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Scriptura: Feria Secunda infra Hebdomadam XVIII post Octavam Pentecostes V. Septembris

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Ante Divinum officium
Incipit
Pater noster, qui es in cælis, sanctificétur nomen tuum: advéniat regnum tuum: fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidiánum da nobis hódie: et dimítte nobis débita nostra, sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris: et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem: sed líbera nos a malo. Amen.
Ave María, grátia plena; Dóminus tecum: benedícta tu in muliéribus, et benedíctus fructus ventris tui Jesus. Sancta María, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatóribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostræ. Amen.
Credo in Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, Creatórem cæli et terræ.
Et in Jesum Christum, Fílium ejus únicum, Dóminum nostrum: qui concéptus est de Spíritu Sancto, natus ex María Vírgine, passus sub Póntio Piláto, crucifíxus, mórtuus, et sepúltus: descéndit ad ínferos; tértia die resurréxit a mórtuis; ascéndit ad cælos; sedet ad déxteram Dei Patris omnipoténtis: inde ventúrus est judicáre vivos et mórtuos.
Credo in Spíritum Sanctum, sanctam Ecclésiam cathólicam, Sanctórum communiónem, remissiónem peccatórum, carnis resurrectiónem, vitam ætérnam. Amen.
V. Dómine, lábia +︎ mea apéries.
R. Et os meum annuntiábit laudem tuam.
V. Deus in adjutórium meum inténde.
R. Dómine, ad adjuvándum me festína.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.
Allelúja.
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Start
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation: But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace; The Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst women, And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried: he descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven; sitteth at the right hand of God the Father almighty: from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins. The resurrection of the body. And life everlasting. Amen.
V. O Lord, +︎ open thou my lips.
R. And my mouth shall declare thy praise.
V. O God, come to my assistance;
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Alleluia.
Invitatorium {Antiphona ex Commune aut Festo}
Ant. Regem Mártyrum Dóminum, * Veníte adorémus.
Ant. Regem Mártyrum Dóminum, * Veníte adorémus.
Veníte, exsultémus Dómino, jubilémus Deo, salutári nostro: præoccupémus fáciem ejus in confessióne, et in psalmis jubilémus ei.
Ant. Regem Mártyrum Dóminum, * Veníte adorémus.
Quóniam Deus magnus Dóminus, et Rex magnus super omnes deos, quóniam non repéllet Dóminus plebem suam: quia in manu ejus sunt omnes fines terræ, et altitúdines móntium ipse cónspicit.
Ant. Veníte adorémus.
Quóniam ipsíus est mare, et ipse fecit illud, et áridam fundavérunt manus ejus (genuflectitur) veníte, adorémus, et procidámus ante Deum: plorémus coram Dómino, qui fecit nos, quia ipse est Dóminus, Deus noster; nos autem pópulus ejus, et oves páscuæ ejus.
Ant. Regem Mártyrum Dóminum, * Veníte adorémus.
Hódie, si vocem ejus audiéritis, nolíte obduráre corda vestra, sicut in exacerbatióne secúndum diem tentatiónis in desérto: ubi tentavérunt me patres vestri, probavérunt et vidérunt ópera mea.
Ant. Veníte adorémus.
Quadragínta annis próximus fui generatióni huic, et dixi; Semper hi errant corde, ipsi vero non cognovérunt vias meas: quibus jurávi in ira mea; Si introíbunt in réquiem meam.
Ant. Regem Mártyrum Dóminum, * Veníte adorémus.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.
Ant. Veníte adorémus.
Ant. Regem Mártyrum Dóminum, * Veníte adorémus.
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Invitatory {Antiphon from the Common or Feast}
Ant. The Lord, the King of Martyrs, * O come, let us worship.
Ant. The Lord, the King of Martyrs, * O come, let us worship.
Come let us praise the Lord with joy: let us joyfully sing to God our saviour. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; and make a joyful noise to him with psalms.
Ant. The Lord, the King of Martyrs, * O come, let us worship.
For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. For the Lord will not cast off his people: for in his hand are all the ends of the earth, and the heights of the mountains are his.
Ant. O come, let us worship.
For the sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. (genuflect) Come let us adore and fall down: and weep before the Lord that made us: For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Ant. The Lord, the King of Martyrs, * O come, let us worship.
Today if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts: As in the provocation, according to the day of temptation in the wilderness: where your fathers tempted me, they proved me, and saw my works.
Ant. O come, let us worship.
Forty years long was I offended with that generation, and I said: These always err in heart. And these men have not known my ways: so I swore in my wrath that they shall not enter into my rest.
Ant. The Lord, the King of Martyrs, * O come, let us worship.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Ant. O come, let us worship.
Ant. The Lord, the King of Martyrs, * O come, let us worship.
Hymnus {ex Commune aut Festo}
Christo profúsum sánguinem,
Et Mártyrum victórias,
Dignámque cælo láuream
Lætis sequámur vócibus.

Terróre victo sǽculi,
Pœnísque spretis córporis,
Mortis sacræ compéndio
Vitam beátam póssident.

Tradúntur igni Mártyres,
Et bestiárum déntibus;
Armáta sævit úngulis
Tortóris insáni manus.

Nudáta pendent víscera,
Sanguis sacrátus fúnditur;
Sed pérmanent immóbiles,
Vitæ perénnis grátia.

Te nunc, Redémptor, quǽsumus,
Ut mártyrum consórtio
Jungas precántes sérvulos
In sempitérna sǽcula.
Amen.
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Hymn {from the Common or Feast}
The martyrs' triumphs let us sing,
Their blood poured forth for Christ the King,
And while due hymns of praise we pay,
Our thankful hearts cast grief away.

The world its terrors urged in vain;
They recked not of the body's pain;
One step, and holy death made sure
The life that ever shall endure.

To flames the martyr saints are hailed;
By teeth of savage beasts assailed;
Against them, armed with ruthless brand
And hooks of steel, their torturers stand.

The mangled frame is tortured sore,
The holy life-drops freshly pour;
They stand unmoved amidst the strife,
By grace of everlasting life.

