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Monday 26 July 2021    (other days)
Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
 on Monday of week 17 in Ordinary Time

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
Inclitos Christi fámulos canámus,
quos, fide claros nitidísque gestis,
hac die tellus sociáta cælo
láudibus ornat.
Quippe qui mites, húmiles, pudíci,
nésciam culpæ coluére vitam,
donec e terris ánimus volávit
liber ad astra.
Inde iam gaudent míseris adésse,
fléntium tergunt lácrimas, medéntur
méntium plagis, vitiáta reddunt
membra salúti.
Nostra laus ergo résonet benígnis
his Dei servis referátque grates,
qui pia pergant ope nos iuváre
rebus in arctis.
Sit Deo soli decus et potéstas,
laus in excélsis honor ac perénnis,
qui suis totum móderans gubérnat
légibus orbem. Amen.
Hymn
O God of truth, prepare our minds
To hear and heed your holy word;
Fill every heart that longs for you
With your mysterious presence, Lord.
Almighty Father, with your Son
And blessed Spirit, hear our prayer:
Teach us to love eternal truth
And seek its freedom everywhere.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Ps 6:2-11
Homo afflictus Domini clementiam implorat

Nunc anima mea turbata est ... Pater, salvifica me ex hora hac?” (Io 12, 27).

Salvum me fac, Dómine, propter misericórdiam tuam.
2Dómine, ne in furóre tuo árguas me,*
  neque in ira tua corrípias me.
3Miserére mei, Dómine, quóniam infírmus sum;*
  sana me, Dómine, quóniam conturbáta sunt ossa mea.
4Et ánima mea turbáta est valde,*
  sed tu, Dómine, úsquequo?
5Convértere, Dómine, éripe ánimam meam;*
  salvum me fac propter misericórdiam tuam.
6Quóniam non est in morte, qui memor sit tui,*
  in inférno autem quis confitébitur tibi?
7Laborávi in gémitu meo,†
  lavábam per síngulas noctes lectum meum;*
  lácrimis meis stratum meum rigábam.
8Turbátus est a mæróre óculus meus,*
  inveterávi inter omnes inimícos meos.
9Discédite a me omnes, qui operámini iniquitátem,*
  quóniam exaudívit Dóminus vocem fletus mei.
10Exaudívit Dóminus deprecatiónem meam,*
  Dóminus oratiónem meam suscépit.
11Erubéscant et conturbéntur veheménter omnes inimíci mei;*
  convertántur et erubéscant valde velóciter.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Salvum me fac, Dómine, propter misericórdiam tuam.

Psalm 6
A prayer for relief from affliction

Lord, save me in your merciful love.
Lord, do not condemn me in your fury:
  do not destroy me in your anger.
Take pity on me, Lord, for I am sick;
  heal me, Lord, for my bones are in disarray.
My spirit is deeply disturbed,
  and you, Lord – how long?
Turn to me, Lord, rescue my spirit:
  in your pity, save me.
If I die, how can I praise you?
  Can anyone in the underworld proclaim your name?
I struggle and groan,
  soak my bed with weeping night after night;
my eyes are troubled with sadness:
  I grow older as my enemies watch.
Leave me, all who do evil,
  for the Lord has heard my voice as I wept.
The Lord listened to my prayer,
  granted me what I asked.
Let my enemies be ashamed and confounded:
  let shame and confusion overtake them soon.
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.
Lord, save me in your merciful love.

Ps 9A:2-11
Gratiarum actio pro victoria

Iterum venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos.

