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Wednesday 29 March 2023    (other days)
Wednesday of the 5th week of Lent 

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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.
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.

Hymnus
Nunc tempus acceptábile
fulget datum divínitus,
ut sanet orbem lánguidum
medéla parsimóniæ.
Christi decóro lúmine
dies salútis émicat,
dum corda culpis sáucia
refórmat abstinéntia.
Hanc mente nos et córpore,
Deus, tenére pérfice,
ut appetámus próspero
perénne pascha tránsitu.
Te rerum univérsitas,
clemens, adóret, Trínitas,
et nos novi per véniam
novum canámus cánticum. Amen.
Hymn
Lord, who throughout these forty days
for us didst fast and pray,
teach us with thee to mourn our sins,
and close by thee to stay.
As thou with Satan didst contend
and didst the victory win,
O give us strength in thee to fight,
in thee to conquer sin.
As thou didst hunger bear, and thirst,
so teach us, gracious Lord,
to die to self, and chiefly live
by thy most holy word.
And through these days of penitence,
and through thy Passiontide,
yea, evermore in life and death,
Jesus, with us abide.
Abide with us, that so, this life
of suffering overpast,
an Easter of unending joy
we may attain at last.

Ps 17:2-7
Gratiarum actio pro salute et victoria

In illa hora factus est terræmotus magnus” (Ap 11, 13).

Díligam te, Dómine, virtus mea.
2Díligam te, Dómine, fortitúdo mea.*
  3Dómine, firmaméntum meum et refúgium meum et liberátor meus;
Deus meus, adiútor meus, et sperábo in eum;*
  protéctor meus et cornu salútis meæ et suscéptor meus.
4Laudábilem invocábo Dóminum,*
  et ab inimícis meis salvus ero.
5Circumdedérunt me fluctus mortis,*
  et torréntes Bélial conturbavérunt me;
6funes inférni circumdedérunt me,*
  præoccupavérunt me láquei mortis.
7In tribulatióne mea invocávi Dóminum,*
  et ad Deum meum clamávi;
exaudívit de templo suo vocem meam,*
  et clamor meus in conspéctu eius introívit in aures eius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Díligam te, Dómine, virtus mea.

Psalm 17 (18)
Thanksgiving for salvation and victory

I love you, Lord, my strength.
I will love you, Lord, my strength:
  Lord, you are my foundation and my refuge,
  you set me free.
My God is my help: I will put my hope in him,
  my protector, my sign of salvation,
  the one who raises me up.
I will call on the Lord – praise be to his name –
  and I will be saved from my enemies.
The waves of death flooded round me,
  the torrents of Belial tossed me about,
the cords of the underworld wound round me,
  death’s traps opened before me.
In my distress I called on the Lord,
  I cried out to my God:
from his temple he heard my voice,
  my cry to him came to his ears.
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.
I love you, Lord, my strength.

Ps 17:8-20

Salvum me fecit Dóminus, quóniam vóluit me.
8Commóta est et contrémuit terra;†
  fundaménta móntium concússa sunt et commóta sunt,*
  quóniam irátus est.
9Ascéndit fumus de náribus eius,†
  et ignis de ore eius dévorans;*
  carbónes succénsi processérunt ab eo.
10Inclinávit cælos et descéndit,*
  et calígo sub pédibus eius.
11Et ascéndit super cherub et volávit,*
  ferebátur super pennas ventórum.
12Et pósuit ténebras latíbulum suum,†
  in circúitu eius tabernáculum eius,*
  tenebrósa aqua, nubes áeris.
13Præ fulgóre in conspéctu eius nubes transiérunt,*
  grando et carbónes ignis.
14Et intónuit de cælo Dóminus,†
  et Altíssimus dedit vocem suam:*
  grando et carbónes ignis.
15Et misit sagíttas suas et dissipávit eos,*
  fúlgura iecit et conturbávit eos.
16Et apparuérunt fontes aquárum,*
  et reveláta sunt fundaménta orbis terrárum
ab increpatióne tua, Dómine,*
  ab inspiratióne spíritus iræ tuæ.
17Misit de summo et accépit me*
  et assúmpsit me de aquis multis;
18erípuit me de inimícis meis fortíssimis†
  et ab his, qui odérunt me,*
  quóniam confortáti sunt super me.
19Oppugnavérunt me in die afflictiónis meæ,*
  et factus est Dóminus fulciméntum meum;
20et edúxit me in latitúdinem,*
  salvum me fecit, quóniam vóluit me.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Salvum me fecit Dóminus, quóniam vóluit me.

