St John Chrysostom, Class III (Jan 27)

Readings 1&2 are of the third week of Epiphany (Ephesians 6); reading 3 of the feast.

Reading 1: Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is just. Honour thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with a promise: That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest be long lived upon earth. And you, fathers, provoke not your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and correction of the Lord.

R. Misericordiam et judicium cantabo tibi, Domine: * Psallam et intelligam in via immaculata, quando venies ad me.
V. Perambulabam in innocentia cordis mei, in medio domus meæ.
R. Psallam et intelligam in via immaculata, quando venies ad me.
R. Mercy and judgment I will sing to thee, O Lord: * I will sing, and I will understand in the unspotted way, when thou shalt come to me.
V. I walked in the innocence of my heart, in the midst of my house.
R. Mercy and judgment I will sing to thee, O Lord

Reading 2: Servants, be obedient to them that are your lords according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the simplicity of your heart, as to Christ: Not serving to the eye, as it were pleasing men, but, as the servants of Christ doing the will of God from the heart, With a good will serving, as to the Lord, and not to men. Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man shall do, the same shall he receive from the Lord, whether he be bond, or free. And you, masters, do the same things to them, forbearing threatenings, knowing that the Lord both of them and you is in heaven; and there is no respect of persons with him. Finally, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power. Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect.

R. Velociter exaudi me Deus.* Quia defecerunt sicut fumus dies mei:* Tu autem idem ipse es, et anni tui non deficient.
V. Dies mei sicut umbra declinaverunt, et ego sicut fænum arui.
R. Quia defecerunt sicut fumus dies mei.
R. Haste thee to hear me, O Lord. * For my days are consumed away like smoke: * But thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
V. My days have declined like a shadow, and I am withered like grass.
R. For my days are consumed away like smoke.

Reading 3:John came from Antioch and was called "Chrysostom" because of the golden flood of his eloquence. Ordained a priest of the Church of Antioch, he was later, against his will made archbishop of Constantinople to succeed Nectarius, through the influence of Arcadius the emperor. In this office, since he spoke out strongly against the degradation of public morals and the licentious lives of the nobility, he drew down on himself the hatred of many persons. He gravely offended Empress Eudoxia also, because he reprehended her for taking the money of the widow Callitropa and the land of another widow. For all these reasons he was forced into exile, while all the widows and the needy mourned at being deprived of their common father. It is beyond belief how many hardships he suffered in his exile and how many people he converted to the faith of Jesus Christ. The number, warmth and brilliance of his sermons and other writings are universally admired. He gave up his soul to God on September 14, and his body was buried in the Vatican basilica. This outstanding Doctor of the universal Church was appointed the heavenly patron of preachers by Pope Pius X.

R. In medio Ecclesiae aperuit os ejus * Et implevit eum Dominus spiritu sapientiae et intellectus.
V. Jucunditatem et exsultationem thesaurizavit super eum.
R. Et implevit eum Dominus spiritu sapientiae et intellectus.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Et implevit eum Dominus spiritu sapientiae et intellectus.
R. In the midst of the congregation did the Lord open his mouth. * And filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding.
V. He made him rich with joy and gladness.
R. And filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. And filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding.


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