Factus est Dóminus refúgium páuperi in tribulatióne.
2Confitébor tibi, Dómine, in toto corde meo,*
  narrábo ómnia mirabília tua.
3Lætábor et exsultábo in te,*
  psallam nómini tuo, Altíssime.
4Cum convertúntur inimíci mei retrórsum,*
  infirmántur et péreunt a fácie tua.
5Quóniam fecísti iudícium meum et causam meam,*
  sedísti super thronum, qui iúdicas iustítiam.
6Increpásti gentes, perdidísti ímpium;*
  nomen eórum delésti in ætérnum et in sǽculum sǽculi.
7Inimíci defecérunt,*
  solitúdines sempitérnæ factæ sunt;
et civitátes destruxísti:*
  périit memória eórum cum ipsis.
8Dóminus autem in ætérnum sedébit,*
  parávit in iudícium thronum suum
9et ipse iudicábit orbem terræ in iustítia,*
  iudicábit pópulos in æquitáte.
10Et erit Dóminus refúgium opprésso,*
  refúgium in opportunitátibus, in tribulatióne.
11Et sperent in te, qui novérunt nomen tuum,*
  quóniam non dereliquísti quæréntes te, Dómine.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Factus est Dóminus refúgium páuperi in tribulatióne.

Psalm 9A (9)
Thanksgiving for victory

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed in times of distress.
I will thank you, Lord, with all my heart;
  I will tell of your wonders.
I will rejoice in you and triumph,
  make music to your name, O Most High.
Because my enemies are in full retreat;
  they stumble and perish at your presence.
For you have given judgement in my favour,
  upheld my case,
  taken your seat on the throne of judgement.
You have rebuked the nations,
  condemned the wicked,
  wiped out their name for ever and for ever.
My enemies are no more;
  their land is a desert for ever.
You have demolished their cities,
  their very memory is wiped away.
But the Lord will reign for ever:
  he has made his throne his judgement-seat.
He himself will judge the whole world in justice,
  judge the peoples impartially.
The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed,
  a refuge in good times and in bad.
Let them put their hope in you, those who know your name;
  for you, Lord, have never abandoned those who seek you.
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 a stronghold for the oppressed in times of distress.

Ps 9A:12-21

Annuntiábo laudatiónes tuas in portis fíliæ Sion.
12Psállite Dómino, qui hábitat in Sion;*
  annuntiáte inter gentes stúdia eius.
13Quóniam requírens sánguinem recordátus est eórum,*
  non est oblítus clamórem páuperum.
14Miserére mei, Dómine;†
  vide afflictiónem meam de inimícis meis,*
  qui exáltas me de portis mortis,
15ut annúntiem omnes laudatiónes tuas in portis fíliæ Sion,*
  exsúltem in salutári tuo.
16Infíxæ sunt gentes in fóvea, quam fecérunt;†
  in láqueo isto, quem abscondérunt,*
  comprehénsus est pes eórum.
17Manifestávit se Dóminus iudícium fáciens;*
  in opéribus mánuum suárum comprehénsus est peccátor.
18Converténtur peccatóres in inférnum,*
  omnes gentes, quæ obliviscúntur Deum.
19Quóniam non in finem oblívio erit páuperis;*
  exspectátio páuperum non períbit in ætérnum.
20Exsúrge, Dómine, non confortétur homo;*
  iudicéntur gentes in conspéctu tuo.
21Constítue, Dómine, terrórem super eos,*
  sciant gentes quóniam hómines sunt.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Annuntiábo laudatiónes tuas in portis fíliæ Sion.

Psalm 9A (9)

I will recount all your praise at the gates of the city of Sion.
Sing to the Lord who dwells in Zion,
  proclaim to the nations his loving care.
For he has remembered the poor and avenged them with blood:
  he has not forgotten the cry of the weak.
Take pity on me, Lord:
  see how my enemies torment me.
You raise me up from the gates of death,
  and I will proclaim your praise at the gates of the daughter of Zion;
  I will rejoice in your salvation.
The nations have fallen into the pit that they made,
  into the very trap that they set: their feet are caught fast.
The Lord’s justice shines forth:
  the sinner is trapped by his very own action.
Sinners will go down to the underworld,
  and all nations that forget God.
For the weak will not always be forgotten:
  the hope of the weak will never perish.
Rise up, Lord, let men not be complacent:
  let the nations come before you to be judged.
Put fear into them, Lord:
  let them know that they are only men.
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 will recount all your praise at the gates of the city of Sion.

