St Antony, Class III (January 17)

Today's readings are for Wednesday in the second week after Epiphany (from 2 Corinthians 7) and the feast of St Antony.

Reading 1: Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God.  Receive us. We have injured no man, we have corrupted no man, we have overreached no man. I speak not this to your condemnation. For we have said before, that you are in our hearts, to die together, and to live together.

R. Ne perdideris me cum iniquitatibus meis * Neque in finem iratus reserves mala mea.
V. Non intres in judicium cum servo tuo Domine
R. Neque in finem iratus reserves mala mea.
R. Cut me not off in the midst of my sins. * Nor keep thy wrath against me for my latter end.
V. Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord.
R. Nor keep thy wrath against me for my latter end.

Reading 2: Great is my confidence for you, great is my glorying for you. I am filled with comfort: I exceedingly abound with joy in all our tribulation. For also when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we suffered all tribulation; combats without, fears within. But God, who comforteth the humble, comforted us by the coming of Titus. And not by his coming only, but also by the consolation, wherewith he was comforted in you, relating to us your desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced the more. For although I made you sorrowful by my epistle, I do not repent; and if I did repent, seeing that the same epistle (although but for a time) did make you sorrowful; Now I am glad: not because you were made sorrowful; but because you were made sorrowful unto penance. For you were made sorrowful according to God, that you might suffer damage by us in nothing.  For the sorrow that is according to God worketh penance, steadfast unto salvation; but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

R. Adjutor meus tibi psallam, quia Deus susceptor meus es: * Deus meus, misericordia mea.
V. Laetabor, et exsultabo in te, psallam nomini tuo Altissime.
R. Deus meus, misericordia mea.
R. Unto thee, O my Strength, will I sing, for God is my defence, * The God of my mercy.
V. I will be glad and rejoice in thee, I will sing praise to thy Name, O Thou Most High.
R. The God of my mercy.

Reading 3: When Anthony of Egypt entered a church and heard the words of the Gospel, "If you will be perfect, go, sell all that you have and give to the poor," he took them as if said to him personally, thinking that this is how Christ should be obeyed. And so, having sold his family possessions and distributed the money to the poor, he withdrew to the vast solitudes of Egypt. He was so fired with zeal for all virtues that, whenever he saw anyone praiseworthy for excelling in any virtue, he strove to imitate him. None was more disciplined than he, none more watchful. He was so great a terror to the demons that many persons throughout Egypt who were troubled by them were set free merely by invoking Anthony's name. And so, famous for his holiness and his miracles, when he had drawn innumerable other men and women to follow his example, he departed this life in the hundred and fifth Year of his age, on January 17.

 R: Euge serve bone, et fidelis: quia super pauca fuisti fidelis, super multa te constituam;* Intra in gaudium Domini tui.
V: Domine quinque talenta mihi tradidisti ecce alia quinque superlucratus sum.
R: Intra in gaudium Domini tui.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto
R: Intra in gaudium Domini tui.
R: Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: * Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
V: Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
R: Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R: Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.

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