Wednesday, 06 June 2012
St Norbert, bishop and confessor
Book of Sirach 44,16-27.45,3-20.
Henoch pleased God, and was translated into paradise, that he may give repentance to the nations.
Noe was found perfect, just, and in the time of wrath he was made a reconciliation.
Therefore was there a remnant left to the earth, when the flood came.
The covenants of the world were made with him, that all flesh should no more be destroyed with the flood.
Abraham was the great father of a multitude of nations, and there was not found the like to him in glory, who kept the law of the most High, and was in covenant with him.
In his flesh he established the covenant, and in temptation he was found faithful.
Therefore by an oath he gave him glory in his posterity, that he should increase as the dust of the earth,
And that he would exalt his seed as the stars, and they should inherit from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.
And he did in like manner with Isaac for the sake of Abraham his father.
The Lord gave him the blessing of all nations, and confirmed his covenant upon the head of Jacob.
He acknowledged him in his blessings, and gave him an inheritance, and divided him his portion in twelve tribes.
And he preserved for him men of mercy, that found grace in the eyes of all flesh.
He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him commandments in the sight of his people, and shewed him his glory.
He sanctified him in his faith, and meekness, and chose him out of all flesh.
For he heard him, and his voice, and brought him into a cloud.
And he gave him commandments before his face, and a law of life and instruction, that he might teach Jacob his covenant, and Israel his judgments.
He exalted Aaron his brother, and like to himself of the tribe of Levi:
He made an everlasting covenant with him, and gave him the priesthood of the nation, and made him blessed in glory,
And he girded him about with a glorious girdle, and clothed him with a robe of glory, and crowned him with majestic attire.
He put upon him a garment to the feet, and breeches, and an ephod, and he compassed him with many little bells of gold all round about,
That as he went there might be a sound, and a noise made that might be heard in the temple, for a memorial to the children of his people.
He gave him a holy robe of gold, and blue, and purple, a woven work of a wise man, endued with judgment and truth:
Of twisted scarlet the work of an artist, with precious stones cut and set in gold, and graven by the work of a lapidary for a memorial, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.
And a crown of gold upon his mitre wherein was engraved Holiness, an ornament of honour: a work of power, and delightful to the eyes for its beauty.
Before him there were none so beautiful, even from the beginning.
No stranger was ever clothed with them, but only his children alone, and his grandchildren for ever.
His sacrifices were consumed with fire every day.
Moses filled his hands and anointed him with holy oil.
This was made to him for an everlasting testament, and to his seed as the days of heaven, to execute the office of the priesthood, and to have praise, and to glorify his people in his name.
He chose him out of all men living, to offer sacrifice to God, incense, and a good savour, for a memorial to make reconciliation for his people:
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 25,14-23.
At that time, Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: For even as a man going into a far country called his servants and delivered to them his goods;
And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey.
And he that had received the five talents went his way and traded with the same and gained other five.
And in like manner he that had received the two gained other two.
But he that had received the one, going his way, digged into the earth and hid his lord's money.
But after a long time the lord of those servants came and reckoned with them.
And he that had received the five talents coming, brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou didst deliver to me five talents. Behold I have gained other five over and above.
His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
And he also that had received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst two talents to me. Behold I have gained other two.
His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.