Redeemer, hear us of thy love,
That, with the martyr host above,
Hereafter, of thine endless grace,
thy servants also may have place.
Amen.
Psalmi cum lectionibus {Antiphonæ ex Psalterio secundum tempora}
Nocturn I.
Ant. Dóminus de cælo
Psalmus 13 [1]
13:1 Dixit insípiens in corde suo: * non est Deus.
13:1 Corrúpti sunt, et abominábiles facti sunt in stúdiis suis: * non est qui fáciat bonum, non est usque ad unum.
13:2 Dóminus de cælo prospéxit super fílios hóminum, * ut vídeat si est intéllegens, aut requírens Deum.
13:3 Omnes declinavérunt, simul inútiles facti sunt: * non est qui fáciat bonum, non est usque ad unum.
13:3 Sepúlcrum patens est guttur eórum: linguis suis dolóse agébant * venénum áspidum sub lábiis eórum.
13:3 Quorum os maledictióne et amaritúdine plenum est: * velóces pedes eórum ad effundéndum sánguinem.
13:3 Contrítio et infelícitas in viis eórum, et viam pacis non cognovérunt: * non est timor Dei ante óculos eórum.
13:4 Nonne cognóscent omnes qui operántur iniquitátem, * qui dévorant plebem meam sicut escam panis?
13:5 Dóminum non invocavérunt, * illic trepidavérunt timóre, ubi non erat timor.
13:6 Quóniam Dóminus in generatióne justa est, consílium ínopis confudístis: * quóniam Dóminus spes ejus est.
13:7 Quis dabit ex Sion salutáre Israël? * cum avérterit Dóminus captivitátem plebis suæ, exsultábit Jacob, et lætábitur Israël.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Ant. Dóminus de cælo prospéxit super fílios hóminum.
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Psalms with lections {Antiphons from the Psalter for the season of the Church year}
Nocturn I.
Ant. The Lord hath looked down from heaven
Psalm 13 [1]
13:1 The fool hath said in his heart: * there is no God.
13:1 They are corrupt, and are become abominable in their ways: * there is none that doth good, no not one.
13:2 The Lord hath looked down from heaven upon the children of men, * to see if there be any that understand and seek God.
13:3 They are all gone aside, they are become unprofitable together: * there is none that doth good: no not one.
13:3 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they acted deceitfully: * the poison of asps is under their lips.
13:3 Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; * their feet are swift to shed blood.
13:3 Destruction and unhappiness in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known: * there is no fear of God before their eyes.
13:4 Shall not all they know that work iniquity, * who devour my people as they eat bread?
13:5 They have not called upon the Lord: * there have they trembled for fear, where there was no fear.
13:6 For the Lord is in the just generation: you have confounded the counsel of the poor man; * but the Lord is his hope.
13:7 Who shall give out of Sion the salvation of Israel? * when the Lord shall have turned away the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Ant. The Lord hath looked down from heaven upon the children of men.
Ant. Qui operátur justítiam
Psalmus 14 [2]
14:1 Dómine, quis habitábit in tabernáculo tuo? * aut quis requiéscet in monte sancto tuo?
14:2 Qui ingréditur sine mácula, * et operátur justítiam:
14:3 Qui lóquitur veritátem in corde suo, * qui non egit dolum in lingua sua:
14:3 Nec fecit próximo suo malum, * et oppróbrium non accépit advérsus próximos suos.
14:4 Ad níhilum dedúctus est in conspéctu ejus malígnus: * timéntes autem Dóminum gloríficat:
14:5 Qui jurat próximo suo, et non décipit, * qui pecúniam suam non dedit ad usúram, et múnera super innocéntem non accépit.
14:5 Qui facit hæc: * non movébitur in ætérnum.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Ant. Qui operátur justítiam requiéscet in monte sancto tuo, Dómine.
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Ant. He who worketh justice
Psalm 14 [2]
14:1 Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle? * or who shall rest in thy holy hill?
14:2 He that walketh without blemish, * and worketh justice:
14:3 He that speaketh truth in his heart, * who hath not used deceit in his tongue:
14:3 Nor hath done evil to his neighbour: * nor taken up a reproach against his neighbours.
14:4 In his sight the malignant is brought to nothing: * but he glorifieth them that fear the Lord:
14:5 He that sweareth to his neighbour, and deceiveth not; * He that hath not put out his money to usury, nor taken bribes against the innocent:
14:5 He that doth these things, * shall not be moved for ever.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Ant. He who worketh justice may rest on thy holy mountain, O Lord.
Ant. Inclína, Dómine,
Psalmus 16 [3]
16:1 Exáudi, Dómine, justítiam meam: * inténde deprecatiónem meam.
16:1 Áuribus pércipe oratiónem meam, * non in lábiis dolósis.
16:2 De vultu tuo judícium meum pródeat: * óculi tui vídeant æquitátes.
16:3 Probásti cor meum, et visitásti nocte: * igne me examinásti, et non est invénta in me iníquitas.
16:4 Ut non loquátur os meum ópera hóminum: * propter verba labiórum tuórum ego custodívi vias duras.
16:5 Pérfice gressus meos in sémitis tuis: * ut non moveántur vestígia mea.
16:6 Ego clamávi, quóniam exaudísti me, Deus: * inclína aurem tuam mihi, et exáudi verba mea.
16:7 Mirífica misericórdias tuas, * qui salvos facis sperántes in te.
16:8 A resisténtibus déxteræ tuæ custódi me, * ut pupíllam óculi.
16:9 Sub umbra alárum tuárum prótege me: * a fácie impiórum qui me afflixérunt.
16:10 Inimíci mei ánimam meam circumdedérunt, ádipem suum conclusérunt: * os eórum locútum est supérbiam.
16:11 Proiciéntes me nunc circumdedérunt me: * óculos suos statuérunt declináre in terram.
16:12 Suscepérunt me sicut leo parátus ad prædam: * et sicut cátulus leónis hábitans in ábditis.
16:13 Exsúrge, Dómine, prǽveni eum, et supplánta eum: * éripe ánimam meam ab ímpio, frámeam tuam ab inimícis manus tuæ.
16:14 Dómine, a paucis de terra dívide eos in vita eórum: * de abscónditis tuis adimplétus est venter eórum.
16:14 Saturáti sunt fíliis: * et dimisérunt relíquias suas párvulis suis.
16:15 Ego autem in justítia apparébo conspéctui tuo: * satiábor cum apparúerit glória tua.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Ant. Inclína, Dómine, aurem tuam mihi, et exáudi verba mea.
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Ant. O Lord, incline
Psalm 16 [3]
16:1 Hear, O Lord, my justice: * attend to my supplication.
16:1 Give ear unto my prayer, * which proceedeth not from deceitful lips.
16:2 Let my judgment come forth from thy countenance: * let thy eyes behold the things that are equitable.
16:3 Thou hast proved my heart, and visited it by night, * thou hast tried me by fire: and iniquity hath not been found in me.
16:4 That my mouth may not speak the works of men: * for the sake of the words of thy lips, I have kept hard ways.
16:5 Perfect thou my goings in thy paths: * that my footsteps be not moved.
16:6 I have cried to thee, for thou, O God, hast heard me: * O incline thy ear unto me, and hear my words.
16:7 Shew forth thy wonderful mercies; * thou who savest them that trust in thee.
16:8 From them that resist thy right hand keep me, * as the apple of thy eye.
16:9 Protect me under the shadow of thy wings. * from the face of the wicked who have afflicted me.
16:10 My enemies have surrounded my soul: They have shut up their fat: * their mouth hath spoken proudly.
16:11 They have cast me forth, and now they have surrounded me: * they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth.
16:12 They have taken me, as a lion prepared for the prey; * and as a young lion dwelling in secret places.
16:13 Arise, O Lord, disappoint him and supplant him; * deliver my soul from the wicked one; thy sword from the enemies of thy hand.
16:14 O Lord, divide them from the few of the earth in their life: * their belly is filled from thy hidden stores.
16:14 They are full of children: * and they have left to their little ones the rest of their substance.
16:15 But as for me, I will appear before thy sight in justice: * I shall be satisfied when thy glory shall appear.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Ant. O Lord, incline thy ear to me, and hear my voice, my Lord.
V. Mirífica Dómine misericórdias tuas.
R. Qui salvos facis sperántes in te.
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V. Show forth thy wonderful mercies.
R. Thou who savest them that trust in thee.
Pater noster, qui es in cælis, sanctificétur nomen tuum: advéniat regnum tuum: fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidiánum da nobis hódie: et dimítte nobis débita nostra, sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris:
V. Et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem:
R. Sed líbera nos a malo.
Absolutio. Exáudi, Dómine Jesu Christe, preces servórum tuórum, et miserére nobis: Qui cum Patre et Spíritu Sancto vivis et regnas in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.
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Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
V. And lead us not into temptation:
R. But deliver us from evil.
Absolution. O Lord Jesus Christ, graciously hear the prayers of Thy servants, and have mercy upon us, Who livest and reignest with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, ever world without end. Amen.

