Gilo. Et facta est coniurátio válida; populúsque concúrrens augebátur cum Absalom.
  13Venit ígitur núntius ad David dicens: «Toto corde univérsus Israel séquitur Absalom». 14Et ait David servis suis, qui erant cum eo in Ierúsalem: «Súrgite, fugiámus; neque enim erit nobis effúgium a fácie Absalom. Festináte égredi, ne festínans óccupet nos et impéllat super nos ruínam et percútiat civitátem in ore gládii».
  24Venit autem et Sadoc et univérsi Levítæ cum eo portántes arcam fœ́deris Dei; et deposuérunt arcam Dei. Et sacrificávit Abíathar, donec omnis pópulus egréssus fúerat de civitáte. 25Et dixit rex ad Sadoc: «Repórta arcam Dei in urbem. Si invénero grátiam in óculis Dómini, redúcet me et osténdet mihi eam et habitatiónem suam. 26Si autem díxerit: “Non places mihi”, præsto sum: fáciat, quod bonum est coram se». 27Et dixit rex ad Sadoc sacerdótem: «Vidésne? Revértere in civitátem in pace; et Achímaas fílius tuus et Iónathan fílius Abíathar, duo fílii vestri sint vobíscum. 28Ecce ego morábor ad vada desérti, donec véniat sermo a vobis índicans mihi». 29Reportavérunt ígitur Sadoc et Abíathar arcam Dei Ierúsalem et mansérunt ibi.
  30Porro David ascendébat clivum Olivárum scandens et flens, opérto cápite et nudis pédibus incédens; sed et omnis pópulus, qui erat cum eo, opérto cápite ascendébat plorans.
  16,5Venit ergo rex David usque Bahúrim, et ecce egrediebátur inde vir de cognatióne domus Saul nómine Sémei fílius Gera; procedébat egrédiens et maledícens 6mittebátque lápides contra David et contra univérsos servos regis David. Omnis autem pópulus et univérsi viri fortíssimi a dextro et sinístro látere regis incedébant. 7Ita autem loquebátur Sémei, cum maledíceret regi: «Egrédere, egrédere, vir sánguinum et vir Bélial! 8Réddidit tibi Dóminus univérsum sánguinem domus Saul, quóniam invasísti regnum eius; et dedit Dóminus regnum in manu Absalom fílii tui; et ecce premunt te mala tua, quóniam vir sánguinum es». 9Dixit autem Abísai fílius Sárviæ regi: «Quare maledícit canis hic mórtuus dómino meo regi? Vadam et amputábo caput eius». 10Et ait rex: «Quid mihi et vobis fílii Sárviæ? Si maledícit, et si Dóminus præcépit ei, ut maledíceret David, quis est qui áudeat dícere: “Quare sic fecísti?”». 11Et ait rex Abísai et univérsis servis suis: «Ecce fílius meus, qui egréssus est de viscéribus meis, quærit ánimam meam; quanto magis nunc iste fílius Beniaminíta. Dimítte eum, ut maledícat iuxta præcéptum Dómini. 12Fortásse respíciet Dóminus afflictiónem meam et reddet mihi bonum pro maledictióne hac hodiérna». 13Ambulábat ítaque David et sócii eius per viam; Sémei autem per iugum montis ex látere gradiebátur maledícens et mittens lápides advérsum eum terrámque spargens.
First Reading
2 Samuel 15:7-14,24-30,16:5-13 ©
At the end of four years Absalom said to the king, ‘Allow me to go to Hebron to fulfil the vow I made to the Lord; for when I was at Geshur in Aram, your servant made this vow: “If the Lord brings me back to Jerusalem,” I said “I will offer worship to the Lord in Hebron.”’ The king said to him, ‘Go in peace.’ So he set off and went to Hebron.
  Absalom sent couriers throughout the tribes of Israel saying, ‘When you hear the trumpet sound you are to say, “Absalom is king at Hebron!”’ With Absalom there went two hundred men from Jerusalem; they were invited guests and came in all innocence, quite unaware. Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counsellor, from Giloh his town, and had him with him while he was offering the sacrifices. The conspiracy grew in strength and Absalom’s supporters grew in number.
  A messenger came to tell David, ‘The hearts of the men of Israel are now with Absalom.’ So David said to all his officers who were with him in Jerusalem, ‘Let us be off, let us fly, or we shall never escape from Absalom. Leave as quickly as you can in case he mounts a surprise attack and worsts us and puts the city to the sword.’
