Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mozarabic Wednesday - IV

Place yourself at Toledo: in the cathedral’s Mozarabic Rite chapel the faithful, silent, stand; silently, at this penitential season, the priest and his ministers advance to God’s altar; still without speaking, the priest bows awhile in prayer, then ascends the altar steps, kisses it, and goes to stand at his seat, where at length he first opens his mouth and salutes the congregation.  All attend to the readings that now begin.  A lector reads out the first lessson at the lectern; after he finishes, another takes his place.  The Old Testament lessons ended, the choir chants; a third lector reads the Epistle.  Next the deacon, with cerifers and thurifer, proceeds to the lectern to read the Gospel, first saluting the people (who stand in reverence), then censing the sacred volume.  The deacon having ended, then the priest having preached, again the choir sings God’s praises.  Next would come the offering of the Sacrifice…

But let us at the least unite ourselves to the Mass at Toledo by some participation in the Service of the Word, before in prayer making a spiritual communion as our devotion suggests.


Wednesday in the fourth week of Lent
Feria IV in quarta hebdomada Quadragesimæ

Sapiential Lesson: Proverbs 13,14-21
Historical Lection: 1 Samuel 12,1-23
Threni: Lam 1,11.9.8; Job 16,11; Lam 2,16;1,8
Apostle: 2 Peter 2,1-8
Gospel: John 7,32-38
Laudes: Psalm 146,1.3.7a

The Lord be ever with you. R/. And with thy spirit.

A Lesson from the Book of Proverbs. R/. Thanks be to God.

The law of the wise is a fountain of life, that he may decline from the ruin of death. Good instruction shall give grace: in the way of scorners is a deep pit. The prudent man doth all things with counsel: but he that is a fool, layeth open his folly. The messenger of the wicked shall fall into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health. Poverty and shame to him that refuseth instruction: but he that yieldeth to reproof, shall be glorified. The desire that is accomplished, delighteth the soul: fools hate them that flee from evil things. He that walketh with the wise, shall be wise: a friend of fools shall become like to them. Evil pursueth sinners: and to the just good shall be repaid.
R/. Amen.

A Lesson from the First Book of Samuel. R/. Thanks be to God.

In those days:

R/. Amen.

See, O Lord, and consider, for I am become vile: behold my affliction, for the enemy is lifted up.
V/. Enemies have opened their mouths upon me, and reproaching me they have struck me on the cheek: they have hissed and gnashed with the teeth, and have said: We will swallow him up.
V/. But I have sighed and turned backward.

The Second Epistle of the Apostle Peter. R/. Thanks be to God.

Dearly beloved:
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers, who shall bring in sects of perdition, and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their riotousnesses, through whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you. Whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their perdition slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but delivered them, drawn down by infernal ropes to the lower hell, unto torments, to be reserved unto judgment: and spared not the original world, but preserved Noe, the eighth person, the preacher of justice, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly. And reducing the cities of the Sodomites, and of the Gomorrhites, into ashes, condemned them to be overthrown, making them an example to those that should after act wickedly. And delivered just Lot, oppressed by the injustice and lewd conversation of the wicked. For in sight and hearing he was just: dwelling among them, who from day to day vexed the just soul with unjust works.
R/. Amen.

The Lord be ever with you. R/. And with thy spirit.

A Lesson from the Holy Gospel according to John. R/. Glory to Thee, O Lord.

At that time:

R/. Amen.

Praise ye the Lord, because psalm is good: to our God be joyful and comely praise. * Who healeth the broken of heart, and bindeth up their bruises.
V/. Sing ye to the Lord with praise: * Who healeth the broken of heart, and bindeth up their bruises.

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