Nocturn I: (Acts 1: 1-8; 9-14; 15-20; 21-26)
Reading 1: From the beginning of the book of the Acts of the Apostles - The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, of all things which Jesus began to do and to teach, Until the day on which, giving commandments by the Holy Ghost to the apostles whom he had chosen, he was taken up. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many proofs, for forty days appearing to them, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And eating together with them, he commanded them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father, which you have heard (saith he) by my mouth. For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence. They therefore who were come together, asked him, saying: Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? But he said to them: It is not for you to know the times or moments, which the Father hath put in his own power: But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth.
R. Virtute magna reddebant Apostoli * Testimonium resurrectionis Jesu Christi Domini nostri, alleluia, alleluia
V. Repleti quidem Spiritu sancto, loquebantur cum fiducia verbum Dei.
R. Testimonium resurrectionis Jesu Christi Domini nostri, alleluia, alleluia
R. With great power gave the Apostles * Witness of the Ressurection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, alleluia, alleluia.
V. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the Word of God with boldness
R. Witness of the Ressurection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, alleluia, alleluia.
Reading 2: And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments. Who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, as you have seen him going into heaven. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount that is called Olivet, which is nigh Jerusalem, within a sabbath day' s journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James of Alpheus, and Simon Zelotes, and Jude the brother of James. All these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
R. De ore prudentis procedit mel, alleluia: dulcedo mellis est sub lingua ejus, alleluia: * Favus distillans labia ejus, alleluia, alleluia.
V. Sapientia requiescit in corde ejus, et prudentia in sermone oris illius.
R. Favus distillans labia ejus, alleluia, alleluia.
R. From the mouth of the wise proceedeth honey, alleluia, the sweetness of honey is under his tongue, alleluia, * His lips drop as the honeycomb, alleluia, alleluia.
V. Wisdom doth abide in his heart, and out of his heart, and out of his mouth cometh understanding
R. His lips drop as the honeycomb, alleluia, alleluia.
Reading 3: In those days Peter rising up in the midst of the brethren, said: (now the number of persons together was about an hundred and twenty:) Men, brethren, the scripture must needs be fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was the leader of them that apprehended Jesus: Who was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. And he indeed hath possessed a field of the reward of iniquity, and being hanged, burst asunder in the midst: and all his bowels gushed out. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: so that the same field was called in their tongue, Haceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms: Let their habitation become desolate, and let there be none to dwell therein. And his bishopric let another take.
R: Ecce vicit leo de tribu Iuda, radix David, aperire librum et solvere septem signacula eius * Alleluia ,Alleuia, Alleluia
V: Dignus est Agnus, qui occisus est, accipere virtutem et divinitatem et sapientiam et fortitudinem et honrem et gloriam et benedictionem
R: Alleluia ,Alleuia, Alleluia
R: Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals thereof. * Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
V: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power, and godliness, and wisdom,
and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
R: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Reading 4: Wherefore of these men who have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus came in and went out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, until the day wherein he was taken up from us, one of these must be made a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph, called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And praying, they said: Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, To take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas hath by transgression fallen, that he might go to his own place. And they gave them lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
R. Angelus Domini locutus est mulieribus, dicens: Quem quaeritis? an Jesum quaeritis? jam surrexit:
* Venite, et videte, alleluia, alleluia.
V. Jesum quaeritis Nazarenum crucifixum? surrexit, non est hic.
R. Venite, et videte, alleluia, alleluia.
R. The Angel of the Lord spake unto the woman, saying : Whom seek ye? Seek ye Jesus? He is risen now :* Come and see. Alleluia, Alleluia.
V. Seek ye Jesus of Nazareth, Which was crucified? He is risen, He is not here.
R. Come and see. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Nocturn II: Sermon 73 of St Leo
Reading 5: Dearly beloved brethren, the days which passed between the Resurrection and the Ascension of the Lord, wore not idly by, but in them were established great Sacraments, and great Mysteries were revealed. In them was abolished the terror of that fearful death, and it was shown that not the soul only, but the body also, will not die eternally. In them the breathing of the Lord on His Apostles shed upon them the Holy Ghost, and the Blessed Apostle Peter, being given the keys of the kingdom of heaven, was chosen out of the rest to receive the chief care of the Lord's fold.