Psalm 17 (18)

The Lord saved me because he loved me.
The earth moved and shook,
  at the coming of his anger the roots of the mountains rocked
  and were shaken.
Smoke rose from his nostrils,
  consuming fire came from his mouth,
  from it came forth flaming coals.
He bowed down the heavens and descended,
  storm clouds were at his feet.
He rode on the cherubim and flew,
  he travelled on the wings of the wind.
He made dark clouds his covering;
  his dwelling-place, dark waters and clouds of the air.
The cloud-masses were split by his lightnings,
  hail fell, hail and coals of fire.
The Lord thundered from the heavens,
  the Most High let his voice be heard,
  with hail and coals of fire.
He shot his arrows and scattered them,
  hurled thunderbolts and threw them into confusion.
The depths of the oceans were laid bare,
  the foundations of the globe were revealed,
at the sound of your anger, O Lord,
  at the onset of the gale of your wrath.
He reached from on high and took me up,
  he lifted me from the many waters.
He snatched me from my powerful enemies,
  from those who hate me, for they were too strong for me.
They attacked me in my time of trouble,
  but the Lord was my support.
He led me to the open spaces,
  he was my deliverance, for he held me in favour.
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 Lord saved me because he loved me.

Ps 17:21-30

Tu, Dómine, accénde lucérnam meam; illuminábis ténebras meas.
21Et retríbuet mihi Dóminus secúndum iustítiam meam*
  et secúndum puritátem mánuum meárum reddet mihi,
22quia custodívi vias Dómini,*
  nec ímpie recéssi a Deo meo.
23Quóniam ómnia iudícia eius in conspéctu meo,*
  et iustítias eius non réppuli a me;
24et fui immaculátus cum eo*
  et observávi me ab iniquitáte.
25Et retríbuit mihi Dóminus secúndum iustítiam meam*
  et secúndum puritátem mánuum meárum in conspéctu oculórum eius.
  26Cum sancto sanctus eris*
  et cum viro innocénte ínnocens eris
27et cum elécto eléctus eris*
  et cum pervérso cállidus eris.
28Quóniam tu pópulum húmilem salvum fácies*
  et óculos superbórum humiliábis.
29Quóniam tu accéndis lucérnam meam, Dómine;*
  Deus meus illúminat ténebras meas.
30Quóniam in te aggrédiar hóstium turmas*
  et in Deo meo transíliam murum.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Tu, Dómine, accénde lucérnam meam; illuminábis ténebras meas.

Psalm 17 (18)

You, O Lord, are my lamp, my God who lightens my darkness.
The Lord rewards me according to my uprightness,
  he repays me according to the purity of my hands,
for I have kept to the paths of the Lord
  and have not departed wickedly from my God.
For I keep all his decrees in my sight,
  and I will not reject his judgements;
I am stainless before him,
  I have kept myself away from evil.
And so the Lord has rewarded me according to my uprightness,
  according to the purity of my hands in his sight.
You will be holy with the holy,
  kind with the kind,
with the chosen you will be chosen,
  but with the crooked you will show your cunning.
For you will bring salvation to a lowly people
  but make the proud ashamed.
For you light my lamp, O Lord;
  my God brings light to my darkness.
For with you I will attack the enemy’s squadrons;
  with my God I will leap over their wall.
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.
You, O Lord, are my lamp, my God who lightens my darkness.

℣. Convertímini et ágite pæniténtiam.
℟. Fácite vobis cor novum et spíritum novum.
℣. Repent, and do penance.
℟. Make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

