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Saturday 1 October 2016    (other days)
Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin, Doctor 
 (Saturday of week 26 in Ordinary Time)

Office of Readings

If you have already recited the Invitatory Psalm today, you should use the alternative opening.


Dómine, lábia mea apéries.
  Et os meum annuntiábit laudem tuam.
Lord, open our lips.
  And we shall praise your name.
Ps 99:1-5
Redemptos iubet Dominus victoriæ carmen canere” (S. Athanasius).
Regem vírginum Dóminum, veníte, adorémus.
Vel: Agnum, quem sequúntur vírgines, veníte, adorémus.
(repeat antiphon*)
2Iubiláte Dómino, omnis terra,*
  servíte Dómino in lætítia;
introíte in conspéctu eius*
  in exsultatióne.
3Scitóte quóniam Dóminus ipse est Deus;†
  ipse fecit nos, et ipsíus sumus,*
  pópulus eius et oves páscuæ eius.
(repeat antiphon*)
4Introíte portas eius in confessióne,†
  átria eius in hymnis,*
  confitémini illi, benedícite nómini eius.
5Quóniam suávis est Dóminus;†
  in ætérnum misericórdia eius,*
  et usque in generatiónem et generatiónem véritas eius.
(repeat antiphon*)
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Regem vírginum Dóminum, veníte, adorémus.
Vel: Agnum, quem sequúntur vírgines, veníte, adorémus.*
Invitatory PsalmPsalm 99 (100)
The Lord is the king of virgins: come, let us adore him.
(repeat antiphon*)
Rejoice in the Lord, all the earth,
  and serve him with joy.
Exult as you enter his presence.
(repeat antiphon*)
Know that the Lord is God.
He made us and we are his
 – his people, the sheep of his flock.
(repeat antiphon*)
Cry out his praises as you enter his gates,
  fill his courtyards with songs.
Proclaim him and bless his name;
  for the Lord is our delight.
His mercy lasts for ever,
  his faithfulness through all the ages.
(repeat antiphon*)
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 is the king of virgins: come, let us adore him.*

* If you are reciting this on your own, you can choose to say the antiphon once only at the start of the psalm and not repeat it.


Hymnus
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 súrgimus;
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.
Hymn
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 135:1-9
Hymnus paschalis
Domini res gestas narrare, laudare est” (Cassiodorus).
Dóminus facit mirabília magna solus, in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
1Confitémini Dómino, quóniam bonus,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
2Confitémini Deo deórum,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
3Confitémini Dómino dominórum,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
4Qui facit mirabília magna solus,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
5Qui fecit cælos in intelléctu,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
6Qui expándit terram super aquas,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
7Qui fecit luminária magna,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius;
8solem, ut præésset diéi,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius;
9lunam et stellas, ut præéssent nocti,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Dóminus facit mirabília magna solus, in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
Psalm 135 (136)
A paschal hymn
The Lord alone has wrought marvellous works, for his love endures for ever.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
  for his love is for ever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
  for his love is for ever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
  for his love is for ever.
He alone works wonders,
  for his love is for ever.
In his wisdom he made the heavens,
  for his love is for ever.
He set the Earth upon the waters,
  for his love is for ever.
He created the great lights,
  for his love is for ever.
The sun, to rule over the day,
  for his love is for ever.
The moon and stars, to rule over the night,
  for his love is for ever.
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 alone has wrought marvellous works, for his love endures for ever.

Ps 135:10-15
Edúxit Israel de médio Ægýpti, in manu poténti et bráchio exténto.
10Qui percússit Ægýptum in primogénitis eórum,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
11Qui edúxit Israel de médio eórum,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius;
12in manu poténti et bráchio exténto,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
13Qui divísit mare Rubrum in divisiónes,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
14Et tradúxit Israel per médium eius,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
15Et excússit pharaónem et virtútem eius in mari Rubro,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Edúxit Israel de médio Ægýpti, in manu poténti et bráchio exténto.
Psalm 135 (136)
He brought Israel out from Egypt, with arm outstretched, with power in his hand.
He struck down the first-born of Egypt,
  for his love is for ever.
He led Israel out from their midst,
  for his love is for ever.
With a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
  for his love is for ever.
He divided the Red Sea in two,
  for his love is for ever.
He led Israel out through the sea,
  for his love is for ever.
He overthrew Pharaoh and his army,
  for his love is for ever.
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.
He brought Israel out from Egypt, with arm outstretched, with power in his hand.

