Tuesday 16 August 2022    (other days)
Tuesday of week 20 in Ordinary Time 
 or Saint Stephen of Hungary 

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 94 (95)

Adhortamini vosmetipsos per singulos dies, donec illud «hodie» vocatur” (Hebr 3, 13).

Deum magnum Dóminum, veníte, adorémus.
(repeat antiphon*)
1Veníte, exsultémus Dómino;
  iubilémus Deo salutári nostro.
2Præoccupémus fáciem eius in confessióne
  et in psalmis iubilémus ei.
  (repeat antiphon*)
3Quóniam Deus magnus Dóminus
  et rex magnus super omnes deos.
4Quia in manu eius sunt profúnda terræ,
  et altitúdines móntium ipsíus sunt.
5Quóniam ipsíus est mare, et ipse fecit illud,
  et siccam manus eius formavérunt.
  (repeat antiphon*)
6Veníte, adorémus et procidámus
  et génua flectámus ante Dóminum, qui fecit nos,
7quia ipse est Deus noster,
  et nos pópulus páscuæ eius et oves manus eius.
  (repeat antiphon*)
8Utinam hódie vocem eius audiátis:
  «Nolíte obduráre corda vestra,
9sicut in Meríba secúndum diem Massa in desérto,
  ubi tentavérunt me patres vestri:
  probavérunt me, etsi vidérunt ópera mea.
  (repeat antiphon*)
10Quadragínta annis tæduit me generatiónis illíus,
  et dixi: Pópulus errántium corde sunt isti.
11Et ipsi non cognovérunt vias meas;
  ídeo iurávi in ira mea:
  Non introíbunt in réquiem meam».
  (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 94 (95)
A mighty God is the Lord: come, let us adore him.
(repeat antiphon*)
Come, let us rejoice in the Lord,
  let us acclaim God our salvation.
Let us come before him proclaiming our thanks,
  let us acclaim him with songs.
  (repeat antiphon*)
For the Lord is a great God,
  a king above all gods.
For he holds the depths of the earth in his hands,
  and the peaks of the mountains are his.
For the sea is his: he made it;
  and his hands formed the dry land.
  (repeat antiphon*)
Come, let us worship and bow down,
  bend the knee before the Lord who made us;
for he himself is our God and we are his flock,
  the sheep that follow his hand.
  (repeat antiphon*)
If only, today, you would listen to his voice:
  “Do not harden your hearts
  as you did at Meribah,
on the day of Massah in the desert,
  when your fathers tested me –
they put me to the test,
  although they had seen my works.”
  (repeat antiphon*)
“For forty years they wearied me,
  that generation.
I said: their hearts are wandering,
  they do not know my paths.
I swore in my anger:
  they will never enter my place of rest.”
  (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.

Nocte surgéntes vigilémus omnes,
semper in psalmis meditémur atque
víribus totis Dómino canámus
dúlciter hymnos,
Ut, pio regi páriter canéntes,
cum suis sanctis mereámur aulam
íngredi cæli, simul et beátam
dúcere vitam.
Præstet hoc nobis Déitas Beáta
Patris ac Nati, paritérque Sancti
Spíritus, cuius résonat per omnem
glória mundum. Amen.
O God of truth and Lord of power,
whose word their course to things assigns,
whose splendour lights the morning hour,
whose fiery sun at noonday shines:
Within us quench the flames of strife,
the harmful heat of passion quell;
give health of body to our life
and give true peace of soul as well.
In this, most loving Father, hear,
and Christ, co-equal Son, our prayer:
with Holy Ghost, one Trinity,
you reign for all eternity.

Ps 101:2-12
Exsulis vota et preces

Consolatur nos Deus in omni tribulatione nostra” (2 Cor 1, 4).

