Monday 23 May 2022    (other days)
Monday of the 6th week of Eastertide 

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.

Lætáre, cælum, désuper,
appláude, tellus ac mare:
Christus resúrgens post crucem
vitam dedit mortálibus.
Iam tempus accéptum redit,
dies salútis cérnitur,
quo mundus Agni sánguine
refúlsit a calígine.
Mors illa, mortis pássio,
est críminis remíssio;
illǽsa virtus pérmanet,
victus dedit victóriam.
Nostræ fuit gustus spei
hic, ut fidéles créderent
se posse post resúrgere,
vitam beátam súmere.
Nunc ergo pascha cándidum
causa bonórum tálium
colámus omnes strénue
tanto repléti múnere.
Esto perénne méntibus
paschále, Iesu, gáudium
et nos renátos grátiæ
tuis triúmphis ággrega.
Iesu, tibi sit glória,
qui morte victa prǽnites,
cum Patre et almo Spíritu,
in sempitérna sǽcula. Amen.
Love’s redeeming work is done,
fought the fight, the battle won.
Lo, our Sun’s eclipse is o’er!
Lo, he sets in blood no more!
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal!
Christ has burst the gates of hell;
death in vain forbids him rise;
Christ has opened paradise.
Lives again our victor King;
where, O death, is now thy sting?
Dying once, he all doth save;
where thy victory, O grave?
Soar we now where Christ has led,
following our exalted Head;
made like him, like him we rise,
ours the cross, the grave, the skies.
Hail the Lord of earth and heaven!
Praise to thee by both be given:
thee we greet triumphant now;
hail, the Resurrection thou!

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, allelúia.
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, allelúia.

Psalm 30 (31)

Lord, let your face shine on your servant. Alleluia.
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. Alleluia.

Ps 30:20-25

Benedíctus Dóminus, quóniam mirificávit misericórdiam suam mihi, allelúia.
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, allelúia.

Psalm 30 (31)

Blessed be the Lord, who has shown me the wonders of his love. Alleluia.
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. Alleluia.

℣. Cor meum et caro mea, allelúia.
℟. Exsultavérunt in Deum vivum, allelúia.
℣. My heart and my soul ring out their joy, alleluia.
℟. To God, the living God, alleluia.

Lectio prior
De Epístola prima beáti Ioánnis apóstoli 2, 1-11

Mandatum novum

1Filíoli mei, hæc scribo vobis, ut non peccétis. Sed si quis peccáverit, advocátum habémus ad Patrem, Iesum Christum iustum; 2et ipse est propitiátio pro peccátis nostris, non pro nostris autem tantum sed étiam pro totíus mundi.
  3Et in hoc cognóscimus quóniam nóvimus eum: si mandáta eius servémus. 4Qui dicit: «Novi eum», et mandáta eius non servat, mendax est, et in isto véritas non est; 5qui autem servat verbum eius, vere in hoc cáritas Dei consummáta est. In hoc cognóscimus quóniam in ipso sumus. 6Qui dicit se in ipso manére, debet, sicut ille ambulávit, et ipse ambuláre.
  7Caríssimi, non mandátum novum scribo vobis, sed mandátum vetus, quod habuístis ab inítio: mandátum vetus est verbum, quod audístis. 8Verúmtamen mandátum novum scribo vobis, quod est verum in ipso et in vobis, quóniam ténebræ tránseunt, et lumen verum iam lucet. 9Qui dicit se in luce esse et fratrem suum odit, in ténebris est usque adhuc. 10Qui díligit fratrem suum, in lúmine manet, et scándalum ei non est; 11qui autem odit fratrem suum, in ténebris est et in ténebris ámbulat et nescit quo vadat, quóniam ténebræ obcæcavérunt óculos eius.
First Reading1 John 2:1-11 ©

A new commandment

I am writing this, my children,
to stop you sinning;
but if anyone should sin,
we have our advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ, who is just;
he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away,
and not only ours,
but the whole world’s.
We can be sure that we know God
only by keeping his commandments.
Anyone who says, ‘I know him’,
and does not keep his commandments,
is a liar,
refusing to admit the truth.
But when anyone does obey what he has said,
God’s love comes to perfection in him.
We can be sure that we are in God
only when the one who claims to be living in him
is living the same kind of life as Christ lived.
My dear people,
this is not a new commandment that I am writing to tell you,
but an old commandment
that you were given from the beginning,
the original commandment which was the message brought to you.
Yet in another way, what I am writing to you,
and what is being carried out in your lives as it was in his,
is a new commandment;
because the night is over
and the real light is already shining.
Anyone who claims to be in the light
but hates his brother
is still in the dark.
But anyone who loves his brother is living in the light
and need not be afraid of stumbling;
unlike the man who hates his brother and is in the darkness,
not knowing where he is going,
because it is too dark to see.
Io 13, 34; 1 Io 2, 10 a. 3
℟. Mandátum novum do vobis: ut diligátis ínvicem, sicut diléxi vos.* Qui díligit fratrem suum, in lúmine manet, allelúia.
℣. In hoc cognóscimus quóniam nóvimus Christum, si mandáta eius servémus.* Qui díligit.
Jn 13:34; 1 Jn 2:10,3
℟. I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you.* Anyone who loves his brother lives in the light, alleluia.
℣. We can only be sure that we know God if we keep his commandments.* Anyone who loves his brother lives in the light, alleluia.