V. Jube, domne, benedícere.
Benedictio. Benedictióne perpétua benedícat nos Pater ætérnus. Amen.

Lectio 1
De libro Esther
Esth 2:5-7
5 Erat vir Judǽus in Susan civitáte, vocábulo Mardochǽus, fílius Jair, fílii Sémei, fílii Cis, de stirpe Jémini,
6 Qui translátus fúerat de Jerúsalem eo témpore quo Jechoníam regem Juda Nabuchodónosor rex Babylónis transtúlerat.
7 Qui fuit nutrítius fíliæ fratris sui Edíssæ, quæ áltero nómine vocabátur Esther, et utrúmque paréntem amíserat: pulchra nimis et decóra fácie. Mortuísque patre ejus ac matre, Mardochǽus sibi eam adoptávit in fíliam.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.

R. Dómine, mi Rex omnípotens, in dicióne tua cuncta sunt pósita, et non est qui possit resístere voluntáti tuæ:
* Líbera nos propter nomen tuum.
V. Exáudi oratiónem nostram, et convérte luctum nostrum in gáudium.
R. Líbera nos propter nomen tuum.
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V. Grant, Lord, a blessing.
Benediction. May the Eternal Father bless us with an eternal blessing. Amen.

Reading 1
Lesson from the book of Esther
Esth 2:5-7
5 There was a man in the city of Susan, a Jew, named Mardochai, the son of Jair, the son of Semei, the son of Cis, of the race of Jemini,
6 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem at the time that Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon carried away Jechonias king of Juda,
7 And he had brought up his brother's daughter Edissa, who by another name was called Esther: now she had lost both her parents: and was exceeding fair and beautiful. And her father and mother being dead, Mardochai adopted her for his daughter.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.

R. O my Lord, the King Almighty All things are in thy power, and there is no man that can gainsay thy will;
* Deliver us for thy Name's sake.
V. Hear our prayer, and turn our sorrow into joy.
R. Deliver us for thy Name's sake.
V. Jube, domne, benedícere.
Benedictio. Unigénitus Dei Fílius nos benedícere et adjuváre dignétur. Amen.

Lectio 2
Esth 2:8-11
8 Cumque percrebuísset regis impérium, et juxta mandátum illíus multæ pulchræ vírgines adduceréntur Susan et Egéo traderéntur eunúcho; Esther quoque inter céteras puéllas ei trádita est, ut servarétur in número feminárum.
9 Quæ plácuit ei et invénit grátiam in conspéctu illíus. Et præcépit eunúcho ut acceleráret mundum mulíebrem et tráderet ei partes suas et septem puéllas speciosíssimas de domo regis, et tam ipsam quam pedíssequas ejus ornáret atque excóleret.
10 Quæ nóluit indicáre ei pópulum et pátriam suam; Mardochǽus enim præcéperat ei, ut de hac re omníno reticéret.
11 Qui deambulábat quotídie ante vestíbulum domus, in qua eléctæ vírgines servabántur, curam agens salútis Esther.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.

R. Confórta me, Rex, Sanctórum principátum tenens:
* Et da sermónem rectum et bene sonántem in os meum.
V. Dómine, Rex univérsæ potestátis, convérte consílium eórum super eos.
R. Et da sermónem rectum et bene sonántem in os meum.
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V. Grant, Lord, a blessing.
Benediction. May the Son, the Sole-begotten, mercifully bless and keep us. Amen.

Reading 2
Esth 2:8-11
8 And when the king's ordinance was noised abroad, and according to his commandment many beautiful virgins were brought to Susan, and were delivered to Egeus the eunuch: Esther also among the rest of the maidens was delivered to him to be kept in the number of the women.
9 And she pleased him, and found favour in his sight. And he commanded the eunuch to hasten the women's ornaments, and to deliver to her her part, and seven of the most beautiful maidens of the king's house, and to adorn and deck out both her and her waiting maids.
10 And she would not tell him her people nor her country. For Mardochai had charged her to say nothing at all of that:
11 And he walked every day before the court of the house, in which the chosen virgins werre kept, having a care for Esther's welfare, and desiring to know what would befall her.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.

R. Strengthen me, O King, Who reignest over the holy ones.
* Put Thou in my mouth clear and well-sounding words.
V. O Lord, King of all forces, turn back their device upon themselves.
R. Put Thou in my mouth clear and well-sounding words.
V. Jube, domne, benedícere.
Benedictio. Spíritus Sancti grátia illúminet sensus et corda nostra. Amen.

Lectio 3
Esth 2:15-17
15 Evolúto autem témpore per órdinem, instábat dies quo Esther fília Abíhail fratris Mardochǽi, quam sibi adoptáverat in fíliam, debéret intráre ad regem. Quæ non quæsívit mulíebrem cultum, sed quæcúmque vóluit Egéus eunúchus custos vírginum, hæc ei ad ornátum dedit; erat enim formósa valde et incredíbili pulchritúdine: ómnium óculis gratiósa et amábilis videbátur.
16 Ducta est ítaque ad cubículum regis Assuéri mense décimo, qui vocátur Tebeth, séptimo anno regni ejus.
17 Et adamávit eam rex plus quam omnes mulíeres, habuítque grátiam et misericórdiam coram eo super omnes mulíeres: et pósuit diadéma regni in cápite ejus fecítque eam regnáre in loco Vasthi.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.

R. Spem in álium nunquam hábui, prætérquam in te, Deus Israël:
* Qui irásceris, et propítius eris, et ómnia peccáta hóminum in tribulatióne dimíttis.
V. Dómine Deus, Creátor cæli et terræ, réspice ad humilitátem nostram.
R. Qui irásceris, et propítius eris, et ómnia peccáta hóminum in tribulatióne dimíttis.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Qui irásceris, et propítius eris, et ómnia peccáta hóminum in tribulatióne dimíttis.
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V. Grant, Lord, a blessing.
Benediction. May the grace of the Holy Spirit enlighten all our hearts and minds. Amen.

Reading 3
Esth 2:15-17
15 And as the time came orderly about, the day was at hand, when Esther, the daughter of Abihail the brother of Mardochai, whom he had adopted for his daughter, was to go in to the king. But she sought not women's ornaments, but whatsoever Egeus the eunuch the keeper of the virgins had a mind, he gave her to adorn her. For she was exceeding fair, and her incredible beauty made her appear agreeable and amiable in the eyes of all.
16 So she was brought to the chamber of king Assuerus the tenth month, which is called Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
17 And the king loved her more than all the women, and she had favour and kindness before him above all the women, and he set the royal crown on her head, and made her queen instead of Vasthi.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.