Clamor meus, Dómine, ad te pervéniat; non abscóndas fáciem tuam a me.
2Dómine, exáudi oratiónem meam,*
  et clamor meus ad te véniat.
3Non abscóndas fáciem tuam a me;†
  in quacúmque die tríbulor,*
  inclína ad me aurem tuam.
In quacúmque die invocávero te,*
  velóciter exáudi me.
4Quia defecérunt sicut fumus dies mei,*
  et ossa mea sicut crémium aruérunt.
5Percússum est ut fenum et áruit cor meum,*
  étenim oblítus sum comédere panem meum.
6A voce gémitus mei*
  adhǽsit os meum carni meæ.
7Símilis factus sum pellicáno solitúdinis,*
  factus sum sicut nyctícorax in ruínis.
  et factus sum sicut passer solitárius in tecto.
9Tota die exprobrábant mihi inimíci mei,*
  exardescéntes in me per me iurábant.
10Quia cínerem tamquam panem manducábam*
  et potum meum cum fletu miscébam,
11a fácie iræ et increpatiónis tuæ,*
  quia élevans allisísti me.
12Dies mei sicut umbra declinavérunt,*
  et ego sicut fenum árui.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Clamor meus, Dómine, ad te pervéniat; non abscóndas fáciem tuam a me.

Psalm 101 (102)
Prayers and vows of an exile

Let my cry come to you, Lord: do not hide your face from me.
Lord, listen to my prayer
  and let my cry come to you.
Do not hide your face from me:
  whenever I am troubled,
  turn to me and hear me.
Whenever I call on you,
  hurry to answer me.
For my days vanish like smoke,
  and my bones are dry as tinder.
My heart is cut down like grass, it is dry –
  I cannot remember to eat.
The sound of my groaning
  makes my bones stick to my flesh.
I am lonely as a pelican in the wilderness,
  as an owl in the ruins,
  as a sparrow alone on a rooftop:
  I do not sleep.
All day long my enemies taunt me,
  they burn with anger and use my name as a curse.
I make ashes my bread,
  I mix tears with my drink,
  because of your anger and reproach –
you, who raised me up, have dashed me to the ground.
My days fade away like a shadow:
  I wither like grass.
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.
Let my cry come to you, Lord: do not hide your face from me.

Ps 101:13-23

Réspice, Dómine, in oratiónem humílium.
13Tu autem, Dómine, in ætérnum pérmanes,*
  et memoriále tuum in generatiónem et generatiónem.
14Tu exsúrgens miseréberis Sion,†
  quia tempus miseréndi eius,*
  quia venit tempus,
15quóniam placuérunt servis tuis lápides eius*
  et púlveris eius miseréntur.
16Et timébunt gentes nomen tuum, Dómine,*
  et omnes reges terræ glóriam tuam,
17quia ædificávit Dóminus Sion*
  et appáruit in glória sua.
18Respéxit in oratiónem ínopum*
  et non sprevit precem eórum.
19Scribántur hæc pro generatióne áltera,*
  et pópulus, qui creábitur, laudábit Dóminum.
20Quia prospéxit de excélso sanctuário suo,*
  Dóminus de cælo in terram aspéxit,
21ut audíret gémitus compeditórum,*
  ut sólveret fílios mortis;
22ut annúntient in Sion nomen Dómini*
  et laudem eius in Ierúsalem,
23cum congregáti fúerint pópuli in unum*
  et regna, ut sérviant Dómino.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Réspice, Dómine, in oratiónem humílium.

Psalm 101 (102)

Turn, Lord, to the prayers of the helpless.
But you, Lord, remain for ever
  and your name lasts from generation to generation.
You will rise up and take pity on Zion,
  for it is time that you pitied it,
  indeed it is time:
for your servants love its very stones
  and pity even its dust.
Then, Lord, the peoples will fear your name.
  All the kings of the earth will fear your glory,
when the Lord has rebuilt Zion
  and appeared there in his glory;
when he has listened to the prayer of the destitute
  and not rejected their pleading.
These things shall be written for the next generation
  and a people yet to be born shall praise the Lord:
because he has looked down from his high sanctuary,
 – the Lord has looked down from heaven to earth –
and heard the groans of prisoners
  and freed the children of death
so that they could proclaim the Lord’s name in Zion
  and sing his praises in Jerusalem,
where people and kingdoms gather together
  to serve the Lord.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
  and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
  is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Turn, Lord, to the prayers of the helpless.

