Friday, 21 July 2017

St Mary Magdalene (July 22)

The reading and responsory for the feast in the Benedictine Office are set out below:

Reading: From a Sermon by St. Gregory the Pope - Mary Magdalene, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, through love of the truth, washed away in her tears the defilement of her sins, and the words of the Truth are fulfilled which he spoke: Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much. She who had remained chilly in sin, became fiery through love. When even his disciples went away again unto their own home, Mary still stood without at the sepulchre of Christ, weeping. She sought him whom her soul loved, but she found him not. She searched for him with tears; she yearned with strong desire for him who, she believed, had been taken away. And thus it befell her, that being the only one who had remained to seek him, she was the only one that saw him. It is the truth that the backbone of a good work is perseverance.

R. Maria Magdalene, et altera Maria ibant diluculo ad monumentum:* Jesum, quem quaeritis, non est hic: surrexit, sicut locutus est: praecedet vos in Galilaeam, ibi eum videbitis.
V. Et valde mane una sabbatorum veniunt ad monumentum orto jam sole: et introeuntes viderunt juvenem sedentem in dextris, qui dixit illis.
R. Jesum, quem quaeritis, non est hic: surrexit, sicut locutus est: praecedet vos in Galilaeam, ibi eum videbitis.
V: Gloria...
R: Jesum...
R. Mary Magdalen and the other Mary went very early to the sepulchre. * That Jesus Whom ye seek, is not here; for He is risen, as He said He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him.
V. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre, at the rising of the sun; and, entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting upon the right side, who saith unto them
R. That Jesus Whom ye seek, is not here; for He is risen, as He said He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him
V: Glory be..
R: And very early.

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