Saturday 23 July 2016    (other days)
Saint Bridget of Sweden, Religious 
 or Saturday of week 16 in Ordinary Time 
 or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

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:
Lux ætérna, lumen potens,
dies indefíciens,
debellátor atræ noctis,
reparátor lúminis,
destructórque tenebrárum,
illustrátor méntium:
Quo nascénte suscitámur,
quo vocante surgimus;
faciénte quo beáti,
quo linquénte míseri;
quo a morte liberáti,
quo sumus perlúcidi;
Mortis quo victóres facti,
noctis atque sǽculi;
ergo nobis, rex ætérne,
lucem illam tríbue,
quæ fuscátur nulla nocte,
solo gaudens lúmine.
Honor Patri sit ac tibi,
Sancto sit Spirítui,
Deo trino sed et uni,
paci, vitæ, lúmini,
nómini præ cunctis dulci
divinóque númini. Amen.
II. Quando Officium lectionis dicitur diurno tempore:
Deus de nullo véniens,
Deus de Deo pródiens,
Deus ab his progrédiens,
in nos veni subvéniens.
Tu nostrum desidérium,
tu sis amor et gáudium;
in te nostra cupíditas
et sit in te iucúnditas.
Pater, cunctórum Dómine,
cum Génito de Vírgine,
intus et in circúitu
nos rege Sancto Spíritu.
Meménto, Sancta Trínitas,
quod tua fecit bónitas,
creándo prius hóminem,
recreándo per sánguinem.
Nam quos creávit Unitas,
redémit Christi cáritas;
patiéndo tunc díligens,
nunc díligat nos éligens.
Tríadi sanctæ gáudium,
pax, virtus et impérium,
decus, omnipoténtia,
laus, honor, reveréntia. Amen.
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, thy great Name we praise.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
To all life thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish, like leaves on the tree,
Then wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render: O help us to see
‘Tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.

Ps 49:1-6
Vera in Dominum pietas
Non veni solvere legem, sed adimplere” (Cf. Mt 5, 17).
Dóminus advocávit cælum et terram, ut discérnat pópulum suum.
1Deus deórum Dóminus locútus est*
  et vocávit terram a solis ortu usque ad occásum.
2Ex Sion speciósa decóre Deus illúxit,*
  3Deus noster véniet et non silébit:
ignis consúmens est in conspéctu eius*
  et in circúitu eius tempéstas válida.
4Advocábit cælum desúrsum*
  et terram discérnere pópulum suum:
«5Congregáte mihi sanctos meos,*
  qui disposuérunt testaméntum meum in sacrifício».
6Et annuntiábunt cæli iustítiam eius,*
  quóniam Deus iudex est.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Dóminus advocávit cælum et terram, ut discérnat pópulum suum.
Psalm 49 (50)
True reverence for the Lord
The Lord has summoned heaven and earth to witness his judgement of his people.
The Lord, the God of gods has spoken:
  he has summoned the whole earth, from east to west.
God has shone forth from Zion in her great beauty.
  Our God will come, and he will not be silent.
Before him, a devouring fire;
  around him, a tempest rages.
He will call upon the heavens above, and on the earth, to judge his people.
“Bring together before me my chosen ones, who have sealed my covenant with sacrifice.”
The heavens will proclaim his justice; for God is the true judge.
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.
The Lord has summoned heaven and earth to witness his judgement of his people.

Ps 49:7-15
Invoca me in die tribulatiónis et éruam te.
«7Audi, pópulus meus, et loquar;†
  Israel, et testificábor advérsum te:*
  Deus, Deus tuus ego sum.
8Non in sacrifíciis tuis árguam te;*
  holocáusta enim tua in conspéctu meo sunt semper.
9Non accípiam de domo tua vítulos,*
  neque de grégibus tuis hircos.
10Quóniam meæ sunt omnes feræ silvárum,*
  iumentórum mille in móntibus.
11Cognóvi ómnia volatília cæli,*
  et, quod movétur in agro, meum est.
12Si esuríero non dicam tibi;*
  meus est enim orbis terræ et plenitúdo eius.
13Numquid manducábo carnes taurórum*
  aut sánguinem hircórum potábo?
14Immola Deo sacrifícium laudis*
  et redde Altíssimo vota tua;
15et ínvoca me in die tribulatiónis:*
  éruam te, et honorificábis me».