Lectio prior
De Epístola ad Hebrǽos 6, 9-20

Fidelitas Dei, spes nostra

9Confídimus de vobis, dilectíssimi, melióra et vicinióra salúti, tamétsi ita lóquimur; 10non enim iniústus Deus, ut obliviscátur óperis vestri et dilectiónis, quam ostendístis nómini ipsíus, qui ministrástis sanctis et ministrátis. 11Cúpimus autem unumquémque vestrum eándem ostentáre sollicitúdinem ad expletiónem spei usque in finem, 12ut non segnes efficiámini, verum imitatóres eórum, qui fide et patiéntia heréditant promissiónes.
  13Abrahæ namque promíttens Deus, quóniam néminem hábuit, per quem iuráret maiórem, iurávit per semetípsum 14dicens: «Utique benedícens benedícam te et multiplicábo te»; 15et sic longanímiter ferens adéptus est repromissiónem. 16Hómines enim per maiórem sui iurant, et omnis controvérsiæ eórum finis ad confirmatiónem est iuraméntum; 17in quo abundántius volens Deus osténdere pollicitatiónis herédibus immobilitátem consílii sui, se interpósuit iure iurándo, 18ut per duas res immóbiles, in quibus impossíbile est mentíri Deum, fortíssimum solácium habeámus, qui confúgimus ad tenéndam propósitam spem, 19quam sicut áncoram habémus ánimæ, tutam ac firmam et incedéntem usque in interióra veláminis, 20ubi præcúrsor pro nobis introívit Iesus, secúndum órdinem Melchísedech póntifex factus in ætérnum.
First ReadingHebrews 6:9-20 ©

God’s fidelity is our hope

You, my dear people – in spite of what we have just said, we are sure you are in a better state and on the way to salvation. God would not be so unjust as to forget all you have done, the love that you have for his name or the services you have done, and are still doing, for the saints. Our one desire is that every one of you should go on showing the same earnestness to the end, to the perfect fulfilment of our hopes, never growing careless, but imitating those who have the faith and the perseverance to inherit the promises.
  When God made the promise to Abraham, he swore by his own self, since it was impossible for him to swear by anyone greater: I will shower blessings on you and give you many descendants. Because of that, Abraham persevered and saw the promise fulfilled. Men, of course, swear an oath by something greater than themselves, and between men, confirmation by an oath puts an end to all dispute. In the same way, when God wanted to make the heirs to the promise thoroughly realise that his purpose was unalterable, he conveyed this by an oath; so that there would be two unalterable things in which it was impossible for God to be lying, and so that we, now we have found safety, should have a strong encouragement to take a firm grip on the hope that is held out to us. Here we have an anchor for our soul, as sure as it is firm, and reaching right through beyond the veil where Jesus has entered before us and on our behalf, to become a high priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever.
Responsorium
Cf. Hebr 6, 19. 20; 7, 24. 25
℟. In interióra veláminis præcúrsor pro nobis introívit Iesus, secúndum órdinem Melchísedech póntifex factus in ætérnum,* Semper vivens ad interpellándum pro nobis.
℣. Intransgressíbile habet sacerdótium, unde et salváre in perpétuum potest accedéntes per semetípsum ad Deum.* Semper.
Responsory
Heb 6:19-20, 7:24-25
℟. Jesus has entered through the veil before us and on our behalf, to become a high priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever.* He is living for ever to intercede for us.
℣. He can never lose his priesthood. It follows, then, that his power to save those who come to God through him is utterly certain.* He is living for ever to intercede for us.

Lectio altera
Ex Enarratiónibus sancti Augustíni epíscopi in Psalmos (Ps 85, 1: CCL 39, 1176-1177)

