Universalis
Saturday 25 May 2024    (other days)
Saint Bede the Venerable, Priest, Doctor 
 on Saturday of week 7 in Ordinary Time

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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
Ætérne sol, qui lúmine
creáta comples ómnia,
supréma lux et méntium,
te corda nostra cóncinunt.
Tuo fovénte Spíritu,
hic viva luminária
fulsére, per quæ sǽculis
patent salútis sémitæ.
Quod verba missa cǽlitus,
natíva mens quod éxhibet,
per hos minístros grátiæ
novo nitóre cláruit.
Horum corónæ párticeps,
doctrína honéstus lúcida,
hic vir beátus splénduit
quem prædicámus láudibus.
Ipso favénte, quǽsumus,
nobis, Deus, percúrrere
da veritátis trámitem,
possímus ut te cónsequi.
Præsta, Pater piíssime,
Patríque compar Unice,
cum Spíritu Paráclito
regnans per omne sǽculum. Amen.
Hymn
How great the tale, that there should be,
In God’s Son’s heart, a place for me!
That on a sinner’s lips like mine
The cross of Jesus Christ should shine!
Christ Jesus, bend me to thy will,
My feet to urge, my griefs to still;
That e’en my flesh and blood may be
A temple sanctified to Thee.
No rest, no calm my soul may win,
Because my body craves to sin;
Till thou, dear Lord, thyself impart
Peace on my head, light in my heart.
May consecration come from far,
Soft shining like the evening star.
My toilsome path make plain to me,
Until I come to rest in thee.

Ps 106:1-16
Pro liberatione gratiarum actio

Verbum misit Deus filiis Israel evangelizans pacem per Iesum Christum” (Act 10, 36).

Confiteántur Dómino misericórdiæ eius et mirabília eius fíliis hóminum.
1Confitémini Dómino, quóniam bonus,*
  quóniam in sǽculum misericórdia eius.
2Dicant, qui redémpti sunt a Dómino,*
  quos redémit de manu adversárii,
3et de regiónibus congregávit eos,†
  a solis ortu et occásu,*
  ab aquilóne et mari.
4Erravérunt in solitúdine, in inaquóso,*
  viam civitátis habitatiónis non invenérunt.
5Esuriéntes et sitiéntes,*
  ánima eórum in ipsis defécit.
6Et clamavérunt ad Dóminum, cum tribularéntur,*
  et de necessitátibus eórum erípuit eos.
7Et dedúxit eos in viam rectam,*
  ut irent in civitátem habitatiónis.
8Confiteántur Dómino propter misericórdiam eius*
  et mirabília eius in fílios hóminum,
9quia satiávit ánimam sitiéntem*
  et ánimam esuriéntem replévit bonis.
10Sedéntes in ténebris et umbra mortis,*
  vincti in mendicitáte et ferro,
11quia exacerbavérunt elóquia Dei*
  et consílium Altíssimi sprevérunt.
12Et humiliávit in labóribus cor eórum,*
  infirmáti sunt, nec fuit qui adiuváret.
13Et clamavérunt ad Dóminum, cum tribularéntur,*
  et de necessitátibus eórum liberávit eos.
14Et edúxit eos de ténebris et umbra mortis*
  et víncula eórum dirúpit.
15Confiteántur Dómino propter misericórdiam eius*
  et mirabília eius in fílios hóminum,
16quia contrívit portas ǽreas*
  et vectes férreos confrégit.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Confiteántur Dómino misericórdiæ eius et mirabília eius fíliis hóminum.

Psalm 106 (107)
Thanksgiving after rescue

Let them thank the Lord for his love, for the wonders he does for men.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
  for his kindness is for ever.
Let them say this, the people the Lord has redeemed,
  those whom he rescued from their enemies
  whom he gathered together from all lands,
  from east and west, from the north and the south.
They wandered through desert and wilderness,
  they could find no way to a city they could dwell in.
Their souls were weary within them,
  weary from hunger and thirst.
They cried to the Lord in their trouble
  and he rescued them from their distress.
He set them on the right path
  towards a city they could dwell in.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his kindness,
  for the wonders he works for men:
the Lord, who feeds hungry creatures
  and gives water to the thirsty to drink.
They sat in the darkness and shadow of death,
  imprisoned in chains and in misery,
because they had rebelled against the words of God
  and spurned the counsels of the Most High.
He wore out their hearts with labour:
  they were weak, there was no-one to help.
They cried to the Lord in their trouble
  and he rescued them from their distress.
He led them out of the darkness and shadow of death,
  he shattered their chains.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his kindness,
  for the wonders he works for men:
the Lord, who shatters doors of bronze,
  who breaks bars of iron.
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.
Let them thank the Lord for his love, for the wonders he does for men.

