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Thursday 3 December 2020    (other days)
Saint Francis Xavier, Priest 
Feast

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. Allelúia.
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. Alleluia.

Hymnus
Christe, pastórum caput atque princeps,
géstiens huius celebráre festum,
débitas sacro pia turba psallit
cármine laudes,
Hunc tibi eléctum fáciens minístrum
ac sacerdótem sócians, dedísti
dux ut astáret pópulo fidélis
ac bonus altor.
Hic gregis ductor fuit atque forma,
lux erat cæco, mísero levámen,
próvidus cunctis pater omnibúsque
ómnia factus.
Christe, qui sanctis méritam corónam
reddis in cælis, dócili magístrum
fac sequi vita, similíque tandem
fine potíri.
Æqua laus summum célebret Paréntem
teque, Salvátor, pie rex, per ævum;
Spíritus Sancti résonet per omnem
glória mundum. Amen.
Hymn
The Advent of our God
  With eager prayers we greet
And singing haste upon the road
  His glorious gift to meet.
The everlasting Son
  Scorns not a Virgin’s womb;
That we from bondage may be won
  He bears a bondsman’s doom.
Daughter of Zion, rise
  To meet thy lowly King;
Let not thy stubborn heart despise
  The peace he deigns to bring.
In clouds of awful light,
  As Judge he comes again,
His scattered people to unite,
  With them in heaven to reign.
Let evil flee away
  Ere that dread hour shall dawn.
Let this old Adam day by day
  God’s image still put on.
Praise to the Incarnate Son,
  Who comes to set us free,
With God the Father, ever One,
  To all eternity.

Ps 20:2-8,14
Gratiarum actio pro regis victoria

Accepit vitam, ut resurgeret, et longitudinem dierum in sæculum sæculi” (S. Irenæus).

Si quis vult primus esse, erit ómnium novíssimus et ómnium miníster.
2Dómine in virtúte tua lætábitur rex,*
  et super salutáre tuum exsultábit veheménter.
3Desidérium cordis eius tribuísti ei*
  et voluntátem labiórum eius non denegásti.
4Quóniam prævenísti eum in benedictiónibus dulcédinis;*
  posuísti in cápite eius corónam de auro puríssimo.
5Vitam pétiit a te, et tribuísti ei,*
  longitúdinem diérum in sǽculum et in sǽculum sǽculi.
6Magna est glória eius in salutári tuo,*
  magnificéntiam et decórem impónes super eum;
7quóniam pones eum benedictiónem in sǽculum sǽculi,*
  lætificábis eum in gáudio ante vultum tuum.
8Quóniam rex sperat in Dómino*
  et in misericórdia Altíssimi non commovébitur.
14Exaltáre, Dómine, in virtúte tua;*
  cantábimus et psallémus virtútes tuas.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Si quis vult primus esse, erit ómnium novíssimus et ómnium miníster.

Psalm 20 (21)
Thanksgiving for victory

If anyone wishes to be first, he must make himself the last of all and servant of all.
Lord, the king will rejoice in your strength,
  he will triumph in your saving power.
You have granted him his heart’s desire,
  you have not denied the wish that he spoke.
For you showered him with blessings
  even before he asked for them.
  You have placed a crown of purest gold upon his head.
He asked you for life,
  and you granted it to him,
  length of days for ever and for ever.
Great is his glory through your help:
  you cover him with splendour and majesty.
You lay a blessing upon him that will last for ever,
  you make him rejoice in joy before you.
For the king hopes in the Lord,
  and through the kindness of the Most High he will not be shaken.
Stand high above us, Lord, in your power;
  and we will sing and celebrate your might.
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.
If anyone wishes to be first, he must make himself the last of all and servant of all.

Ps 91:2-9
Laus Domini creatoris

Laudes enuntiantur pro gestis Unigeniti” (S. Athanasius).