℣. Iustum dedúxit Dóminus per vias rectas.
℟. Et osténdit illi regnum Dei.
℣. The Lord led the virtuous man along straight paths.
℟. He showed him the kingdom of God.

Lectio prior
De Epístola secúnda beáti Pauli apóstoli ad Corínthios 8, 1-24

Rogat Paulus collectam pro Ierusalem

1Notam fácimus vobis, fratres, grátiam Dei, quæ data est in ecclésiis Macedóniæ, 2quod in multo experiménto tribulatiónis abundántia gáudii ipsórum et altíssima paupértas eórum abundávit in divítias simplicitátis eórum; 3quia secúndum virtútem, testimónium reddo, et supra virtútem voluntárii fuérunt 4cum multa exhortatióne obsecrántes nos grátiam et communicatiónem ministérii, quod fit in sanctos. 5Et non sicut sperávimus, sed semetípsos dedérunt primum Dómino, deínde nobis per voluntátem Dei, 6ita ut rogarémus Titum, ut, quemádmodum cœpit, ita et perfíciat in vos étiam grátiam istam.
  7Sed sicut in ómnibus abundátis, fide et sermóne et sciéntia et omni sollicitúdine et caritáte ex nobis in vobis, ut et in hac grátia abundétis. 8Non quasi ímperans dico, sed per aliórum sollicitúdinem étiam vestræ caritátis ingénitum bonum cómprobans; 9scitis enim grátiam Dómini nostri Iesu Christi, quóniam propter vos egénus factus est, cum esset dives, ut illíus inópia vos dívites essétis. 10Et consílium in hoc do. Hoc enim vobis útile est, qui non solum fácere sed et velle cœpístis ab anno prióre; 11nunc vero et facto perfícite, ut, quemádmodum promptus est ánimus velle, ita sit et perfícere ex eo, quod habétis. 12Si enim volúntas prompta est, secúndum id quod habet, accépta est, non secúndum quod non habet. 13Non enim, ut áliis sit remíssio, vobis autem tribulátio; sed ex æqualitáte 14in præsénti témpore vestra abundántia illórum inópiam súppleat, ut et illórum abundántia vestram inópiam súppleat, ut fiat æquálitas, sicut scriptum est: 15« Qui multum, non abundávit; et, qui módicum, non minorávit».
  16Grátias autem Deo, qui dedit eándem sollicitúdinem, pro vobis in corde Titi, 17quóniam exhortatiónem quidem suscépit, sed, cum sollicítior esset, sua voluntáte proféctus est ad vos. 18Mísimus étiam cum illo fratrem, cuius laus est in evangélio per omnes ecclésias 19—non solum autem sed et ordinátus ab ecclésiis comes noster cum hac grátia, quæ ministrátur a nobis ad Dómini glóriam et destinátam voluntátem nostram— 20devitántes hoc, ne quis nos vitúperet in hac plenitúdine, quæ ministrátur a nobis; 21 providémus enim bona non solum coram Dómino sed étiam coram homínibus. 22Mísimus autem cum illis et fratrem nostrum, quem probávimus in multis sæpe sollícitum esse, nunc autem multo sollicitiórem, confidéntia multa in vos.
  23Sive pro Tito, est sócius meus et in vos adiútor; sive fratres nostri, apóstoli ecclesiárum, glória Christi. 24Ostensiónem ergo, quæ est caritátis vestræ et nostræ gloriatiónis pro vobis, in illos osténdite in fáciem ecclesiárum.
First Reading
2 Corinthians 8:1-24 ©