Ps 135:16-26
Confitémini Deo cæli; ipse redémit nos ab inimícis nostris.
16Qui tradúxit pópulum suum per desértum,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
17Qui percússit reges magnos,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius;
18et occídit reges poténtes,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
19Sehon regem Amorræórum,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius;
20et Og regem Basan,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
21Et dedit terram eórum hereditátem,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius;
22hereditátem Israel servo suo,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
23Qui in humilitáte nostra memor fuit nostri,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius;
24et redémit nos ab inimícis nostris,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
25Qui dat escam omni carni,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
26Confitémini Deo cæli,*
  quóniam in ætérnum misericórdia eius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Confitémini Deo cæli; ipse redémit nos ab inimícis nostris.
Psalm 135 (136)
To the Lord of heaven give thanks: he set us free from our foes.
He led his people through the wilderness,
  for his love is for ever.
He struck down great kings,
  for his love is for ever.
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
  for his love is for ever.
And Og, the king of Bashan,
  for his love is for ever.
He gave their land to his people,
  for his love is for ever.
A heritage for Israel his servant,
  for his love is for ever.
He remembered us in our affliction,
  for his love is for ever.
He rescued us from our enemies,
  for his love is for ever.
He gives food to all creatures that live,
  for his love is for ever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven,
  for his love is for ever.
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.
To the Lord of heaven give thanks: he set us free from our foes.

℣. Vias tuas, Dómine, demónstra mihi.
℟. Et sémitas tuas édoce me.
Lord, show me your ways,
and teach me your paths.

Lectio prior
De Epístola beáti Pauli apóstoli ad Philippénses 4, 10-23
Liberalitas Philippensium in Paulum
Fratres: 10Gavísus sum autem in Dómino veheménter quóniam tandem aliquándo refloruístis pro me sentíre, sicut et sentiebátis, opportunitáte autem carebátis. 11Non quasi propter penúriam dico, ego enim dídici, in quibus sum, suffíciens esse. 12Scio et humiliári, scio et abundáre; ubíque et in ómnibus institútus sum et satiári et esuríre et abundáre et penúriam pati. 13Omnia possum in eo, qui me confórtat.
  14Verúmtamen bene fecístis communicántes tribulatióni meæ. 15Scitis autem et vos, Philippénses, quod in princípio evangélii, quando proféctus sum a Macedónia, nulla mihi ecclésia communicávit in ratióne dati et accépti nisi vos soli; 16quia et Thessalónicam et semel et bis in usum mihi misístis. 17Non quia quæro datum, sed requíro fructum, qui abúndet in ratiónem vestram. 18Accépi autem ómnia et abúndo; replétus sum accéptis ab Epaphrodíto, quæ misístis, odórem suavitátis, hóstiam accéptam, placéntem Deo. 19Deus autem meus implébit omne desidérium vestrum secúndum divítias suas in glória in Christo Iesu. 20Deo autem et Patri nostro glória in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.
  21Salutáte omnem sanctum in Christo Iesu. Salútant vos, qui mecum sunt, fratres. 22Salútant vos omnes sancti, máxime autem, qui de Cǽsaris domo sunt.
  23Grátia Dómini Iesu Christi cum spíritu vestro. Amen.
First Reading
Philippians 4:10-23 ©
It is a great joy to me, in the Lord, that at last you have shown some concern for me again; though of course you were concerned before, and only lacked an opportunity. I am not talking about shortage of money: I have learnt to manage on whatever I have, I know how to be poor and I know how to be rich too. I have been through my initiation and now I am ready for anything anywhere: full stomach or empty stomach, poverty or plenty. There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength. All the same, it was good of you to share with me in my hardships. In the early days of the Good News, as you people of Philippi well know, when I left Macedonia, no other church helped me with gifts of money. You were the only ones; and twice since my stay in Thessalonika you have sent me what I needed. It is not your gift that I value; what is valuable to me is the interest that is mounting up in your account. Now for the time being I have everything that I need and more: I am fully provided now that I have received from Epaphroditus the offering that you sent, a sweet fragrance – the sacrifice that God accepts and finds pleasing. In return my God will fulfil all your needs, in Christ Jesus, as lavishly as only God can. Glory to God, our Father, for ever and ever. Amen.
  My greetings to every one of the saints in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send their greetings. All the saints send their greetings, especially those of the imperial household. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Responsorium
Phil 4, 12-13; 2 Cor 12, 10 a
℟. Scio et humiliári et abundáre, et satiári et esuríre, et abundáre et penúriam pati.* Omnia possum in eo qui me confórtat.
℣. Pláceo mihi in infirmitátibus et in angústiis, pro Christo.* Omnia.
Responsory
℟. I know what it is to be in need, and what it is to have more than enough. I am content whether I am poor or hungry, whether I have too much or too little.* I have the strength to face anything through the power that Christ gives me.
℣. I am quite content with weakness and hardship, for the sake of Christ.* I have the strength to face anything through the power that Christ gives me.

