Universalis
Saturday 15 May 2021    (other days)
Saturday of the 6th week of Eastertide 

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 rex altíssime,
redémptor et fidélium,
quo mors solúta déperit,
datur triúmphus grátiæ,
Scandis tribúnal déxteræ
Patris tibíque cǽlitus
fertur potéstas ómnium,
quæ non erat humánitus,
Ut trina rerum máchina
cæléstium, terréstrium
et inferórum cóndita,
flectat genu iam súbdita.
Tremunt vidéntes ángeli
versam vicem mortálium;
culpat caro, purgat caro,
regnat caro Verbum Dei.
Tu, Christe, nostrum gáudium,
manens perénne prǽmium,
mundi regis qui fábricam,
mundána vincens gáudia.
Hinc te precántes quǽsumus,
ignósce culpis ómnibus
et corda sursum súbleva
ad te supérna grátia,
Ut, cum rubénte cœ́peris
clarére nube iúdicis,
pœnas repéllas débitas,
reddas corónas pérditas.
Iesu, tibi sit glória,
qui scandis ad cæléstia,
cum Patre et almo Spíritu,
in sempitérna sǽcula. Amen.
Hymn
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, thy great Name we praise.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
To all life thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish, like leaves on the tree,
Then wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render: O help us to see
’Tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.

Ps 105:1-18
Bonitas Domini et populi infidelitas.

Hæc scripta sunt ad correptionem nostram, in quos fines sæculorum devenerunt” (1 Cor 10, 11).

Meménto nostri, Dómine, vísita nos in salutári tuo, allelúia.
1Confitémini Dómino, quóniam bonus,*
  quóniam in sǽculum misericórdia eius.
2Quis loquétur poténtias Dómini,*
  audítas fáciet omnes laudes eius?
3Beáti, qui custódiunt iudícium*
  et fáciunt iustítiam in omni témpore.
4Meménto nostri, Dómine, in beneplácito pópuli tui,*
  vísita nos in salutári tuo,
5ut videámus bona electórum tuórum,†
  ut lætémur in lætítia gentis tuæ,*
  ut gloriémur cum hereditáte tua.
6Peccávimus cum pátribus nostris,*
  iniúste égimus, iniquitátem fécimus.
7Patres nostri in Ægýpto non intellexérunt mirabília tua,†
  non fuérunt mémores multitúdinis misericordiárum tuárum*
  et irritavérunt ascendéntes in mare, mare Rubrum.
8Et salvávit eos propter nomen suum,*
  ut notam fáceret poténtiam suam.
9Et incrépuit mare Rubrum et exsiccátum est,*
  et dedúxit eos in abýssis sicut in desérto.
10Et salvávit eos de manu odiéntis*
  et redémit eos de manu inimíci.
11Et opéruit aqua tribulántes eos:*
  unus ex eis non remánsit.
12Et credidérunt verbis eius*
  et cantavérunt laudem eius.
13Cito oblíti sunt óperum eius*
  et non sustinuérunt consílium eius;
14et concupiérunt concupiscéntiam in desérto*
  et tentavérunt Deum in inaquóso.
15Et dedit eis petitiónem ipsórum*
  et misit saturitátem in ánimas eórum.
16Et zeláti sunt Móysen in castris,*
  Aaron sanctum Dómini.
17Apérta est terra et deglutívit Dathan*
  et opéruit super congregatiónem Abíram.
18Et exársit ignis in synagóga eórum,*
  flamma combússit peccatóres.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Meménto nostri, Dómine, vísita nos in salutári tuo, allelúia.