R. Ego sum vitis vera, et vos palmites: * Qui manet in me, et ego in eo, hic fert fructum multum, alleluia, alleluia.
V. Sicut dilexit me Pater, et ego dilexi vos.
R. Qui manet in me, et ego in eo, hic fert fructum multum, alleluia, alleluia.
R.I am the true vine, ye are the branches:
* He that abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, alleluia, alleluia.
V. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you.
R. He that abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, alleluia alleluia.
Reading 6: It was during those days, that as two of His disciples were walking together, the Lord Himself joined them, and made Himself One of three companions. Then that, to clear away all shadow of doubt from our mind, He rebuked the slowness of such as still feared and trembled. Their hearts enlightened by faith, caught the flame; and, whereas they had afore been cold, they glowed again as the Lord opened to them the Scriptures.
R. Surgens Jesus Dominus noster, stans in medio discipulorum suorum, dixit: * Pax vobis, alleluia: gavisi sunt discipuli viso Domino, alleluia.
V. Una ergo sabbatorum, cum fores essent clausae, ubi erant discipuli congregati, venit Jesus, et stetit in medio eorum, et dixit eis.
R. Pax vobis, alleluia: gavisi sunt discipuli viso Domino, alleluia.
R. After that our Lord Jesus was risen again, He came and stood in the midst of His disciples, and said unto them * Peace be unto you. Alleluia. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.
V. The first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, came Jesus, and stood in the midst, and said unto them :
R. Peace be unto you. Alleluia. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.
Reading 7: In the breaking of bread their eyes were opened, and they knew Him. And, O, how much happier were they with their eyes opened, and gazing upon the glorification of our nature in His Person, than were the first father and mother of our race, upon whom their own transgression had brought shame!
R. Expurgate vetus fermentum, ut sitis nova conspersio: etenim Pascha nostrum imolatus est Christus: * Itaque epulemur in Domino, alleluia.
V. Mortuus est propter delicta nostra, et resurrexit propter justificationem nostram.
R. Itaque epulemur in Domino, alleluia.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, * et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Itaque epulemur in Domino, alleluia.
R. Purge out the old leaven, that ye may be new dough : for even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us :* Therefore let us keep the Feast, in the Lord. Alleluia.
V. He died for our offences, and rose again for our justification.
R. Therefore let us keep the Feast, in the Lord. Alleluia.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
R. Therefore let us keep the Feast, in the Lord. Alleluia.
Reading 8: Amid these and other miracles, while the disciples were still troubled with fearful thoughts, the Lord manifested Himself in the midst of them, and said : Peace be unto you. And lest their reason should be deceived by the vain imaginations which lurked in their hearts, (for they thought that What they saw was a spirit, and not Flesh,) He rebuked thoughts so inconsistent with the truth; and pointed out to the eyes of the doubters the marks of crucifixion which still remained in His Hands and His Feet, and bade them handle Him more closely. Those open Wounds made by the nails and spear in His Body remain ever open to close the wounds in unbelievers' hearts : that we may hold, not with doubtful faith, but with most firm and absolute knowledge, that the Manhood Which lay in the grave is the Same Which now sitteth at the right hand of God the Father.
R. Maria Magdalene, et altera Maria ibant diluculo ad monumentum:* Jesum, quem quaeritis, non est hic: surrexit, sicut locutus est: praecedet vos in Galilaeam, ibi eum videbitis.
V. Et valde mane una sabbatorum veniunt ad monumentum orto jam sole: et introeuntes viderunt juvenem sedentem in dextris, qui dixit illis.
R. Jesum, quem quaeritis, non est hic: surrexit, sicut locutus est: praecedet vos in Galilaeam, ibi eum videbitis.
V: Gloria Patri...
R. Mary Magdalen and the other Mary went very early to the sepulchre. * That Jesus Whom ye seek, is not here; for He is risen, as He said He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him.
V. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre, at the rising of the sun; and, entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting upon the right side, who saith unto them
R. That Jesus Whom ye seek, is not here; for He is risen, as He said He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him.
V: Glory be...
R: That Jesus...
