St Norbert, Class III (June 6)

(Invitatory and hymn for a Confessor Bishop)

Reading: Norbert was born of most noble parents and, as a young man, studied the liberal arts. Then, while serving in the court of the Emperor himself, he spurned the seductions of the world and decided to enroll among the soldiers of the Church. After receiving holy orders he devoted himself entirely to preaching the word of God. He brought back innumerable heretics to the faith, sinners to penance, quarrellers to peace and concord. He retired to a desert place called Prémontré in the diocese of Laon; and there, with thirteen companions, he founded the Praemonstratensian Order, which spread in a marvelous way. Against his will, he was made Archbishop of Magdeburg, and constantly defended ecclesiastical discipline and especially celibacy. At the Council of Reims, he was a strong champion of Innocent II; and going to Rome with other bishops, he put an end to the schism of Pierleone. He fell asleep in the Lord at Magdeburg on the 6th day of June in the year of salvation 1134.

 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.  Gloria Patri...
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..
R: Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.

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