Monday 6 April 2020    (other days)
Monday of Holy Week 

Office of Readings

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.

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.
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.

Pange, lingua, gloriósi
prœ́lium certáminis,
et super crucis tropǽo
dic triúmphum nóbilem,
quáliter redémptor orbis
immolátus vícerit.
De paréntis protoplásti
fraude factor cóndolens,
quando pomi noxiális
morte morsu córruit,
ipse lignum tunc notávit,
damna ligni ut sólveret.
Hoc opus nostræ salútis
ordo depopóscerat,
multifórmis perditóris
arte ut artem fálleret,
et medélam ferret inde,
hostis unde lǽserat.
Quando venit ergo sacri
plenitúdo témporis,
missus est ab arce Patris
Natus, orbis cónditor,
atque ventre virgináli
carne factus pródiit.
Lustra sex qui iam perácta
tempus implens córporis,
se volénte, natus ad hoc,
passióni déditus,
agnus in crucis levátur
immolándus stípite.
Æqua Patri Filióque,
ínclito Paráclito,
sempitérna sit Beátæ
Trinitáti glória,
cuius alma nos redémit
atque servat grátia. Amen.
Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle,
sing the last, the dread affray;
o’er the cross, the victor’s trophy,
sound the high triumphal lay,
how, the pains of death enduring,
earth’s Redeemer won the day.
When at length the appointed fullness
of the sacred time was come,
he was sent, the world’s Creator,
from the Father’s heavenly home,
and was found in human fashion,
offspring of the virgin’s womb.
Now the thirty years are ended
which on earth he willed to see.
Willingly he meets his passion,
born to set his people free:
on the cross the Lamb is lifted,
there the sacrifice to be.
There the nails and spear he suffers,
vinegar and gall and reed.
From his sacred body piercèd
blood and water both proceed:
precious flood, which all creation
from the stain of sin hath freed.
Faithful Cross, above all other,
one and only noble Tree.
none in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit thy peer may be.
Sweet the wood and sweet the iron,
and thy load, most sweet is he.
Bend, O lofty Tree, thy branches,
thy too rigid sinews bend;
and awhile the stubborn harshness,
which thy birth bestowed, suspend;
and the limbs of heaven’s high Monarch
gently on thine arms extend.
Thou alone wast counted worthy
this world’s ransom to sustain,
that a shipwrecked race for ever
might a port of refuge gain,
with the sacred Blood anointed
of the Lamb for sinners slain.
Praise and honour to the Father,
praise and honour to the Son,
praise and honour to the Spirit,
ever Three and ever One:
One in might and One in glory,
while eternal ages run.

Ps 30:2-9
Afflicti supplicatio cum fiducia

Pater, in manus tuas commendo spiritum meum” (Lc 23, 46).

Inclína ad me, Dómine, aurem tuam, ut éruas me.
2In te, Dómine, sperávi, non confúndar in ætérnum;*
  in iustítia tua líbera me.
3Inclína ad me aurem tuam,*
  accélera, ut éruas me.
Esto mihi in rupem præsídii et in domum munítam,*
  ut salvum me fácias.
4Quóniam fortitúdo mea et refúgium meum es tu*
  et propter nomen tuum dedúces me et pasces me.
5Edúces me de láqueo, quem abscondérunt mihi,*
  quóniam tu es fortitúdo mea.
6In manus tuas comméndo spíritum meum;*
  redemísti me, Dómine, Deus veritátis.
7Odísti observántes vanitátes supervácuas,*
  ego autem in Dómino sperávi.
8Exsultábo et lætábor in misericórdia tua,*
  quóniam respexísti humilitátem meam;
agnovísti necessitátes ánimæ meæ,†
  9nec conclusísti me in mánibus inimíci;*
  statuísti in loco spatióso pedes meos.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Inclína ad me, Dómine, aurem tuam, ut éruas me.

