Saturday 4 February 2023    (other days)
Saturday of week 4 in Ordinary Time 
 or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Using calendar: Scotland. You can pick a diocese or region.

Office of Readings

If you have already recited the Invitatory Psalm today, you should use the alternative opening.
Dómine, lábia mea apéries.
  Et os meum annuntiábit laudem tuam.
Lord, open our lips.
  And we shall praise your name.
Ps 99:1-5

Redemptos iubet Dominus victoriæ carmen canere” (S. Athanasius).

Audiámus vocem Dómini, ut ingrediámur in réquiem eius.
(repeat antiphon*)
2Iubiláte Dómino, omnis terra,*
  servíte Dómino in lætítia;
introíte in conspéctu eius*
  in exsultatióne.
3Scitóte quóniam Dóminus ipse est Deus;†
  ipse fecit nos, et ipsíus sumus,*
  pópulus eius et oves páscuæ eius.
  (repeat antiphon*)
4Introíte portas eius in confessióne,†
  átria eius in hymnis,*
  confitémini illi, benedícite nómini eius.
5Quóniam suávis est Dóminus;†
  in ætérnum misericórdia eius,*
  et usque in generatiónem et generatiónem véritas eius.
  (repeat antiphon*)
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
(repeat antiphon*)
Invitatory PsalmPsalm 99 (100)
Let us listen for the voice of the Lord and enter into his peace.
(repeat antiphon*)
Rejoice in the Lord, all the earth,
  and serve him with joy.
Exult as you enter his presence.
  (repeat antiphon*)
Know that the Lord is God.
He made us and we are his
 – his people, the sheep of his flock.
  (repeat antiphon*)
Cry out his praises as you enter his gates,
  fill his courtyards with songs.
Proclaim him and bless his name;
  for the Lord is our delight.
His mercy lasts for ever,
  his faithfulness through all the ages.
  (repeat antiphon*)
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.
(repeat antiphon*)

* If you are reciting this on your own, you can choose to say the antiphon once only at the start of the psalm and not repeat it.

Lux ætérna, lumen potens,
dies indefíciens,
debellátor atræ noctis,
reparátor lúminis,
destructórque tenebrárum,
illustrátor méntium:
Quo nascénte suscitámur,
quo vocante súrgimus;
faciénte quo beáti,
quo linquénte míseri;
quo a morte liberáti,
quo sumus perlúcidi;
Mortis quo victóres facti,
noctis atque sǽculi;
ergo nobis, rex ætérne,
lucem illam tríbue,
quæ fuscátur nulla nocte,
solo gaudens lúmine.
Honor Patri sit ac tibi,
Sancto sit Spirítui,
Deo trino sed et uni,
paci, vitæ, lúmini,
nómini præ cunctis dulci
divinóque númini. Amen.
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 49:1-6
Vera in Dominum pietas

Non veni solvere legem, sed adimplere” (Cf. Mt 5, 17).

Dóminus advocávit cælum et terram, ut discérnat pópulum suum.
1Deus deórum Dóminus locútus est*
  et vocávit terram a solis ortu usque ad occásum.
2Ex Sion speciósa decóre Deus illúxit,*
  3Deus noster véniet et non silébit:
ignis consúmens est in conspéctu eius*
  et in circúitu eius tempéstas válida.
4Advocábit cælum desúrsum*
  et terram discérnere pópulum suum:
«5Congregáte mihi sanctos meos,*
  qui disposuérunt testaméntum meum in sacrifício».
6Et annuntiábunt cæli iustítiam eius,*
  quóniam Deus iudex est.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Dóminus advocávit cælum et terram, ut discérnat pópulum suum.

Psalm 49 (50)
True reverence for the Lord

The Lord has summoned heaven and earth to witness his judgement of his people.
The Lord, the God of gods has spoken:
  he has summoned the whole earth, from east to west.
God has shone forth from Zion in her great beauty.
  Our God will come, and he will not be silent.
Before him, a devouring fire;
  around him, a tempest rages.
He will call upon the heavens above, and on the earth, to judge his people.
“Bring together before me my chosen ones, who have sealed my covenant with sacrifice.”
The heavens will proclaim his justice; for God is the true judge.
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.
The Lord has summoned heaven and earth to witness his judgement of his people.