Cum apparúerit princeps pastórum, percipiétis immarcescíbilem glóriæ corónam.
2Bonum est confitéri Dómino*
  et psállere nómini tuo, Altíssime,
3annuntiáre mane misericórdiam tuam*
  et veritátem tuam per noctem,
4in decachórdo et psaltério,*
  cum cántico in cíthara.
5Quia delectásti me, Dómine, in factúra tua,*
  et in opéribus mánuum tuárum exsultábo.
6Quam magnificáta sunt ópera tua, Dómine:*
  nimis profúndæ factæ sunt cogitatiónes tuæ.
7Vir insípiens non cognóscet,*
  et stultus non intélleget hæc.
8Cum germináverint peccatóres sicut fenum,*
  et florúerint omnes, qui operántur iniquitátem,
hoc tamen erit ad intéritum in sǽculum sǽculi;*
  9tu autem altíssimus in ætérnum, Dómine.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Cum apparúerit princeps pastórum, percipiétis immarcescíbilem glóriæ corónam.

Psalm 91 (92)
Praise of God, the Creator

When the chief shepherd appears, you will be given the crown of unfading glory.
It is good to praise the Lord,
  and to sing psalms to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your mercy in the morning
  and your faithfulness by night;
on the ten-stringed lyre and the harp,
  with songs upon the lyre.
For you give me joy, Lord, in your creation:
  I rejoice in the work of your hands.
How great are your works, O Lord,
  how immeasurably deep your thoughts.
The fool does not hear,
  the slow-witted do not understand.
When the wicked sprout up like grass,
  and the doers of evil are in full bloom,
it will come to nothing, for they will perish for ever and ever;
  but you, Lord, are the Highest eternally.
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.
When the chief shepherd appears, you will be given the crown of unfading glory.

Ps 91:10-16

Serve bone et fidélis, intra in gáudium Dómini tui.
10Quóniam ecce inimíci tui, Dómine,†
  quóniam ecce inimíci tui períbunt,*
  et dispergéntur omnes, qui operántur iniquitátem.
11Exaltábis sicut unicórnis cornu meum,*
  perfúsus sum óleo úberi.
12Et despíciet óculus meus inimícos meos,*
  et in insurgéntibus in me malignántibus áudiet auris mea.
13Iustus ut palma florébit,*
  sicut cedrus Líbani succréscet.
14Plantáti in domo Dómini,*
  in átriis Dei nostri florébunt.
15Adhuc fructus dabunt in senécta,*
  úberes et bene viréntes erunt,
16ut annúntient quóniam rectus Dóminus, refúgium meum,*
  et non est iníquitas in eo.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Serve bone et fidélis, intra in gáudium Dómini tui.

Psalm 91 (92)

Well done, good and faithful servant: come and join in your Master’s joy.
For behold, Lord, your enemies,
  how your enemies will perish,
  how wrongdoers will be scattered.
You will give me strength as the wild oxen have;
  I have been anointed with the purest oil.
I will look down upon my enemies,
  and hear the plans of those who plot evil against me.
The just will flourish like the palm tree,
  grow tall like the cedar of Lebanon.
They will be planted in the house of the Lord;
  in the courts of our God they will flourish.
They will bear fruit even when old,
  fresh and luxuriant through all their days.
They will proclaim how just is the Lord, my refuge,
  for in him there is no unrighteousness.
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.
Well done, good and faithful servant: come and join in your Master’s joy.

℣. Audies de ore meo verbum.
℟. Et annuntiábis eis ex me.
℣. You will hear the word from my mouth.
℟. You will speak to them in my name.