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Invoca me in die tribulatiónis et éruam te.
Psalm 49 (50)
Call on me in the day of trouble, and I will come to free you.
Listen, my people, and I will speak;
  Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.
I will not reproach you with your sacrifices,
  for your burnt offerings are always before me.
But I will not accept calves from your houses,
  nor goats from your flocks.
For all the beasts of the forests are mine,
  and in the hills, a thousand animals.
All the birds of the air – I know them.
  Whatever moves in the fields – it is mine.
If I am hungry, I will not tell you;
  for the whole world is mine, and all that is in it.
Am I to eat the flesh of bulls,
  or drink the blood of goats?
Offer a sacrifice to God – a sacrifice of praise;
  to the Most High, fulfil your vows.
Then you may call upon me in the time of trouble:
  I will rescue you, and you will honour 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.
Call on me in the day of trouble, and I will come to free you.

Ps 49:16-23
Sacrifícium laudis honorificábit me.
16Peccatóri autem dixit Deus:†
  «Quare tu enárras præcépta mea*
  et assúmis testaméntum meum in os tuum?
17Tu vero odísti disciplínam*
  et proiecísti sermónes meos retrórsum.
18Si vidébas furem, currébas cum eo;*
  et cum adúlteris erat pórtio tua.
19Os tuum dimittébas ad malítiam,*
  et lingua tua concinnábat dolos.
20Sedens advérsus fratrem tuum loquebáris*
  et advérsus fílium matris tuæ proferébas oppróbrium.
21Hæc fecísti, et tácui.†
  Existimásti quod eram tui símilis.*
  Arguam te et státuam illa contra fáciem tuam.
22Intellégite hæc, qui obliviscímini Deum,*
  nequándo rápiam, et non sit qui erípiat.
23Qui immolábit sacrifícium laudis, honorificábit me,†
  et, qui immaculátus est in via,*
  osténdam illi salutáre Dei».
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Sacrifícium laudis honorificábit me.
Psalm 49 (50)
A sacrifice of thanksgiving will honour me.
To the sinner, God has said this:
Why do you recite my statutes?
  Why do you dare to speak my covenant?
For you hate what I teach you,
  and reject what I tell you.
The moment you saw a thief, you joined him;
  you threw in your lot with adulterers.
You spoke evil with your mouth,
  and your tongue made plans to deceive.
Solemnly seated, you denounced your own brother;
  you poured forth hatred against your own mother’s son.
All this you did, and I was silent;
  so you thought that I was just like you.
But I will reprove you –
  I will confront you with all you have done.
Understand this, you who forget God;
  lest I tear you apart, with no-one there to save you.
Whoever offers up a sacrifice of praise gives me true honour;
  whoever follows a sinless path in life will be shown the salvation of God.
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.
A sacrifice of thanksgiving will honour me.

℣. Non cessámus pro vobis orántes et postulántes.
℟. Ut impleámini agnitióne voluntátis Dei.
We ceaselessly pray to God for you.
For you to have the fullest knowledge of God’s will.

Lectio prior
De Epístola secúnda beáti Pauli apóstoli ad Corínthios 6, 1—7, 1
Tribulationes Pauli et exhortatio ad sanctitatem
Fratres: 6,1Adiuvántes et exhortámur, ne in vácuum grátiam Dei recipiátis 2—ait enim:
« Témpore accépto exaudívi te
et in die salútis adiúvi te».
Ecce nunc tempus acceptábile, ecce nunc dies salútis — 3némini dantes ullam offensiónem, ut non vituperétur ministérium, 4sed in ómnibus exhibéntes nosmetípsos sicut Dei minístros in multa patiéntia, in tribulatiónibus, in necessitátibus, in angústiis, 5in plagis, in carcéribus, in seditiónibus, in labóribus, in vigíliis, in ieiúniis, 6in castitáte, in sciéntia, in longanimitáte, in suavitáte, in Spíritu Sancto, in caritáte non ficta, 7in verbo veritátis, in virtúte Dei; per arma iustítiæ a dextris et sinístris, 8per glóriam et ignobilitátem, per infámiam et bonam famam; ut seductóres et veráces, 9sicut qui ignóti et cógniti, quasi moriéntes, et ecce vívimus, ut castigáti et non mortificáti, 10quasi tristes, semper autem gaudéntes, sicut egéntes, multos autem locupletántes, tamquam nihil habéntes et ómnia possidéntes.