Paul requests a collection for Jerusalem

Now here, brothers, is the news of the grace of God which was given in the churches in Macedonia; and of how, throughout great trials by suffering, their constant cheerfulness and their intense poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity. I can swear that they gave not only as much as they could afford, but far more, and quite spontaneously, begging and begging us for the favour of sharing in this service to the saints and, what was quite unexpected, they offered their own selves first to God and, under God, to us.
  Because of this, we have asked Titus, since he has already made a beginning, to bring this work of mercy to the same point of success among you. You always have the most of everything – of faith, of eloquence, of understanding, of keenness for any cause, and the biggest share of our affection – so we expect you to put the most into this work of mercy too. It is not an order that I am giving you; I am just testing the genuineness of your love against the keenness of others. Remember how generous the Lord Jesus was: he was rich, but he became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of his poverty. As I say, I am only making a suggestion; it is only fair to you, since you were the first, a year ago, not only in taking action but even in deciding to. So now finish the work and let the results be worthy, as far as you can afford it, of the decision you made promptly. As long as the readiness is there, a man is acceptable with whatever he can afford; never mind what is beyond his means. This does not mean that to give relief to others you ought to make things difficult for yourselves: it is a question of balancing what happens to be your surplus now against their present need, and one day they may have something to spare that will supply your own need. That is how we strike a balance: as scripture says: The man who gathered much had none too much, the man who gathered little did not go short.
  I thank God for putting into Titus’ heart the same concern for you that I have myself. He did what we asked him; indeed he is more concerned than ever, and is visiting you on his own initiative. As his companion we are sending the brother who is famous in all the churches for spreading the gospel. More than that, he happens to be the same brother who has been elected by the churches to be our companion on this errand of mercy that, for the glory of God, we have undertaken to satisfy our impatience to help. We hope that in this way there will be no accusations made about our administering such a large fund; for we are trying to do right not only in the sight of God but also in the sight of men. To accompany these, we are sending a third brother, of whose keenness we have often had proof in many different ways, and who is particularly keen about this, because he has great confidence in you. Titus, perhaps I should add, is my own colleague and fellow worker in your interests; the other two brothers, who are delegates of the churches, are a real glory to Christ. So then, in front of all the churches, give them a proof of your love, and prove to them that we are right to be proud of you.
Responsorium
2 Cor 8, 9; Phil 2, 7 a
℟. Scitis grátiam Dómini nostri Iesu Christi, quóniam propter vos egénus factus est, cum esset dives,* Ut illíus inópia vos dívites essétis.
℣. Semetípsum exinanívit, formam servi accípiens.* Ut illíus.
Responsory
2 Co 8:9; Ph 2:7
℟. You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.* Rich as he was, he made himself poor for your sake in order to make you rich by means of his poverty.
℣. He gave up his equality with God and took the nature of a servant.* Rich as he was, he made himself poor for your sake in order to make you rich by means of his poverty.

Lectio altera
Ex Sermónibus sancti Ioánnis Damascéni presbýteri (Orat. 6, in Nativitatem Beatæ Mariæ Virginis, 2. 4. 5. 6: PG 96, 663. 667. 670)