Lectio prior
De Epístola prima beáti Pauli apóstoli ad Timótheum 5, 17-22; 6, 10-14

Bonum certamen presbyteri et hominis Dei

Caríssime: 5,17Qui bene præsunt presbýteri, dúplici honóre digni habeántur, máxime qui labórant in verbo et doctrína; 18dicit enim Scriptúra: «Non infrenábis os bovi trituránti» et: «Dignus operárius mercéde sua». 19Advérsus presbýterum accusatiónem noli recípere, nisi sub duóbus vel tribus téstibus. 20Peccántes coram ómnibus árgue, ut et céteri timórem hábeant. 21Testíficor coram Deo et Christo Iesu et eléctis ángelis, ut hæc custódias sine præiudício nihil fáciens in áliquam partem declinándo. 22Manus cito némini imposúeris, neque communicáveris peccátis aliénis; teípsum castum custódi.
  6,10Radix enim ómnium malórum est cupíditas, quam quidam appeténtes erravérunt a fide et inseruérunt se dolóribus multis.
  11Tu autem, o homo Dei, hæc fuge; sectáre vero iustítiam, pietátem, fidem, caritátem, patiéntiam, mansuetúdinem. 12Certa bonum certámen fídei, apprehénde vitam ætérnam, ad quam vocátus es, et conféssus es bonam confessiónem coram multis téstibus.
  13Præcípio tibi coram Deo, qui vivíficat ómnia, et Christo Iesu, qui testimónium réddidit sub Póntio Piláto bonam confessiónem, 14ut serves mandátum sine mácula irreprehensíbile usque in advéntum Dómini nostri Iesu Christi.
First Reading
1 Timothy 5:17-22,6:10-14 ©
The elders who do their work well while they are in charge are to be given double consideration, especially those who are assiduous in preaching and teaching. As scripture says: You must not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn; and again: The worker deserves his pay. Never accept any accusation brought against an elder unless it is supported by two or three witnesses. If any of them are at fault, reprimand them publicly, as a warning to the rest. Before God, and before Jesus Christ and the angels he has chosen, I put it to you as a duty to keep these rules impartially and never to be influenced by favouritism. Do not be too quick to lay hands on any man, and never make yourself an accomplice in anybody else’s sin; keep yourself pure.
  ‘The love of money is the root of all evils’ and there are some who, pursuing it, have wandered away from the faith, and so given their souls any number of fatal wounds.
  As a man dedicated to God, you must aim to be saintly and religious, filled with faith and love, patient and gentle. Fight the good fight of the faith and win for yourself the eternal life to which you were called when you made your profession and spoke up for the truth in front of many witnesses. Now, before God the source of all life and before Christ, who spoke up as a witness for the truth in front of Pontius Pilate, I put to you the duty of doing all that you have been told, with no faults or failures, until the Appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Responsorium
1 Cor 4, 1-2; Prov 20, 6
℟. Sic nos exístimet homo ut minístros Christi et dispensatóres mysteriórum Dei: *Hic iam quǽritur inter dispensatóres, ut fidélis quis inveniátur.
℣. Multi hómines misericórdes vocántur, virum autem fidélem quis invéniet?* Hic.
Responsory
℟. This is how we ought to be regarded, as Christ’s servants, and stewards of God’s mysteries,* and this is what we look for in choosing a steward: we must find one who is trustworthy.
℣. Many a man protests his loyalty, but where will you find one to keep faith?* And this is what we look for in choosing a steward: we must find one who is trustworthy.

Lectio altera
E Lítteris sancti Francísci Xavier presbýteri ad sanctum Ignátium (E Vita Francisci Xaverii, auctore H. Tursellini, Romæ, 1596, Lib. 4, epist. 4 [1542] et 5 [1544])

Væ mihi, si non evangelizavero!

