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Saint David, Bishop 
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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.
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.

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
Lord, who throughout these forty days
for us didst fast and pray,
teach us with thee to mourn our sins,
and close by thee to stay.
As thou with Satan didst contend
and didst the victory win,
O give us strength in thee to fight,
in thee to conquer sin.
As thou didst hunger bear, and thirst,
so teach us, gracious Lord,
to die to self, and chiefly live
by thy most holy word.
And through these days of penitence,
and through thy Passiontide,
yea, evermore in life and death,
Jesus, with us abide.
Abide with us, that so, this life
of suffering overpast,
an Easter of unending joy
we may attain at last.

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 prima beáti Pauli apóstoli ad Thessalonicénses 2, 1-13. 19-20

Memores estis laboris nostri

1Ipsi scitis, fratres, intróitum nostrum ad vos quia non inánis fuit, 2sed ante passi et contuméliis affécti, sicut scitis, in Philíppis, fidúciam habúimus in Deo nostro loqui ad vos evangélium Dei in multa sollicitúdine. 3Exhortátio enim nostra non ex erróre neque ex immundítia neque in dolo, 4sed sicut probáti sumus a Deo, ut crederétur nobis evangélium, ita lóquimur non quasi homínibus placéntes sed Deo, qui probat corda nostra. 5Neque enim aliquándo fúimus in sermóne adulatiónis, sicut scitis, neque sub prætéxtu avarítiæ, Deus testis, 6nec quæréntes ab homínibus glóriam, neque a vobis neque ab áliis, 7cum possémus óneri esse ut Christi apóstoli, sed facti sumus párvuli in médio vestrum, tamquam si nutrix fóveat fílios suos, 8ita desiderántes vos, cúpide volebámus trádere vobis non solum evangélium Dei, sed étiam ánimas nostras, quóniam caríssimi nobis facti estis. 9Mémores enim estis, fratres, labóris nostri et fatigatiónis; nocte et die operántes, ne quem vestrum gravarémus, prædicávimus in vobis evangélium Dei. 10Vos testes estis et Deus, quam sancte et iuste et sine queréla vobis, qui credidístis, fúimus, 11sicut scitis, quáliter unumquémque vestrum, tamquam pater fílios suos, 12deprecántes vos et consolántes testificáti sumus, ut ambularétis digne Deo, qui vocat vos in suum regnum et glóriam.
  13Ideo et nos grátias ágimus Deo sine intermissióne, quóniam cum accepissétis a nobis verbum audítus Dei, accepístis non ut verbum hóminum, sed, sicut est vere, verbum Dei, quod et operátur in vobis, qui créditis. 19Quæ est enim nostra spes aut gáudium aut coróna glóriæ —nonne et vos— ante Dóminum nostrum Iesum in advéntu eius? 20Vos enim estis glória nostra et gáudium.
First Reading
1 Thessalonians 2:1-13,19-20 ©

Remember our labours among you

You know yourselves, my brothers, that our visit to you has not proved ineffectual.
  We had, as you know, been given rough treatment and been grossly insulted at Philippi, and it was our God who gave us the courage to proclaim his Good News to you in the face of great opposition. We have not taken to preaching because we are deluded, or immoral, or trying to deceive anyone; it was God who decided that we were fit to be entrusted with the Good News, and when we are speaking, we are not trying to please men but God, who can read our inmost thoughts. You know very well, and we can swear it before God, that never at any time have our speeches been simply flattery, or a cover for trying to get money; nor have we ever looked for any special honour from men, either from you or anybody else, when we could have imposed ourselves on you with full weight, as apostles of Christ.
  Instead, we were unassuming. Like a mother feeding and looking after her own children, we felt so devoted and protective towards you, and had come to love you so much, that we were eager to hand over to you not only the Good News but our whole lives as well.
  Let me remind you, brothers, how hard we used to work, slaving night and day so as not to be a burden on any one of you while we were proclaiming God’s Good News to you. You are witnesses, and so is God, that our treatment of you, since you became believers, has been impeccably right and fair. You can remember how we treated every one of you as a father treats his children, teaching you what was right, encouraging you and appealing to you to live a life worthy of God, who is calling you to share the glory of his kingdom. Another reason why we constantly thank God for you is that as soon as you heard the message that we brought you as God’s message, you accepted it for what it really is, God’s message and not some human thinking; and it is still a living power among you who believe it.
  What do you think is our pride and our joy? You are; and you will be the crown of which we shall be proudest in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes; you are our pride and our joy.
Responsorium
2 Tim 4, 7. 8; 1, 12
℟. Bonum certámen certávi, cursum consummávi, fidem servávi:* Ideóque repósita est mihi iustítiæ coróna.
℣. Scio cui crédidi, et certus sum quia potens est depósitum meum serváre in illum diem.* Ideóque.
Responsory
℟. I have run the great race, I have finished the course, I have kept faith,* and now the prize, the garland of righteousness, awaits me.
℣. I know who it is in whom I have trusted, and am confident of his power to keep safe what I have put into his charge until the great Day,* and now the prize, the garland of righteousness, awaits me.

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 a Life of St David by Rhygyferch
The holy Father David prescribed an austere system of monastic observance, requiring every monk to toil daily at manual labour and to lead a common life. So with unflagging zeal they work with hand and foot, they put the yoke to their own shoulders, and in their own holy hands, they bear the tools for labour in the fields. So by their own strength they procure every necessity for the community, while refusing possessions and detesting riches. They make no use of oxen for ploughing. Everyone is rich to himself and to the brethren, every man is his own ox.
  When the field work is done they return to the enclosure of the monastery, to pass their time till evening at reading, writing, or in prayer. Then when the signal is heard for evening prayer everyone leaves what he is at and in silence, without any idle conversation, they make their way to church. When, with heart and voice attuned, they have completed the psalmody, they remain on their knees until stars appearing in the heaven bring day to its close; yet when all have gone, the father remains there alone making his own private prayer for the well-being of the church.
  Shedding daily abundance of tears, offering daily his sweet-scented sacrifice of praise, aglow with an intensity of love, he consecrated with pure hands the fitting oblation of the Lord’s body, and so, at the conclusion of the morning offices, attaining alone to the converse of angels. Then the whole day was spent undaunted and untired, in teaching, praying, on his knees, caring for the brethren, and for orphans and children, and widows, and everyone in need, for the weak and the sick, for travellers and in feeding many. The rest of this stern way of life would be profitable to imitate, but the shortness of this account forbids our entering upon it, but in every way his life was ordered in imitation of the monks of Egypt.
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
℟. I have found David, my servant, and with my holy oil anointed him.* I will grant his heart’s desire.
℣. I have exalted one chosen from the people.* I will grant his heart’s desire.

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.
Grant, we beseech you, almighty God,
  that the loving intercession of Saint David, your confessor and bishop, may protect us,
  and that while we celebrate his festival
  we may also imitate his firmness in defending the Catholic faith.
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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