Monday, December 21, 2009

In Festo Sancti Thomae Apostoli (Dec. 21), Acta


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The Psalms and Antiphons for the Second Nocturn are taken from the Common
Absolutio: Ipsíus píetas et misericórdia nos ádjuvet, qui cum Patre et Spíritu Sancto vivit et regnat in sæcula sæculórum.
R.  Amen.

Absolution:  May his loving-kindness and mercy assist us.  Who, with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, for ever and ever.
R.  Amen.

V.  Jube domne, (Dómine) benedícere.
V.  Vouchsafe, Reverend Father (O Lord), thy blessing.
Benedíctio 4: Deus Pater omnípotens sit nobis propítius et clemens.
R.  Amen.

Benediction 4:  May God the Father Almighty shew us his mercy and pity.
R.  Amen.

Lesson iv

Thomas Apóstolus, qui et Dídymus, Galilæus, post accéptum Spíritum Sanctum in multas províncias proféctus est ad prædicándum Christi Evangélium : Parthis, Medis, Persis, Hyrcánis et Bactris christiánæ fídei et vitæ præcépta trádidit.  Postrémo ad Indos se cónferens, eos in christiána religióne erudívit.  Qui ad extrémum, vitæ doctrinæque sanctitáte et miraculórum magnitúdine, cum céteris ómnibus suis admiratiónem et Jesu Christi amórem commovísset ; illíus gentis regem, idolórum cultórem, magis ad iram accéndit : cujus senténtia condemnátus, telísque confóssus, Calamínæ apostolátus honórem martyrii coróna decorávit.
The Apostle Thomas, called Didymus, or the Twin, was a Galilean.  After the descent of the Holy Ghost, he went into many provinces to preach Christ's Gospel.  He gave knowledge of the rules of Christian faith and life to the Parthians, Medes, Persians, Hyrcanians, and Bactrians.  He went last to the East Indies.  Here he provoked the anger of one of the idolatrous kings, because the holiness of his life and teaching, and the number of his miracles, drew many after him, and brought them to the love of Christ Jesus.  He was therefore condemned, and slain with lances.  He crowned the dignity of the Apostleship with the glory of martyrdom, on the Coromandel coast, not far from Madras.
V.  Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R.  Deo grátias.
V.  But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R.  Thanks be to God.

R.  Vidi conjúnctos viros, habéntes spléndidas vestes, et Angelus Dómini locútus est ad me, dicens: * Isti sunt viri sancti facti amíci Dei.
V.  Vidi Angelum Dei fortem, volántem per médium cælum, voce magna clamántem et dicéntem.
R.  Isti sunt viri sancti facti amíci Dei.
R.  I saw men standing together, clothed in raiment white and glistering, and the Angel of the Lord spake unto me saying, *  These men are holy, for they are the friends of God.
V.  And I saw a strong Angel of God flying in the midst of heaven, and the same did proclaim with a loud voice, saying:
R.  These men are holy, for they are the friends of God.

V.  Jube domne, (Dómine) benedícere.
V.  Vouchsafe, Reverend Father (O Lord), thy blessing.
Benedíctio 5: Christus perpétuæ det nobis gáudia vitæ.
R.  Amen.

Benediction 5: May Christ bestow upon us the joys of life eternal.
R.  Amen.

Lesson v
Sermo sancti Gregórii Papæ
The Lesson is taken from a Sermon by St. Gregory the Pope
Homilia 30 in Evang., post med.

Scriptum est : Spíritus Dómini ornávit cælos.  Ornaménta enim cælórum sunt virtútes prædicántium.  Quæ vidélicet ornaménta Paulus enúmerat, dicens : Alii datur per Spíritum sermo sapiéntiæ, álii sermo sciéntiæ secúndum eúmdem Spíritum, álteri fides in eódem Spíritu, álii grátia sanitátum in uno Spíritu, álii operátio virtútum, álii prophetía, álii discrétio spirítuum, álii génera linguárum, álii interpretátio sermónum.  Hæc autem ómnia operátur unus atque idem Spíritus, dívidens síngulis prout vult.
It is written : By his Spirit the Lord hath garnished the heavens.  Now the garniture of the heavens are the godly powers of preachers, and this garniture, what it is, Paul teacheth us thus:  To one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues; but all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
V.  Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R.  Deo grátias.
V.  But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R.  Thanks be to God.

R.  Beáti estis, cum maledíxerint vobis hómines, et persecúti vos fúerint, et díxerint omne malum advérsum vos, mentiéntes, propter me: * Gaudéte et exsultáte, quóniam merces vestra copiósa est in cælis.
V.  Cum vos óderint hómines, et cum separáverint vos, et exprobráverint, et ejécerint nomen vestrum tamquam malum propter Fílium hóminis.
R.  Gaudéte et exsultáte, quóniam merces vestra copiósa est in cælis.
R.  Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake: * Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven.
V.  When men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil for the Son of Man's sake.
R.  Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven.

V.  Jube domne, (Dómine) benedícere.
V.  Vouchsafe, Reverend Father (O Lord), thy blessing.
Benedíctio 6: Ignem sui amóris accéndat Deus in córdibus nostris.
R.  Amen.

Benediction 6: May God enkindle in our hearts the fire of his holy love.
R.  Amen.

Lesson vi

Quot ergo sunt bona prædicántium, tot sunt ornaménta cælórum.  Hinc rursus scriptum est : Verbo Dómini cæli firmáti sunt.  Verbum enim Dómini, Fílius est Patris.  Sed eósdem cælos, vidélicet sanctos Apóstolos, ut tota simul sancta Trínitas ostendátur operáta, repénte de Sancti Spíritus divinitáte adjúngitur : Et Spíritu oris ejus omnis virtus eórum.  Cælórum ergo virtus de Spíritu sumpta est : quia : mundi hujus potestátibus contraíre non præsúmerent, nisi eos Sancti Spíritus fortitúdo solidásset.  Quales namque doctóres sanctæ Ecclésiæ ante advéntum hujus Spíritus fúerint, scimus ; et post advéntum illíus, cujus fortitúdinis facti sint, conspícimus.
So much power then as have preachers, so much garniture have the heavens.  Wherefore again it is written:  By the word of the Lord were the heavens made.  For the Word of the Lord is the Son of the Father.  But, to the end that all the Holy Trinity may be made manifest as the Maker of the heavens (that is, of the Apostles), it is straightway added touching God the Holy Ghost : and all the host of them by the Breath of his mouth.  Therefore the might of the same heavens is the might of the Spirit, for they had not braved the powers of this world, unless the strength of the Holy Ghost had comforted them.  For we know what manner of men the Teachers of the Holy Church were before the coming of this Spirit : and since he came we see in whose strength they are made strong.
V.  Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R.  Deo grátias.
V.  But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R.  Thanks be to God.

R.  Isti sunt triumphatóres et amíci Dei, qui contemnéntes jussa príncipum, meruérunt præmia ætérna: * Modo coronántur, et accípiunt palmam.
V.  Isti sunt qui venérunt ex magna tribulatióne, et lavérunt stolas suas in sánguine Agni.
R.  Modo coronántur, et accípiunt palmam.
V.  Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto.
R.  Modo coronántur, et accípiunt palmam.
R.  These are they which do celebrate an eternal triumph and are become the friends of God, who overcame the princes of this world in the service of him who rewardeth everlastingly : * And now they have crowns on their heads and palms in their hands.
V.  These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb.
R.  And now they have crowns on their heads and palms in their hands.
V.  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R.  And now they have crowns on their heads and palms in their hands.

The unimposing tomb of St. Thomas the Apostle in
Mylapore Cathedral, Madras, India

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