Ps 49:7-15

Invoca me in die tribulatiónis et éruam te.
«7Audi, pópulus meus, et loquar;†
  Israel, et testificábor advérsum te:*
  Deus, Deus tuus ego sum.
8Non in sacrifíciis tuis árguam te;*
  holocáusta enim tua in conspéctu meo sunt semper.
9Non accípiam de domo tua vítulos,*
  neque de grégibus tuis hircos.
10Quóniam meæ sunt omnes feræ silvárum,*
  iumentórum mille in móntibus.
11Cognóvi ómnia volatília cæli,*
  et, quod movétur in agro, meum est.
12Si esuríero non dicam tibi;*
  meus est enim orbis terræ et plenitúdo eius.
13Numquid manducábo carnes taurórum*
  aut sánguinem hircórum potábo?
14Immola Deo sacrifícium laudis*
  et redde Altíssimo vota tua;
15et ínvoca me in die tribulatiónis:*
  éruam te, et honorificábis me».
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Invoca me in die tribulatiónis et éruam te.

Psalm 49 (50)

Call on me in the day of trouble, and I will come to free you.
Listen, my people, and I will speak;
  Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.
I will not reproach you with your sacrifices,
  for your burnt offerings are always before me.
But I will not accept calves from your houses,
  nor goats from your flocks.
For all the beasts of the forests are mine,
  and in the hills, a thousand animals.
All the birds of the air – I know them.
  Whatever moves in the fields – it is mine.
If I am hungry, I will not tell you;
  for the whole world is mine, and all that is in it.
Am I to eat the flesh of bulls,
  or drink the blood of goats?
Offer a sacrifice to God – a sacrifice of praise;
  to the Most High, fulfil your vows.
Then you may call upon me in the time of trouble:
  I will rescue you, and you will honour 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.
Call on me in the day of trouble, and I will come to free you.

Ps 49:16-23

Sacrifícium laudis honorificábit me.
16Peccatóri autem dixit Deus:†
  «Quare tu enárras præcépta mea*
  et assúmis testaméntum meum in os tuum?
17Tu vero odísti disciplínam*
  et proiecísti sermónes meos retrórsum.
18Si vidébas furem, currébas cum eo;*
  et cum adúlteris erat pórtio tua.
19Os tuum dimittébas ad malítiam,*
  et lingua tua concinnábat dolos.
20Sedens advérsus fratrem tuum loquebáris*
  et advérsus fílium matris tuæ proferébas oppróbrium.
21Hæc fecísti, et tácui.†
  Existimásti quod eram tui símilis.*
  Arguam te et státuam illa contra fáciem tuam.
22Intellégite hæc, qui obliviscímini Deum,*
  nequándo rápiam, et non sit qui erípiat.
23Qui immolábit sacrifícium laudis, honorificábit me,†
  et, qui immaculátus est in via,*
  osténdam illi salutáre Dei».
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Sacrifícium laudis honorificábit me.

Psalm 49 (50)

A sacrifice of thanksgiving will honour me.
To the sinner, God has said this:
Why do you recite my statutes?
  Why do you dare to speak my covenant?
For you hate what I teach you,
  and reject what I tell you.
The moment you saw a thief, you joined him;
  you threw in your lot with adulterers.
You spoke evil with your mouth,
  and your tongue made plans to deceive.
Solemnly seated, you denounced your own brother;
  you poured forth hatred against your own mother’s son.
All this you did, and I was silent;
  so you thought that I was just like you.
But I will reprove you –
  I will confront you with all you have done.
Understand this, you who forget God;
  lest I tear you apart, with no-one there to save you.
Whoever offers up a sacrifice of praise gives me true honour;
  whoever follows a sinless path in life will be shown the salvation of God.
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.
A sacrifice of thanksgiving will honour me.

℣. Non cessámus pro vobis orántes et postulántes.
℟. Ut impleámini agnitióne voluntátis Dei.
℣. We never cease to pray for you.
℟. We ask God to fill you with knowledge of his will.

Lectio prior
De Epístola secúnda beáti Pauli apóstoli ad Thessalonicénses 3, 1-18