Obíimus neophytórum vicos, qui paucis abhinc annis christiána sacra suscéperant. Hæc terra nequáquam a Lusitánis incólitur, útpote quæ summe et stérilis est et pauper: christiáni autem indígenæ, destitúti a sacerdótibus, nihil áliud norunt nisi se esse christiános. Nemo est qui eis rem divínam fáciat; nemo est qui sýmbolum, Pater et Ave divinǽque legis præcépta tradat.
  Ex quo ígitur huc veni, haudquáquam cessávi: vicos sédulo circumíbam, púeros omnes nondum baptizátos sacra abluébam aqua. Itaque permágnum infántium númerum expiávi, qui, ut dici solet, plane ignorárent quid interésset inter déxteram et sinístram. Púeri autem me neque divínum offícium persólvere neque cibum súmere neque quiétem cápere sinébant, quoad áliquam precatiónem eos docuíssem; tum vero sentíre cœpi tálium esse regnum cælórum.
  Proínde cum tam pium postulátum non possem nisi ímpie repudiáre, inítio facto a confessióne Patris, Fílii et Spíritus Sancti, sýmbolum Apostolórum, oratiónes Pater noster et Ave María eis inculcábam. Animadvérti magna in illis ingénia; ac si foret qui christiánis eos præcéptis informáret, non dúbito quin perbóni christiáni essent futúri.
  Complúres his locis ob id unum modo christiáni non fiunt, quod desint, qui eos fáciant christiános. Mihi vero persǽpe venit in mentem circum Európæ academías, ac præcípue Parisiénsem, cursáre et insáni ritu passim vociferáre, eósque qui doctrínæ plus habent quam caritátis his compéllere verbis: «Heu, quam ingens animórum númerus, vestro vítio exclúsus cælo, deturbátur ad ínferos!».
  Utinam illi quemádmodum in lítteras, ita in hanc quoque curam incúmberent, ut réddere Deo possent doctrínæ creditorúmque talentórum ratiónem!
  Enimvéro istórum plúrimi, hac cogitatióne commóti, appósitis rerum divinárum meditatiónibus, exercérent sese ut audírent quid in eis loquerétur Dóminus, suísque cupiditátibus ac rebus humánis posthábitis, se totos ad Dei nutum atque arbítrium fígerent. Clamárent útique ex ánimo: Dómine, ecce adsum; quid me vis fácere? Mitte me quocúmque tibi cordi est, vel usque in Indiam.
Second Reading
A letter from St Francis Xavier to St Ignatius

Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel

We have visited the villages of the new converts who accepted the Christian religion a few years ago. No Portuguese live here, the country is so utterly barren and poor. The native Christians have no priests. They know only that they are Christians. There is nobody to say Mass for them; nobody to teach them the Creed, the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Commandments of God’s Law.
  I have not stopped since the day I arrived. I conscientiously made the rounds of the villages. I bathed in the sacred waters all the children who had not yet been baptized. This means that I have purified a very large number of children so young that, as the saying goes, they could not tell their right hand from their left. The older children would not let me say my Office or eat or sleep until I taught them one prayer or another. Then I began to understand: “The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
  I could not refuse so devout a request without failing in devotion myself. I taught them, first the confession of faith in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, then the Apostles’ Creed, the Our Father and Hail Mary. I noticed among them persons of great intelligence. If only someone could educate them in the Christian way of life, I have no doubt that they would make excellent Christians.
  Many, many people hereabouts are not becoming Christians for one reason only: there is nobody to make them Christians. Again and again I have thought of going round the universities of Europe, especially Paris, and everywhere crying out like a madman, riveting the attention of those with more learning than charity: “What a tragedy: how many souls are being shut out of heaven and falling into hell, thanks to you!”
  I wish they would work as hard at this as they do at their books, and so settle their account with God for their learning and the talents entrusted to them.
  This thought would certainly stir most of them to meditate on spiritual realities, to listen actively to what God is saying to them. They would forget their own desires, their human affairs, and give themselves over entirely to God’s will and his choice. They would cry out with all their heart: Lord, I am here! What do you want me to do? Send me anywhere you like – even to India.
Responsorium
Lc 10, 2; Act 1, 8
℟. Messis quidem multa, operárii autem pauci;* Rogáte ergo Dóminum messis, ut mittat operários in messem suam.
℣. Accipiétis virtútem superveniéntis Spíritus Sancti in vos et éritis mihi testes usque ad últimum terræ.* Rogáte.
Responsory
℟. The harvest is rich but the labourers are few,* so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.
℣. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses to the ends of the earth;* so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.