Lectio altera
Ex narratióne vitæ sanctæ Terésiæ a Iesu Infánte, vírginis, ab ipsa exaráta (Manuscrits autobiographiques, Lisieux 1957, 227-229)
In corde Ecclesiæ ego amor ero
Cum imménsa mea desidéria mihi martýrio essent, epístolas adívi sancti Pauli, ut responsiónem tandem invenírem. Oculos casu coniéci in cápita duodécimum et décimum tértium epístolæ primæ ad Corínthios, in primóque legi omnes simul apóstolos, prophétas, doctóres esse non posse, Ecclesiámque váriis constáre membris, oculúmque simul manum esse non posse. Apérta quidem respónsio, non tamen ea quæ mea impléret desidéria mihíque pacem afférret.
  In lectióne perseverávi neque ánimum dimísi, propositúmque invéni súblevans: Æmulámini charísmata melióra. Et adhuc excellentiórem viam vobis demónstro. Apóstolus enim commentátur charísmata melióra nihil sine caritáte esse eandémque caritátem excellentiórem viam esse tuto ad Deum deducéntem. Quiétem tandem invéneram.
  Mýsticum Ecclésiæ corpus cum aspícerem, in nullo membrórum quæ sanctus Paulus descrípsit me ipsam agnóveram, seu pótius in univérsis me cérnere volébam. Cáritas vocatiónis meæ cárdinem mihi óbtulit. Intelléxi Ecclésiam quidem corpus habére váriis compáctum membris, at hoc in córpore membrum non deésse necessárium et nobílius; intelléxi Ecclésiam cor habére et huiúsmodi cor amóre incénsum exsístere. Intelléxi unum amórem membra Ecclésiæ ad agéndum compéllere eodémque amóre exstíncto, apóstolos Evangélium non ámplius annuntiatúros, mártyres sánguinem non ámplius effusúros. Perspéxi et agnóvi amórem omnes in se conclúdere vocatiónes, amórem ómnia esse, eundémque univérsa témpora et loca comprehéndere, uno verbo amórem ætérnum esse.
  Tunc, summo delirántis ánimi gáudio, exclamávi: O Iesu, mi amor, vocatiónem meam tandem invéni: vocátio mea est amor. Utique, locum mihi próprium in Ecclésia invéni, locúmque istum tu mihi dedísti, mi Deus. In corde Ecclésiæ, matris meæ, ego amor ero, et ita ero ómnia, ac meum desidérium in rem deducétur.
Second Reading
St Thérèse’s autobiography
In the heart of the church I will be love
Since my longing for martyrdom was powerful and unsettling, I turned to the epistles of St Paul in the hope of finally finding an answer. By chance the 12th and 13th chapters of the 1st epistle to the Corinthians caught my attention, and in the first section I read that not everyone can be an apostle, prophet or teacher, that the Church is composed of a variety of members, and that the eye cannot be the hand. Even with such an answer revealed before me, I was not satisfied and did not find peace.
  I persevered in the reading and did not let my mind wander until I found this encouraging theme: Set your desires on the greater gifts. And I will show you the way which surpasses all others. For the Apostle insists that the greater gifts are nothing at all without love and that this same love is surely the best path leading directly to God. At length I had found peace of mind.
  When I had looked upon the mystical body of the Church, I recognised myself in none of the members which St Paul described, and what is more, I desired to distinguish myself more favourably within the whole body. Love appeared to me to be the hinge for my vocation. Indeed I knew that the Church had a body composed of various members, but in this body the necessary and more noble member was not lacking; I knew that the Church had a heart and that such a heart appeared to be aflame with love. I knew that one love drove the members of the Church to action, that if this love were extinguished, the apostles would have proclaimed the Gospel no longer, the martyrs would have shed their blood no more. I saw and realised that love sets off the bounds of all vocations, that love is everything, that this same love embraces every time and every place. In one word, that love is everlasting.
  Then, nearly ecstatic with the supreme joy in my soul, I proclaimed: O Jesus, my love, at last I have found my calling: my call is love. Certainly I have found my place in the Church, and you gave me that very place, my God. In the heart of the Church, my mother, I will be love, and thus I will be all things, as my desire finds its direction.
Responsorium
Cf. Ps 20 (21), 4; cf. Iob 31, 18; cf. Eph 3, 18; Ps 30 (31), 20
℟. Deus, prævenísti me in dilectióne tua, quæ ab infántia mea mecum crevit;* Et nunc comprehéndere non possum quod sit profúndum caritátis tuæ.
℣. Quam magna multitúdo dulcédinis tuæ, Dómine, quam abscondísti timéntibus te.* Et nunc.
Responsory
℟. O God, you came to meet me with your love, which has grown since my childhood:* its depths are beyond measure.
℣. How vast is the goodness, Lord, that you keep for those who fear you:* its depths are beyond measure.

Oremus.
  Deus, qui regnum tuum humílibus parvulísque dispónis, fac nos beátæ Terésiæ trámitem prósequi confidénter, ut, eius intercessióne, glória tua nobis revelétur ætérna. Per Dóminum.
Let us pray.
God our Father, you promised your kingdom to the little ones and the humble of heart.
  Give us grace to walk confidently in the way of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
  so that, helped by her prayers, we may see your eternal glory.
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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