Monday, 5 December 2016

Matins readings and notes for Monday in the second week of Advent (Isaiah 13)

Reading 1: Onus Babylonis, quod vidit Isaias, filius Amos.Super montem caliginosum levate signum:
exaltate vocem, levate manum, et ingrediantur portas duces.  Ego mandavi sanctificatis meis,
et vocavi fortes meos in ira mea, exsultantes in gloria mea. Vox multitudinis in montibus,
quasi populorum frequentium; vox sonitus regum, gentium congregatarum.

The burden of Babylon, which Isaias the son of Amos saw.  Upon the dark mountain lift ye up a banner, exalt the voice, lift up the hand, and let the rulers go into the gates.  I have commanded my sanctified ones, and have called my strong ones in my wrath, them that rejoice in my glory.  The noise of a multitude in the mountains, as it were of many people, the noise of the sound of kings, of nations gathered together:

R. Receive, O Virgin Mary, receive the word of the Lord, which is sent thee by His Angel; thou shalt conceive, and shalt bring forth God and Man together.* And thou shalt be called blessed among all women.
V. Thou shalt bring forth a son, and remain a maiden undefiled thou shalt conceive and be a Mother, still Virgin unspotted.
R. And thou shalt be called blessed among all women.

Reading 2: Dominus exercituum præcepit militiæ belli, venientibus de terra procul, a summitate cæli;
Dominus, et vasa furoris ejus, ut disperdat omnem terram. Ululate, quia prope est dies Domini;
quasi vastitas a Domino veniet. Propter hoc omnes manus dissolventur, et omne cor hominis contabescet, et conteretur. Torsiones et dolores tenebunt; quasi parturiens dolebunt: unusquisque ad proximum suum stupebit, facies combustæ vultus eorum.

the Lord of hosts hath given charge to the troops of war. To them that come from a country afar off, from the end of heaven: tile Lord and the instruments of his wrath, to destroy the whole land. Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is near: it shall come as a destruction from the Lord.  Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every heart of man shall melt,  And shall be broken. Gripings and pains shall take hold of them, they shall be in pain as a woman in labour. Every one shall be amazed at his neighbour, their countenances shall be as faces burnt.

R. Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains, for our Lord will come; * And will have mercy on His afflicted.
V. In His days shall righteousness flourish and abundance of peace.
R. And will have mercy upon His afflicted.

Reading 3: Ecce dies Domini veniet, crudelis, et indignationis plenus, et iræ, furorisque, ad ponendam terram in solitudinem, et peccatores ejus conterendos de ea. Quoniam stellæ cæli, et splendor earum, non expandent lumen suum; obtenebratus est sol in ortu suo, et luna non splendebit in lumine suo. Et visitabo super orbis mala, et contra impios iniquitatem eorum; et quiescere faciam superbiam infidelium, et arrogantiam fortium humiliabo.

Behold, the day of the Lord shall come, a cruel day, and full of indignation, and of wrath, and fury, to lay the land desolate, and to destroy the sinners thereof out of it.  For the stars of heaven, and their brightness shall not display their light: the sun shall be darkened in his rising, and the moon shall not shine with her light. And I will visit the evils of the world, and against the wicked for their iniquity: and I will make the pride of infidels to cease, and will bring down the arrogancy of the mighty.

R. There shall no strangers pass through Jerusalem any more * For in that day the mountains shall drop down sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk and honey, saith the Lord.
V. God shall come from Lebanon, and the Holy One from the thick and shady mountain.
R. For in that day the mountains shall drop down sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk and honey, saith the Lord.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. For in that day the mountains shall drop down sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk and honey, saith the Lord.


Today's readings focus mainly on the second coming, the 'day of the Lord'.

Babylon and the dark mountain stand for the darkness of apostasy and sin; the banner we are told to lift, St Gregory the Great instructs, is the virtue of the cross, which is above all humility, hence the condemnation of the proud and arrogant at the end of these verses.

Many failed to recognise the Lord at his first coming, or rejected his message.  The key message here is, there will be no warning, so we must always watch and be ready.

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