JAMES THE GREATER, APOSTLE
July 25



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TERCE


Terce (Mid Morning)
Deus in adjutorium meum intende,
Domine ad adjuvandum me festina

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us.
Agios o theos, agios ischyros, agios athanatos,
eleison imas.
Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortális,
miserére nobis.
Amen.


Psalms

Antiphon:
Go forth and proclaim the good news of the kingdom; and freely share with others what God has given you.


1
When I was in trouble, I called to the LORD; *
     I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
2
Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips *
     and from the deceitful tongue.
3
What shall be done to you, and what more besides, *
     O you deceitful tongue?
4
The sharpened arrows of a warrior, *
     along with hot glowing coals.
5
How hateful it is that I must lodge in Meshech *
     and dwell among the tents of Kedar!
6
Too long have I had to live *
     among the enemies of peace.
7
I am on the side of peace, *
     but when I speak of it, they are for war.

1
I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
     from where is my help to come?
2
My help comes from the LORD, *
     the maker of heaven and earth.
3
He will not let your foot be moved *
     and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
4
Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
     shall neither slumber nor sleep;
5
The LORD himself watches over you; *
     the LORD is your shade at your right hand,
6
So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
     nor the moon by night.
7
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; *
     it is he who shall keep you safe.
8
The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, *
     from this time forth for evermore.
1
I was glad when they said to me, *
     "Let us go to the house of the LORD."
2
Now our feet are standing *
     within your gates, O Jerusalem.
3
Jerusalem is built as a city *
     that is at unity with itself;
4
To which the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD, *
     the assembly of Israel,
     to praise the Name of the LORD.
5
For there are the thrones of judgment, *
     the thrones of the house of David.
6
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: *
     "May they prosper who love you.
7
Peace be within your walls *
     and quietness within your towers.
8
For my brethren and companions' sake, *
     I pray for your prosperity.
9
Because of the house of the LORD our God, *
     I will seek to do you good."
Antiphon:
Go forth and proclaim the good news of the kingdom; and freely share with others what God has given you.


READING          2 Cor. 5:19-20
God has entrusted to us the news of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were appealing through us, and the appeal that we make in Christ's name is: be reconciled to God.


Their voice has gone out to the limits of the earth.
    - Their words to the ends of the world.


COLLECT
Almighty ever-living God,
who consecrated the first fruits of your Apostles
by the blood of Saint James,
grant, we pray,
that your Church may be strengthened by his confession of faith
and constantly sustained by his protection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


Let us praise the Lord.
- And give him thanks.

SEXT


Deus in adjutorium meum intende,
Domine ad adjuvandum me festina

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us.
Agios o theos, agios ischyros, agios athanatos,
eleison imas.
Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortális,
miserére nobis.


Antiphon
Know that I am with you always, even until the end of the world.

1
To you I lift up my eyes, *
     to you enthroned in the heavens.
2
As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, *
     and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
3
So our eyes look to the LORD our God, *
     until he show us his mercy.
4
Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy, *
     for we have had more than enough of contempt,
5
Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, *
     and of the derision of the proud.
1
If the LORD had not been on our side, *
     let Israel now say;
2
If the LORD had not been on our side, *
     when enemies rose up against us;
3
Then would they have swallowed us up alive *
     in their fierce anger toward us;
4
Then would the waters have overwhelmed us *
     and the torrent gone over us;
5
Then would the raging waters *
     have gone right over us.
6
Blessed be the LORD! *
     he has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.
7
We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; *
     the snare is broken, and we have escaped.
8
Our help is in the Name of the LORD, *
     the maker of heaven and earth.
1
Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, *
     which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
2
The hills stand about Jerusalem; *
     so does the LORD stand round about his people,
     from this time forth for evermore.
3
The scepter of the wicked shall not hold sway over the land allotted to
                                the just, *
     so that the just shall not put their hands to evil.
4
Show your goodness, O LORD, to those who are good *
     and to those who are true of heart.
5
As for those who turn aside to crooked ways,
the LORD will lead them away with the evildoers; *
     but peace be upon Israel.

Antiphon
Know that I am with you always, even until the end of the world.


RESPONSORY           John 15:15; Matthew 13:11, 16
I no longer call you servants, but my friends,
– for I have shared with you everything
I have heard from my Father.

The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven have been revealed to you;
blessed are your eyes because they see
and your ears because they hear.
– For I have shared with you everything
I have heard from my Father.


READING          Acts 5:12a,14
Through the hands of the apostles, many signs and wonders occurred among the people. Nevertheless, more and more believers, men and women in great numbers, were continually added to the Lord.


The Apostles held fast to Christ's message.
     - They kept the precepts he gave them.