R. I have had no hope in any other but in thee, O God of Israel, Who art angry, and wilt again show mercy,
* Thou that forgivest all the sins of men when they are in affliction.
V. O Lord God, Maker of heaven and earth, look upon our low estate;
R. Thou that forgivest all the sins of men when they are in affliction.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. Thou that forgivest all the sins of men when they are in affliction.
Nocturn II.
Ant. Díligam te,
Psalmus 17(2-16) [4]
17:2 Díligam te, Dómine, fortitúdo mea: * Dóminus firmaméntum meum, et refúgium meum, et liberátor meus.
17:3 Deus meus adjútor meus, * et sperábo in eum.
17:3 Protéctor meus, et cornu salútis meæ, * et suscéptor meus.
17:4 Laudans invocábo Dóminum: * et ab inimícis meis salvus ero.
17:5 Circumdedérunt me dolóres mortis: * et torréntes iniquitátis conturbavérunt me.
17:6 Dolóres inférni circumdedérunt me: * præoccupavérunt me láquei mortis.
17:7 In tribulatióne mea invocávi Dóminum, * et ad Deum meum clamávi.
17:7 Et exaudívit de templo sancto suo vocem meam: * et clamor meus in conspéctu ejus, introívit in aures ejus.
17:8 Commóta est, et contrémuit terra: * fundaménta móntium conturbáta sunt, et commóta sunt, quóniam irátus est eis.
17:9 Ascéndit fumus in ira ejus: et ignis a fácie ejus exársit: * carbónes succénsi sunt ab eo.
17:10 Inclinávit cælos, et descéndit: * et calígo sub pédibus ejus.
17:11 Et ascéndit super Chérubim, et volávit: * volávit super pennas ventórum.
17:12 Et pósuit ténebras latíbulum suum, in circúitu ejus tabernáculum ejus: * tenebrósa aqua in núbibus áëris.
17:13 Præ fulgóre in conspéctu ejus nubes transiérunt, * grando et carbónes ignis.
17:14 Et intónuit de cælo Dóminus, et Altíssimus dedit vocem suam: * grando et carbónes ignis.
17:15 Et misit sagíttas suas, et dissipávit eos: * fúlgura multiplicávit, et conturbávit eos.
17:16 Et apparuérunt fontes aquárum, * et reveláta sunt fundaménta orbis terrárum:
17:16 Ab increpatióne tua, Dómine, * ab inspiratióne spíritus iræ tuæ.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Ant. Díligam te, Dómine, virtus mea.
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Nocturn II.
Ant. I will love thee,
Psalm 17(2-16) [4]
17:2 I will love thee, O Lord, my strength: * The Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer.
17:3 My God is my helper, * and in him will I put my trust.
17:3 My protector, and the horn of my salvation, * and my support.
17:4 Praising, I will call upon the Lord: * and I shall be saved from my enemies.
17:5 The sorrows of death surrounded me: * and the torrents of iniquity troubled me.
17:6 The sorrows of hell encompassed me: * and the snares of death prevented me.
17:7 In my affliction I called upon the Lord, * and I cried to my God:
17:7 And he heard my voice from his holy temple: * and my cry before him came into his ears.
17:8 The earth shook and trembled: * the foundations of the mountains were troubled and were moved, because he was angry with them.
17:9 There went up a smoke in his wrath: and a fire flamed from his face: * coals were kindled by it.
17:10 He bowed the heavens, and came down, * and darkness was under his feet.
17:11 And he ascended upon the cherubim, and he flew; * he flew upon the wings of the winds.
17:12 And he made darkness his covert, his pavilion round about him: * dark waters in the clouds of the air.
17:13 At the brightness that was before him the clouds passed, * hail and coals of fire.
17:14 And the Lord thundered from heaven, * and the Highest gave his voice: * hail and coals of fire.
17:15 And he sent forth his arrows, and he scattered them: * he multiplied lightnings, and troubled them.
17:16 Then the fountains of waters appeared, * and the foundations of the world were discovered:
17:16 At thy rebuke, O Lord, * at the blast of the spirit of thy wrath.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Ant. I will love thee, O Lord, who art my strength.
Ant. Retríbuet mihi Dóminus
Psalmus 17(17-35) [5]
17:17 Misit de summo, et accépit me: * et assúmpsit me de aquis multis.
17:18 Erípuit me de inimícis meis fortíssimis, et ab his qui odérunt me: * quóniam confortáti sunt super me.
17:19 Prævenérunt me in die afflictiónis meæ: * et factus est Dóminus protéctor meus.
17:20 Et edúxit me in latitúdinem: * salvum me fecit, quóniam vóluit me.
17:21 Et retríbuet mihi Dóminus secúndum justítiam meam: * et secúndum puritátem mánuum meárum retríbuet mihi:
17:22 Quia custodívi vias Dómini, * nec ímpie gessi a Deo meo.
17:23 Quóniam ómnia judícia ejus in conspéctu meo: * et justítias ejus non répuli a me.
17:24 Et ero immaculátus cum eo: * et observábo me ab iniquitáte mea.
17:25 Et retríbuet mihi Dóminus secúndum justítiam meam: * et secúndum puritátem mánuum meárum in conspéctu oculórum ejus.
17:26 Cum sancto sanctus eris, * et cum viro innocénte ínnocens eris:
17:27 Et cum elécto eléctus eris: * et cum pervérso pervertéris.
17:28 Quóniam tu pópulum húmilem salvum fácies: * et óculos superbórum humiliábis.
17:29 Quóniam tu illúminas lucérnam meam, Dómine: * Deus meus, illúmina ténebras meas.
17:30 Quóniam in te erípiar a tentatióne, * et in Deo meo transgrédiar murum.
17:31 Deus meus, impollúta via ejus: elóquia Dómini igne examináta: * protéctor est ómnium sperántium in se.
17:32 Quóniam quis Deus præter Dóminum? * aut quis Deus præter Deum nostrum?
17:33 Deus, qui præcínxit me virtúte: * et pósuit immaculátam viam meam.
17:34 Qui perfécit pedes meos tamquam cervórum, * et super excélsa státuens me.
17:35 Qui docet manus meas ad prǽlium: * et posuísti, ut arcum ǽreum, brácchia mea.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Ant. Retríbuet mihi Dóminus secúndum justítiam meam.
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Ant. The Lord will reward me
Psalm 17(17-35) [5]
17:17 He sent from on high, and took me: * and received me out of many waters.
17:18 He delivered me from my strongest enemies, and from them that hated me: * for they were too strong for me.
17:19 They prevented me in the day of my affliction: * and the Lord became my protector.
17:20 And he brought me forth into a large place: * he saved me, because he was well pleased with me.
17:21 And the Lord will reward me according to my justice; * and will repay me according to the cleanness of my hands:
17:22 Because I have kept the ways of the Lord; * and have not done wickedly against my God.
17:23 For all his judgments are in my sight: * and his justices I have not put away from me.
17:24 And I shall be spotless with him: * and shall keep myself from my iniquity.
17:25 And the Lord will reward me according to my justice: * and according to the cleanness of my hands before his eyes.
17:26 With the holy thou wilt be holy; * and with the innocent man thou wilt be innocent:
17:27 And with the elect thou wilt be elect: * and with the perverse thou wilt be perverted.
17:28 For thou wilt save the humble people; * but wilt bring down the eyes of the proud.
17:29 For thou lightest my lamp, O Lord: * O my God, enlighten my darkness.
17:30 For by thee I shall be delivered from temptation; * and through my God I shall go over a wall.
17:31 As for my God, his way is undefiled: the words of the Lord are fire-tried: * he is the protector of all that trust in him.
17:32 For who is God but the Lord? * or who is God but our God?
17:33 God, who hath girt me with strength; * and made my way blameless.
17:34 Who hath made my feet like the feet of harts: * and who setteth me upon high places.
17:35 Who teacheth my hands to war: * and thou hast made my arms like a brazen bow.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Ant. The Lord will reward me according to my justice.
Ant. Vivit Dóminus
Psalmus 17(36-51) [6]
17:36 Et dedísti mihi protectiónem salútis tuæ: * et déxtera tua suscépit me:
17:36 Et disciplína tua corréxit me in finem: * et disciplína tua ipsa me docébit.
17:37 Dilatásti gressus meos subtus me: * et non sunt infirmáta vestígia mea:
17:38 Pérsequar inimícos meos et comprehéndam illos: * et non convértar, donec defíciant.
17:39 Confríngam illos, nec póterunt stare: * cadent subtus pedes meos.
17:40 Et præcinxísti me virtúte ad bellum: * et supplantásti insurgéntes in me subtus me.
17:41 Et inimícos meos dedísti mihi dorsum, * et odiéntes me disperdidísti.
17:42 Clamavérunt, nec erat qui salvos fáceret ad Dóminum: * nec exaudívit eos.
17:43 Et commínuam illos, ut púlverem ante fáciem venti: * ut lutum plateárum delébo eos.
17:44 Erípies me de contradictiónibus pópuli: * constítues me in caput géntium.
17:45 Pópulus quem non cognóvi servívit mihi: * in audítu auris obedívit mihi.
17:46 Fílii aliéni mentíti sunt mihi, * fílii aliéni inveteráti sunt, et claudicavérunt a sémitis suis.
17:47 Vivit Dóminus, et benedíctus Deus meus: * et exaltétur Deus salútis meæ.
17:48 Deus, qui das vindíctas mihi, et subdis pópulos sub me: * liberátor meus de inimícis meis iracúndis.
17:49 Et ab insurgéntibus in me exaltábis me: * a viro iníquo erípies me.
17:50 Proptérea confitébor tibi in natiónibus, Dómine: * et nómini tuo psalmum dicam.
17:51 Magníficans salútes Regis ejus, et fáciens misericórdiam Christo suo David: * et sémini ejus usque in sǽculum.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Ant. Vivit Dóminus et benedíctus Deus salútis meæ.
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Ant. The Lord liveth,
Psalm 17(36-51) [6]
17:36 Thou hast given me the protection of thy salvation: * and thy right hand hath held me up:
17:36 And thy discipline hath corrected me unto the end: * and thy discipline, the same shall teach me.
17:37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; * and my feet are not weakened.
17:38 I will pursue after my enemies, and overtake them: * and I will not turn again till they are consumed.
17:39 I will break them, and they shall not be able to stand: * they shall fall under my feet.
17:40 And thou hast girded me with strength unto battle; * and hast subdued under me them that rose up against me.
17:41 And thou hast made my enemies turn their back upon me, * and hast destroyed them that hated me.
17:42 They cried, but there was none to save them, to the Lord: * but he heard them not.
17:43 And I shall beat them as small as the dust before the wind; * I shall bring them to nought, like the dirt in the streets.
17:44 Thou wilt deliver me from the contradictions of the people; * thou wilt make me head of the Gentiles.
17:45 A people which I knew not, hath served me: * at the hearing of the ear they have obeyed me.
17:46 The children that are strangers have lied to me, * strange children have faded away, and have halted from their paths.
17:47 The Lord liveth, and blessed be my God, * and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
17:48 O God, who avengest me, and subduest the people under me, * my deliverer from my enraged enemies.
17:49 And thou wilt lift me up above them that rise up against me: * from the unjust man thou wilt deliver me.
17:50 Therefore will I give glory to thee, O Lord, among the nations, * and I will sing a psalm to thy name.
17:51 Giving great deliverance to his king, and shewing mercy to David, his anointed: * and to his seed for ever.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Ant. The Lord liveth, and blessed be my God, my salvation.
V. Confitébor tibi in natiónibus, Dómine.
R. Et nómini tuo psalmum dicam.
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V. I will give glory to thee, O Lord, among the nations.
R. And I will sing a psalm to thy name.
Pater noster, qui es in cælis, sanctificétur nomen tuum: advéniat regnum tuum: fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidiánum da nobis hódie: et dimítte nobis débita nostra, sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris:
V. Et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem:
R. Sed líbera nos a malo.
Absolutio. Ipsíus píetas et misericórdia nos ádjuvet, qui cum Patre et Spíritu Sancto vivit et regnat in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.
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Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
V. And lead us not into temptation:
R. But deliver us from evil.
Absolution. May His loving-kindness and mercy help us, Who liveth and reigneth with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