Psalm 30 (31)
Trustful prayer in time of adversity

Hear me, Lord, and come to rescue me.
In you, Lord, I put my trust: may I never be put to shame.
  In your justice, set me free,
Turn your ear to me,
  make haste to rescue me.
Be my rampart, my fortification;
  keep me safe.
For you are my strength and my refuge:
  you will lead me out to the pastures,
  for your own name’s sake.
You will lead me out of the trap that they laid for me –
  for you are my strength.
Into your hands I commend my spirit:
  you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
You hate those who run after vain nothings;
  but I put my trust in the Lord.
I will rejoice and be glad in your kindness,
  for you have looked on me, lowly as I am.
You saw when my soul was in need:
  you did not leave me locked in the grip of the enemy,
  but set my feet on free and open ground.
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.
Hear me, Lord, and come to rescue me.

Ps 30:10-17

Illúmina fáciem tuam super servum tuum, Dómine.
10Miserére mei, Dómine, quóniam tríbulor;†
  conturbátus est in mæróre óculus meus,*
  ánima mea et venter meus.
11Quóniam defécit in dolóre vita mea*
  et anni mei in gemítibus;
infirmáta est in paupertáte virtus mea,*
  et ossa mea contabuérunt.
12Apud omnes inimícos meos factus sum oppróbrium†
  et vicínis meis valde et timor notis meis:*
  qui vidébant me foras, fugiébant a me.
13Oblivióni a corde datus sum tamquam mórtuus;*
  factus sum tamquam vas pérditum.
14Quóniam audívi vituperatiónem multórum:*
  horror in circúitu;
in eo dum convenírent simul advérsum me,*
  auférre ánimam meam consiliáti sunt.
15Ego autem in te sperávi, Dómine;†
  dixi: «Deus meus es tu,*
  16in mánibus tuis sortes meæ».
Eripe me de manu inimicórum meórum*
  et a persequéntibus me;
17illústra fáciem tuam super servum tuum,*
  salvum me fac in misericórdia tua.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Illúmina fáciem tuam super servum tuum, Dómine.

Psalm 30 (31)

Lord, let your face shine on your servant.
Take pity on me, Lord, for I am troubled:
  my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
  the very centre of my being is disturbed.
For my life is worn out with distress,
  my years with groaning;
my strength becomes weakness,
  my bones melt away.
I am a scandal and a disgrace,
  so many are my enemies;
to my friends and neighbours,
  I am a thing to fear.
When they see me in the street,
  they run from me.
I have vanished from their minds as though I were dead,
  or like a pot that is broken.
I know this – for I have heard the scolding of the crowd.
  There is terror all around,
for when they come together against me
  it is my life they are resolved to take.
But I put my trust in you, Lord;
  I say: “You are my God,
  my fate is in your hands.”
Tear me from the grip of my enemies,
  from those who hound me;
let your face shine upon your servant,
  in your kindness, save me.
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.
Lord, let your face shine on your servant.

Ps 30:20-25

Benedíctus Dóminus, quóniam mirificávit misericórdiam suam mihi.
20Quam magna multitúdo dulcédinis tuæ, Dómine,*
  quam abscondísti timéntibus te.
Perfecísti eis, qui sperant in te,*
  in conspéctu filiórum hóminum.
21Abscóndes eos in abscóndito faciéi tuæ*
  a conturbatióne hóminum;
próteges eos in tabernáculo*
  a contradictióne linguárum.
22Benedíctus Dóminus,*
  quóniam mirificávit misericórdiam suam mihi in civitáte muníta.
23Ego autem dixi in trepidatióne mea:*
  «Præcísus sum a conspéctu oculórum tuórum».
Verúmtamen exaudísti vocem oratiónis meæ,*
  dum clamárem ad te.
24Dilígite Dóminum, omnes sancti eius:†
  fidéles consérvat Dóminus*
  et retríbuit abundánter faciéntibus supérbiam.
25Viríliter ágite, et confortétur cor vestrum,*
  omnes, qui sperátis in Dómino.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Benedíctus Dóminus, quóniam mirificávit misericórdiam suam mihi.

