Friday, 2 June 2017

Matins readings for the Vigil of Pentecost



Reading 1: From the Holy Gospel according to John - At that time, Jesus said unto His disciples: If ye love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter. And so on.

Homily by St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo - By these words of the Lord: "I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter", He doth imply that Himself is a Comforter. The Greek word used, namely "Parakletos," signifieth also an Advocate, and is used in that sense where it is written "We have an Advocate Parakleton with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous." "Even the Spirit of truth, Whom the world cannot receive," because as we read elsewhere, "the carnal mind is enmity against; God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be" as we may say plainly nothing can make unrighteousness righteous. By "the world," in this place, we must understand the lovers of the world, a love which cometh not of the Father. And therefore it is that this love of the world, which we strive to lessen and to destroy in ourselves, is contrary to "the love of God, which is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."


R. Ego rogabo Patrem, et alium Paraclitum dabit vobis,* Ut maneat vobiscum in aeternum, Spiritum veritatis, alleluia.
V. Si enim non abiero, Paraclitus non veniet ad vos; si autem abiero, mittam eum ad vos.
R. Ut maneat vobiscum in aeternum, Spiritum veritatis, alleluia.
R. I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, * That he may abide with you for ever, even the Spirit of Truth, alleluia.
V. For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you: but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
R. That he may abide with you for ever, even the Spirit of Truth, alleluia.

Reading 2: The Spirit of truth Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him "for to love the world is to lack those spiritual eyes, which are able to see Him Who is invisible, the Holy Ghost. "But ye know Him," saith the Lord to His disciples, "for He shall dwell with you, and shall be in you." He will be in them to dwell in them, not dwell in them to be in them for one must first be in a place before one dwell there. But lest the Apostles should think that the words, "He shall dwell with you," signified that He should visibly abide with them for a while, as do guests in the houses of men, the Lord saith in explanation "He shall be in you."


R. Ponis nubem ascensum tuum, Domine: * Qui ambulas super pennas ventorum, alleluia.
V. Confessionem et decorem induisti, amictus lumen sicut vestimentum.
R. Qui ambulas super pennas ventorum, alleluia.

R. Thou makest the clouds the chariot, O Lord, * Thou walkest upon the wings of the wind. Alleluia.
V. Thou art clothed with honour and majesty, covering thyself with light as with a garment;
R. Thou walkest upon the wings of the wind. Alleluia.

Reading 3: Therefore is He seen That is invisible. If He were not in us we could have in us no knowledge of Him but He is seen in us, as we see our conscience. We see the faces of other men, but we cannot see our Own but of consciences we see none save that within ourselves. But our conscience is never elsewhere but within us whereas the Holy Ghost may be without us, as well as within us. He is given to be within us, and, unless He be within us, we can neither see nor know Him, either within or without us. Then, after that He had promised the Holy Ghost, the Lord, lest they should deem that He was to give them that other Comforter instead of Himself, and that He Himself was to be no longer with them, said also "I will not leave you orphans I will come to you." Therefore, although the Son of God hath made us by adoption sons of His Own Father, and hath willed that the Same Who is His Father by nature should be our Father by grace, nevertheless, He showeth that Himself hath toward us a love as of a Father, where He saith "I will not leave you orphans."


R. Si enim non abiero, Paraclitus non veniet ad vos: si autem abiero, mittam eum ad vos.
* Cum autem venerit ille, docebit vos omnem veritatem, alleluia.
V. Non enim loquetur a semetipso: sed quaecumque audiet, loquetur: et quae ventura sunt, annuntiabit vobis.
R. Cum autem venerit ille, docebit vos omnem veritatem, alleluia.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Cum autem venerit ille, docebit vos omnem veritatem, alleluia.
R. For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart I will send him unto you: * And when he is come, he will guide you into all truth, alleluia.
V. For he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear that shall he speak, and he will shew you things to come.
R. And when he is come, he will guide you into all truth, alleluia.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. And when he is come, he will guide you into all truth, alleluia.



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