Hortationes et consilia

1De cétero, fratres, oráte pro nobis, ut sermo Dómini currat et glorificétur sicut et apud vos, 2et ut liberémur ab importúnis et malis homínibus; non enim ómnium est fides. 3Fidélis autem Dóminus est, qui confirmábit vos et custódiet a Malo.
  4Confídimus autem de vobis in Dómino, quóniam, quæ præcípimus, et fácitis et faciétis. 5Dóminus autem dírigat corda vestra in caritátem Dei et patiéntiam Christi.
  6Præcípimus autem vobis, fratres, in nómine Dómini nostri Iesu Christi, ut subtrahátis vos ab omni fratre ambulánte inordináte et non secúndum traditiónem, quam accepérunt a nobis. 7Ipsi enim scitis quemádmodum opórteat imitári nos, quóniam non inordináti fúimus inter vos 8neque gratis panem manducávimus ab áliquo sed in labóre et fatigatióne, nocte et die operántes, ne quem vestrum gravarémus; 9non quasi non habuérimus potestátem, sed ut nosmetípsos formam darémus vobis ad imitándum nos. 10Nam et cum essémus apud vos, hoc præcipiebámus vobis: Si quis non vult operári, nec mandúcet. 11Audímus enim inter vos quosdam ambuláre inordináte, nihil operántes sed curióse agéntes; 12his autem, qui eiúsmodi sunt, præcípimus et obsecrámus in Dómino Iesu Christo, ut cum quiéte operántes suum panem mandúcent. 13Vos autem, fratres, nolíte defícere benefaciéntes. 14Quod si quis non obœ́dit verbo nostro per epístulam, hunc notáte, non commisceámini cum illo, ut confundátur; 15et nolíte quasi inimícum existimáre, sed corrípite ut fratrem.
  16Ipse autem Dóminus pacis det vobis pacem sempitérnam in omni modo. Dóminus cum ómnibus vobis.
  17Salutátio mea manu Pauli, quod est signum in omni epístula, ita scribo. 18Grátia Dómini nostri Iesu Christi cum ómnibus vobis.
First Reading
2 Thessalonians 3:1-18 ©

Exhortations and considerations

Finally, brothers, pray for us; pray that the Lord’s message may spread quickly, and be received with honour as it was among you; and pray that we may be preserved from the interference of bigoted and evil people, for faith is not given to everyone. But the Lord is faithful, and he will give you strength and guard you from the evil one, and we, in the Lord, have every confidence that you are doing and will go on doing all that we tell you. May the Lord turn your hearts towards the love of God and the fortitude of Christ.
  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we urge you, brothers, to keep away from any of the brothers who refuses to work or to live according to the tradition we passed on to you.
  You know how you are supposed to imitate us: now we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we ever have our meals at anyone’s table without paying for them; no, we worked night and day, slaving and straining, so as not to be a burden on any of you. This was not because we had no right to be, but in order to make ourselves an example for you to follow.
  We gave you a rule when we were with you: do not let anyone have any food if he refuses to do any work. Now we hear that there are some of you who are living in idleness, doing no work themselves but interfering with everyone else’s. In the Lord Jesus Christ, we order and call on people of this kind to go on quietly working and earning the food that they eat.
  My brothers, never grow tired of doing what is right. If anyone refuses to obey what I have written in this letter, take note of him and have nothing to do with him, so that he will feel that he is in the wrong; though you are not to regard him as an enemy but as a brother in need of correction.
  May the Lord of peace himself give you peace all the time and in every way. The Lord be with you all.
  From me, PAUL, these greetings in my own handwriting, which is the mark of genuineness in every letter; this is my own writing. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Cf. 1 Th 2, 13 b; cf. Eph 1, 13 a
℟. Cum accepístis verbum Dei,* Accepístis illud non ut verbum hóminum sed, sicut est vere, verbum Dei.
℣. Audivístis verbum veritátis, Evangélium salútis vestræ.* Accepístis.
1 Th 2:13; Ep 1:13
℟. When you received God’s message,* you received it not as the word of man but as what it truly is, the very word of God.
℣. You have heard the message of the truth, the Good News of your salvation:* you received it not as the word of man but as what it truly is, the very word of God.

Lectio altera
Ex Constitutióne pastoráli "Gáudium et spes" Concílii Vaticáni secúndi de Ecclésia in mundo huius témporis (Nn. 35-36)