Psalm 30 (31)

Blessed be the Lord, who has shown me the wonders of his love.
How very many are the pleasures, Lord,
  that you have stored up for those who fear you.
You have made these things ready for those who trust in you,
  to give them in the sight of all men.
Far away from the plottings of men
  you hide them in your secret place.
You keep them safe in your dwelling-place
  far from lying tongues.
Blessed be the Lord,
  for he has shown me his wonderful kindness
  within the fortified city.
In my terror, I said
  “I am cut off from your sight”;
but you heard the voice of my prayer
  when I called to you.
Love the Lord, all his chosen ones.
The Lord keeps his faithful ones safe,
  heaps rich revenge on the arrogant.
Be brave, let your hearts be strong,
  all who trust in 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.
Blessed be the Lord, who has shown me the wonders of his love.

℣. Cum exaltátus fúero a terra.
℟. Omnia traham ad meípsum.
℣. When I am lifted up from the earth,
℟. I shall draw all things to myself.

Lectio prior
De Epístola ad Hebrǽos 10, 19-39

Perseverantia in fide. Iudicii exspectatio

19Habéntes, fratres, fidúciam in intróitum Sanctórum in sánguine Iesu, 20quam initiávit nobis viam novam et vivéntem per velámen, id est carnem suam, 21et sacerdótem magnum super domum Dei, 22accedámus cum vero corde in plenitúdine fídei, aspérsi corda a consciéntia mala et ablúti corpus aqua munda; 23teneámus spei confessiónem indeclinábilem, fidélis enim est, qui repromísit; 24et considerémus ínvicem in provocatiónem caritátis et bonórum óperum, 25non deseréntes congregatiónem nostram, sicut est consuetúdinis quibúsdam, sed exhortántes, et tanto magis quanto vidétis appropinquántem diem.
  26Voluntárie enim peccántibus nobis, post accéptam notítiam veritátis, iam non relínquitur pro peccátis hóstia, 27terríbilis autem quædam exspectátio iudícii et ignis æmulátio, quæ consumptúra est adversários. 28Irritam quis fáciens legem Móysis sine ulla miseratióne duóbus vel tribus téstibus móritur; 29quanto deterióra putátis merébitur supplícia, qui Fílium Dei conculcáverit et sánguinem testaménti commúnem dúxerit, in quo sanctificátus est, et Spirítui grátiæ contuméliam fécerit? 30Scimus enim eum, qui dixit: «Mihi vindícta, ego retríbuam» et íterum: «Iudicábit Dóminus pópulum suum». 31Horréndum est incídere in manus Dei vivéntis.
  32Rememorámini autem prístinos dies, in quibus illumináti magnum certámen sustinuístis passiónum, 33in áltero quidem oppróbriis et tribulatiónibus spectáculum facti, in áltero autem sócii táliter conversántium effécti; 34nam et vinctis compássi estis et rapínam bonórum vestrórum cum gáudio suscepístis, cognoscéntes vos habére meliórem substántiam et manéntem. 35Nolíte ítaque abícere confidéntiam vestram, quæ magnam habet remuneratiónem; 36patiéntia enim vobis necessária est, ut voluntátem Dei faciéntes reportétis promissiónem.
37Adhuc enim módicum quántulum,
qui ventúrus est, véniet et non tardábit.
38Iustus autem meus ex fide vivet;
quod si subtráxerit se,
non sibi cómplacet in eo ánima mea.
39Nos autem non sumus subtractiónis in perditiónem, sed fídei in acquisitiónem ánimæ.
First Reading
Hebrews 10:19-39 ©
Brothers, through the blood of Jesus we have the right to enter the sanctuary, by a new way which he has opened for us, a living opening through the curtain, that is to say, his body. And we have the supreme high priest over all the house of God. So as we go in, let us be sincere in heart and filled with faith, our minds sprinkled and free from any trace of bad conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us keep firm in the hope we profess, because the one who made the promise is faithful. Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works. Do not stay away from the meetings of the community, as some do, but encourage each other to go; the more so as you see the Day drawing near.
  If, after we have been given knowledge of the truth, we should deliberately commit any sins, then there is no longer any sacrifice for them. There will be left only the dreadful prospect of judgement and of the raging fire that is to burn rebels. Anyone who disregards the Law of Moses is ruthlessly put to death on the word of two witnesses or three; and you may be sure that anyone who tramples on the Son of God, and who treats the blood of the covenant which sanctified him as if it were not holy, and who insults the Spirit of grace, will be condemned to a far severer punishment. We are all aware who it was that said: Vengeance is mine; I will repay. And again: The Lord will judge his people. It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
  Remember all the sufferings that you had to meet after you received the light, in earlier days; sometimes by being yourselves publicly exposed to insults and violence, and sometimes as associates of others who were treated in the same way. For you not only shared in the sufferings of those who were in prison, but you happily accepted being stripped of your belongings, knowing that you owned something that was better and lasting. Be as confident now, then, since the reward is so great. You will need endurance to do God’s will and gain what he has promised.
Only a little while now, a very little while,
and the one that is coming will have come; he will not delay.
The righteous man will live by faith,
but if he draws back, my soul will take no pleasure in him.
You and I are not the sort of people who draw back, and are lost by it; we are the sort who keep faithful until our souls are saved.
Hebr 10, 35 a. 36; Lc 21, 19
℟. Nolíte abícere confidéntiam vestram; patiéntia enim vobis necessária est,* Ut voluntátem Dei faciéntes reportétis promissiónem.
℣. In patiéntia vestra possidébitis ánimas vestras.* Ut voluntátem.
℟. Do not lose courage.* You will need endurance to do God’s will and gain what he has promised.
℣. Your endurance will win you your lives.* You will need endurance to do God’s will and gain what he has promised.