Psalm 105 (106)
The Lord's goodness and his people's infidelity

O Lord, remember us: come to us with your help. Alleluia.
Give praise to the Lord, for he is good,
  for his kindness is for ever.
Who shall tell of his powerful deeds?
  Who shall proclaim the praises of the Lord?
Blessed are they who keep his decrees,
  who do right at all times.
Remember us, Lord, in your love for your people,
  and bring us your salvation,
so that we may see the good things you have kept for your chosen ones,
  that we may rejoice in the joys of your people,
  that we may glory with those whom you have made your heirs.
Like our fathers, we too have sinned:
  we have done wrong, we have transgressed.
Our fathers, in Egypt, did not understand your miracles;
  they did not remember the abundance of your mercies,
  but rebelled as they approached the Red Sea.
Still he saved them, for his own name’s sake,
  and to make known his mighty power.
He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up.
  He led them through its depths as if through a desert.
He saved them from the hands of those who hated them,
  he set them free from slavery at the hands of their enemies.
The water covered their oppressors:
  not one was left alive.
Then they believed his word,
  and they sang his praises.
But soon they forgot what he had done,
  and refused to submit to his direction.
They embraced desire in the desert
  and put God to the test in the waterless places.
He gave them all they requested,
  he filled their hearts with his abundance.
But in the camp, they grew jealous of Moses
  and Aaron, consecrated to the Lord.
The earth opened and swallowed Dathan,
  covered the party of Abiram.
Fire broke out against them,
  flames burnt up the sinners.
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.
O Lord, remember us: come to us with your help. Alleluia.

Ps 105:19-33

Cave nequándo obliviscáris pacti Dómini Dei tui.
19Et fecérunt vítulum in Horeb*
  et adoravérunt scúlptile;
20et mutavérunt glóriam suam*
  in similitúdinem tauri comedéntis fenum.
21Oblíti sunt Deum, qui salvávit eos,*
  qui fecit magnália in Ægýpto,
22mirabília in terra Cham,*
  terribília in mari Rubro.
23Et dixit quia dispérderet eos,*
  nisi affuísset Móyses eléctus eius:
stetit in confractióne in conspéctu eius,*
  ut avérteret iram eius, ne destrúeret eos.
24Et pro níhilo habuérunt terram desiderábilem,*
  non credidérunt verbo eius.
25Et murmuravérunt in tabernáculis suis,*
  non exaudiérunt vocem Dómini.
26Et elevávit manum suam super eos,*
  ut prostérneret eos in desérto
27et ut deíceret semen eórum in natiónibus*
  et dispérgeret eos in regiónibus.
28Et adhæsérunt Beélphegor*
  et comedérunt sacrifícia mortuórum;
29et irritavérunt eum in adinventiónibus suis,*
  et irrúpit in eos ruína.
30Et stetit Phínees et fecit iudícium,*
  et cessávit quassátio,
31et reputátum est ei in iustítiam,*
  in generatiónem et generatiónem usque in sempitérnum.
32Et irritavérunt eum ad aquas Meríba,*
  et vexátus est Móyses propter eos,
33quia exacerbavérunt spíritum eius,*
  et témere locútus est in lábiis suis.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Cave nequándo obliviscáris pacti Dómini Dei tui.

Psalm 105 (106)

Take care you do not forget the covenant the Lord your God has made with you.
At Horeb they made a calf
  and worshipped a statue.
They exchanged the glory of their people
  for the likeness of a bull, that eats grass.
They forgot their God, who had saved them,
  who had done great miracles for them in Egypt,
  wonders in the land of Ham,
  terrors at the Red Sea.
Then he said that he would destroy them,
  but Moses, his chosen one, was there:
he stood in the breach before him
  to turn aside his wrath,
  to prevent the destruction.
To them, the Promised Land meant nothing,
  they did not believe the Lord’s word.
They stayed muttering in their tents,
  they were deaf to the voice of the Lord.
So he raised his hand against them
  to crush them in the desert,
to scatter their seed among the nations,
  to disperse them in foreign lands.
They made themselves followers of Baal-Peor,
  they ate the sacrifices of the dead.
They angered the Lord by their actions,
  and a plague broke out among them.
Then Phinehas stood up and gave judgement,
  and the plague was stopped.
For this, he is revered as one of the just,
  from generation to generation,
  for all eternity.
At the waters of Meribah they so angered the Lord
  that Moses suffered on their account:
they so embittered his spirit
  that his lips spoke rash words.
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.
Take care you do not forget the covenant the Lord your God has made with you.

