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Thursday 16 September 2021    (other days)
Saint Ninian, Bishop 
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,
Strénuum bello púgilem supérni
chrísmatis pleno tuus unxit intus
Spíritus dono, posuítque sanctam
páscere gentem.
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
Where true love is dwelling, God is dwelling there:
Love’s own loving Presence love does ever share.
Love of Christ has made us out of many one;
In our midst is dwelling God’s eternal Son.
Give him joyful welcome, love him and revere:
Cherish one another with a love sincere.

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 beáti Pauli apóstoli ad Titum 1, 7-11; 2, 1-8

Doctrina Apostoli de episcoporum dotibus et officiis

Caríssime: 1,7Opórtet epíscopum sine crímine esse sicut Dei dispensatórem, non supérbum, non iracúndum, non vinoléntum, non percussórem, non turpis lucri cúpidum, 8sed hospitálem, benígnum, sóbrium, iustum, sanctum, continéntem, 9amplecténtem eum, qui secúndum doctrínam est, fidélem sermónem, ut potens sit et exhortári in doctrína sana et eos, qui contradícunt, argúere.
  10Sunt enim multi et non subiécti vaníloqui et seductóres, máxime qui de circumcisióne sunt, 11quibus opórtet siléntium impónere, quia univérsas domos subvértunt docéntes, quæ non opórtet, turpis lucri grátia.
  2,1Tu autem lóquere, quæ decent sanam doctrínam.
  2Senes, ut sóbrii sint, pudíci, prudéntes, sani fide, dilectióne, patiéntia.
  3Anus simíliter in hábitu sanctæ, non criminatríces, non vino multo déditæ, bene docéntes, 4ut prudéntiam dóceant adulescéntulas, ut viros suos ament, fílios díligant, 5prudéntes sint, castæ, domus curam habéntes, benígnæ, súbditæ suis viris, ut non blasphemétur verbum Dei.
  6Iúvenes simíliter hortáre, ut sóbrii sint. 7In ómnibus teípsum præbens exémplum bonórum óperum, in doctrína integritátem, gravitátem, 8in verbo sano irreprehensíbilem, ut is, qui ex advérso est, vereátur, nihil habens malum dícere de nobis.
First Reading
Titus 1:7-11,2:1-8 ©
Since, as president, he will be God’s representative, each elder must be irreproachable: never an arrogant or hot-tempered man, nor a heavy drinker or violent, nor out to make money; but a man who is hospitable and a friend of all that is good; sensible, moral, devout and self-controlled; and he must have a firm grasp of the unchanging message of the tradition, so that he can be counted on for both expounding the sound doctrine and refuting those who argue against it.
  And in fact you have there a great many people who need to be disciplined, who talk nonsense and try to make others believe it, particularly among those of the Circumcision. They have got to be silenced: men of this kind ruin whole families, by teaching things that they ought not to, and doing it with the vile motive of making money. It is for you, then, to preach the behaviour which goes with healthy doctrine. The older men should be reserved, dignified, moderate, sound in faith and love and constancy. Similarly, the older women should behave as though they were religious, with no scandal-mongering and no habitual wine-drinking – they are to be the teachers of the right behaviour and show the younger women how they should love their husbands and love their children, how they are to be sensible and chaste, and how to work in their homes, and be gentle, and do as their husbands tell them, so that the message of God is never disgraced. In the same way, you have got to persuade the younger men to be moderate and in everything you do make yourself an example to them of working for good: when you are teaching, be an example to them in your sincerity and earnestness and in keeping all that you say so wholesome that nobody can make objections to it; and then any opponent will be at a loss, with no accusation to make against us.
Responsorium
Act 20, 28; 1 Cor 4, 2
℟. Atténdite univérso gregi, in quo vos Spíritus Sanctus pósuit epíscopos* Páscere Ecclésiam Dei, quam Deus acquisívit sánguine Fílii sui.
℣. Quǽritur inter dispensatóres, ut fidélis quis inveniátur.* Páscere.
Responsory
℟. Keep watch over the flock of which the Holy Spirit has given you charge,* as shepherds of the Church of God, which he won for himself by the blood of his own Son.
℣. Stewards are expected to show themselves trustworthy,* as shepherds of the Church of God, which he won for himself by the blood of his own Son.

Lectio altera
Ex Sermónibus sancti Fulgéntii Ruspénsis epíscopi (Sermo 1, 2-3: CCL 91 A, 889-890)