V. Jube, domne, benedícere.
Benedictio. Deus Pater omnípotens sit nobis propítius et clemens. Amen.

Lectio 4
Cosmas et Damiánus, fratres Arabes, in Ægéa urbe nati, nóbiles médici, imperatóribus Diocletiáno et Maximiáno, non magis medicínæ sciéntia quam Christi virtúte, morbis étiam insanabílibus medebántur. Quorum religiónem cum Lysias præféctus cognovísset, addúci eos ad se jubet, ac de vivéndi institúto et de fídei professióne interrogátos, cum se et Christiános esse, et christiánam fidem esse ad salútem necessáriam, líbere prædicárent, deos venerári ímperat; et, si id recúsent, minátur cruciátus et necem acerbíssimam.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.

R. Sancti tui, Dómine, mirábile consecúti sunt iter, serviéntes præcéptis tuis, ut inveniréntur illǽsi in aquis válidis:
* Terra appáruit árida: et in Mari Rubro via sine impediménto.
V. Quóniam percússit petram, et fluxérunt aquæ, et torréntes inundavérunt.
R. Terra appáruit árida: et in Mari Rubro via sine impediménto.
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V. Grant, Lord, a blessing.
Benediction. May God the Father Omnipotent, be to us merciful and clement. Amen.

Reading 4
Cosmas and Damian, who were eminent physicians in the time of the Emperors Diocletian and Maximian, were brothers, and Arabs by race, but born in the city of Aegae in Cilicia. Not more by their knowledge of medicine than by the power of Christ they healed diseases which had been hopeless for others. When the Praefect Lysias learnt to what faith they belonged, he commanded them to be brought before him, and questioned them as to their way of life, and the confession of their religion; and then, forasmuch as they freely owned themselves Christians and the Christian faith needful to salvation, he commanded them to worship the gods, under threats of torments and a most cruel death.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.

R. thy Saints, O Lord, have passed a wonderful way, serving thy commandments, that they might be found without hurt in the midst of the mighty waters.
* Dry land appeared, and, out of the Red Sea, a way without impediment.
V. He smote the rock, and the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed.
R. Dry land appeared, and, out of the Red Sea, a way without impediment.
V. Jube, domne, benedícere.
Benedictio. Christus perpétuæ det nobis gáudia vitæ. Amen.

Lectio 5
Verum, ut se frustra hæc illis propónere intélligit: Colligáte, inquit, manus et pedes istórum, eósque exquisítis torquéte supplíciis. Quibus jussa exsequéntibus, nihilóminus Cosmas et Damiánus in senténtia persistébant. Quare, ut erant vincti, in profúndum mare jaciúntur. Unde cum salvi ac solúti essent egréssi, mágicis ártibus præféctus factum assígnans, in cárcerem tradit, ac postrídie edúctos in ardéntem rogum ínjici jubet; ubi, cum ab ipsis flamma refúgeret, várie et crudéliter tortos secúri pércuti vóluit. Itaque, in Jesu Christi confessióne, martýrii palmam accepérunt.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.