Ps 105:34-48

Salvos nos fac, Dómine, et cóngrega nos de natiónibus, allelúia.
34Non disperdidérunt gentes,*
  quas dixit Dóminus illis.
35Et commíxti sunt inter gentes*
  et didicérunt ópera eórum.
36Et serviérunt sculptílibus eórum,*
  et factum est illis in scándalum.
37Et immolavérunt fílios suos*
  et fílias suas dæmóniis.
38Et effudérunt sánguinem innocéntem,†
  sánguinem filiórum suórum et filiárum suárum,*
  quas sacrificavérunt sculptílibus Chánaan.
Et infécta est terra in sanguínibus,†
  39et contamináti sunt in opéribus suis*
  et fornicáti sunt in adinventiónibus suis.
40Et exársit ira Dóminus in pópulum suum*
  et abominátus est hereditátem suam
41et trádidit eos in manus géntium,*
  et domináti sunt eórum, qui odérunt eos.
42Et tribulavérunt eos inimíci eórum,*
  et humiliáti sunt sub mánibus eórum.
43Sæpe liberávit eos;†
  ipsi autem exacerbavérunt eum in consílio suo*
  et corruérunt in iniquitátibus suis.
44Et vidit tribulatiónem eórum,*
  cum audívit clamórem eórum.
45Et memor fuit testaménti sui*
  et pænítuit eum secúndum multitúdinem misericórdiæ suæ.
46Et dedit eos in miseratiónes*
  in conspéctu ómnium,
qui captívos dúxerant eos.
47Salvos nos fac, Dómine Deus noster,*
  et cóngrega nos de natiónibus,
ut confiteámur nómini sancto tuo*
  et gloriémur in laude tua.
48Benedíctus Dóminus Deus Israel†
  a sǽculo et usque in sǽculum.*
  Et dicet omnis pópulus: «Fiat, fiat».
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Salvos nos fac, Dómine, et cóngrega nos de natiónibus, allelúia.

Psalm 105 (106)

O Lord, save us; gather us from among the nations. Alleluia.
They did not destroy the peoples
  as the Lord had told them they must.
They mingled themselves with the peoples,
  and learned to do as they did.
They served the same idols
  until it became their undoing.
They sacrificed their own sons
  and their daughters to demons.
They poured out innocent blood.
  The blood of their own sons and daughters
  was sacrificed to the idols of Canaan.
Their blood polluted the land,
  and their actions defiled them.
  They devoted themselves to whoring.
The Lord blazed out in anger against his own people,
  he detested his own chosen race.
He gave them into the hands of foreigners,
  they were conquered by those who hated them.
Their enemies persecuted them
  and humbled them beneath their hands.
Many times he freed them,
  but they turned him against themselves
  by falling back into wickedness.
Still he looked upon their distress
  when he heard their cries.
He remembered his covenant,
  and in his infinite kindness he repented.
He made them an object of pity
  and kindness to all their captors.
Save us, O Lord, our God,
  and gather us from among the nations,
so that we may proclaim your holy name,
  and rejoice as we praise you.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  from the beginning and for all time.
  And all the people shall cry, “Amen! Alleluia!”
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.
O Lord, save us; gather us from among the nations. Alleluia.

℣. Deus regenerávit nos in spem vivam, allelúia.
℟. Per resurrectiónem Iesu Christi ex mórtuis, allelúia.
℣. God has given us a new birth and a living hope, alleluia.
℟. By the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, alleluia.

Lectio prior
De Epístola prima beáti Ioánnis apóstoli 3, 11-17

Caritas erga fratres

Caríssimi: 11Hæc est annuntiátio, quam audístis ab inítio, ut diligámus altérutrum. 12Non sicut Cain: ex Malígno erat et occídit fratrem suum. Et propter quid occídit eum? Quóniam ópera eius malígna erant, fratris autem eius iusta.
  13Nolíte mirári, fratres, si odit vos mundus. 14Nos scimus quóniam transívimus de morte in vitam, quóniam dilígimus fratres; qui non díligit, manet in morte. 15Omnis, qui odit fratrem suum, homicída est, et scitis quóniam omnis homicída non habet vitam ætérnam in semetípso manéntem.
  16In hoc nóvimus caritátem, quóniam ille pro nobis ánimam suam pósuit; et nos debémus pro frátribus ánimas pónere. 17Qui habúerit substántiam mundi et víderit fratrem suum necésse habére et cláuserit víscera sua ab eo, quómodo cáritas Dei manet in eo?
First Reading1 John 3:11-17 ©