Ex fructibus eorum cognoscetis eos

Quóniam futúrum erat ut Dei Génetrix Virgo ex Anna nascerétur, natúra grátiæ germen antevértere non ausa est; sed mansit fructus expers, dum grátia fructum éderet. Nasci síquidem primogénitam oportébat, ex qua nascitúrus esset omnis creatúræ primogénitus, in quo ómnia constant.
  O par beátum Ióachim et Anna! Vobis omnis creatúra obstrícta est. Per vos enim donum ómnium donórum præstantíssimum Creatóri óbtulit, nempe castam matrem, quæ sola Creatóre digna erat.
  Lætáre, Anna stérilis, quæ non paris: erúmpe et clama, quæ non párturis. Exsúlta, Ióachim, quóniam ex fília tua puer natus est nobis, et fílius datus est nobis, et vocábitur nomen eius magni consílii, salútis univérsi mundi, Angelus, Deus fortis. Puer iste Deus est.
  O beátum par Ióachim etAnna, immaculatíssimum prorsus! Ex fructu ventris vestri cognoscímini, velut alícubi Dóminus ait: Ex frúctibus eórum cognoscétis eos. Uti Deo gratum erat, atque ea dignum quæ ex vobis orta est, vitæ vestræ ratiónes instituístis. Casta enim et sancta conversatióne vestra virginitátis moníle protulístis, eam, quæ ante partum virgo foret, atque in partu virgo nec non virgo post partum; illam, inquam, quæ sola semper, tum mente tum ánimo, tum étiam córpore virginitátem cultúra esset.
  O castíssimum par Ióachim et Anna! Vos castitátem, quam natúræ lex præscríbit, conservántes, ea quæ natúram súperant, divínitus estis consecúti: mundo quippe Dei matrem viri nésciam peperístis. Vos pie et sancte in humána natúra vitam agéntes, fíliam ángelis superiórem nuncque angelórum dóminam edidístis. O speciosíssima dulcissimáque puélla! O fília Adámi et Dei mater! Beáti lumbi et venter, ex quibus prodiísti! Beátæ ulnæ, quæ te gestavérunt; lábia item, quibus castis ósculis frui concéssa es, paréntum nempe dumtáxat tuórum, ut in ómnibus semper virginitátem cóleres! Iubiláte Deo, omnis terra, cantáte, exsultáte et psállite. Exaltáte vocem vestram, exaltáte, nolíte timére.
Second Reading
From a sermon by Saint John Damascene, bishop

By their fruits you will know them

Anne was to be the mother of the Virgin Mother of God, and hence nature did not dare to anticipate the flowering of grace. Thus nature remained sterile, until grace produced its fruit. For she who was to be born had to be a first born daughter, since she would be the mother of the first-born of all creation, in whom all things are held together.
  Joachim and Anne, how blessed a couple! All creation is indebted to you. For at your hands the Creator was offered a gift excelling all other gifts: a chaste mother, who alone was worthy of him.
  And so rejoice, Anne, that you were sterile and have not borne children; break forth into shouts, you who have not given birth. Rejoice, Joachim, because from your daughter a child is born for us, a son is given us, whose name is Messenger of great counsel and universal salvation, mighty God. For this child is God.
  Joachim and Anne, how blessed and spotless a couple! You will be known by the fruit you have borne, as the Lord says: By their fruits you will know them. The conduct of your life pleased God and was worthy of your daughter. For by the chaste and holy life you led together, you have fashioned a jewel of virginity: she who remained a virgin before, during and after giving birth. She alone for all time would maintain her virginity in mind and soul as well as in body.
  Joachim and Anne, how chaste a couple! While safeguarding the chastity prescribed by the law of nature, you achieved with God’s help something which transcends nature in giving the world the Virgin Mother of God as your daughter. While leading a devout and holy life in your human nature, you gave birth to a daughter nobler than the angels, whose queen she now is. Girl of utter beauty and delight, daughter of Adam and mother of God, blessed the loins and blessed the womb from which you come! Blessed the arms that carried you, and blessed your parents’ lips, which you were allowed to cover with chaste kisses, ever maintaining your virginity. Rejoice in God, all the earth. Sing, exult and sing hymns. Raise your voice, raise it and do not be afraid.
Responsorium
Cf. Lc 2, 37. 38; 7, 16
℟. Ieiúniis et obsecratiónibus Dómino serviébant nocte ac die,* Exspectántes redemptiónem Israel.
℣. Orábant Deum, ut visitáret plebem suam.* Exspectántes.
Responsory
℟. They worshipped God day and night, fasting and praying,* and they looked for the liberation of Israel.
℣. They begged God to come and save his people,* and they looked for the liberation of Israel.

Oremus.
  Dómine, Deus patrum nostrórum, qui beátis Ióachim et Annæ hanc grátiam contulísti, ut ex eis incarnáti Fílii tui Mater nascerétur, utriúsque précibus concéde, ut salútem tuo promíssam pópulo consequámur.
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 of our fathers,
  you bestowed on Saint Joachim and Saint Anne
  this singular grace:
that their daughter, Mary,
  should become the Mother of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Grant, at their intercession,
  the salvation you promised to your people.
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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