  11Os nostrum patet ad vos, o Corínthii, cor nostrum dilatátum est. 12Non angustiámini in nobis, sed angustiámini in viscéribus vestris; 13eándem autem habéntes remuneratiónem, tamquam fíliis dico, dilatámini et vos.
  14Nolíte iugum dúcere cum infidélibus! Quæ enim participátio iustítiæ cum iniquitáte? Aut quæ socíetas luci ad ténebras? 15Quæ autem convéntio Christi cum Béliar, aut quæ pars fidéli cum infidéli? 16Qui autem consénsus templo Dei cum idólis? Vos enim estis templum Dei vivi; sicut dicit Deus:
« Inhabitábo in illis et inambulábo
et ero illórum Deus, et ipsi erunt mihi pópulus.
17Propter quod exíte de médio eórum
et separámini, dicit Dóminus,
et immúndum ne tetigéritis;
et ego recípiam vos
18et ero vobis in Patrem,
et vos éritis mihi in fílios et fílias,
dicit Dóminus omnípotens».
7,1Has ígitur habéntes promissiónes, caríssimi, mundémus nos ab omni inquinaménto carnis et spíritus, perficiéntes sanctificatiónem in timóre Dei.
First Reading
2 Corinthians 6:1-7:1 ©
As his fellow workers, we beg you once again not to neglect the grace of God that you have received. For he says: At the favourable time, I have listened to you; on the day of salvation I came to your help. Well, now is the favourable time; this is the day of salvation.
  We do nothing that people might object to, so as not to bring discredit on our function as God’s servants. Instead, we prove we are servants of God by great fortitude in times of suffering: in times of hardship and distress; when we are flogged, or sent to prison, or mobbed; labouring, sleepless, starving. We prove we are God’s servants by our purity, knowledge, patience and kindness; by a spirit of holiness, by a love free from affectation; by the word of truth and by the power of God; by being armed with the weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left, prepared for honour or disgrace, for blame or praise; taken for impostors while we are genuine; obscure yet famous; said to be dying and here are we alive; rumoured to be executed before we are sentenced; thought most miserable and yet we are always rejoicing; taken for paupers though we make others rich, for people having nothing though we have everything.
  Corinthians, we have spoken to you very frankly; our mind has been opened in front of you. Any constraint that you feel is not on our side; the constraint is in your own selves. I speak as if to children of mine: as a fair exchange, open your minds in the same way.
  Do not harness yourselves in an uneven team with unbelievers. Virtue is no companion for crime. Light and darkness have nothing in common. Christ is not the ally of Beliar, nor has a believer anything to share with an unbeliever. The temple of God has no common ground with idols, and that is what we are – the temple of the living God. We have God’s word for it: I will make my home among them and live with them; I will be their God and they shall be my people. Then come away from them and keep aloof, says the Lord. Touch nothing that is unclean, and I will welcome you and be your father, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Almighty Lord.
  With promises like these made to us, dear brothers, let us wash off all that can soil either body or spirit, to reach perfection of holiness in the fear of God.
2 Cor 6, 14 b. 16; 1 Cor 3, 16
℟. Quæ participátio iustítiæ cum iniquitáte? qui consénsus templo Dei cum idólis?* Vos enim estis templum Dei vivi.
℣. Nescítis quia templum Dei estis, et Spíritus Dei hábitat in vobis?* Vos enim.
℟. How can right and wrong be partners? How can God’s temple tolerate pagan idols?* You yourselves are the temple of the living God.
℣. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?* You yourselves are the temple of the living God.

Lectio altera
Ex Oratiónibus sanctæ Birgíttæ attribútis (Oratio 2: Revelationum S. Birgittæ libri, II, Romæ 1628, pp. 408-410)
Elevatio mentis ad Christum salvatorem
Benedíctus sis tu, Dómine mi Iesu Christe, qui mortem tuam ante tempus prædixísti et in última cena de pane materiáli tuum corpus pretiósum mirabíliter consecrásti, ac étiam illud Apóstolis in memóriam tuæ digníssimæ passiónis caritatíve tribuísti et ipsórum pedes lavándo tuis sanctis mánibus pretiósis máximam humilitátem tuam humíliter ostendísti.