Love towards brothers

This is the message
as you heard it from the beginning:
that we are to love one another;
not to be like Cain, who belonged to the Evil One
and cut his brother’s throat;
cut his brother’s throat simply for this reason,
that his own life was evil and his brother lived a good life.
You must not be surprised, brothers, when the world hates you;
we have passed out of death and into life,
and of this we can be sure
because we love our brothers.
If you refuse to love, you must remain dead;
to hate your brother is to be a murderer,
and murderers, as you know, do not have eternal life in them.
This has taught us love –
that he gave up his life for us;
and we, too, ought to give up our lives for our brothers.
If a man who was rich enough in this world’s goods
saw that one of his brothers was in need,
but closed his heart to him,
how could the love of God be living in him?
Responsorium
1 Io 3, 16. 14 a
℟. In hoc nóvimus caritátem Dei, quóniam ille pro nobis ánimam suam pósuit;* Et nos debémus pro frátribus ánimas pónere, allelúia.
℣. Nos scimus quóniam transívimus de morte in vitam, quóniam dilígimus fratres.* Et nos.
Responsory1 Jn 3:16,14
℟. This has taught us what love is: Christ gave up his life for us,* and we ought to give up our lives for our brothers, alleluia.
℣. We have passed out of death and into life and of this we can be sure because we love our brothers,* and we ought to give up our lives for our brothers, alleluia.

Lectio altera
Ex Tractátibus sancti Augustíni epíscopi in Ioánnem
(Tract. 124, 5. 7:
CCL 36, 685-687)

Duæ vitæ

Duas vitas sibi divínitus prædicátas et commendátas novit Ecclésia, quarum est una in fide, áltera in spécie; una in témpore peregrinatiónis, áltera in æternitáte mansiónis; una in labóre, áltera in réquie; una in via, áltera in pátria; una in ópere actiónis, áltera in mercéde contemplatiónis.
  Ista significáta est per apóstolum Petrum, illa per Ioánnem. Tota hic ágitur ista usque in huius sǽculi finem, et illic ínvenit finem; différtur illa complénda post huius sǽculi finem, sed in futúro sǽculo non habet finem. Ideo dícitur huic: Séquere me; de illo autem: Sic eum volo manére, donec véniam, quid ad te? Tu me séquere.
  Tu me séquere per imitatiónem perferéndi temporália mala; ille máneat, donec sempitérna vénio redditúrus bona. Quod apértius ita dici potest: Perfécta me sequátur áctio, informáta meæ passiónis exémplo; inchoáta vero contemplátio máneat, donec vénio, perficiénda, cum vénero.
  Séquitur enim Christum, pervéniens usque ad mortem, pia plenitúdo patiéntiæ; manet autem, donec véniat Christus, tunc manifestánda plenitúdo sciéntiæ. Hic quippe tolerántur mala huius mundi in terra moriéntium, ibi videbúntur bona Dómini in terra vivéntium.
  Quod enim ait: Volo eum manére, donec véniam, non sic intellegéndum est quasi díxerit, remanére vel permanére; sed, exspectáre; quóniam quod per eum significátur, non útique nunc, sed, cum vénerit Christus, implébitur. Quod autem per hunc significátur, cui dictum est: Tu me séquere, nisi nunc agátur, non perveniétur ad illud quod exspectátur.
  Nemo tamen istos insígnes Apóstolos séparet. Et in eo quod significábat Petrus, ambo erant; et in eo quod significábat Ioánnes, ambo futúri erant. Significándo, sequebátur iste, manébat ille; credéndo autem, ambo mala præséntia huius misériæ tolerábant, ambo futúra bona illíus beatitúdinis exspectábant.
  Nec ipsi soli, sed univérsa hoc facit sancta Ecclésia, sponsa Christi, ab istis tentatiónibus eruénda, in illa felicitáte servánda. Quas duas vitas Petrus et Ioánnes figuravérunt, sínguli síngulas; verum et in hac temporáliter ambulavérunt ambo per fidem, et illa in ætérnum fruéntur ambo per spéciem.
  Omnibus ígitur sanctis ad Christi corpus inseparabíliter pertinéntibus, propter huius vitæ procellosíssimæ gubernáculum, ad ligánda et solvénda peccáta claves regni cælórum primus Apostolórum Petrus accépit; eisdémque ómnibus sanctis, propter vitæ illíus secretíssimæ quietíssimum sinum, super pectus Christi Ioánnes evangelísta discúbuit.
  Quóniam nec iste solus, sed univérsa Ecclésia ligat solvítque peccáta; nec ille in princípio Verbum Deum apud Deum, et cétera de Christi divinitáte, et de totíus divinitátis trinitáte atque unitáte sublímia, quæ in illo regno fácie ad fáciem contemplánda, nunc autem, donec véniat Dóminus, in spéculo atque in ænígmate contuénda sunt, quæ prædicándo ructáret, de fonte domínici péctoris solus bibit; sed ipse Dóminus ipsum Evangélium, pro sua cuiúsque capacitáte ómnibus suis bibéndum, toto terrárum orbe diffúdit.
Second Reading
St Augustine's homilies on St John's gospel

