Rogation Monday readings

In the 1962 version of the Benedictine Office, the readings for this Monday are simply those of the feria - the short reading for Mondays in summer.

In older versions of the Office though, Rogation Monday was marked in the Office by Patristic readings on the Gospel used at the Mass of the day.

These readings go to the importance of the Divine Office, so are particularly important, and so I've set out the old readings here for devotional purposes.

Reading 1: Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Luke - At that time Jesus said unto His disciples Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him: Friend, lend me three loaves. And so on.

Homily by St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan - We gather from this commandment, among other things, that we ought to pray, not only by day, but also by night. Thou seest how that he which arose at midnight to ask three loaves of his friend, and endured in supplication, was not disappointed of that which he sought. Of what are these three loaves a figure, but of that our Mysterious Bread Which cometh down from heaven Thou seest that if thou lovest the Lord thy God, thou mayest win His bounty, not only for thyself, but for others likewise. And who can deserve more to be called our "Friend" than He Which gave His Own Body for us

R. Dicant nunc, qui redempti sunt, alleluia, * A Domino, alleluia, alleluia.
V. Quos redemit de manu inimici, et de regionibus congregavit eos.
R. A Domino, alleluia, alleluia.
V Gloria Patri
R: A Domino, alleluia, alleluia.

R. Let now the redeemed of the Lord, Alleluia.
* Say, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
V. Let them whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy, and gathered them out of the lands.
R. Say, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
V Glory be…
R. Say, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Reading 2: From this Friend it was that David asked bread at midnight, and received it, as he saith "At midnight I rise to give thanks unto thee."  Even thus did he obtain those loaves of spiritual nourishment which he still setteth before us for our refreshment. How he asked it, we know from that he saith " Every night wash I my bed." He knew that there was no fear of waking Him Who sleepeth not.  Therefore let us keep in mind the things which are written for our learning, and be instant in prayer both by day and by night, to ask pardon of our sins.

R. Cantate Domino, alleluia: * Psalmum dicite ei, alleluia.
V. Afferte Domino gloriam et honorem, afferte Domino gloriam nomini ejus.
R. Psalmum dicite ei, alleluia.
V: Gloria patri...
R. Psalmum dicite ei, alleluia.
R. O sing unto the Lord. Alleluia. * Sing unto Him. Alleluia.
V. Give unto the Lord glory and honour, give unto the Lord the glory due unto His Name.
R. Sing unto Him. Alleluia.
V Glory be…
R. Sing unto Him. Alleluia.

Reading 3: If David, who was such a Saint, and whose time was so taken up by the cares of a kingdom, praised the Lord seven times a day, and was always present with godly zeal at the morning and evening sacrifice, what ought we to do, (who have so much the more need to pray, as the weakness of our body and mind doth so much oftener make us to fall, ) that we, wearied with this pilgrimage, and worn out by the gradual waning of our earthly day, and the changes of life, that we, I say, may not be starved of that life-giving Bread Which strengtheneth man's heart. The Lord teacheth us to be watchful, all of us, and that, not at midnight only, but always. "And if He shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so blessed are those servants whom the Lord, when He cometh, shall find: watching." 

R.  fratribus meis, alleluia:* In medio Ecclesiae laudabo te, alleluia, alleluia.
V. Confitebor tibi in populis Domine, et psalmum dicam tibi in Gentibus.
R. In medio Ecclesiae laudabo te, alleluia, alleluia.
V. Gloria Patri...
R. In medio Ecclesiae laudabo te, alleluia, alleluia.
R. I will declare thy Name unto my brethren Alleluia.* In the midst of the congregation will I praise thee Alleluia, Alleluia.
V. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people, and sing unto thee among the nations.
R. In the midst of the congregation will I praise thee Alleluia, Alleluia.
V. Glory be...
R. In the midst of the congregation will I praise thee Alleluia, Alleluia.

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