Ps 101 (102)

Tu, Dómine, terram fundásti et ópera mánuum tuárum sunt cæli.
24Humiliávit in via virtútem meam,*
  abbreviávit dies meos.
Dicam: «Deus meus,†
  25ne áuferas me in dimídio diérum meórum;*
  in generatiónem et generatiónem sunt anni tui.
26Inítio terram fundásti;*
  et ópera mánuum tuárum sunt cæli.
27Ipsi períbunt, tu autem pérmanes;†
  et omnes sicut vestiméntum veteráscent,*
  et sicut opertórium mutábis eos, et mutabúntur.
28Tu autem idem ipse es,*
  et anni tui non defícient.
29Fílii servórum tuórum habitábunt,*
  et semen eórum in conspéctu tuo firmábitur».
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Tu, Dómine, terram fundásti et ópera mánuum tuárum sunt cæli.

Psalm 101 (102)

You founded the earth, Lord, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
He has brought down my strength in the midst of my journey;
  he has shortened my days.
I will say, “My God, do not take me away
  half way through the days of my life.
Your years last from generation to generation:
  in the beginning you founded the earth,
  and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will pass away but you will remain;
  all will grow old, like clothing,
  and like a cloak you will change them, and they will be changed.
“But you are always the same,
  your years will never run out.
The children of your servants shall live in peace,
  their descendants will endure in your sight.”
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.
You founded the earth, Lord, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

℣. Atténdite, pópule meus, doctrínam meam.
℟. Inclináte aurem vestram in verba oris mei.
℣. Give heed, my people, to my teaching.
℟. Turn your ears to the words of my mouth.

Lectio prior
De libro Isaíæ prophétæ 7, 1-17

In timore belli signum Emmanuelis

1Factum est in diébus Achaz fílii Ióatham fílii Ozíæ regis Iudæ, ascéndit Rasin rex Sýriæ et Phácee fílius Romelíæ rex Israel in Ierúsalem ad prœliándum contra eam; et non potuérunt debelláre eam.
  2Et nuntiavérunt dómui David dicéntes: «Requiévit Sýria super Ephraim». Et commótum est cor eius et cor pópuli eius, sicut movéntur ligna silvárum a fácie venti. 3Et dixit Dóminus ad Isaíam: «Egrédere in occúrsum Achaz, tu et Seáriasub fílius tuus, ad extrémum aquædúctus piscínæ superióris in viam agri fullónis; 4et dices ad eum;
  Vide, ut síleas; noli timére, et cor tuum ne formídet a duábus caudis titiónum fumigántium istórum, ob ardórem iræ Rasin et Sýriæ et fílii Romelíæ, 5eo quod consílium malum iníerit contra te Sýria, Ephraim et fílius Romelíæ dicéntes: 6“Ascendámus ad Iudam et terrórem iniciámus ei et avellámus eum ad nos et ponámus regem in médio eius fílium Tábeel”».
7Hæc dicit Dóminus Deus:
«Non stabit et non erit!
8Caput enim Sýriæ Damáscus,
et caput Damásci Rasin;
et adhuc sexagínta et quinque anni,
et désinet Ephraim esse pópulus;
9et caput Ephraim Samaría,
et caput Samaríæ fílius Romelíæ.
Si non credidéritis, non permanébitis».
10Et adiécit Dóminus loqui ad Achaz dicens: 11«Pete tibi signum a Dómino Deo tuo in profúndum inférni sive in excélsum supra». 12Et dixit Achaz: «Non petam et non tentábo Dóminum».
  13Et dixit: «Audíte ergo, domus David; numquid parum vobis est moléstos esse homínibus, quia molésti estis et Deo meo? 14Propter hoc dabit Dóminus ipse vobis signum. Ecce, virgo concípiet et páriet fílium et vocábit nomen eius Emmánuel; 15butýrum et mel cómedet, ut ipse sciat reprobáre malum et elígere bonum. 16Quia ántequam sciat puer reprobáre malum et elígere bonum, desolábitur terra, cuius tu formídas duos reges; 17addúcet Dóminus super te et super pópulum tuum et super domum patris tui dies, qui non venérunt a diébus separatiónis Ephraim a Iuda, regem Assyriórum».
First ReadingIsaiah 7:1-17 ©

