St Ignatius of Antioch, Class III (Feb 1)

Readings 1&2 are of the feria (Thursday in the week of Septuagesima Sunday).

Reading 1: And Adam knew Eve his wife: who conceived and brought forth Cain, saying: I have gotten a man through God. And again she brought forth his brother Abel. And Abel was a shepherd, and Cain a husbandman. And it came to pass after many days, that Cain offered, of the fruits of the earth, gifts to the Lord.  Abel also offered of the firstlings of his flock, and of their fat: and the Lord had respect to Abel, and to his offerings. But to Cain and his offerings he had no respect: and Cain was exceedingly angry, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said to him: Why art thou angry? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou do well, shalt thou not receive? but if ill, shall not sin forthwith be present at the door? but the lust thereof shall be under thee, and thou shalt have dominion over it.

R. Tulit Dominus hominem, et posuit eum in paradiso voluptatis: * Ut operaretur et custodiret illum.
V. Plantaverat autem Dominus Deus paradisum voluptatis a principio in quo posuit hominem quem formaverat
R. Ut operaretur et custodiret illum.
R. God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden * To dress it and to keep it.
V. And the Lord God had planted a garden aforetime in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
R. To dress it and to keep it.

Reading 2:  And Cain said to Abel his brother: Let us go forth abroad. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and slew him.  And the Lord said to Cain: Where is thy brother Abel? And he answered, I know not: am I my brother’s keeper? And he said to him: What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth to me from the earth. Now, therefore, cursed shalt thou be upon the earth, which hath opened her mouth and received the blood of thy brother at thy hand.  When thou shalt till it, it shall not yield to thee its fruit: a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be upon the earth. And Cain said to the Lord: My iniquity is greater than that I may deserve pardon. Behold thou dost cast me out this day from the face of the earth, and I shall be hidden from thy face, and I shall be a vagabond and a fugitive on the earth: every one, therefore, that findeth me, shall kill me. And the Lord said to him: No, it shall not be so: but whosoever shall kill Cain, shall be punished sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, that whosoever found him should not kill him. And Cain went out from the face of the Lord, and dwelt as a fugitive on the earth, at the east side of Eden.

R. Immisit Dóminus sopórem in Adam, et tulit unam de costis ejus: * Et ædificávit costam, quam túlerat Dóminus de Adam, in mulíerem, et adduxit eam ad Adam, ut vidéret quid vocaret eam: * Et vocávit nomen ejus Virágo, quia de viro sumpta est.
V.* Cumque obdórmísset, tulit unam de costis ejus, et replevit carnem pro ea.
R.  Et vocávit nomen ejus Virágo, quia de viro sumpta est.

R. The Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and He took one of his ribs. * And the rib which the Lord had taken from Adam made He a woman, and brought her unto Adam, to see what he would call her. * And he called her name Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
V. *And while he slept He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof.
R. And he called her name Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Reading 3: Ignatius, chosen to be the second successor of Peter as bishop of Antioch, was accused of being a Christian during Traian's reign and condemned to be sent to the beasts in Rome. As he was being brought from Syria in chains, he kept teaching all the cities of Asia which he went through, exhorting them as a messenger of the Gospel and instructing the more distant ones by his letters. In one of these letters, which he wrote to the Romans from Smyrna while he was enjoying Polycarp's companionship, among other matters he said this about his own death sentence: "O helpful beasts that are being made ready for me! when will they come? When will they be sent out? When will they be allowed to devour my flesh And I hope that they will be made the more fierce, lest by chance, as has happened in the case of others, they may fear to touch my body. Now I am beginning to be Christ's disciple. Let fire, crosses, beasts, the tearing apart of my limbs, the torment of my whole body and all the sufferings prepared by the devil's art be heaped upon me all at once, if only I may attain Jesus Christ. When he had arrived in Rome, he heard the lions roaring and, burning with desire for martyrdom, he burst out, "I am the wheat of Christ; let me be ground by the teeth of the beasts so that I may be found pure bread." He suffered in the eleventh year of Trajan's reign.

R. Iste sanctus pro lege Dei sui certavit usque ad mortem, et a verbis impiorum non timuit: * Fundatus enim erat supra firmam petram
V. Iste est qui contempsit vitam mundi, et pervenit ad celestia regna.
R. Fundatus enim erat supra firmam petram
V. Gloria Patri...
R. Fundatus enim erat supra firmam petram
R. This man is holy, for he hath striven for the law of his God even unto death, and hath not feared for the words of the ungodly; * For he had his foundation upon a strong rock.
V. This is he which loved not his life in this world, and is come unto an everlasting kingdom.
R. For he had his foundation upon a strong rock.
V. Glory be...
R. For he had his foundation upon a strong rock.

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