Canticum
Te Deum laudámus:* te Dóminum confitémur.
Te ætérnum Patrem,* omnis terra venerátur.
Tibi omnes ángeli,*
  tibi cæli et univérsæ potestátes:
tibi chérubim et séraphim*
  incessábili voce proclámant:
Sanctus,* Sanctus,* Sanctus*
  Dóminus Deus Sábaoth.
Pleni sunt cæli et terra* maiestátis glóriæ tuæ.
Te gloriósus* Apostolórum chorus,
te prophetárum* laudábilis númerus,
te mártyrum candidátus* laudat exércitus.
Te per orbem terrárum*
  sancta confitétur Ecclésia,
Patrem* imménsæ maiestátis;
venerándum tuum verum* et únicum Fílium;
Sanctum quoque* Paráclitum Spíritum.
Tu rex glóriæ,* Christe.
Tu Patris* sempitérnus es Fílius.
Tu, ad liberándum susceptúrus hóminem,*
  non horruísti Vírginis úterum.
Tu, devícto mortis acúleo,*
  aperuísti credéntibus regna cælórum.
Tu ad déxteram Dei sedes,* in glória Patris.
Iudex créderis* esse ventúrus.
Te ergo quæsumus, tuis fámulis súbveni,*
  quos pretióso sánguine redemísti.
Ætérna fac cum sanctis tuis* in glória numerári.
Haec ultima pars hymni ad libitum omitti potest:
Salvum fac pópulum tuum, Dómine,*
  et bénedic hereditáti tuæ.
Et rege eos,* et extólle illos usque in ætérnum.
Per síngulos dies* benedícimus te;
et laudámus nomen tuum in sæculum,*
  et in sæculum sæculi.
Dignáre, Dómine, die isto*
sine peccáto nos custodíre.
Miserére nostri, Dómine,* miserére nostri.
Fiat misericórdia tua, Dómine, super nos,*
  quemádmodum sperávimus in te.
In te, Dómine, sperávi:*
  non confúndar in ætérnum.
CanticleTe Deum
God, we praise you; Lord, we proclaim you!
You, the Father, the eternal –
all the earth venerates you.
All the angels, all the heavens, every power –
The cherubim, the seraphim –
unceasingly, they cry:
“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts:
heaven and earth are full of the majesty of your glory!”
The glorious choir of Apostles –
The noble ranks of prophets –
The shining army of martyrs –
all praise you.
Throughout the world your holy Church proclaims you.
– Father of immeasurable majesty,
– True Son, only-begotten, worthy of worship,
– Holy Spirit, our Advocate.
You, Christ:
– You are the king of glory.
– You are the Father’s eternal Son.
– You, to free mankind, did not disdain a Virgin’s womb.
– You defeated the sharp spear of Death, and opened the kingdom of heaven to those who believe in you.
– You sit at God’s right hand, in the glory of the Father.
– You will come, so we believe, as our Judge.
And so we ask of you: give help to your servants, whom you set free at the price of your precious blood.
Number them among your chosen ones in eternal glory.
The final part of the hymn may be omitted:
Bring your people to safety, Lord, and bless those who are your inheritance.
Rule them and lift them high for ever.
Day by day we bless you, Lord: we praise you for ever and for ever.
Of your goodness, Lord, keep us without sin for today.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us.
Let your pity, Lord, be upon us, as much as we trust in you.
In you, Lord, I trust: let me never be put to shame.

Oremus.
  Deus, qui beáti Francísci prædicatióne multos tibi pópulos acquisísti, da ut fidélium ánimi eódem fídei zelo férveant et ubérrima ubíque prole Ecclésia sancta lætétur.
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.
Lord God, you won so many peoples to yourself
  by the preaching of Saint Francis Xavier.
Give us the same zeal that he had for the faith,
  and let your Church rejoice
  and see the virtue and number of her children increase
  throughout the world.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of 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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