Sunday, January 31, 2010

First Vespers of Septuagesima - O.P. Responsory &c.

As is the custom when a new book of Scripture is about to be begun at Matins, at first Vespers to-night the Dominican Rite inserts a Responsory from the set of Historia (as they are called) for that book – Genesis:

(Genesis ii, 1 & cf. ii, 2; Genesis i, 31a.)

R/.  Igitur perfecti sunt cæli et terra et omnis ornatus eorum: complevitque Deus die septimo opus suum quod fecerat: * Et requievitAb omni opere quod patrarat.  V/.  Viditque Deus cuncta quæ fecerat: et erant valde bona. * Et requievit.  Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. † Ab omni opere quod patrarat.

(R/.  So the heavens and the earth were finished and all the furniture of them: and on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made: * And he rested † From all his work which he had done. V/.  And God saw all the things that he had made, and they were very good. * And he rested.  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. † From all his work which he had done.)

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