Monday 3 August 2015    (other days)
Saint Germanus of Auxerre, Bishop
 or Monday of week 18 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 Amos prophétæ 2, 4-16
Iudicia Domini in Iuda et Israel
4Hæc dicit Dóminus:
«Super tribus sceléribus Iudæ
et super quáttuor verbum non revocábo:
eo quod abiécerint legem Dómini
et mandáta eius non custodíerint,
— decepérunt enim eos idóla sua,
post quæ abíerant patres eórum —
5mittam ignem in Iudam,
et devorábit ædes Ierúsalem».
6Hæc dicit Dóminus:
«Super tribus sceléribus Israel
et super quáttuor verbum non revocábo:
eo quod vendíderint pro argénto iustum
et páuperem pro calceaméntis;
7qui contríverint super púlverem terræ cápita páuperum
et viam humílium declináverint,
et fílius ac pater eius íverint ad puéllam,
ut violárent nomen sanctum meum;
8et super vestiméntis pignorátis accubúerint
iuxta omne altáre,
et vinum damnatórum bíberint
in domo Dei sui.
9Ego autem extermináveram
Amorrǽum a fácie eórum,
cuius altitúdo sicut altitúdo cedrórum
et fortitúdo quasi quércuum;
extermináveram fructum eius désuper
et radíces eius subter.
10Ego ascéndere vos feci
de terra Ægýpti
et duxi vos in desérto
quadragínta annis,
ut possiderétis terram Amorrǽi;
11et suscitávi de fíliis vestris prophétas
et de iuvénibus vestris nazarǽos.
Numquid non ita est, fílii Israel?,
dicit Dóminus.
12Et propinástis nazarǽis vinum
et prophétis mandástis dicéntes:
“Ne prophetétis”.
13Ecce ego cómprimam vos ad solum,
sicut cómprimit plaustrum
onústum feno;
14déerit fuga a velóce,
et fortis non firmábit virtútem suam,
et robústus non salvábit ánimam suam;
15tenens arcum non stabit,
et velox pédibus suis non salvábitur;
ascénsor equi non salvábit ánimam suam,
16et fortíssimus corde inter robústos
nudus fúgiet in illa die»,
dicit Dóminus.
First ReadingAmos 2:4-16 ©
The Lord says this:
For the three crimes, the four crimes, of Judah
I have made my decree and will not relent:
because they have rejected the Law of the Lord
and failed to keep his precepts,
because the false gods which their ancestors followed
have led them astray,
I am going to hurl fire on Judah
to burn up the palaces of Jerusalem.
The Lord says this:
For the three crimes, the four crimes, of Israel
I have made my decree and will not relent:
because they have sold the virtuous man for silver
and the poor man for a pair of sandals,
because they trample on the heads of ordinary people
and push the poor out of their path,
because father and son have both resorted to the same girl,
profaning my holy name,
because they stretch themselves out by the side of every altar
on clothes acquired as pledges,
and drink the wine of the people they have fined
in the house of their god...
Yet it was I who overthrew the Amorites when they attacked,
men tall as cedars and strong as oaks,
I who destroyed them,
both fruit above ground
and root below.
It was I who brought you out of the land of Egypt
and for forty years led you through the wilderness
to take possession of the Amorite’s country.
I raised up prophets from your sons
and nazirites from your young men.
Is this not true, sons of Israel?
– it is the Lord who speaks.
But you have forced the nazirites to drink wine
and given orders to the prophets,
‘Do not prophesy.’
See then how I am going to crush you into the ground
as the threshing-sledge crushes when clogged by straw;
flight will not save even the swift,
the strong man will find his strength useless,
the mighty man will be powerless to save himself.
The bowman will not stand his ground,
the fast runner will not escape,
the horseman will not save himself,
the bravest warriors will run away naked that day.
It is the Lord who speaks.
Am 2, 10 a. 11 a. 12 b; Ps 94 (95), 10 b-11 a
℟. Ego sum qui ascéndere vos feci de terra Ægýpti et duxi vos in desérto quadragínta annis.* Et dixi: Pópulus errántium corde sunt isti et ipsi non cognovérunt vias meas.
℣. Suscitávi de fíliis vestris prophétas et prophétis mandástis dicéntes: Ne prophetétis.* Et dixi.
I brought you up out of the land of Egypt, and led you forty years in the wilderness, and I said: Their hearts are astray, these people do not know my ways.
I raised up some of your sons to be prophets, but you commanded them, saying: You shall not prophesy, and I said: Their hearts are astray, these people do not know my ways.

Lectio altera
Ex Epístola Bárnabæ nuncupáta (Cap. 2, 6-10; 3, 1. 3; 4, 10-14: Funk 1, 7-9. 13)
Nova lex Domini nostri
Hæc ígitur abrogávit, ut nova lex Dómini nostri Iesu Christi, quæ sine iugo necessitátis est, oblatiónem hábeat non factam ab homínibus. Dicit autem illis íterum: Numquid ego mandávi pátribus vestris, cum exiérunt e terra Ægýpti, ut mihi ófferant holocáusta et sacrifícia? Sed hoc præcépi iis: Unusquísque vestri advérsus próximum suum ne malum cógitet in corde suo, et iuraméntum mendax ne diligátis.