  Zadok was there too and all the Levites carrying the ark of God. They set down the ark of God beside Abiathar until the people had all passed out of the city. Then the king said to Zadok, ‘Take the ark of God back to the city. Should I win the favour of the Lord, he will bring me back and permit me to see it and its dwelling place again. But should he say, “I take no pleasure in you,” then here I am, let him deal with me as he likes.’ The king said to Zadok the priest, ‘Look, you and Abiathar go back in peace to the city, with your two sons, your own son and Jonathan son of Abiathar. I intend to wait in the plains of the wilderness until word comes from you bringing me news.’ So Zadok and Abiathar took the ark of God back to Jerusalem and remained there.
  David then made his way up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, his head covered and his feet bare. And all the people with him had their heads covered and made their way up, weeping as they went.
  As David was reaching Bahurim, out came a man of the same clan as Saul’s family. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and as he came he uttered curse after curse and threw stones at David and at all King David’s officers, though the whole army and all the champions flanked the king right and left. The words of his curse were these, ‘Be off, be off, man of blood, scoundrel! the Lord has brought on you all the blood of the House of Saul whose sovereignty you have usurped; and the Lord has transferred that same sovereignty to Absalom your son. Now your doom has overtaken you, man of blood that you are.’ Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, ‘Is this dead dog to curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut his head off.’ But the king replied, ‘What business is it of mine and yours, sons of Zeruiah? Let him curse. If the Lord said to him, “Curse David,” what right has anyone to say, “Why have you done this?”’ David said to Abishai and all his officers, ‘Why, my own son, sprung from my body, is now seeking my life; so now how much the more this Benjaminite? Let him curse on if the Lord has told him to. Perhaps the Lord will look on my misery and repay me with good for his curse today.’ So David and his men went on their way. But Shimei continued along the mountainside opposite him, cursing as he went, throwing stones and flinging earth.
Ps 40 (41), 10; Mc 14, 18 b
℟. Homo pacis meæ, in quo sperávi,* Qui edébat panem meum, levávit contra me calcáneum.
℣. Unus ex vobis me tradet, qui mandúcat mecum.* Qui edébat.
The very man whom I trusted most, my most intimate friend, the man who shared my bread, has lifted his heel to trip me up.
One who is eating with me is to betray me. The man who shared my bread, has lifted his heel to trip me up.

Lectio altera
Ex Homília Pii papæ Duodécimi in canonizatióne sanctæ Maríæ Gorétti hábita (AAS 42 [1950], 581-582)
Non timebo mala, quia tu mecum es
Acérrimum certámen, ut omnes norunt, inérmis hæc virgo ággredi débuit; túrbida ac cæca procélla advérsus eam ex improvíso erúpit, eiúsque angélicum candórem maculáre ac violáre conténdit. At cum in gravíssimo illo discrímine verterétur, hæc póterat verba áurei libélli «De imitatióne Christi» divíno repétere Redemptóri: «Si fúero tentáta et vexáta tribulatiónibus multis, non timébo mala; dum mecum fúerit grátia tua. Ipsa fortitúdo mea; ipsa consílium confert et auxílium. Cunctis hóstibus poténtior est». Itaque cælésti grátia suffúlta, cui generósa ac fortis respóndit volúntas, vitam profúdit, virginitátis glóriam non amísit.
  In hac húmilis puéllæ vita, quam summis lineaméntis adumbrávimus, spectáculum cérnere licet, non modo cælo dignum, sed dignum étiam quod nostra hæc ætas admirabúnda, venerabúnda intueátur. Discant patres matrésque famílias quantópere opórteat fílios sibi a Deo datos recte, sancte fortitérque educáre, ac cathólicæ religiónis conformáre præcéptis; ita quidem ut, cum eórum virtus in discrímen addúcta fúerit, divína iuvánte grátia hábeant, ut invícti, íntegri, intamináti evádant.
  Discat læta puerítia, discat animósa iuvéntus non ad volúcria atque inánia voluptátis gáudia, non ad fascinántium vitiórum oblectaménta mísere prolábi, sed pótius conténdere alácriter, etsi per árdua et áspera, ad christiánam illam morum perfectiónem, quam quidem strénua voluntáte, cæléstibus adiúta munéribus, eniténdo, allaborándo precandóque omnes ássequi aliquándo póssumus.