The two lives

There are two ways of life that God has commended to the Church. One is through faith, the other is through vision. One is in pilgrimage through a foreign land, the other is in our eternal home; one in labour, the other in repose; one in a journey to our homeland, the other in that land itself; one in action, the other in the fruits of contemplation.
  The first life, the life of action, is personified by the Apostle Peter; the contemplative life, by John. The first life is passed here on earth until the end of time, when it reaches its completion; the second is not fulfilled until the end of the world, but in the world to come it lasts for ever. For this reason Peter is told “Follow me”, but Jesus adds, “If I want John to stay behind till I come, what does it matter to you? You are to follow me”.
  You are to follow me by imitating me in the enduring suffering; he is to remain till I come to restore the blessings that last for ever. To put it more clearly: let action, which is complete in itself, follow me and follow the example of my passion; but let contemplation, which has only begun, remain until I come, wait until the moment of its completion.
  It is the fullness of patience to follow Christ loyally even to death; the fullness of knowledge lies in wait until Christ comes again, when it will be revealed and made manifest. The ills of this world are endured in the land of the dying; the good gifts of God will be revealed in the land of the living.
  We should not understand “I want him to stay behind until I come” as meaning to remain permanently but rather to wait: what is signified by John will not be fulfilled now, but it will be fulfilled, when Christ comes. On the other hand, what is signified by Peter, to whom Jesus says “follow me”, must be realised now or it will never be fulfilled.
  But we should not separate these great apostles. They were both part of the present life symbolized by Peter and they were both part of the future life symbolized by John. Considered as symbols, Peter followed Christ and John remained; but in their living faith both endured the evils of the present life and both looked forward to the future blessings of the coming life of joy.
  It is not they alone that do this but the whole of the holy Church, the bride of Christ, who needs to be rescued from the trials of the present and to be brought to safety in the joys of the future. Individually, Peter and John represent these two lives, the present and the future; but both journeyed in faith through this temporal life and both will enjoy the second life by vision, eternally.
  All the faithful form an integral part of the body of Christ, and therefore, so that they may be steered through the perilous seas of this present life, Peter, first among the Apostles, has received the keys of the kingdom of heaven, to bind and loose from sin. And also for the sake of the faithful, so that they may keep the still and secret heart of his mode of life, John the evangelist rested on Christ’s breast.
  It is not Peter alone who binds and looses sins, but the whole Church. It is not John alone who has drunk at the fountain of the Lord’s breast and pours forth what he had drunk in his teaching of the Word being God in the beginning, God with God, of the Trinity and Unity of God — of all those things which we shall see face to face in his kingdom but now, before the Lord comes, we see only in images and reflections — not John alone, for the Lord himself spreads John’s gospel throughout the world, giving everyone to drink as much as he is capable of absorbing.
Responsorium
Cf. 1 Petr 5, 10; 2 Cor 4, 14
℟. Deus omnis grátiæ, qui vocávit nos in ætérnam suam glóriam in Christo Iesu,* Módicum passos ipse perfíciet, confirmábit, solidábit, allelúia.
℣. Qui suscitávit Iesum, et nos cum Iesu suscitábit.* Módicum.
Responsory
℟. You will have to suffer only for a little while: the God of all grace who called you to eternal glory in Christ will see that all is well again:* he will confirm, strengthen and support you, alleluia.
℣. He who raised the Lord Jesus to life will raise us with Jesus in our turn:* he will confirm, strengthen and support you, alleluia.

Oremus.
  Deus, cuius Fílius, ad cælos ascéndens, Apóstolis Sanctum Spíritum dignátus est pollicéri, præsta, quǽsumus, ut, sicut illi multifária doctrínæ cæléstis múnera percepérunt, ita nobis quoque spiritália dona concédas.
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.
God and Father,
  your Son, at his ascension,
  promised the Holy Spirit to his apostles.
They received abundant graces of wisdom from heaven:
  grant us, also, we pray, the gifts of your Spirit.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
(one) God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

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

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