Nocturn III (St Gregory)
Reading 9: From the holy Gospel according to John - At that time : Jesus said unto the Pharisees : I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd giveth His life for His sheep. And so on.
Homily by Pope St Gregory - Dearly beloved brethren, ye have heard from the Holy Gospel what is at once your instruction, and our danger. Behold, how He Who, not by the varying gifts of nature, but of the very essence of His being, is Good, behold how He saith : I am the Good Shepherd. And then He saith what is the character of His goodness, even of that goodness of His which we must strive to copy : The Good Shepherd giveth His life for the Sheep. As He had foretold, even so did He; as He had commanded, so gave He example.
R. Christus resurgens ex mortuis iam non moritur, mors illi ultra non dominabitur quod enim mortuus est peccato, mortuus est semel * Quod autem vivit, vivit Deo, alleluia, alleluia
V. Mortuus est semel propter delicta nostra, et resurrexit propter iustificationem nostram.
R. Quod autem vivit, vivit Deo, alleluia, alleluia
R. Knowing that Christ rising again from the dead, dieth now no more, death shall no more have dominion over him. For in that he died to sin, he died once; * In that he liveth, he liveth unto God
V. He died once for our sins, and he rose for our justification
R. In that he liveth, he liveth unto God
Reading 10: The Good Shepherd gave His life for the sheep, and made His Own Body and His Own Blood to be our Sacramental Food, pasturing upon His Own Flesh the sheep whom He had bought. He, by despising death, hath shown us how to do the like; He hath set before us the mould wherein it behoveth us to be cast.
R. Surrexit pastor bonus, qui animam suam posuit pro ovibus suis, et pro grege suo mori dignatus est:* Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
V. Etenim Pascha nostrum immolatus est Christus.
R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
R. The Good Shepherd, Who laid down His life for the sheep, yea, Who was contented even to die for His flock, the Good Shepherd is risen again.* Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
V. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
R. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Reading 11: Our first duty is, freely and tenderly to spend our outward things for His sheep, but lastly, if need be, to serve the same by our death also. From the light offering of the first, we go on to the stern offering of the last, and, if we be ready to give our life for the sheep, why should we scruple to give our substance, seeing how much more is the life than meat?
R. Tulerunt Dominum meum, et nescio ubi posuerunt eum. Dicunt ei Angeli: Mulier quid ploras? surrexit, sicut dixit:* Praecedet vos in Galilaeam, ibi eum videbitis.
V. Dum ergo fleret, inclinavit se, et prospexit in monumentum, et vidit duos Angelos in albis sedentes, qui dicunt ei.
R. Praecedet vos in Galilaeam, ibi eum videbitis.
R. They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him. The Angels say unto her Woman, why weepest thou? He is risen, as He said. * He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him. Alleluia Alleluia
V. And as she wept, she stooped down and looked into the Sepulchre, and saw two Angels in white, sitting; and they say unto her
R. He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him. Alleluia Alleluia
Reading 12: And some there be which love the things of this world better than they love the sheep; and such as they deserve no longer to be called shepherds. These are they of whom it is written : But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth. He is not a shepherd but an hireling which feedeth the Lord's sheep, not because he loveth their souls, but because he doth gain earthly wealth thereby. He that taketh a shepherd's place, but seeketh not gain of souls, that same is but an hireling; such an one is ever ready for creature comforts, he loveth his pre-eminence, he groweth sleek upon his income, and he liketh well to see men bow down to him.
R. Cum transisset sabbatum, Maria Magdalene, et Maria Jacobi, et Salome emerunt aromata, * Ut venientes ungerent Jesum, alleluia, alleluia.
V. Et valde mane una sabbatorum, veniunt ad monumentum, orto jam sole.
R. Ut venientes ungerent Jesum, alleluia, alleluia.
V: Gloria Patri
R. Ut venientes
R. When the Sabbath was passed, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices * That they might come and anoint Jesus. Alleluia, Alleluia.
V. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre, at the rising of the sun.
R. That they might come and anoint Jesus. Alleluia, Alleluia.
V. Glory be...
R. That they might come...
Gospel (St John 10:11-16):
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep. But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and flieth: and the wolf catcheth, and scattereth the sheep: And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me. As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep. And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.