SECOND READING

From a homily on Matthew by Saint John Chrysostom , bishop
(Hom. 65,2-4: PL 58, 619-627)

Sharers in the suffering of Chris

The sons of Zebedee press Christ: "Promise that one may sit at your right side and the other at your left." What does he do? He wants to show them that it is not a spiritual gift for which they are asking, and that if they knew what their request involved, they would never dare make it. So he says: "You do not know what you are asking," that is, what a great and splendid thing it is and how much beyond the reach even of the heavenly powers. Then he continues: "Can you drink the cup which I must drink and be baptised with the baptism which I must undergo?" He is saying: “You talk of sharing honours and rewards with me, but I must talk of struggle and toil. Now is not the time for rewards or the time for my glory to be revealed. Earthly life is the time for bloodshed, war and danger”.

Consider how by his manner of questioning he exhorts and draws them. He does not say: “Can you face being slaughtered? Can you shed your blood?” How does he put his question? "Can you drink the cup?" Then he makes it attractive by adding: "which I must drink," so that the prospect of sharing it with him may make them more eager. He also calls his suffering a baptism, to show that it will effect a great cleansing of the entire world. The disciples answer him: "We can!" Fervour makes them answer promptly, though they really do not know what they are saying but still think they will receive what they ask for.

How does Christ reply? "You will indeed drink my cup and be baptised with my baptism." He is really prophesying a great blessing for them, since he is telling them: “You will be found worthy of martyrdom; you will suffer what I suffer and end your life with a violent death, thus sharing all with me. "But seats at my right and left are not mine to give; they belong to those for whom the Father has prepared them."” Thus, after lifting their minds to higher goals and preparing them to meet and overcome all that will make them desolate, he sets them straight on their request.

"Then the other ten became angry at the two brothers." See how imperfect they all are: the two who tried to get ahead of the other ten, and the ten who were jealous of the two! But, as I said before, show them to me at a later date in their lives, and you will see that all these impulses and feelings have disappeared. Read how John, the very man who here asks for the first place, will always yield to Peter when it comes to preaching and performing miracles in the Acts of the Apostles. James, for his part, was not to live very much longer; for from the beginning he was inspired by great fervour and, setting aside all purely human goals, rose to such splendid heights that he straightway suffered martyrdom.


RESPONSORY
These men while on earth founded the Church of Christ with their own blood.
- They drank the cup of the Lord.
and became the friends of God.

Their voice has gone out to the limits of the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
- They drank the cup of the Lord.
and became the friends of God.


COLLECT
Almighty ever-living God,
who consecrated the first fruits of your Apostles
by the blood of Saint James,
grant, we pray,
that your Church may be strengthened by his confession of faith
and constantly sustained by his protection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


Let us praise the Lord.
- And give him thanks.


NONES

Deus in adjutorium meum intende,
Domine ad adjuvandum me festina

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us.
Agios o theos, agios ischyros, agios athanatos,
eleison imas.
Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortális,
miserére nobis.


Psalms

Antiphon
By your trusting acceptance of trials, you will gain true life.


1
When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, *
     then were we like those who dream.
2
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
     and our tongue with shouts of joy.
3
Then they said among the nations, *
     "The LORD has done great things for them."
4
The LORD has done great things for us, *
     and we are glad indeed.
5
Restore our fortunes, O LORD, *
     like the watercourses of the Negev.
6
Those who sowed with tears *
     will reap with songs of joy.
7
Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
     will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
1
Unless the LORD builds the house, *
     their labor is in vain who build it.
2
Unless the LORD watches over the city, *
     in vain the watchman keeps his vigil.
3
It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; *
     vain, too, to eat the bread of toil,
     for he gives to his beloved sleep.
4
Children are a heritage from the LORD, *
     and the fruit of the womb is a gift.
5
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior *
     are the children of one's youth.
6
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them! *
     he shall not be put to shame
     when he contends with his enemies in the gate.
1
Happy are they all who fear the LORD, *
     and who follow in his ways!
2
You shall eat the fruit of your labor; *
     happiness and prosperity shall be yours.
3
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, *
     your children like olive shoots round about your table.
4
The man who fears the LORD *
     shall thus indeed be blessed.
5
The LORD bless you from Zion, *
     and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of
                                your life.
6
May you live to see your children's children; *
     may peace be upon Israel.
Antiphon
By your trusting acceptance of trials, you will gain true life.


READING          Acts 5:41-42
The apostles left the presence of the Sanhedrin glad to have had the honour of suffering humiliation for the sake of the name. They preached every day both in the Temple and in private houses, and their proclamation of the Good News of Christ Jesus was never interrupted.


Rejoice and be glad says the Lord,
    - for your names are written in heaven.


COLLECT
Almighty ever-living God,
who consecrated the first fruits of your Apostles
by the blood of Saint James,
grant, we pray,
that your Church may be strengthened by his confession of faith
and constantly sustained by his protection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


Let us praise the Lord.
- And give him thanks.




 
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