Ps 106:17-32

Ipsi vidérunt ópera Dei et mirabília eius.
17Stulti facti sunt in via iniquitátis suæ*
  et propter iniustítias suas afflícti sunt;
18omnem escam abomináta est ánima eórum,*
  et appropinquavérunt usque ad portas mortis.
19Et clamavérunt ad Dóminum, cum tribularéntur,*
  et de necessitátibus eórum liberávit eos.
20Misit verbum suum et sanávit eos*
  et erípuit eos de interitiónibus eórum.
21Confiteántur Dómino propter misericórdiam eius*
  et mirabília eius in fílios hóminum,
22et sacríficent sacrifícium laudis*
  et annúntient ópera eius in exsultatióne.
23Qui descéndunt mare in návibus,*
  faciéntes operatiónem in aquis multis,
24ipsi vidérunt ópera Dómini*
  et mirabília eius in profúndo.
25Dixit et excitávit spíritum procéllæ,*
  et exaltáti sunt fluctus eius.
26Ascéndunt usque ad cælos†
  et descéndunt usque ad abýssos;*
  ánima eórum in malis tabescébat.
27Turbáti sunt et moti sunt sicut ébrius,*
  et omnis sapiéntia eórum devoráta est.
28Et clamavérunt ad Dóminum, cum tribularéntur,*
  et de necessitátibus eórum edúxit eos.
29Et státuit procéllam eius in auram,*
  et tacuérunt fluctus eius.
30Et lætáti sunt quia siluérunt,*
  et dedúxit eos in portum voluntátis eórum.
31Confiteántur Dómino propter misericórdiam eius*
  et mirabília eius in fílios hóminum,
32et exáltent eum in ecclésia plebis*
  et in convéntu seniórum laudent eum.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Ipsi vidérunt ópera Dei et mirabília eius.

Psalm 106 (107)

They have seen the Lord’s deeds and the wonders he does.
The people were sick because they transgressed,
  afflicted because of their sins.
All food was distasteful to them,
  they were on the verge of death.
They cried to the Lord in their trouble
  and he rescued them from their distress.
He sent forth his word and healed them,
  delivered them from their ruin.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his kindness,
  for the wonders he works for men:
Let them offer a sacrifice of praise
  and proclaim his works with rejoicing.
Those who go down to the sea in ships,
  those who trade across the great waters –
they have seen the works of the Lord,
  the wonders he performs in the deep.
He spoke, and a storm arose,
  and the waves of the sea rose up.
They rose up as far as the heavens
  and descended down to the depths:
the sailors’ hearts melted from fear,
  they staggered and reeled like drunkards,
  terror drove them out of their minds.
But they cried to the Lord in their trouble
  and he rescued them from their distress.
He turned the storm into a breeze
  and silenced the waves.
They rejoiced at the ending of the storm
  and he led them to the port that they wanted.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his kindness,
  for the wonders he works for men:
let them exalt him in the assembly of the people,
  give him praise in the council of the elders.
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.
They have seen the Lord’s deeds and the wonders he does.

Ps 106:33-43

Vidébunt recti et lætabúntur et intéllegent misericórdias Dómini.
33Pósuit flúmina in desértum*
  et éxitus aquárum in sitim,
34terram fructíferam in salsúginem*
  a malítia inhabitántium in ea.
35Pósuit desértum in stagna aquárum*
  et terram sine aqua in éxitus aquárum.
36Et collocávit illic esuriéntes,*
  et constituérunt civitátem habitatiónis.
37Et seminavérunt agros et plantavérunt víneas*
  et fecérunt fructum in provéntum suum.
38Et benedíxit eis, et multiplicáti sunt nimis,*
  et iuménta eórum non minorávit.
39Et pauci facti sunt et vexáti sunt*
  a tribulatióne malórum et dolóre.
40Effúdit contemptiónem super príncipes*
  et erráre fecit eos in desérto ínvio.
41Et suscépit páuperem de inópia*
  et pósuit sicut oves famílias.
42Vidébunt recti et lætabúntur,*
  et omnis iníquitas oppilábit os suum.
43Quis sápiens, et custódiet hæc*
  et intélleget misericórdias Dómini?
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Vidébunt recti et lætabúntur et intéllegent misericórdias Dómini.

