Sunday, 28 May 2017

Reading and chapter verse for Ascensiontide

We are now in Ascensiontide.  In the mid-twentieth century version of the Benedictine Office at least, this was an Octave, and each day had three Patristic readings.  As these provide a nice source of meditation on the significance of the Ascension, I will provide them on the blog.  The official texts in the 1962 Office though, provide for one reading (the same each day), a short responsory and chapter verse, as set out below:

Nocturn 1:

Reading (Hebrews 6:18b-20):

Confugimus ad tenendam propositam spem, quam sicut anchoram habemus animæ tutam ac firmam, et incedentem usque ad interiora velaminis, ubi præcursor pro nobis introivit Jesus, secundum ordinem Melchisedech pontifex factus in æternum.
We who have fled for refuge to hold fast the hope set before us. Which we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, and which entereth in even within the veil; Where the forerunner Jesus is entered for us, made a high priest forever according to the order of Melchisedech.

Short responsory:

R br: Dominus in caelo, alleluia alleluia
R: Dominus in caelo, alleluia alleluia.
V: Paravit sedem suam, alleluia alleluia.
R: Gloria Patri...
V: Dominus in caelo, alleluia alleluia
R: The Lord in heaven, alleluia, alleluia
R: The Lord in heaven, alleluia, alleluia
V:  Hath prepared his throne, alleluia, alleluia
R: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost
V: The Lord in heaven, alleluia, alleluia


Nocturn II

Chapter verse (Revelation 5:12b):

Dignus est Agnus, qui occisus est, accipere virtutem, et divinitatem, et sapientiam, et fortitudinem, et honorem, et gloriam, et benedictionem.


R. Exaltare, Domine, alleluia, in virtute tua, alleluia.
V. Cantabimus et psallemus virtutes tuas, alleluia
The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and benediction.


R. Be Thou exalted, O Lord. Alleluia, in thine Own strength. Alleluia.
V: We will sing and praise thy power, alleluia




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