R. Vérbera carníficum non timuérunt Sancti Dei, moriéntes pro Christi nómine:
* Ut herédes fíerent in domo Dómini.
V. Tradidérunt córpora sua propter Deum ad supplícia.
R. Ut herédes fíerent in domo Dómini.
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V. Grant, Lord, a blessing.
Benediction. May Christ to all His people give, for ever in His sight to live. Amen.

Reading 5
He bond their hands and feet together, and put them to the sharpest of the question. And he was obeyed, but nevertheless Cosmas and Damian abode still of the same mind. Therefore they were cast into the depth of the sea, bound as they were, but they came forth again, whole and unbound. The Praefect, therefore, who would have it that it came to pass so by force of art magic, cast them into prison. On the morrow he haled them forth again, and bade cast them upon a great fire, but the flame turned away from them. He was pleased then to have them tormented in diverse and cruel sorts, and lastly, smitten with the axe. Thus did they bear witness for Christ Jesus even until they grasped the palm of their testimony.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.

R. The Saints of God shrank not from the stripes of the executioners, but died for Christ's Name's sake
* That they might be made joint-heirs in the house of the Lord.
V. They gave their bodies for God's sake to death.
R. That they might be made joint-heirs in the house of the Lord.
V. Jube, domne, benedícere.
Benedictio. Ignem sui amóris accéndat Deus in córdibus nostris. Amen.

Lectio 6
Sermo sancti Augustíni Epíscopi.
Serm. 47. de Sanctis.
Quotiescúmque fratres caríssimi, sanctórum Mártyrum solémnia celebrámus, ita, ipsis intercedéntibus, exspectémus a Dómino cónsequi temporália benefícia, ut ipsos Mártyres imitándo accípere mereámur ætérna. Ab ipsis enim sanctórum Mártyrum in veritáte festivitátum gáudia celebrántur, qui ipsórum Mártyrum exémpla sequúntur. Solemnitátes enim Mártyrum exhortatiónes sunt martyriórum: ut imitári non pígeat, quod celebráre deléctat.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.

R. Tamquam aurum in fornáce probávit eléctos Dóminus, et quasi holocáusti hóstiam accépit illos: et in témpore erit respéctus illórum:
* Quóniam donum et pax est eléctis Dei.
V. Qui confídunt in illum, intélligent veritátem, et fidéles in dilectióne acquiéscent illi.
R. Quóniam donum et pax est eléctis Dei.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Quóniam donum et pax est eléctis Dei.
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V. Grant, Lord, a blessing.
Benediction. May the Spirit's fire Divine in our hearts enkindled shine. Amen.

Reading 6
From the Sermons of St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo.
Serm. 47. of the Saints.
Dearly beloved brethren, as often as we keep the Feasts of the holy Martyrs, we look to obtain of the Lord, by their intercession, such good things in this life that thereby we, following them, may gain better in that which is to come. For they only do truly keep Holiday on the Feasts of the Martyrs, who follow after the Martyrs' example. These Feasts of the Martyrs are the Martyrs' preaching, whereby to stir us up to imitate what we are not loath to honour.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.

R. As gold in the furnace hath the Lord tried His chosen ones, and received them as a burnt-offering, and yet a while, and they shall be regarded;
* For the grace of God, and His peace, are with His chosen.
V. They that put their trust in Him shall understand the truth and such as be faithful in love shall abide with Him.
R. For the grace of God, and His peace, are with His chosen.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. For the grace of God, and His peace, are with His chosen.
Nocturn III.
Ant. Exáudiat te
Psalmus 19 [7]
19:2 Exáudiat te Dóminus in die tribulatiónis: * prótegat te nomen Dei Jacob.
19:3 Mittat tibi auxílium de sancto: * et de Sion tueátur te.
19:4 Memor sit omnis sacrifícii tui: * et holocáustum tuum pingue fiat.
19:5 Tríbuat tibi secúndum cor tuum: * et omne consílium tuum confírmet.
19:6 Lætábimur in salutári tuo: * et in nómine Dei nostri magnificábimur.
19:7 Ímpleat Dóminus omnes petitiónes tuas: * nunc cognóvi quóniam salvum fecit Dóminus Christum suum.
19:7 Exáudiet illum de cælo sancto suo: * in potentátibus salus déxteræ ejus.
19:8 Hi in cúrribus, et hi in equis: * nos autem in nómine Dómini, Dei nostri invocábimus.
19:9 Ipsi obligáti sunt, et cecidérunt: * nos autem surréximus et erécti sumus.
19:10 Dómine, salvum fac regem: * et exáudi nos in die, qua invocavérimus te.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Ant. Exáudiat te Dóminus in die tribulatiónis.
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Nocturn III.
Ant. May the Lord hear
Psalm 19 [7]
19:2 May the Lord hear thee in the day of tribulation: * may the name of the God of Jacob protect thee.
19:3 May he send thee help from the sanctuary: * and defend thee out of Sion.
19:4 May he be mindful of all thy sacrifices: * and may thy whole burnt offering be made fat.
19:5 May he give thee according to thy own heart; * and confirm all thy counsels.
19:6 We will rejoice in thy salvation; * and in the name of our God we shall be exalted.
19:7 The Lord fulfil all thy petitions: * now have I known that the Lord hath saved his anointed.
19:7 He will hear him from his holy heaven: * the salvation of his right hand is in powers.
19:8 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: * but we will call upon the name of the Lord, our God.
19:9 They are bound, and have fallen: * but we are risen, and are set upright.
19:10 O Lord, save the king: * and hear us in the day that we shall call upon thee.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Ant. May the Lord hear thee in the day of tribulation.
Ant. Dómine,
Psalmus 20 [8]
20:2 Dómine, in virtúte tua lætábitur rex: * et super salutáre tuum exsultábit veheménter.
20:3 Desidérium cordis ejus tribuísti ei: * et voluntáte labiórum ejus non fraudásti eum.
20:4 Quóniam prævenísti eum in benedictiónibus dulcédinis: * posuísti in cápite ejus corónam de lápide pretióso.
20:5 Vitam pétiit a te: * et tribuísti ei longitúdinem diérum in sǽculum, et in sǽculum sǽculi.
20:6 Magna est glória ejus in salutári tuo: * glóriam et magnum decórem impónes super eum.
20:7 Quóniam dabis eum in benedictiónem in sǽculum sǽculi: * lætificábis eum in gáudio cum vultu tuo.
20:8 Quóniam rex sperat in Dómino: * et in misericórdia Altíssimi non commovébitur.
20:9 Inveniátur manus tua ómnibus inimícis tuis: * déxtera tua invéniat omnes, qui te odérunt.
20:10 Pones eos ut clíbanum ignis in témpore vultus tui: * Dóminus in ira sua conturbábit eos, et devorábit eos ignis.
20:11 Fructum eórum de terra perdes: * et semen eórum a fíliis hóminum.
20:12 Quóniam declinavérunt in te mala: * cogitavérunt consília, quæ non potuérunt stabilíre.
20:13 Quóniam pones eos dorsum: * in relíquiis tuis præparábis vultum eórum.
20:14 Exaltáre, Dómine, in virtúte tua: * cantábimus et psallémus virtútes tuas.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Ant. Dómine, in virtúte tua lætábitur rex.
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Ant. The king rejoices
Psalm 20 [8]
20:2 The king rejoices in thy strength, O Lord; * and in thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly.
20:3 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire: * and hast not withholden from him the will of his lips.
20:4 For thou hast prevented him with blessings of sweetness: * thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones.
20:5 He asked life of thee: * and thou hast given him length of days for ever and ever.
20:6 His glory is great in thy salvation: * glory and great beauty shalt thou lay upon him.
20:7 For thou shalt give him to be a blessing for ever and ever: * thou shalt make him joyful in gladness with thy countenance.
20:8 For the king hopeth in the Lord: * and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.
20:9 Let thy hand be found by all thy enemies: * let thy right hand find out all them that hate thee.
20:10 Thou shalt make them as an oven of fire, * in the time of thy anger: the Lord shall trouble them in his wrath, and fire shall devour them.
20:11 Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth: * and their seed from among the children of men.
20:12 For they have intended evils against thee: * they have devised counsels which they have not been able to establish.
20:13 For thou shalt make them turn their back: * in thy remnants thou shalt prepare their face.
20:14 Be thou exalted, O Lord, in thy own strength: * we will sing and praise thy power.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Ant. The king rejoices in Thy strength, O Lord.
Ant. Exaltábo te,
Psalmus 29 [9]
29:2 Exaltábo te, Dómine, quóniam suscepísti me: * nec delectásti inimícos meos super me.
29:3 Dómine, Deus meus, clamávi ad te, * et sanásti me.
29:4 Dómine, eduxísti ab inférno ánimam meam: * salvásti me a descendéntibus in lacum.
29:5 Psállite Dómino, sancti ejus: * et confitémini memóriæ sanctitátis ejus.
29:6 Quóniam ira in indignatióne ejus: * et vita in voluntáte ejus.
29:6 Ad vésperum demorábitur fletus: * et ad matutínum lætítia.
29:7 Ego autem dixi in abundántia mea: * Non movébor in ætérnum.
29:8 Dómine, in voluntáte tua, * præstitísti decóri meo virtútem.
29:8 Avertísti fáciem tuam a me, * et factus sum conturbátus.
29:9 Ad te, Dómine, clamábo: * et ad Deum meum deprecábor.
29:10 Quæ utílitas in sánguine meo, * dum descéndo in corruptiónem?
29:10 Numquid confitébitur tibi pulvis, * aut annuntiábit veritátem tuam?
29:11 Audívit Dóminus, et misértus est mei: * Dóminus factus est adjútor meus.
29:12 Convertísti planctum meum in gáudium mihi: * conscidísti saccum meum, et circumdedísti me lætítia:
29:13 Ut cantet tibi glória mea, et non compúngar: * Dómine, Deus meus, in ætérnum confitébor tibi.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, * et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