Fidelis et prudens dispensator

Servórum, quos pópulo suo præpósuit, Dóminus, speciále volens offícium demonstráre, ait: Quis, putas est fidélis dispensátor et prudens, quem constítuit dóminus supra famíliam suam, ut det illis in témpore trítici mensúram? Beátus ille servus, quem, cum vénerit dóminus, invénerit ita faciéntem.
  Quis est iste dóminus, fratres? Christus sine dúbio, qui suis discípulis ait: Vocátis me Magíster et Dómine, et bene dícitis, sum étenim.
  Quæ est étiam huius dómini família? Nimírum illa est, quam ipse Dóminus de manu inimíci redémit et suo domínio mancipávit. Hæc autem família sancta est Ecclésia cathólica, quæ per orbem terræ copiósa fertilitáte diffúnditur et redémptam se pretióso sui Dómini sánguine gloriátur. Fílius enim hóminis, sicut ipse ait, non venit ministrári, sed ministráre, et dare ánimam suam, redemptiónem pro multis.
  Ipse est étiam pastor bonus, qui ánimam suam pósuit pro óvibus suis. Grex ergo boni pastóris ipsa est família Redemptóris.
  Dispensátor vero quis sit, quem opórtet esse fidélem páriter et prudéntem, Paulus nobis osténdat apóstolus, qui de se suísque sóciis loquens ait: Sic nos exístimet homo ut minístros Christi et dispensatóres mysteriórum Dei. Hic iam quǽritur inter dispensatóres, ut fidélis quis inveniátur.
  Ne quis autem nostrum solos Apóstolos dispensatóres factos exístimet, neglectóque milítiæ spiritális offício, servus piger infidéliter imprudentérque dormítet, ipse beátus Apóstolus, epíscopos quoque dispensatóres esse osténdens, ait: Opórtet enim epíscopum sine crímine esse, sicut Dei dispensatórem.
  Servi ergo patrisfamílias sumus, dispensatóres Dómini sumus, mensúram trítici, quam vobis erogémus, accépimus.
  Quæ vero sit ista mensúra trítici si quærámus, ipsam quoque nobis beátus Paulus apóstolus osténdit, dicens: Unicuíque sicut Deus divísit mensúram fídei.
  Quam ergo mensúram trítici Christus núncupat, ipsam mensúram fídei Paulus appéllat, ut agnoscámus non áliud esse spiritále tríticum quam christiánæ fídei venerábile sacraméntum. Huius trítici mensúram vobis in nómine Dómini damus, quóties, illumináti dono grátiæ spiritális, secúndum régulam veræ fídei disputámus; et eándem trítici mensúram per domínicos dispensatóres accípitis, cum cotídie per Dei fámulos verbum veritátis audítis.
Second Reading
From the sermons of St Fulgentius of Ruspe

The faithful and wise steward

Wishing to emphasize the special office of the servants whom he has placed in charge of his people, the Lord says, ‘Who, do you think, is the faithful and wise steward whom the Lord sets over his household, to give to them their measure of wheat at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.’
  Who is that master, brethren? Without a doubt it is Christ, who says to his disciples, ‘You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.’
  What, too, is the master’s household ? Doubtless it is the one which the Lord himself ransomed from the hand of the enemy and freed for his own service. This sacred household is the holy, Catholic Church, which is spread through the whole earth with abundant fertility, and glories in the fact that she has been redeemed by the precious blood of her Master. As he himself says, ‘The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.’
  He too, is the good shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep. The flock therefore of the good shepherd is the household of the Redeemer.
  As to who the steward is who ought to be faithful as well as wise, the apostle Paul shows us, when, speaking of himself and his companions, he says, ‘This is how one should regard us, as the servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.’
  Now, lest anyone of us should think that it is only the apostles that have been made stewards, and lest anyone should neglect the duty of his spiritual military service and like a lazy servant yield unfaithfully and unwisely to sleep, the blessed Apostle shows us that the bishops also are stewards, when he says, ‘For a bishop, as God’s steward, must be blameless.’
  We therefore are the servants of the master of the household, we are the stewards of the Lord, we have received the measure of wheat to disburse to you.
  If we should ask what the measure of wheat is, the blessed apostle Paul explains it also, saying, ‘To each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him.’
  What therefore Christ calls the measure of wheat, Paul calls the measure of faith, so that we can learn that this spiritual wheat is nothing else but the revered sacrament of the Christian faith. The measure of this wheat we give you in the name of the Lord as often as we discourse according to the rule of the true faith, being enlightened by the gift of spiritual grace; and you receive this same measure of wheat by the hands of the stewards of the Lord when daily you hear the word of truth from the servants of God’s household.
ResponsoriumMt 25, 21. 20
℟. Euge, serve bone et fidélis. Super pauca fuísti fidélis, supra multa te constítuam:* Intra in gáudium Dómini tui.
℣. Dómine, quinque talénta tradidísti mihi, ecce ália quinque superlucrátus sum.*Intra.
Responsory
℟. Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater.* Come and join in your master’s happiness.
℣. Lord, you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made.* Come and join in your master’s happiness.

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 beátum N. divína caritáte flagrántem fidéque, quæ vincit mundum, insígnem sanctis pastóribus mirabíliter aggregásti, præsta, quǽsumus, ut, ipso intercedénte, nos quoque, in fide et caritáte perseverántes, eius glóriæ consórtes fíeri mereámur.
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 our God, you brought the Picts and Britons to a knowledge of the faith
  through the teaching of Saint Ninian, the bishop.
In your goodness, listen to our prayers:
  grant that we who have received from him the light of your truth
  may remain strong in faith and active in works of charity.
We ask this 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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