Psalm 106 (107)

The upright see and rejoice; they consider the love of the Lord.
The Lord has turned rivers into wilderness,
  he has made well-watered lands into desert,
  fruitful ground into salty waste
  because of the evil of those who dwelt there.
But he has made wilderness into ponds,
  deserts into the sources of rivers,
he has called together the hungry
  and they have founded a city to dwell in.
They have sowed the fields, planted the vines;
  they grow and harvest their produce.
He has blessed them and they have multiplied;
  he does not let their cattle decrease.
But those others became few and oppressed
  through trouble, evil, and sorrow.
He poured his contempt on their princes
  and set them to wander the trackless waste.
But the poor he has saved from their poverty
  and their families grow numerous as sheep.
The upright shall see, and be glad,
  and all wickedness shall block up its mouth.
Whoever is wise will remember these things
  and understand the mercies of 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.
Amen.
The upright see and rejoice; they consider the love of the Lord.

℣. 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 libro Ecclesiástes 11, 7 — 12, 14

Sententiæ de senectute

11,7Dulce lumen
et delectábile est óculis vidére solem.
8Si annis multis víxerit homo
et in his ómnibus lætátus fúerit,
meminísse debet tenebrósi témporis,
quod multum erit:
omne quod vénerit, vánitas.
9Lætáre ergo iúvenis in adulescéntia tua,
et in bono sit cor tuum in diébus iuventútis tuæ,
et ámbula in viis cordis tui
et in intúitu oculórum tuórum;
et scito quod pro ómnibus his
addúcet te Deus in iudícium.
10Aufer curam a corde tuo
et ámove malum a carne tua;
adulescéntia enim et iuvéntus vanæ sunt.
12,1Meménto Creatóris tui
in diébus iuventútis tuæ,
ántequam véniat tempus afflictiónis,
et appropínquent anni, de quibus dicas:
«Non mihi placent»;
2ántequam tenebréscat
sol et lumen et luna et stellæ,
et revertántur nubes post plúviam;
3quando commovebúntur custódes domus,
et nutábunt viri fortíssimi,
et otiósæ erunt moléntes imminúto número,
et tenebréscent vidéntes per forámina,
4et claudéntur óstia in platéa
submíssa voce moléntis,
et consúrgent ad vocem vólucris,
et subsídent omnes fíliæ cárminis;
5excélsa quoque timébunt
et formidábunt in via.
Florébit amýgdalus,
reptábit locústa,
et dissipábitur cápparis,
quóniam ibit homo in domum æternitátis suæ,
et circuíbunt in platéa plangéntes,
6ántequam rumpátur funículus argénteus,
et frangátur lécythus áureus,
et conterátur hýdria super fontem,
et confringátur rota super cistérnam,
7et revertátur pulvis in terram suam, unde erat,
et spíritus rédeat ad Deum, qui dedit illum.
8Vánitas vanitátum,
dixit Ecclesiástes,
et ómnia vánitas.
9Cumque esset sapientíssimus, Ecclesiástes dócuit ínsuper pópulum sciéntiam; ponderávit et investígans compósuit parábolas multas. 10Quæsívit Ecclesiástes verba delectabília et conscrípsit sermónes rectíssimos ac veritáte plenos.
  11Verba sapiéntium sicut stímuli, et quasi clavi defíxi sunt magístri collatiónum; data sunt a pastóre uno.
  12His ámplius, fili mi, ne requíras: faciéndi plures libros nullus est finis, frequénsque meditátio carnis afflíctio est.
  13Finis loquéndi, ómnibus audítis: Deum time et mandáta eius obsérva; hoc est enim omnis homo. 14Et cuncta, quæ fiunt, addúcet Deus in iudícium circa omne occúltum, sive bonum sive malum.
First Reading
Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14 ©