Ant. Exaltábo te, Dómine, quóniam suscepísti me.
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Ant. I will extol thee,
Psalm 29 [9]
29:2 I will extol thee, O Lord, for thou hast upheld me: * and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me.
29:3 O Lord my God, I have cried to thee, * and thou hast healed me.
29:4 Thou hast brought forth, O Lord, my soul from hell: * thou hast saved me from them that go down into the pit.
29:5 Sing to the Lord, O ye his saints: * and give praise to the memory of his holiness.
29:6 For wrath is in his indignation; * and life in his good will.
29:6 In the evening weeping shall have place, * and in the morning gladness.
29:7 And in my abundance I said: * I shall never be moved.
29:8 O Lord, in thy favour, * thou gavest strength to my beauty.
29:8 Thou turnedst away thy face from me, * and I became troubled.
29:9 To thee, O Lord, will I cry: * and I will make supplication to my God.
29:10 What profit is there in my blood, * whilst I go down to corruption?
29:10 Shall dust confess to thee, * or declare thy truth?
29:11 The Lord hath heard, and hath had mercy on me: * the Lord became my helper.
29:12 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into joy: * thou hast cut my sackcloth, and hast compassed me with gladness:
29:13 To the end that my glory may sing to thee, and I may not regret: * O Lord my God, I will give praise to thee for ever.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Ant. I will extol thee, O Lord, for thou hast upheld me.
V. Psállite Dómino sancti ejus.
R. Et confitémini memóriæ sanctitátis ejus.
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V. Sing to the Lord, O ye his saints.
R. And give praise to the memory of his holiness.
Pater noster, qui es in cælis, sanctificétur nomen tuum: advéniat regnum tuum: fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidiánum da nobis hódie: et dimítte nobis débita nostra, sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris:
V. Et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem:
R. Sed líbera nos a malo.
Absolutio. A vínculis peccatórum nostrórum absólvat nos omnípotens et miséricors Dóminus. Amen.
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Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
V. And lead us not into temptation:
R. But deliver us from evil.
Absolution. May the Almighty and merciful Lord loose us from the bonds of our sins. Amen.

V. Jube, domne, benedícere.
Benedictio. Evangélica léctio sit nobis salus et protéctio. Amen.

Lectio 7
Léctio sancti Evangélii secúndum Lucam.
Luc 6:17-23
In illo témpore: Descéndens Jesus de monte, stetit in loco campéstri, et turba discipulórum ejus, et multitúdo copiósa plebis ab omni Judǽa, et Jerúsalem, et marítima, et Tyri, et Sidónis. Et réliqua.

Homilía sancti Ambrósii Epíscopi
Lib. 5. in Lucam. Cap. 6., post init.
Advérte ómnia diligénter, quómodo et cum Apóstolis ascéndat et descéndat ad turbas. Quómodo enim turba nisi in húmili Christum vidéret? Non séquitur ad excélsa, non ascéndit ad sublímia. Dénique ubi descéndit, invénit infírmos: in excélsis enim infírmi esse non possunt. Hinc étiam Matthǽus docet in inferióribus débiles esse sanátos. Prius enim unusquísque sanándus est, ut paulátim virtútibus procedéntibus ascéndere possit ad montem; et ídeo quemque in inferióribus sanat, hoc est, a libídine révocat, injúriam cæcitátis avértit. Ad vúlnera nostra descéndit: ut usu quodam et cópia suæ natúræ, compartícipes nos fáciat esse regni cæléstis.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.

R. Propter testaméntum Dómini, et leges patérnas, Sancti Dei perstitérunt in amóre fraternitátis:
* Quia unus fuit semper spíritus in eis, et una fides.
V. Ecce quam bonum et quam jucúndum habitáre fratres in unum.
R. Quia unus fuit semper spíritus in eis, et una fides.
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V. Grant, Lord, a blessing.
Benediction. May the Gospel's holy lection be our safety and protection. Amen.

Reading 7
From the Holy Gospel according to Luke
Luke 6:17-23
At that time, Jesus came down from the mountain, and stood in the plain, and the company of His disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judea, and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon. And so on.

Homily by St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan.
Bk. v. on Luke vi.
Mark well how Jesus goeth upward with His disciples, and downward to the multitude. How should the multitude behold Christ, save in a lower place? Such go not up to the things which are above; such attain not to the things which are high. And when Jesus cometh down, He findeth such as are diseased for such like go not up to the heights. Hence also Matthew saith that there were there all sick people, iv. 23. Of these every man had need of healing, that, when he had received strength, by and by, he might go up into the mountain. And therefore, being Himself come down, He healeth them in the plain, that is to say, He calleth them away from their lust, and freeth them of their blindness. He cometh down to our wounds, to the end that by a certain use of His nature, and by the abundance thereof, He might make us joint-heirs of the kingdom of heaven.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.