  Honor sit tibi, mi Dómine Iesu Christe, qui timóre passiónis et mortis de innocénti córpore tuo pro sudóre sánguinem emisísti, et nihilóminus redemptiónem nostram, quam fácere volébas, perfecísti et táliter caritátem tuam, quam habébas ad genus humánum, manifestíssime ostendísti.
  Benedíctus sis tu, Dómine mi Iesu Christe, qui ad Cáipham ductus fuísti, et tu, qui es iudex ómnium, Piláti iudício te tradi humíliter permisísti.
  Glória sit tibi, Dómine mi Iesu Christe, pro derisióne quam sustinuísti, dum, púrpura indútus, spinis acutíssimis coronátus stetísti, et quia in fáciem tuam gloriósam cónspui, óculos tuos velári ac in maxílla et collo ab iniquórum funéstis mánibus gravíssime cædi patientíssime sustulísti.
  Laus sit tibi, Dómine mi Iesu Christe, qui ad colúmnam ligári, immániter flagellári et ante iudícium Piláti sanguinoléntus duci et vidéri velut Agnus ínnocens patientíssime permisísti.
  Honor sit tibi, Dómine mi Iesu Christe, qui toto tuo glorióso córpore cruentáto ad crucis mortem iudicátus fuísti tuísque sacris úmeris crucem cum dolóre portásti et, ad locum passiónis furibúnde ductus vestibúsque tuis spoliátus, sic ligno crucis affígi voluísti.
  Honor perpétuus sit tibi, Dómine Iesu Christe, qui, pósitus in tali angústia tuam digníssimam matrem, quæ numquam peccávit nec étiam mínimo peccáto umquam consénsit, tuis benígnis óculis caritátis humíliter respexísti; et consolándo eam tuo discípulo custodiéndam fidéliter commisísti.
  Benedíctio ætérna sit tibi, mi Dómine Iesu Christe, qui exsístens in mortis agonía ómnibus peccatóribus spem de vénia tribuísti, quando latróni ad te convérso paradísi glóriam misericórditer promisísti.
  Laus ætérna sit tibi, Dómine mi Iesu Christe, pro quálibet hora, qua, in cruce máximas amaritúdines et angústias pro nobis peccatóribus sustinuísti; nam dolóres acutíssimi de tuis vulnéribus procedéntes dire tuam felícem ánimam penetrábant et cor tuum sacratíssimum crudéliter pertransíbant, donec crepánte corde spíritum felíciter emisísti, et inclináto cápite in manus Dei Patris tui ipsum humíliter commendásti, et tunc mórtuus córpore totus frígidus remansísti.
  Benedíctus sis tu, Dómine mi Iesu Christe, qui tuo pretióso sánguine et sacratíssima morte ánimas redemísti, et eas ad vitam ætérnam de exsílio misericórditer reduxísti.
  Benedíctus sis tu, Dómine mi Iesu Christe, qui pro salúte nostra tuum latus et cor perforári láncea permisísti, et pretiósum sánguinem tuum affluénter et aquam de eódem látere, ut nos redímeres, emisísti.
  Glória sit tibi, mi Dómine Iesu Christe, eo quod corpus tuum benedíctum ab amícis tuis de cruce depóni et in mánibus tuæ mæstíssimæ matris reclinári voluísti, et ab ea pannis invólvi ac in monuménto sepelíri, a milítibus quoque ibídem custodíri permisísti.
  Honor sempitérnus sit tibi, mi Dómine Iesu Christe, qui die tértia a mórtuis resurrexísti et, quibus tibi plácuit, te vivéntem manifestásti, post quadragínta quoque dies ad cælos multis vidéntibus ascendísti, ibíque amícos tuos, quos a tártaris liberáveras honorífice collocásti.
  Iubilátio et laus ætérna sint tibi, Dómine Iesu Christe, qui Sanctum Spíritum in discipulórum córdibus transmisísti et imménsum amórem divínum in eórum spirítibus augmentásti.
  Benedíctus sis tu et laudábilis et gloriósus in sǽcula, mi Dómine Iesu, qui sedes super thronum in tuo regno cælórum in glória tuæ divinitátis, vivens corporáliter cum ómnibus membris tuis sanctíssimis, quæ de carne Vírginis assumpsísti. Et sic ventúrus es in die iudícii ad iudicándum ánimas ómnium vivórum et mortuórum: qui vivis et regnas cum Patre et Spíritu Sancto in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.