In fear of war, the sign of Emmanuel

In the reign of Ahaz son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Razon the king of Aram went up against Jerusalem with Pekah son of Remaliah, king of Israel, to lay siege to it; but he was unable to capture it.
  The news was brought to the House of David. ‘Aram’ they said ‘has reached Ephraim.’ Then the heart of the king and the hearts of the people shuddered as the trees of the forest shudder in front of the wind. The Lord said to Isaiah, ‘Go with your son Shear-jashub, and meet Ahaz at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the Fuller’s Field road, and say to him:
“Pay attention, keep calm, have no fear,
do not let your heart sink
because of these two smouldering stumps of firebrands,
or because Aram, Ephraim and the son of Remaliah
have plotted to ruin you, and have said:
Let us invade Judah and terrorise it
and seize it for ourselves,
and set up a king there,
the son of Tabeel.
The Lord says this:
It shall not come true; it shall not be.
The capital of Aram is Damascus,
the head of Damascus, Razon;
the capital of Ephraim, Samaria,
the head of Samaria, the son of Remaliah.
Six or five years more
and a shattered Ephraim shall no longer be a people.
But if you do not stand by me,
you will not stand at all.”’
Once again the Lord spoke to Ahaz and said, ‘Ask the Lord your God for a sign for yourself coming either from the depths of Sheol or from the heights above.’ ‘No,’ Ahaz answered ‘I will not put the Lord to the test.’
  Then he said:
Listen now, House of David:
are you not satisfied with trying the patience of men
without trying the patience of my God, too?
The Lord himself, therefore,
will give you a sign.
It is this: the maiden is with child
and will soon give birth to a son
whom she will call Immanuel.
On curds and honey will he feed
until he knows how to refuse evil
and choose good.
For before this child knows how to refuse evil
and choose good,
the land whose two kings terrify you
will be deserted.
The Lord will bring times for you
and your people and your father’s House,
such as have not come
since Ephraim broke away from Judah
(the king of Assyria).
Is 7, 14 b; 8, 10 c; Lc 1, 30 a. 31 a
℟. Ecce virgo concípiet et páriet fílium;* Et vocábit nomen eius Emmánuel, quia nobíscum Deus.
℣. Ne tímeas, María: Ecce concípies in útero et páries fílium.* Et vocábit.
Is 7:14, 8:10; Lk 1:30-31
℟. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son,* and he shall be called Immanuel, for God is with us.
℣. Do not be afraid, Mary. You will conceive in your womb and bear a son,* and he shall be called Immanuel, for God is with us.

Lectio altera
Ex Homíliis sancti Bernárdi abbátis in Láudibus Vírginis Matris (Hom. 2, 1-2. 4: Opera omnia, Edit. Cisterc. 4 [1966], 21-23)