Lectio altera
Ex Tractátu Dídymi Alexandríni de Trinitáte
(Lib. 2, 12: PG 39, 667-674)

Spiritus Sanctus renovat nos baptismo

Rénovat nos in baptísmo Spíritus Sanctus ut Deus, una cum Patre et Fílio, nosque ex defórmi statu ad prístinam pulchritúdinem redúcit, ac sua implet grátia, ádeo ut nullam ámplius rem, quæ expeténda non sit, cápere possímus; et líberat a peccáto atque a morte; et ex terrénis, id est, ex terra et cínere, spiritáles facit, et partícipes divínæ glóriæ, et fílios et herédes Dei ac Patris, et confórmes imáginis Fílii, et coherédes eius, et fratres, una cum eo glorificándos, simúlque cum ipso regnatúros; et pro terra rursus donat cælum, et paradísum liberáliter largítur; et ángelis iam honoratióres facit; et divínis piscínæ fluéntis tantam gehénnæ inexstinguíbilem flammam exstínguit.
  Duæ sunt enim homínibus conceptiónes, áltera ex nostris corpóribus, áltera ex divíno Spíritu. De utráque apte scripsérunt dogmátici viri. Ego vero uniuscuiúsque et nomen ascríbam et doctrínam ipsam.
  Ioánnes: Quotquot autem accepérunt eum, dedit eis potestátem fílios Dei fíeri, his qui credunt in nomen eius, qui non ex sanguínibus, neque ex voluntáte carnis, neque ex voluntáte viri, sed ex Deo nati sunt.
  Quotquot, inquit, in Christum credidérunt, potestátem accepérunt ut fílii Dei efficeréntur, id est Spíritus Sancti, utque congéneres fíerent Dei. Ut enim osténderet, quod génerans ille Deus Spíritus Sanctus est, subiúnxit ex persóna Christi: Amen, amen dico tibi: Nisi quis génitus fúerit ex aqua et Spíritu, non potest introíre in regnum Dei.
  Visibíliter enim visíbile nostrum corpus piscína parit, ministrántibus sacerdótibus; spiritáliter autem corpus simul et ánimam, ministrántibus ángelis, Spíritus Dei, qui ómnibus intellegéntiis invisíbilis est, baptízat ipse in semetípsum, et regénerat.
  Nam Baptísta quoque histórice et consentánee cum hac locutióne: Ex aqua et Spíritu, ait de Christo: Ille vos baptizábit in Spíritu Sancto, et igne. Cum enim fíctile sit vas humánum, ídeo primum índiget ut per aquam purificétur, deínde ut per spiritálem ignem roborétur ac perficiátur (est enim Deus ignis consúmens); atque ita Spíritu Sancto índiget, a quo perféctum fiat et renovétur, novit enim spiritális ignis étiam irrigáre, novit spiritális aqua étiam reconfláre.
Second Reading
From the treatise On the Trinity by Didymus of Alexandria

The Holy Spirit renews us in baptism

The Holy Spirit renews us in baptism through his godhead, which he shares with the Father and the Son. Finding us in a state of deformity, the Spirit restores our original beauty and fills us with his grace, leaving no room for anything unworthy of our love. The Spirit frees us from sin and death, and changes us from the earthly men we were, men of dust and ashes, into spiritual men, sharers in the divine glory, sons and heirs of God the Father who bear a likeness to the Son and are his co-heirs and brothers, destined to reign with him and to share his glory. In place of earth the Spirit reopens heaven to us and gladly admits us into paradise, giving us even now greater honour than the angels, and by the holy waters of baptism extinguishing the unquenchable fires of hell.
  We men are conceived twice: to the human body we owe our first conception, to the divine Spirit, our second. John says: To all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God. These were born not by human generation, not by the desire of the flesh, not by the will of man, but of God. All who believed in Christ, he says, received power to become children of God, that is, of the Holy Spirit, and to gain kinship with God. To show that their parent was God the Holy Spirit, he adds these words of Christ: I give you this solemn warning, that without being born of water and the Spirit, no one can enter the kingdom of God.
  Visibly, through the ministry of priests, the font gives symbolic birth to our visible bodies. Invisibly, through the ministry of angels, the Spirit of God, whom even the mind’s eye cannot see, baptizes into himself both our souls and bodies, giving them a new birth.
  Speaking quite literally, and also in harmony with the words of water and the Spirit, John the Baptist says of Christ: He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Since we are only vessels of clay, we must first be cleansed in water and then hardened by spiritual fire – for God is a consuming fire. We need the Holy Spirit to perfect and renew us, for spiritual fire can cleanse us, and spiritual water can recast us as in a furnace and make us into new men.
Cf. Is 44, 3. 4; Io 4, 14 b
℟. Effúndam aquas super terram sitiéntem, et fluénta super áridam; effúndam Spíritum meum,* Et germinábunt quasi sálices iuxta præterfluéntes aquas, allelúia.
℣. Fiet fons aquæ saliéntis in vitam ætérnam.* Et germinábunt.
℟. I will pour out water on the thirsty soil, streams on the dry ground, I will pour out my spirit on your descendants,* and they shall grow like poplars by running streams, alleluia.
℣. The water that I shall give will turn into a spring, welling up to eternal life,* and they shall grow like poplars by running streams, alleluia.

  Concéde, miséricors Deus, ut, quod paschálibus exséquimur institútis, fructíferum nobis omni témpore sentiámus.
Per Dóminum nostrum Iesum Christum, Fílium tuum,
qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus,
per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum.
Let us pray.
God of mercy,
  let the mystery we celebrate at Eastertide
  bear fruit for us in every season.
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.

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

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