Tuesday in the 4th Week of Lent

Note the parts that are repeated daily are in the Ash Wednesday Liturgy.

Today’s Station: San Lorenzo in Damaso


INTROIT: Psalm 54: 2-3
Hear, O God, my prayer, and despise not my supplication: Be attentive to me and hear me. I am grieved in my exercise; and am troubled ; V. At the voice of the enemy, and at the tribulation of the sinner. For they have cast iniquities upon me: and in wrath they were troublesome to me. v. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

We beseech Thee, O Lord, that the fasts of this holy observance may procure for us an increase of piety and the continual help of Thy mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen

EPISTLE: Exodus 32: 7-14
In those days the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Go, get thee down: thy people, which thou hast brought out of the land of Egypt, hath sinned. They have quickly strayed from the way which thou didst shew them: and they have made to themselves a molten calf, and have adored it, and sacrificing victims to it, have said: These are thy gods, O Israel, that have brought thee out of the land of Egypt. And again the Lord said to Moses: I see that this people is stiffnecked: Let me alone, that my wrath may be kindled against them, and that I may destroy them, and I will make of thee a great nation. But Moses besought the Lord his God, saying: Why, O Lord, is thy indignation enkindled against thy people, whom thou hast brought out of the land of Egypt, with great power, and with a mighty hand? Let not the Egyptians say, I beseech Thee: He craftily brought them out, that He might kill them in the mountains, and destroy them from the earth: let Thy anger cease, and be appeased upon the wickedness of Thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Thy servants, to whom Thou sworest by Thy own self, saying: I will multiply your seed as the stars of Heaven: and this whole land that I have spoken of, I will give to your seed, and you shall possess it for ever: And the Lord was appeased from doing the evil which He had spoken against His people.

GRADUAL: Psalm 43: 26, 2
Arise, O Lord, help us and redeem us for thy name’s sake. (Psalm 43: 2). We have heard, O God, with our ears: our fathers have declared to us, The work thou hast wrought in their days, and in the days of old.

GOSPEL: John 7: 14-31
At that time about the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught. And the Jews wondered, saying: How doth this man know letters, having never learned? 16 Jesus answered them and said: “My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me. If any man will do the will of Him, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh the glory of Him that sent him, he is true and there is no injustice in him. Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why seek you to kill Me?” The multitude answered and said: Thou hast a devil. Who seeketh to kill Thee? Jesus answered and said to them: “One work I have done: and you all wonder. Therefore, Moses gave you circumcision (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers): and on the sabbath day you circumcise a man. If a man receive circumcision on the sabbath day, that the law of Moses may not be broken: are you angry at Me, because I have healed the whole man on the sabbath day? Judge not according to the appearance: but judge just judgment.” Some therefore of Jerusalem said: Is not this he whom they seek to kill? And behold, he speaketh openly: and they say nothing to Him. Have the rulers known for a truth that this is the Christ? But we know this man, whence He is: but when the Christ cometh, no man knoweth, whence He is. Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying: “You both know Me, and you know whence I am. And I am not come of Myself: but He that sent Me is true, Whom you know not. I know Him, because I am from Him: and He hath sent Me.” They sought therefore to apprehend Him: and no man laid hands on Him, because His hour was not yet come. But of the people many believed in Him and said: When the Christ cometh, shall He do more miracles than this man doth?

A Homily on the Gospel Passage From Matins for the Day
by St. Augustine the Bishop

Jesus, who had gone up unto the feast, as it is written : Not openly, but as it were in secret : now began to teach and speak openly, and no man laid hands upon him. When he hid himself, it was an example unto us, but when he manifested himself openly, it was a sign of his power. Be that as it may, when he taught, the Jews marvelled. I suppose that they marvelled, one and all. Yet not all of them were converted. And wherefore did they marvel? Because many of them knew where he was born, and how he was brought up, and they had never seen him learn letters. But they heard him dispute concerning the Law, and bring forth proofs from the same, as no man could do who had not read it. And no man can read unless he learn his letters, and therefore they marvelled. But their marvelling served the Master as an occasion for imparting a deeper truth unto them.

Yea, their marvelling and their whispering gave the Lord an occasion to utter a certain deep thing, a thing worthy of very careful thought and discussion. Now what was this thing? It was that which the Lord gave for an answer to such as marvelled that he knew letters, having never learned : Jesus answered them, and said : My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. Here is the first depth, for he seemeth even in these few words to put forth contraries. He saith not : This doctrine is not mine, but : My doctrine is not mine. If it be not thine, O Lord, wherefore dost thou call it thine? On the other hand, if it be thine, wherefore sayest thou that it is not thine? For thou sayest both things, to wit : My doctrine : and : Not mine.

Let them give careful heed to what this same holy Evangelist saith in the prologue of his Gospel, and we shall find there the solution of this difficulty, to wit : In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Mark how he said that this doctrine is the doctrine of the Father that sent him. And what is the doctrine of the Father but the Word of the Father? If Christ therefore be the Word of the Father, he is the doctrine of the Father. But a word cannot be of no one, but must needs, if it be a word, have someone whose word it is. Christ, therefore, saith that his doctrine is himself, and therefore not his, forasmuch as he is the Word of the Father. What hast thou that is so much thine own as thyself? Or what is there that is so little thine own as thyself, if that which thou art is another’s?

OFFERTORY: Psalm 39: 2-4
With expectation I have waited for the Lord, and he was attentive to me. And he heard my prayers, and brought me out of the pit of misery and the mire of dregs. And he set my feet upon a rock, and directed my steps. And he put a new canticle into my mouth, a song to our God. Many shall see, and shall fear: and they shall hope in the Lord.

May this victim, we beseech Thee, o Lord, cleanse away our sins : and sanctify the bodies and minds of Thy servants, that we may offer worthily this sacrifice. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen

COMMUNION: Psalm 19: 6
We will rejoice in thy salvation; and in the name of our God we shall be exalted

May the reception of this sacrament, O Lord, cleanse us from sin and lead us to the heavenly kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen

Have mercy, O Lord, on Thy people, and mercifully grant them relief, who labor amidst continual tribulations. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen

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