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Wednesday 15 December 2021    (other days)
Wednesday of the 3rd week of Advent 

Vespers (Evening Prayer)


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
Cónditor alme síderum,
ætérna lux credéntium,
Christe, redémptor ómnium,
exáudi preces súpplicum.
Qui cóndolens intéritu
mortis períre sǽculum,
salvásti mundum lánguidum,
donans reis remédium,
Vergénte mundi véspere,
uti sponsus de thálamo,
egréssus honestíssima
Vírginis matris cláusula.
Cuius forti poténtiæ
genu curvántur ómnia;
cæléstia, terréstria
nutu faténtur súbdita.
Te, Sancte, fide quǽsumus,
ventúre iudex sǽculi,
consérva nos in témpore
hostis a telo pérfidi.
Sit, Christe, rex piíssime,
tibi Patríque glória
cum Spíritu Paráclito,
in sempitérna sǽcula. Amen.
Hymn
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Come then and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings from the King of kings.
Then cleansed be every Christian breast,
And furnished for so great a guest!
Yea, let us each his heart prepare
For Christ to come and enter there.
For thou art our salvation, Lord,
Our refuge and our great reward;
Without thy grace our souls must fade,
And wither like a flower decayed.
Stretch forth thine hand, to heal our sore,
And make us rise to fall no more;
Once more upon thy people shine,
And fill the world with love divine.
All praise, eternal Son, to thee,
Whose Advent sets thy people free,
Whom, with the Father, we adore,
And Holy Ghost, for evermore.

Ps 125:1-6
Gaudium et spes in Deo

Sicuti socii passionum estis, sic eritis et consolationis” (2 Cor 1, 7).

Qui séminant in lácrimis, in exsultatióne metent.
1In converténdo Dóminus captivitátem Sion,*
  facti sumus quasi somniántes.
2Tunc replétum est gáudio os nostrum,*
  et lingua nostra exsultatióne.
Tunc dicébant inter gentes:*
  «Magnificávit Dóminus fácere cum eis».
5Magnificávit Dóminus fácere nobíscum;*
  facti sumus lætántes.
4Convérte, Dómine, captivitátem nostram,*
  sicut torréntes in austro.
5Qui séminant in lácrimis,*
  in exsultatióne metent.
6Eúntes ibant et flebant*
  semen spargéndum portántes;
veniéntes autem vénient in exsultatióne*
  portántes manípulos suos.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Qui séminant in lácrimis, in exsultatióne metent.

Psalm 125 (126)
Gladness and hope in the Lord

Those who were sowing in tears will sing when they reap.
When the Lord gave Zion back her captives, we became like dreamers.
Our mouths were filled with gladness and our voices cried in exultation.
Among the Gentiles they were saying,
  “By his deeds the Lord has shown himself great.”
The Lord’s deeds showed forth his greatness,
  and filled us with rejoicing.
Give us back our captives, O Lord,
  as you renew the dry streams in the desolate South.
Those who sow in tears will rejoice at the harvest.
They wept as they went, went with seed for the sowing;
but with joy they will come, come bearing the sheaves.
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.
Those who were sowing in tears will sing when they reap.

Ps 126:1-5
Vanus labor sine Domino

Dei ædificatio estis” (1 Cor 3, 9).

Dóminus ædíficet nobis domum et custódiat civitátem.
1Nisi Dóminus ædificáverit domum,*
  in vanum labórant, qui ædíficant eam.
Nisi Dóminus custodíerit civitátem,*
  frustra vígilat, qui custódit eam.
2Vanum est vobis ante lucem súrgere et sero quiéscere,†
  qui manducátis panem labóris,*
  quia dabit diléctis suis somnum.
3Ecce heréditas Dómini fílii,*
  merces fructus ventris.
4Sicut sagíttæ in manu poténtis,*
  ita fílii iuventútis.
5Beátus vir, qui implévit pháretram suam ex ipsis:*
  non confundétur, cum loquétur inimícis suis in porta.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Dóminus ædíficet nobis domum et custódiat civitátem.