Lectio altera
Ex Sermónibus sancti Augustíni epíscopi (Sermo Guelferbytanus 3: PLS 2, 545-546)

Gloriemur et nos in cruce Domini

Pássio Dómini et salvatóris nostri Iesu Christi fidúcia glóriæ est, et doctrína patiéntiæ.
  Quid enim non sibi de Dei grátia promíttant corda fidélium, pro quibus Dei Fílius únicus et Patri coætérnus parum fuit ut homo ex hómine nascerétur, nisi étiam mánibus hóminum, quos creávit, morerétur ipse ab eis?
  Magnum est quod futúrum a Dómino promíttitur nobis; sed multo est maius quod recólimus iam factum esse pro nobis. Ubi erant aut quid erant, quando pro ímpiis mórtuus est Christus? Quis dúbitet eum donatúrum sanctis vitam suam, qui eísdem donávit adhuc mortem suam? Quid cunctátur humána fragílitas crédere futúrum esse, ut vivant hómines aliquándo cum Deo?
  Multo incredibílius iam factum est, quod mórtuus est propter hómines Deus.
  Quis enim est Christus, nisi illud quod in princípio erat Verbum, et Verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat Verbum? Hoc Verbum Dei caro factum est, et habitávit in nobis: Non enim habébat in semetípso unde morerétur pro nobis, nisi mortálem carnem sumpsísset ex nobis. Sic immortális mori pótuit, sic vitam donáre mortálibus vóluit: partícipes sui póstea factúrus, quorum esset prior párticeps factus. Nam nec unde viverémus nos habebámus de nostro, nec unde morerétur ille de suo.
  Mirum proínde nobíscum egit mútua participatióne commércium: nostrum erat, unde mórtuus est; illíus erit, unde vivámus.
  Non solum ergo erubéscere non debémus de morte Dómini Dei nostri, verum étiam máxime in ea fídere maximéque gloriári: suscipiéndo quippe a nobis mortem, quam invénit in nobis, fidelíssime spopóndit nobis in se vitam datúrum, quam habére non póssumus ex nobis.
  Nam qui tantum nos diléxit, ut, quod peccáto merúimus, sine peccáto pro peccatóribus paterétur, quómodo nobis non dabit quod iustítia, qui iustíficat? quómodo non reddet, qui pollicétur in veritáte, prǽmia sanctórum, qui sine iniquitáte pœnam pértulit iniquórum?
  Confiteámur ítaque, fratres, intrépidi, vel étiam profiteámur Christum pro nobis esse crucifíxum: non pavéntes sed gaudéntes, non verecundántes sed gloriántes dicámus.
  Vidit hunc apóstolus Paulus et commendávit títulum glóriæ. Qui cum habéret multa magna atque divína, quæ de Christo commemoráret, non dixit gloriári se in mirabílibus Christi, quia, cum esset apud Patrem Deus, mundum creávit, cum esset étiam quod nos homo, mundo imperávit; sed: Mihi autem, inquit, absit gloriári, nisi in cruce Dómini nostri Iesu Christi.
Second Reading
From a sermon by Saint Augustine