  Non omnes profécto ad subeúndum martýrium vocámur; ad christiánam tamen assequéndam virtútem vocámur omnes. Virtus autem vim póstulat, quæ etiámsi angélicæ huius puéllæ fortitúdinis vérticem non attíngit, níhilo sécius óperam diutúrnam diligentíssimam, intermitténdam numquam a nobis exquírit ad vitæ usque óbitum. Quámobrem quasi lentum continuatúmque martýrium dici potest, ad quod quidem patrándum hæc divína Iesu Christi senténtia nos ádmonet: Regnum cælórum vim pátitur, et violénti rápiunt illud.
  Ad hoc ígitur, cælésti grátia inníxi contendámus omnes; hoc nobis suádeat sancta virgo et martyr María Gorétti; idque e cæléstibus sédibus, ubi sempitérna frúitur beatitáte, a divíno Redemptóre precándo ímpetret, ut omnes, pro peculiári cuiúsque nostra vitæ condicióne, præclára vestígia sua libéntes, voléntes operantésque sequámur.
Second Reading
From a homily at the canonisation of Saint Maria Goretti by Pope Pius XII
I have no fear, for you are with me
It is well known how this young girl had to face a bitter struggle with no way to defend herself. Without warning a vicious stranger burst upon her, bent on raping her and destroying her childlike purity. In that moment of crisis she could have spoken to her Redeemer in the words of that classic, The Imitation of Christ: “Though tested and plagued by a host of misfortunes, I have no fear so long as your grace is with me. It is my strength, stronger than any adversary; it helps me and gives me guidance.” With splendid courage she surrendered herself to God and his grace and so gave her life to protect her virginity.
  The life of this simple girl – I shall concern myself only with highlights – we can see as worthy of heaven. Even today people can look upon it with admiration and respect. Parents can learn from her story how to raise their God-given children in virtue, courage and holiness; they can learn to train them in the Catholic faith so that, when put to the test, God’s grace will support them and they will come through undefeated, unscathed and untarnished.
  From Maria’s story carefree children and young people with their zest for life can learn not to be led astray by attractive pleasures which are not only ephemeral and empty but also sinful. Instead they can fix their sights on achieving Christian moral perfection, however difficult and hazardous that course may prove. With determination and God’s help all of us can attain that goal by persistent effort and prayer.
  Not all of us are expected to die a martyr’s death, but we are all called to the pursuit of Christian virtue. This demands strength of character though it may not match that of this innocent girl. Still, a constant, persistent and relentless effort is asked of us right up to the moment of our death. This may be conceived as a slow steady martyrdom which Christ urged upon us when he said: The kingdom of heaven is set upon and laid waste by violent forces.
  So let us all, with God’s grace, strive to reach the goal that the example of the virgin martyr, Saint Maria Goretti, sets before us. Through her prayers to the Redeemer may all of us, each in his own way, joyfully try to follow the inspiring example of Maria Goretti who now enjoys eternal happiness in heaven.
℟. O quam pulchra es, virgo Christi,* Quæ corónam Dómini digna fuísti accípere, corónam perpétuæ virginitátis.
℣. Non potuísti a virginitátis palma sedúci, nec ab amóre Fílii Dei separári.* Quæ corónam.
How great is your beauty, virgin of Christ; you have been proved worthy of the reward given by the Lord, the crown of perpetual virginity.
Nothing could bring you to surrender virginity; nothing could separate you from the love of the Son of God. You have been proved worthy of the reward given by the Lord, the crown of perpetual virginity.

  Deus, innocéntiæ auctor et castitátis amátor, qui fámulæ tuæ Maríæ iuveníli ætáte martýrii grátiam contulísti, da nobis, quǽsumus, eius intercessióne, in tuis mandátis constántiam, qui dedísti certánti vírgini corónam. Per Dóminum.
Let us pray.
Lord God, you alone can give the grace of innocence
  and you love those who are chaste.
By your grace Saint Maria Goretti,
  though as yet but a young girl,
  was able to offer herself in death for your sake.
As you crowned her virginity with martyrdom,
  grant us, at her intercession,
  constancy in your love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.

Benedicámus Dómino.
– Deo grátias.
Let us praise the Lord.
– Thanks be to God.

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