Teachings concerning old age

Light is sweet; at sight of the sun the eyes are glad. However great the number of the years a man may live, let him enjoy them all, and yet remember that dark days will be many. All that is to come is vanity.
Rejoice in your youth, you who are young;
let your heart give you joy in your young days.
Follow the promptings of your heart
and the desires of your eyes.
But this you must know: for all these things God will bring you to judgement.
Cast worry from your heart,
shield your flesh from pain.
Yet youth, the age of dark hair, is vanity. And remember your creator in the days of your youth, before evil days come and the years approach when you say, ‘These give me no pleasure’, before sun and light and moon and stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain;
the day when those who keep the house tremble
and strong men are bowed;
when the women grind no longer at the mill,
because day is darkening at the windows
and the street doors are shut;
when the sound of the mill is faint,
when the voice of the bird is silenced,
and song notes are stilled,
when to go uphill is an ordeal
and a walk is something to dread.
Yet the almond tree is in flower,
the grasshopper is heavy with food
and the caper bush bears its fruit,
while man goes to his everlasting home. And the mourners are already walking to and fro in the street
before the silver cord has snapped,
or the golden lamp been broken,
or the pitcher shattered at the spring,
or the pulley cracked at the well,
or before the dust returns to the earth as it once came from it, and the breath to God who gave it.
  Vanity of vanities, Qoheleth says. All is vanity.
  Besides being a sage, Qoheleth also taught his knowledge to the people, having weighed, studied and amended a great many proverbs. Qoheleth tried to write in an attractive style and to set down truthful thoughts in a straightforward manner.
  The words of the sages are like goads, like pegs driven deep; a shepherd uses these for the good of his flocks.
  One last thing, my son, be warned that writing books involves endless hard work, and that much study wearies the body.
  To sum up the whole matter: fear God, and keep his commandments, since this is the whole duty of man. For God will call all hidden deeds, good or bad, to judgement.
Responsorium
Ps 70 (71), 17. 9 a; cf. Ps 15 (16), 11
℟. Deus, docuísti me a iuventúte mea et usque nunc annuntiábo mirabília tua.* Ne proícias me in témpore senectútis.
℣. Adimplébis me lætítia cum vultu tuo, delectatiónes in déxtera tua usque in finem.* Ne proícias.
Responsory
Pr 31:17-18; Ps 46:6
℟. O God, you have taught me from my youth and I proclaim your wonders still.* Do not reject me now that I am old.
℣. You will give me the fullness of joy in your presence, at your right hand happiness for ever.* Do not reject me now that I am old.

Lectio altera
Ex Epístola Cuthbérti de óbitu sancti Bedæ Venerábilis (Nn. 4-6: PL 90, 64-66)

Desidero Christum videre

Cum venísset tértia féria ante Ascensiónem Dómini, Beda cœpit veheméntius ægrotáre in anhélitu, et módicus tumor in pédibus appáruit. Totum autem illum diem docébat et hiláriter dictábat; et nonnúmquam inter ália dixit: «Díscite cum festinatióne, néscio quámdiu subsístam, et si post módicum tollat me Factor meus». Nobis autem videbátur quod suum éxitum bene sciret; et sic noctem in gratiárum actióne pérvigil duxit.
  Mane illucescénte, id est, féria quarta, præcépit diligénter scribi quæ cœperámus; et hoc fécimus usque ad tértiam horam. A tértia autem hora ambulávimus cum relíquiis sanctórum, ut consuetúdo diéi illíus poscébat: unus vero erat ex nobis cum illo, qui dixit illi: «Adhuc, magíster dilectíssime, capítulum unum de libro, quem dictásti, deest; videtúrne tibi diffícile plus te interrogári?». At ille: «Fácile est, inquit, áccipe tuum cálamum et témpera, et festinánter scribe». Quod ille fecit.
  Nona autem hora dixit mihi: «Quædam pretiósa in mea capsélla hábeo, id est, piper, orária et incénsa; curre velóciter, et presbýteros nostri monastérii adduc ad me, ut et ego munúscula, quália Deus donávit, illis distríbuam». Et præséntibus illis locútus est ad eos, unumquémque monens et óbsecrans pro ipso Missas celebráre, et oratiónes diligénter fácere, quod illi libénter spopondérunt.
  Lugébant autem et flébant omnes, máxime quod díxerat quia æstimáret quod fáciem eius ámplius non multum in hoc sǽculo essent visúri. Gaudébant autem de eo quod dixit: «Tempus est (si sic Factóri meo vidétur) ut revértar ad eum qui me fecit, qui me creávit, qui me, quando non eram, ex níhilo formávit. Multum tempus vixi, bene mihi pius iudex vitam meam prævídit; tempus resolutiónis meæ instat, quia cúpio dissólvi et esse cum Christo; étenim ánima mea desíderat regem meum Christum in decóre suo vidére». Sed et ália multa ad ædificatiónem nostram locútus, in lætítia diem usque ad vésperam duxit.
  Et præfátus puer Wiberth adhuc dixit: «Magíster dilécte, adhuc una senténtia non est rescrípta». At ille: «Scribe, inquit, cito». Post módicum dixit puer: «Modo senténtia descrípta est». Ille autem: «Bene, ait, veritátem dixísti: consummátum est. Accipe caput meum in manus tuas, quia multum me deléctat sedére ex advérso loci sancti mei, in quo oráre solébam, ut et ego sedens Patrem meum invocáre possim».
  Et sic in paviménto suæ cásulæ decántans: «Glória Patri et Fílio et Spirítui Sancto», cum Spíritum Sanctum nominásset, spíritum e córpore exhalávit últimum; atque (ut sine dúbio credéndum est) pro eo quod hic semper devotíssimus in Dei láudibus laboráverat, ad gáudia desideriórum cæléstium migrávit.
Second Reading
Cuthbert's narration of the death of Bede