R. Because of the covenant of the Lord, and the laws of their fathers, the Saints of God abode in brotherly love,
* For one spirit and one faith was ever in them.
V. Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.
R. For one spirit and one faith was ever in them.
V. Jube, domne, benedícere.
Benedictio. Quorum festum cólimus, ipsi intercédant pro nobis ad Dóminum. Amen.

Lectio 8
Beáti páuperes, quia vestrum est regnum Dei. Quátuor tantum beatitúdines sanctus Lucas Domínicas posuit, octo vero sanctus Matthǽus: sed in illis octo istæ quátuor sunt, et in quátuor istis illæ octo. Hic enim quátuor velut virtútes ampléxus est cardináles: ille in illis octo mýsticum númerum reserávit. Pro octáva enim multi inscribúntur Psalmi: et mandátum áccipis octo illis partem dare fortásse benedictiónibus. Sicut enim spei nostræ octáva perféctio est, ita octáva summa virtútum est.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.

R. Hæc est vera fratérnitas, quæ numquam pótuit violári certámine: qui effúso sánguine secúti sunt Dóminum:
* Contemnéntes aulam régiam, pervenérunt ad regna cæléstia.
V. Ecce quam bonum et quam jucúndum habitáre fratres in unum.
R. Contemnéntes aulam régiam, pervenérunt ad regna cæléstia.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Contemnéntes aulam régiam, pervenérunt ad regna cæléstia.
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V. Grant, Lord, a blessing.
Benediction. They whose feast-day we are keeping, be our Advocates with God. Amen

Reading 8
Blessed be ye poor, for your's is the kingdom of God. Saint Luke giveth us but four of the Lord's Beatitudes, and Saint Matthew eight but in those eight are contained these four, and in these four those eight. For in these four are embraced the cardinal virtues and in those eight they are set forth in a number full of mystery. It is written at the head of more than one of the Psalms that they are for the octave, and thou hast received the commandment Give a portion to seven, and also to eight to seven or eight what? Perchance degrees of blessedness. For as this eighth Beatitude doth name the most glorious realization of our hope the kingdom of Heaven so doth it also name the most royal exertion of our strength blessed are they which are persecuted.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.

R. Theirs is a brotherhood indeed, whose tie no storms availed to sever together they followed the Lord in the shedding of their blood.
* Together they set at nought the Royal Palace; together they attained unto the kingdom of heaven.
V. Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.
R. Together they set at nought the Royal Palace; together they attained unto the kingdom of heaven.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. Together they set at nought the Royal Palace; together they attained unto the kingdom of heaven.
V. Jube, domne, benedícere.
Benedictio. Ad societátem cívium supernórum perdúcat nos Rex Angelórum. Amen.

Lectio 9
Sed prius quæ sunt amplióra videámus. Beáti, inquit, páuperes, quóniam vestrum est regnum Dei. Primam benedictiónem hanc utérque Evangelísta pósuit. Órdine enim prima est, et parens quædam generatióque virtútum: quia qui contempsérit sæculária, ipse merébitur sempitérna: nec potest quisquam méritum regni cæléstis adipísci, qui mundi cupiditáte pressus, emergéndi non habet facultátem.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.


Te Deum
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:

(Fit reverentia) Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus * Dóminus Deus Sábaoth.

Pleni sunt cæli et terra * majestátis glóriæ tuæ.
Te gloriósus * Apostolórum chorus,
Te Prophetárum * laudábilis númerus,
Te Mártyrum candidátus * laudat exércitus.
Te per orbem terrárum * sancta confitétur Ecclésia,
Patrem * imménsæ majestátis;
Venerándum tuum verum * et únicum Fílium;
Sanctum quoque * Paráclitum Spíritum.
Tu Rex glóriæ, * Christe.
Tu Patris * sempitérnus es Fílius.

Fit reverentia
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.
Judex créderis * esse ventúrus.

Sequens versus dicitur flexis genibus
Te ergo quǽsumus, tuis fámulis súbveni, * quos pretióso sánguine redemísti.

Ætérna fac cum Sanctis tuis * in glória numerári.
Salvum fac pópulum tuum, Dómine, * et bénedic hereditáti tuæ.
Et rege eos, * et extólle illos usque in ætérnum.
Per síngulos dies * benedícimus te.

Fit reverentia, secundum consuetudinem
Et laudámus nomen tuum in sǽculum, * et in sǽculum sǽculi.

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.
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V. Grant, Lord, a blessing.
Benediction. May He that is the Angels' King to that high realm His people bring. Amen.

Reading 9
But let us first consider the fuller of the forms of these Beatitudes. Blessed be ye poor, for your's is the kingdom of God. Both of the Evangelists give to this Beatitude the first place. Yea, surely, for poorness, at least in spirit, is the first in order, the mother, and procreatrix of virtues; since he that setteth no store by temporal things, winneth toward eternal things; neither is any man able to gain the kingdom of heaven, on whom the love of this present world doth so press, that he cannot rid himself thereof.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.


Te Deum
We praise thee, O God, * we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, * the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud, * the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim * continually do cry.

(bow head) Holy, Holy, Holy * Lord God of Sabaoth;

Heaven and earth are full * of the Majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles * praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets * praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs * praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world * doth acknowledge thee;
The Father, * of an infinite Majesty.
Thine honourable, true, * and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost, * the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory, * O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting * Son of the Father.

During the following verse all make a profound bow:
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man, * thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb.

When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, * thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, * in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come * to be our Judge.

Kneel for the following verse
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants, * whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious Blood.

Make them to be numbered with thy Saints, * in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save thy people, * and bless thine heritage.
Govern them, * and lift them up for ever.
Day by day * we magnify thee;

During the following verse, by local custom, all make a profound bow.
And we worship thy Name * ever, world without end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us * this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, * have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us, * as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted, * let me never be confounded.
Reliqua omittuntur, nisi Laudes separandae sint.
Skip the rest, unless praying Lauds separately.
Oratio {ex Proprio Sanctorum}
V. Dómine, exáudi oratiónem meam.
R. Et clamor meus ad te véniat.
Orémus.
Præsta, quǽsumus, omnípotens Deus: ut, qui sanctórum Mártyrum tuórum Cosmæ et Damiáni natalícia cólimus, a cunctis malis imminéntibus, eórum intercessiónibus, liberémur.
Per Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum, Fílium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum.
R. Amen.
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Prayer {from the Proper of Saints}
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto thee.
Let us pray.
Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that we who keep the birthday of thine holy Martyrs Cosmas and Damian may at their prayers be delivered from all dangers that presently hang over us.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
R. Amen.
Conclusio
V. Dómine, exáudi oratiónem meam.
R. Et clamor meus ad te véniat.
V. Benedicámus Dómino.
R. Deo grátias.
V. Fidélium ánimæ per misericórdiam Dei requiéscant in pace.
R. Amen.
Pater noster, qui es in cælis, sanctificétur nomen tuum: advéniat regnum tuum: fiat volúntas tua, sicut in cælo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidiánum da nobis hódie: et dimítte nobis débita nostra, sicut et nos dimíttimus debitóribus nostris: et ne nos indúcas in tentatiónem: sed líbera nos a malo. Amen.
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Conclusion
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto thee.
V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.
V. May the souls of the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation: But deliver us from evil. Amen.
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