Let us too glory in the cross of the Lord

The passion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is the hope of glory and a lesson in patience.
  What may not the hearts of believers promise themselves as the gift of God’s grace, when for their sake God’s only Son, co-eternal with the Father, was not content only to be born as man from human stock but even died at the hands of the men he had created?
  It is a great thing that we are promised by the Lord, but far greater is what has already been done for us, and which we now commemorate. Where were the sinners, what were they, when Christ died for them? When Christ has already given us the gift of his death, who is to doubt that he will give the saints the gift of his own life? Why does our human frailty hesitate to believe that mankind will one day live with God?
  Who is Christ if not the Word of God: in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God? This Word of God was made flesh and dwelt among us. He had no power of himself to die for us: he had to take from us our mortal flesh. This was the way in which, though immortal, he was able to die; the way in which he chose to give life to mortal men: he would first share with us, and then enable us to share with him. Of ourselves we had no power to live, nor did he of himself have the power to die.
  In other words, he performed the most wonderful exchange with us. Through us, he died; through him, we shall live.
  The death of the Lord our God should not be a cause of shame for us; rather, it should be our greatest hope, our greatest glory. In taking upon himself the death that he found in us, he has most faithfully promised to give us life in him, such as we cannot have of ourselves.
  He loved us so much that, sinless himself, he suffered for us sinners the punishment we deserved for our sins. How then can he fail to give us the reward we deserve for our righteousness, for he is the source of righteousness? How can he, whose promises are true, fail to reward the saints when he bore the punishment of sinners, though without sin himself?
  Brethren, let us then fearlessly acknowledge, and even openly proclaim, that Christ was crucified for us; let us confess it, not in fear but in joy, not in shame but in glory.
  The apostle Paul saw Christ, and extolled his claim to glory. He had many great and inspired things to say about Christ, but he did not say that he boasted in Christ’s wonderful works: in creating the world, since he was God with the Father, or in ruling the world, though he was also a man like us. Rather, he said: Let me not boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
℟. Crucem tuam adorámus, Dómine, tuam gloriósam recólimus passiónem.* Miserére nostri, qui passus es pro nobis.
℣. Te ergo, quǽsumus, tuis fámulis súbveni, quos pretióso sánguine redemísti.* Miserére.
℟. Lord, we venerate your cross as we recall your blessed passion.* You who suffered for our sake, have compassion on us.
℣. Come to the help of your servants, whom you redeemed with your precious blood.* You who suffered for our sake, have compassion on us.

  Da, quǽsumus, omnípotens Deus, ut, qui ex nostra infirmitáte defícimus, intercedénte unigéniti Fílii tui passióne, respirémus.
Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus,
per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum.
Let us pray.
Almighty God,
  grant that we who are constantly betrayed by our own weakness
may draw the breath of new life
  from the passion and death of your Only-Begotten Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.

Benedicámus Dómino.
– Deo grátias.
Let us praise the Lord.
– Thanks be to God.

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