De humana navitate

Humána návitas, sicut ex hómine procédit, ita ad hóminem ordinátur. Homo enim, cum operátur, non tantum res et societátem immútat, sed et seípsum pérficit. Multa discit, facultátes suas éxcolit, extra se et supra se procédit. Huiúsmodi increméntum, si recte intellegátur, maióris prétii est quam extérnæ quæ cólligi possunt divítiæ. Magis valet homo propter id quod est, quam propter id quod habet.
  Páriter, ómnia quæ hómines ad maiórem iustítiam, ampliórem fraternitátem, humaniorémque ordinatiónem in sociálibus necessitudínibus obtinéndam agunt, plus quam progréssus téchnici valent. Hi enim progréssus quasi matériam humánæ promotióni præbére possunt, illam autem per se solos ad actum nequáquam dedúcunt.
  Unde hæc est humánæ navitátis norma, quod iuxta consílium et voluntátem divínam cum genuíno humáni géneris bono cóngruat, et hómini indivíduo vel in societáte pósito íntegræ suæ vocatiónis cultum et impletiónem permíttat.
  Multi tamen coǽvi nostri timére vidéntur, ne ex arctióre humánæ navitátis et religiónis coniunctióne autonomía hóminum vel societátum vel scientiárum impediátur. Si per terrenárum rerum autonomíam intellégimus res creátas et ipsas societátes própriis légibus valoribúsque gaudére, ab hómine gradátim dignoscéndis, adhibéndis et ordinándis, eándem exígere omníno fas est; quod non solum postulátur ab homínibus nostræ ætátis, sed étiam cum Creatóris voluntáte cóngruit. Ex ipsa enim creatiónis condicióne res univérsæ própria firmitáte, veritáte, bonitáte propriísque légibus ac órdine instruúntur, quæ homo reveréri debet, própriis singulárum scientiárum artiúmve méthodis ágnitis.
  Hinc deploráre líceat quosdam ánimi hábitus, qui aliquándo inter christiános ipsos, ob non satis perspéctam legítimam sciéntiæ autonomíam, non defuérunt et, contentiónibus controversiísque exínde suscitátis, plúrium ánimos eo perduxérunt ut fidem et sciéntiam inter se oppóni censérent.
  At si verbis «rerum temporálium autonomía» intellégitur res creátas a Deo non pendére, eísque hóminem sic uti posse ut eásdem ad Creatórem non réferat, nemo qui Deum agnóscit non sentit quam falsa huiúsmodi plácita sint. Creatúra enim sine Creatóre evanéscit.
Second Reading
From the Second Vatican Council's pastoral constitution "Gaudium et spes" on the Church in the modern world

Human activity

Just as it proceeds from man, so human activity is ordered towards man. For when a man works, he not only alters things and society, he develops himself as well. He learns much, he cultivates his resources, he goes outside himself and beyond himself. Rightly understood, this kind of growth is of greater value than any external riches which can be obtained. A man is more precious for what he is than for what he has.
  Similarly, all that men do to obtain greater justice, wider brotherhood, a more humane disposition of social relationships has greater worth than technical advances. For these advances can supply the material for human progress, but of themselves alone they can never actually bring it about.
  Hence, the norm of human activity is this: that in accord with the divine plan and will, it harmonize with the genuine good of the human race, and that it allow men as individuals and as members of society to pursue their total vocation and fulfil it.
  However, many of our contemporaries seem to fear that a closer bond between human activity and religion will work against the independence of men, of societies, or of the sciences. If by the autonomy of earthly affairs we mean that created things and societies themselves enjoy their own laws and values which must be gradually deciphered, put to use, and regulated by men, then it is entirely right to demand that autonomy. It is not merely required by modern man, it also harmonizes with the will of the Creator. For by the very circumstance of their having been created, all things are endowed with their own stability, truth, goodness, proper laws and order. Man must respect these as he isolates them by the appropriate methods of the individual sciences or arts.
  Consequently, we can only deplore certain habits of mind, which are sometimes found too among Christians, which do not sufficiently attend to the rightful independence of science and which, from the arguments and controversies they spark, lead many minds to conclude that faith and science are mutually opposed.
  But if the expression “the independence of temporal affairs” is taken to mean that created things do not depend on God, and that man can use them without any reference to their Creator, anyone who acknowledges God will see how false such a meaning is. For without the Creator the creature would disappear.
Deut 2, 7; 8, 5 b
℟. Benedíxit tibi in omni ópere mánuum tuárum; novit iter tuum, quómodo transíeris solitúdinem magnam, * Hábitans tecum Dóminus Deus tuus, et nihil tibi défuit.
℣. Sicut érudit homo fílium suum, sic erudívit te.* Hábitans.
℟. The Lord your God has blessed you in all you do; he has watched over your journeying through this vast wilderness.* He has been with you, and you have never been in want.
℣. The Lord your God was disciplining you as a father disciplines his son.* He has been with you, and you have never been in want.

  Concéde nobis, Dómine Deus noster, ut te tota mente venerémur et omnes hómines rationábili diligámus afféctu.
Per Dóminum nostrum Iesum Christum, Fílium tuum,
qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus,
per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum.
Let us pray.
Lord our God,
  make us love you above all things,
and all our fellow-men
  with a love that is worthy of you.
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.

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

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