Iesus Christus orat pro nobis, orat in nobis, oratur a nobis

Nullum maius donum præstáre posset Deus homínibus, quam ut Verbum suum, per quod cóndidit ómnia, fáceret illis caput, et illos ei tamquam membra coaptáret, ut esset Fílius Dei et fílius hóminis, unus Deus cum Patre, unus homo cum homínibus, ut et quando lóquimur ad Deum deprecántes, non inde Fílium separémus, et quando precátur corpus Fílii, non a se séparet caput suum, sitque ipse unus salvátor córporis sui Dóminus noster Iesus Christus Fílius Dei, qui et oret pro nobis et oret in nobis et orétur a nobis.
  Orat pro nobis, ut sacérdos noster; orat in nobis, ut caput nostrum; orátur a nobis, ut Deus noster.
  Agnoscámus ergo et in illo voces nostras, et voces eius in nobis. Neque cum áliquid dícitur de Dómino Iesu Christo, máxime in prophetía, quod pertíneat velut ad quamdam humilitátem indígnam Deo, dubitémus eam illi tribúere, qui non dubitávit se nobis adiúngere. Ei quippe servit univérsa creatúra, quia per ipsum facta est univérsa creatúra.
  Et proptérea, cum eius sublimitátem divinitatémque intuémur, quando audímus: In princípio erat Verbum et Verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat Verbum. Hoc erat in princípio apud Deum. Omnia per ipsum facta sunt et sine ipso factum est nihil, intuéntes hanc et supereminentíssimam et excedéntem ómnia creaturárum sublímia divinitátem Fílii Dei, audímus étiam in áliqua parte Scripturárum velut geméntem, orántem, confiténtem.
  Et dubitámus ei tribúere verba hæc, ex eo quod cogitátio nostra de recénti eius contemplatióne, quæ erat in divinitáte, pigréscit descéndere ad eius humilitátem; et tamquam fáciat illi iniúriam, si eius verba in hómine agnóscat, ad quem verba dirigébat cum Deum deprecarétur, hæret plerúmque, et conátur mutáre senténtiam; et non ei occúrrit in Scriptúra, nisi quod ad ipsum recúrrat, et ab illo deviáre non sinat.
  Expergiscátur ergo, et evígilet in fide sua; et vídeat quia ille, quam contemplabátur paulo ante in forma Dei, formam servi accépit; in similitúdine hóminum factus, et hábitu invéntus ut homo, humiliávit se factus obœ́diens usque ad mortem; et verba psalmi vóluit esse sua, in cruce pendens, et dicens: Deus meus, Deus meus, ut quid me dereliquísti?
  Orátur ergo in forma Dei, orat in forma servi: ibi creátor, hic creátus, creatúram mutándam non mutátus assúmens, et secum nos fáciens unum hóminem, caput et corpus. Orámus ergo ad illum, per illum, in illo, et dícimus cum illo, et dicit nobíscum.
Second Reading
A commentary of St Augustine on Psalm 85

Jesus Christ prays for us and in us and is the object of our prayers

God could give no greater gift to men than to make his Word, through whom he created all things, their head and to join them to him as his members, so that the Word might be both Son of God and son of man, one God with the Father, and one man with all men. The result is that when we speak with God in prayer we do not separate the Son from him, and when the body of the Son prays it does not separate its head from itself: it is the one Saviour of his body, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who prays for us and in us and is himself the object of our prayers.
  He prays for us as our priest, he prays in us as our head, he is the object of our prayers as our God.
  Let us then recognise both our voice in his, and his voice in ours. When something is said, especially in prophecy, about the Lord Jesus Christ that seems to belong to a condition of lowliness unworthy of God, we must not hesitate to ascribe this condition to one who did not hesitate to unite himself with us. Every creature is his servant, for it was through him that every creature came to be.
  We contemplate his glory and divinity when we listen to these words: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made. Here we gaze on the divinity of the Son of God, something supremely great and surpassing all the greatness of his creatures. Yet in other parts of Scripture we hear him as one sighing, praying, giving praise and thanks.
  We hesitate to attribute these words to him because our minds are slow to come down to his humble level when we have just been contemplating him in his divinity. It is as though we were doing him an injustice in acknowledging in a man the words of one with whom we spoke when we prayed to God. We are usually at a loss and try to change the meaning. Yet our minds find nothing in Scripture that does not go back to him, nothing that will allow us to stray from him.
  Our thoughts must then be awakened to keep their vigil of faith. We must realise that the one whom we were contemplating a short time before in his nature as God took to himself the nature of a servant; he was made in the likeness of men and found to be a man like others; he humbled himself by being obedient even to accepting death; as he hung on the cross he made the psalmist’s words his own: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
  We pray to him as God, he prays for us as a servant. In the first case he is the Creator, in the second a creature. Himself unchanged, he took to himself our created nature in order to change it, and made us one man with himself, head and body. We pray then to him, through him, in him, and we speak along with him and he along with us.
ResponsoriumIo 16, 24. 23
℟. Usque modo non petístis quidquam in nómine meo;* Pétite et accipiétis, ut gáudium vestrum sit plenum.
℣. Amen, amen dico vobis: Si quid petiéritis Patrem in nómine meo, dabit vobis.* Pétite.
Responsory
℟. So far you have asked nothing in my name.* Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be complete.
℣. I tell you the truth: my Father will give you anything you ask of him in my name.* Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be complete.

Oremus.
  Sanctificáta per pæniténtiam tuórum corda filiórum, Deus miserátor, illústra et, quibus præstas devotiónis afféctum, præbe supplicántibus pium benígnus audítum.
Per Dóminum nostrum Iesum Christum, Fílium tuum,
qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus,
per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Let us pray.
God of mercy,
  shed your light on hearts that have been purified by penance,
and in your goodness give us a favourable hearing
  when you move us to pray.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

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

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