Psalm 126 (127)
Without the Lord, we labour in vain

The Lord will build a house for us; he will watch over our city.
If the Lord does not build the house,
  its builders labour in vain.
If the Lord does not watch over a city,
  its watchmen guard it in vain.
It is vain for you to rise before the dawn
  and go late to your rest,
  eating the bread of toil –
  to those he loves, the Lord gives sleep.
The Lord bestows sons as an heirloom,
  the fruit of the womb as a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior –
  so are the sons of one’s youth.
Happy the man who fills his quiver thus:
  when he disputes with his enemies at the gate,
  he will not be the loser.
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 will build a house for us; he will watch over our city.

Canticumcf. Col 1:12-20

Christus primogenitus omnis creaturæ et primogenitus ex mortuis

Ipse primogénitus omnis creatúræ, in ómnibus primátum tenens.
12Grátias agámus Deo Patri,*
  qui idóneos nos fecit in partem sortis sanctórum in lúmine;
13qui erípuit nos de potestáte tenebrárum*
  et tránstulit in regnum Fílii dilectiónis suæ,
14in quo habémus redemptiónem,*
  remissiónem peccatórum;
15qui est imágo Dei invisíbilis,*
  primogénitus omnis creatúræ,
16quia in ipso cóndita sunt univérsa†
  in cælis et in terra,*
  visibília et invisibília,
sive throni sive dominatiónes*
  sive principátus sive potestátes.
Omnia per ipsum et in ipsum creáta sunt,†
  17et ipse est ante ómnia,*
  et ómnia in ipso constant.
18Et ipse est caput córporis ecclésiæ;†
  qui est princípium, primogénitus ex mórtuis,*
  ut sit in ómnibus ipse primátum tenens,
19quia in ipso complácuit omnem plenitúdinem habitáre*
  20et per eum reconciliáre ómnia in ipsum,
pacíficans per sánguinem crucis eius,*
  sive quæ in terris sive quæ in cælis sunt.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Ipse primogénitus omnis creatúræ, in ómnibus primátum tenens.
Canticle(Colossians 1)

Christ, firstborn of all creatures and firstborn from the dead

He is the first-born of all creation, he is supreme over all creatures.
Let us give thanks to God the Father,
  who has made us worthy to share in the light that is the saints’ inheritance.
He has rescued us from the power of the shadows
  and brought us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
in whom we have redemption
  and the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God,
  the first-born of all creation,
for in him all things were created,
  in heaven and on earth,
  visible and invisible,
thrones and dominations,
  principalities and powers.
All things were created through him and for him:
  he is before all things,
  and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the Church.
  He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead,
  and so he is pre-eminent above all.
For it was the Father’s will that the fullness of God should dwell in him,
  and that through him all things should be reconciled to himself.
Through the blood of the Cross he brought peace to all things,
  both on Earth and in the heavens.
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 is the first-born of all creation, he is supreme over all creatures.

Lectio brevis1 Cor 4:5
Nolíte ante tempus quidquam iudicáre, quoadúsque véniat Dóminus, qui et illuminábit abscóndita tenebrárum et manifestábit consília córdium; et tunc laus erit unicuíque a Deo.
Short Reading
1 Corinthians 4:5 ©
There must be no passing of premature judgement. Leave that until the Lord comes; he will light up all that is hidden in the dark and reveal the secret intentions of men’s hearts. Then will be the time for each one to have whatever praise he deserves, from God.

Responsorium breve
℣. Veni ad liberándum nos,* Dómine Deus virtútum. Veni.
℟. Osténde fáciem tuam et salvi érimus.* Dómine Deus virtútum. Glória Patri. Veni.
Short Responsory
Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.
Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.
Let your face smile on us and we shall be safe.
Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Come to us and save us, Lord God almighty.

