Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Feast of SS Anna and Joachim (July 26)

The reading for the feast is from a sermon of St Leo the Great:

The Divine goodness, dearly beloved, has indeed always taken thought for mankind in various manners, and in many portions, and of His mercy has imparted many gifts of His providence to the ages of old; but in these last times has exceeded all the abundance of His usual kindness, when in Christ the very Mercy has descended to sinners, the very Truth to those that are astray, the very Life to those that are dead: so that Word, which is co-eternal and co-equal with the Father, might take our humble nature into union with His Godhead, and, being born God of God, might also be born Man of man. Hence the Lord says through Isaiah: behold a virgin shall conceive in her womb, and shall bear a Son, and His Name shall be called Emmanuel, which is interpreted, God with us  and again, a rod shall come forth from the root of Jesse, and a flower shall arise from his root.  In which rod, no doubt the blessed Virgin Mary is predicted, who sprung from the stock of Jesse and David and fecundated by the Holy Ghost, brought forth a new flower of human flesh, becoming a virgin-mother.

R: O clara stirps Davidica, micans quais iubar solis * Ex qua prodierunt Ioachim et Anna, merito fulgentes praecipuo
V: Nobilis vere dignaque progenies, universo mundo valde gratiosa
R: Ex qua prodierunt Ioachim et Anna, merito fulgentes praecipuo
V: Gloria...
R: Ex qua prodierunt
R:O shining stem of David, beating down like a ray of sun, * From which came forth Joachim and Anna gleaming with extraordinary merit
V: Truly renowned and worthy offspring, greatly beloved of all the world
R: From which came forth Joachim and Anna gleaming with extraordinary merit
V: Glory be...
R: From which...

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