"I desire to see Christ"

On the Tuesday before Ascension, Bede began to suffer greater difficulties in breathing and his feet began to swell slightly. Nevertheless, he continued to teach us and dictate all day, and made jokes about his illness: “Learn quickly,” he would say, “because I don’t know how long I’ll last: my Creator may take me very soon.” But it seemed to us that he was perfectly conscious of his approaching end.
  He spent all night in giving thanks to God. As dawn broke on the Wednesday, he ordered us to finish writing what we had started, and we did this until the third hour [mid-morning]. Afterwards we carried the relics of the saints in solemn procession, as it was the custom to do on that day. One of us stayed with him, and asked him: “Dear master, the book is almost complete, there is one chapter left to go – would it be difficult for you if I asked you to do more dictation?” “No,” Bede replied, “it is easy. Take your pen and ink, and write quickly” – which he did.
  At the ninth hour [mid-afternoon] he said to me “I have a few precious things in my cell: some pepper, some napkins, and some incense. Run quickly and call the priests of the monastery to me, so that I can give to them the few little gifts that God gave me.” When they came he spoke to them in turn, giving advice to each one and begging him to say a Mass and pray for him; which they all willingly promised to do.
  They were grief-stricken and wept, especially because he had said that he thought they would not see his face much more in this world. But at the same time it made them glad when he said “It is time – if it is my Maker’s will – to return to him who made me, who shaped me out of nothing and gave me existence. I have lived a long time, and the righteous judge has provided well for me all my life: now the time of my departure is at hand, for I long to dissolve and be with Christ; indeed, my soul longs to see Christ its king in all his beauty.” This is just one saying of his: he said many other things too, to our great benefit – and thus he spent his last day in gladness until the evening.
  Then Wilbert (the boy who asked him for dictation) asked him again: “Dear master, there is still one sentence left to write.” “Write it quickly,” he answered. A little later the boy said “now it is completed,” and Bede replied “you have spoken truly, it is finished. Hold up my head, because I love to sit facing my holy place, the place where I used to pray, and as I sit I can call upon my Father.”
  And so, on the floor of his cell, he sat and sang “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit”; and as he named the Spirit, the Breath of God, he breathed the last breath from his own body. With all the labour that he had given to the praise of God, there can be no doubt that he went into the joys of heaven that he had always longed for.
Responsorium
℟. Cunctum tempus vitæ meæ in monastérii habitatióne péragens, omnem meditándis Scriptúris óperam dedi; atque inter observántiam disciplínæ reguláris et cotidiánam cantándi in ecclésia curam;* Semper aut díscere aut docére aut scríbere dulce hábui.
℣. Qui fécerit et docúerit, magnus vocábitur in regno cælórum.* Semper.
Responsory
℟. I spent the whole of my life within the monastery and gave my full attention to the study of scripture, always observing the regular discipline and daily choral duties.* It was a joy to me to be ever studying, teaching or writing.
℣. Whoever keeps my commandments and teaches others to do the same will be great in the kingdom of heaven.* It was a joy to me to be ever studying, teaching or writing.

Oremus.
  Deus, qui Ecclésiam tuam beáti Bedæ, presbýteri, eruditióne claríficas, fámulis tuis concéde propítius, et eius semper illustrári sapiéntia, et méritis adiuvári.
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 enrich your Church
  with the grace of Saint Bede’s learning.
In your love, grant to us who serve you
  that his wisdom may always enlighten us,
  and his prayer help us.
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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