Second Reading
From the prayers attributed to Saint Bridget
A prayer to Christ our saviour
Blessed are you, my Lord Jesus Christ. You foretold your death and at the Last Supper you marvellously consecrated bread which became your precious body. And then you gave it to your apostles out of love as a memorial of your most holy passion. By washing their feet with your holy hands, you gave them a supreme example of your deep humility.
  Honour be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ. Fearing your passion and death, you poured forth blood from your innocent body like sweat, and still you accomplished our redemption as you desired and gave us the clearest proof of your love for all men.
  Blessed may you be, my Lord Jesus Christ. After you had been led to Caiaphas, you, the judge of all men, humbly allowed yourself to be handed over to the judgement of Pilate.
  Glory be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, for the mockery you endured when you stood clothed in purple and wearing a crown of sharp thorns. With utmost endurance you allowed vicious men to spit upon your glorious face, blindfold you and beat your cheek and neck with cruellest blows.
  Praise be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ: For with the greatest patience you allowed yourself like an innocent lamb to be bound to a pillar and mercilessly scourged, and then to be brought, covered with blood, before the judgement seat of Pilate to be gazed upon by all.
  Honour be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ. For after your glorious body was covered with blood, you were condemned to death on the cross, you endured the pain of carrying the cross on your sacred shoulders, and you were led with curses to the place where you were to suffer. Then stripped of your garments, you allowed yourself to be nailed to the wood of the cross.
  Everlasting honour be to you, Lord Jesus Christ. You allowed your most holy mother to suffer so much, even though she had never sinned nor ever even consented to the smallest sin. Humbly you looked down upon her with your gentle loving eyes, and to comfort her you entrusted her to the faithful care of your disciple.
  Eternal blessing be yours, my Lord Jesus Christ, because in your last agony you held out to all sinners the hope of pardon, when in your mercy you promised the glory of paradise to the penitent thief.
  Eternal praise be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, for the time you endured on the cross the greatest torments and sufferings for us sinners. The sharp pain of your wounds fiercely penetrated even to your blessed soul and cruelly pierced your most sacred heart till finally you sent forth your spirit in peace, bowed your head, and humbly commended yourself into the hands of God your Father, and your whole body remained cold in death.
  Blessed may you be, my Lord Jesus Christ. You redeemed our souls with your precious blood and most holy death, and in your mercy you led them from exile back to eternal life.
  Blessed may you be, my Lord Jesus Christ. For our salvation you allowed your side and heart to be pierced with a lance; and from that side water and your precious blood flowed out abundantly for our redemption.
  Glory be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ. You allowed your blessed body to be taken down from the cross by your friends and laid in the arms of your most sorrowing mother, and you let her wrap your body in a shroud and bury it in a tomb to be guarded by soldiers.
  Unending honour be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ. On the third day you rose from the dead and appeared to those you had chosen. And after forty days you ascended into heaven before the eyes of many witnesses, and there in heaven you gathered together in glory those you love, whom you had freed from hell.
  Rejoicing and eternal praise be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, who sent the Holy Spirit into the hearts of your disciples and increased the boundless love of God in their spirits.
  Blessed are you and praiseworthy and glorious for ever, my Lord Jesus. You sit upon your throne in your kingdom of heaven, in the glory of your divinity, living in the most holy body you took from a virgin’s flesh. So will you appear on that last day to judge the souls of all the living and the dead; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
Ap 1, 5. 6 a; Eph 5, 2 a
℟. Christus díligit nos et solvit nos a peccátis nostris in sánguine suo;* Et fecit nos regnum, sacerdótes Deo et Patri suo.
℣. Ambuláte in dilectióne, sicut et Christus diléxit nos et trádidit seípsum pro nobis.* Et fecit.
℟. Christ loved us and washed away our sins with his blood;* he made of us a royal house, priests to serve his God and Father.
℣. Follow Christ by loving as he loved us, when he gave up his life for us;* he made of us a royal house, priests to serve his God and Father.

  Dómine Deus noster, qui beátæ Birgíttæ, Fílii tui passiónem meditánti, secréta cæléstia revelásti, da nobis fámulis tuis in revelatióne glóriæ tuæ gaudére lætántes. Per Dóminum.
Let us pray.
Lord our God,
  as Saint Bridget contemplated your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
  you revealed to her the mysteries of his passion.
Grant that we may rejoice, in time to come,
  in the revelation of your glory.
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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