  Intellégere ergo debémus, cum non insipiéntes simus, sensum bonitátis Patris nostri; lóquitur enim nobis, nolens nos simíliter illis errántes quǽrere, quómodo accedámus ad ipsum. Nobis ígitur sic dicit: Sacrifícium Dómino cor contrítum, odor suavitátis Dómino cor gloríficans eum, qui plasmávit ipsum. Accuráte ergo, fratres, inquírere debémus de salúte nostra, ne seductúrus nos nequam irrépat in nos et nos eíciat a vita nostra.
  Dicit ergo illis íterum de his rebus: Quo ieiunátis mihi, dicit Dóminus, ut hódie audiátur vox vestra in clamóre? Non tale ieiúnium ego elégi, dicit Dóminus, non hóminem ánimam suam humiliántem. Nobis autem dicit: Ecce hoc ieiúnium, quod ego elégi, dicit Dóminus: solve omne vínculum iniustítiæ, dissólve obligatiónes contráctuum violentórum, dimítte fractos in remissióne et omnem sýngrapham iníquam discérpe. Frange esuriéntibus panem tuum, et cum nudum víderis óperi eum; eos qui sine tecto sunt, induc in domum tuam.
  Fugiámus ergo ab omni vanitáte, perfécto ódio habeámus ópera viæ iníquæ. Ne in vobismetípsis involúti, vobis solis vivátis tamquam iam iustificáti, sed in unum conveniéntes conquirátis id, quod ómnibus prodest. Dicit enim Scriptúra: Væ, qui sunt prudéntes apud se ipsos et coram se sapiéntes. Efficiámur spiritáles, efficiámur Deo templum perféctum. Quantum in nobis est, meditémur timórem Dei et custodíre contendámus mandáta eius, ut in eius iustificatiónibus lætémur. Dóminus sine acceptióne personárum iudicábit mundum. Unusquísque secúndum quæ fecit accípiet: si fúerit bonus, iustítia ipsíus præcédet ante eum; si fúerit nequam, merces nequítiæ coram eo; ne quando requiescéntes tamquam vocáti obdormiámus in peccátis nostris et princeps nequam potestáte in nos accépta avéllat nos a regno Dómini.
  Adhuc autem et illud, fratres mei, intellégite: si post tanta signa ac prodígia, quæ facta sunt in Israel, vidéritis nihilóminus illos derelíctos esse, attendámus ne quando, sicut scriptum est, multi vocáti, pauci vero elécti inveniámur.
Second Reading
The "Epistle of Barnabas"
The new law of our Lord
God swept away all these things. The new law of our Lord Jesus Christ imposes no yoke of coercion and its sacrifice is not one made by man. In another place he says to them, Did I command your fathers when they came out of the land of Egypt to offer me burnt offerings and sacrifices? No, but I commanded them this: “Let none of you cherish any evil in his heart against his neighbour, and let none of you be fond of breaking vows” If we have any sense then we will understand the loving intention of our Father. He wants us not to err as these people did but to seek how we may make our offering to him. And he tells us: the sacrifice for the Lord is a contrite heart, a heart that glorifies its Maker is a sweet savour to the Lord. My brethren, we must look closely into the matter of our salvation so that the Evil One does not slyly enter our hearts and drag us away from the life that lies before us.
  God also says to them, Why are you keeping a fast for me and filling this day with your whinings? I have not decreed this fast, says the Lord, nor this humiliation of man’s soul. Turning to us, he says Here is the fast I decree: relax your iniquitous restrictions, loosen the shackles of your oppressive contracts, let your ruined debtors go free and tear up your unjust agreements. Break your bread and give it to the hungry, if you see a man without clothing, give him clothes of your own. If you see one who is homeless, bring him into your own house.
  Let us flee from all vanity, let us hold in aversion the Way of Wickedness and its works. Do not withdraw into solitude as if you were already considered righteous, but come together and seek out the common good. For Scripture says: Woe betide those who are wise in their own eyes and knowledgeable in their own sight. Let us be men of the Spirit, let us be a temple consecrated to God. As far as we can, let us devote ourselves to living in the fear of God, and let us strive to keep his commandments so that his ordinances become our delight. When the Lord judges the world he will have no favourites: each will receive according to his deeds. If he is good then his righteousness will lead him forward; if he is evil then the reward of iniquity will be in front of him. Let us never complacently think of ourselves as ‘called’, let us never doze in our sinfulness, or the Prince of Evil may gain power over us and thrust us out from the Kingdom of the Lord. And consider this also, my brethren, you see what great signs and wonders were wrought in Israel and yet in the end they were finally abandoned – let us be very careful not to be among those of whom it was written that many are called but few are chosen.
Gal 3, 24-25. 23
℟. Lex pædagógus noster fuit in Christum, ut ex fide iustificémur.* At ubi venit fides, iam non sumus sub pædagógo.
℣. Prius quam veníret fides, sub lege custodiebámur, conclúsi in eam fidem, quæ revelánda erat.* At ubi.
The law was our tutor, bringing us to Christ, to find in faith our justification. When faith comes, we are no longer under the rule of a tutor.
Until faith came, we were all being kept in bondage to the law, waiting for the faith that was one day to be revealed. When faith comes, we are no longer under the rule of a tutor.

  Adésto, Dómine, fámulis tuis et perpétuam benignitátem largíre poscéntibus, ut his, qui te auctórem et gubernatórem gloriántur habére, et grata restáures et restauráta consérves. Per Dóminum.
Let us pray.
We recognize with joy
  that you, Lord, created us,
  and that you guide us by your providence.
In your unfailing kindness, support us in our prayer:
  renew your life within us,
  guard it and make it bear fruit for eternity.
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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