Canticum

Exsultatio animæ in Domino

Tu es qui ventúrus es, Dómine, quem exspectámus, ut salvum fácias pópulum tuum.
Magníficat*
  ánima mea Dóminum,
et exsultávit spíritus meus*
  in Deo salvatóre meo,
quia respéxit humilitátem ancíllæ suæ.*
  Ecce enim ex hoc beátam me dicent omnes generatiónes,
quia fecit mihi magna, qui potens est,*
  et sanctum nomen eius,
et misericórdia eius in progénies et progénies*
  timéntibus eum.
Fecit poténtiam in bráchio suo,*
  dispérsit supérbos mente cordis sui;
depósuit poténtes de sede*
  et exaltávit húmiles;
esuriéntes implévit bonis*
  et dívites dimísit inánes.
Suscépit Israel púerum suum,*
  recordátus misericórdiæ,
sicut locútus est ad patres nostros,*
  Abraham et sémini eius in sǽcula.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Tu es qui ventúrus es, Dómine, quem exspectámus, ut salvum fácias pópulum tuum.
CanticleMagnificat

My soul rejoices in the Lord

You are the one who is to come, Lord. We look to you to save your people.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
  and my spirit rejoices in God, my salvation.
For he has shown me such favour –
  me, his lowly handmaiden.
Now all generations will call me blessed,
  because the mighty one has done great things for me.
His name is holy,
  his mercy lasts for generation after generation
  for those who revere him.
He has put forth his strength:
  he has scattered the proud and conceited,
  torn princes from their thrones;
  but lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
  the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
  he has remembered his mercy as he promised to our fathers,
  to Abraham and his children 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.
You are the one who is to come, Lord. We look to you to save your people.

Preces
Deum Patrem, qui Fílium suum misit, ut pax sine fine nobis afferrétur, súpplices deprecémur:
Advéniat regnum tuum, Dómine.
Réspice, Pater Sancte, Ecclésiam tuam,
  veni et vísita víneam istam, quam plantávit déxtera tua.
Advéniat regnum tuum, Dómine.
Recordáre, fidélis Deus, ómnium filiórum Abrahæ
  et promissiónem pátribus eórum factam adímple.
Advéniat regnum tuum, Dómine.
Réspice, clementíssime Deus, in omnes gentes,
  ut te honórent super misericórdia tua.
Advéniat regnum tuum, Dómine.
Vísita, Pastor ætérne, oves gregis tui
  et omnes cóngrega in locum páscuæ tuæ.
Advéniat regnum tuum, Dómine.
Meménto étiam ómnium qui in tua pace abiérunt ex hoc mundo:
  in glóriam cum Fílio tuo eos admítte.
Advéniat regnum tuum, Dómine.
Prayers and intercessions
Let us pray to God the Father who is Lord and Ruler of all.
Come and visit your people!
Come as the shepherd to tend your flock;
  gather all men into the unity of the Church.
Come and visit your people!
Lord, remember all the sons of Abraham,
  all who await your promise in faith.
Come and visit your people!
We pray for those who seek to escape from life;
  Lord, give them hope to live by and courage to persevere.
Come and visit your people!
Remember those who have died;
  show them the glory your Son has gained for them.
Come and visit your people!

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificétur nomen tuum;
advéniat regnum tuum;
fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidiánum da nobis hódie;
et dimítte nobis débita nostra,
sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris;
et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem;
sed líbera nos a malo.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
  hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
  Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
  and forgive us our trespasses,
  as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
  but deliver us from evil.

Præsta, quǽsumus, omnípotens Deus, ut Fílii tui ventúra sollémnitas et præséntis nobis vitæ remédia largiátur et prǽmia æterna concédat.
Per Dóminum nostrum Iesum Christum, Fílium tuum,
qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus,
per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Almighty God and Father,
  by our celebration of the coming feast of your Son’s birth,
heal our present ills
  and lead us to eternal joy.
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.

Dóminus nos benedícat, et ab omni malo deféndat, et ad vitam perdúcat ætérnam.
  Amen.
The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
  Amen.

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