Ab Altissimo præparata, a patribus præsignata

Deum huiúsmodi decébat natívitas, qua nónnisi de Vírgine nascerétur; talis congruébat et Vírgini partus, ut non páreret nisi Deum. Proínde factor hóminum, ut homo fíeret nascitúrus de hómine, talem sibi ex ómnibus débuit delígere, immo cóndere matrem, qualem et se decére sciébat et sibi nóverat placitúram.
  Vóluit ítaque esse vírginem, de qua immaculáta immaculátus procéderet, ómnium máculas purgatúrus.
  Vóluit et húmilem de qua mitis et húmilis corde prodíret, harum in se virtútum necessárium ómnibus saluberrimúmque exémplum ostensúrus. Dedit ergo Vírgini partum, qui ei iam ante et virginitátis inspiráverat votum et humilitátis prærogáverat méritum.
  Alióquin quómodo Angelus eam in sequéntibus grátia plenam pronúntiat, si quídpiam vel parum boni, quod ex grátia non esset, habébat? Ut ígitur, quæ Sanctum sanctórum conceptúra erat páriter et paritúra, sancta esset córpore, accépit donum virginitátis, ut esset et mente accépit et humilitátis.
  His nimírum Virgo régia gemmis ornáta virtútum, geminóque mentis páriter et córporis decóre præfúlgida, spécie sua et pulchritúdine sua in cæléstibus cógnita, cæli cívium in se provocávit aspéctus, ita ut et Regis ánimum in sui concupiscéntiam inclináret et cæléste núntium ad se de supérnis edúceret.
  Missus est, inquit, Angelus ad Vírginem. Vírginem carne, vírginem mente, vírginem professióne, vírginem dénique qualem descríbit Apóstolus, mente et córpore sanctam; nec nóviter nec fortuítu invéntam, sed a sǽculo eléctam, ab Altíssimo præcógnitam et sibi præparátam, ab ángelis servátam, a pátribus præsignátam, a prophétis promíssam.
Second Reading
From the homilies of St Bernard of Clairvaux on the glories of the Virgin Mother

She was prepared by the Most High and prefigured by the patriarchs

There was only one mode of birth that was worthy of God, and that was to be born of a Virgin. Equally, who could come from a Virgin birth except God himself? The maker of mankind, if he was to be made man and destined to be born of man, would have to choose, to create a mother whom he knew to be worthy of him, who he knew would be pleasing to him.
  It was his will that she should be a virgin, so that he could proceed from an unstained body, stainless, to purify mankind of its stains.
  It was his will that she should be meek and humble of heart, since he was to become the outstanding example of these virtues, so necessary for the health of humanity. He granted childbirth to her, having first inspired her vow of virginity and filled her with the virtue of humility.
  To put it another way, how could the Angel have addressed her as full of grace if any, even a little, of these virtues had been present in her already and not given to her by grace? It was given to her to be made holy. She, who was to conceive and give birth to the Holy of holies, was made holy in body by the gift of virginity and holy in mind by the gift of humility.
  Adorned with the jewels of such virtues and radiant in both mind and body, the royal Virgin’s beauty draws the attention of the citizens of heaven itself, and its King is filled with desire for her and sends his messenger to her from on high.
  The Angel was sent to the Virgin, it says. A virgin in body and a virgin in mind, a virgin by her own choice, a virgin, as the Apostle describes her, holy in mind and body. Not someone just now found by chance, but chosen from the beginning of time, foreseen and prepared by the Most High, waited upon by the angels, prefigured by the patriarchs, preached by the prophets.
Lc 1, 35; Ps 44 (45), 11 a. 12 a
℟. Spíritus Sanctus supervéniet in te, María, et virtus Altíssimi obumbrábit tibi.* Quod nascétur, sanctum vocábitur, Fílius Dei.
℣. Audi, fília, et vide et inclína aurem tuam et concupíscet rex spéciem tuam.* Quod.
℟. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, Mary, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;* therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the son of God.
℣. Listen, my daughter, hear my words and consider them. The king desires your beauty;* therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the son of God.

  Deus, qui diligéntibus te bona invisibília præparásti, infúnde córdibus nostris tui amóris afféctum, ut, te in ómnibus et super ómnia diligéntes, promissiónes tuas, quæ omne desidérium súperant, consequámur.
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 God,
  you have prepared for those who love you
  what no eye has seen, no ear has heard.
Fill our hearts with your love,
  so that, loving you above all and in all,
  we may attain your promises
  which the heart of man has not conceived.
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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