Ex ore infántium, Deus, et lacténtium perfecísti laudem propter inimicos tuos. Ps. Dómine, Dóminus noster: quam admirábile est nomen tuum in univérsa terra!
Out of the mouths of babes and of sucklings, O God, You have fashioned praise because of Your foes. Ps. O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is Your name over all the earth!
Deus, cuius hodierna die præcónium Innocéntes Mártyres non loquéndo, sed moriéndo conféssi sunt: ómnia in nobis vitiórum mala mortífica; ut fidem tuam, quam lingua nostra lóquitur, étiam móribus vita fateátur. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.
O God, Whose praise the Innocents, Your martyrs, this day proclaimed, not by speaking, but by dying, put to death in us all the wickedness of sin, so that Your faith which our tongue professes may be proclaimed also by our life. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
(Apoc 14:1-5) In diébus illis: Vidi supra montem Sion Agnum stantem, et cum eo centum quadragínta quatuor mília, habéntes nomen ejus, et nomen Patris ejus scriptum in fróntibus suis. Et audívi vocem de coelo, tamquam vocem aquárum multárum, et tamquam vocem tonítrui magni: et vocem, quam audívi, sicut citharoerórum citharizántium in cítharis suis. Et cantábant quasi cánticum novum ante sedem, et ante quátuor animália, et senióres: et nemo póterat dícere cánticum, nisi illa centum quadragínta quátuor mília, qui empti sunt de terra. Hi sunt, qui cum muliéribus non sunt coinquináti: vírgines enim sunt. Hi sequúntur Agnum, quocúmque íerit. Hi empti sunt ex homínibus primítiæ Deo, et Agno: et in ore eórum non est invéntum mendácium: sine mácula enim sunt ante thronum Dei.
(Apoc 14:1-5) In those days, I saw the Lamb standing upon Mount Sion, and with Him a hundred and forty-four thousand having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven like a voice of many waters, and like a voice of loud thunder; and the voice that I heard was as of harpers playing on their harps. And they were singing as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except those hundred and forty-four thousand, who have been purchased from the earth. These are they who were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were purchased from among men, first-fruits unto God and unto the Lamb, and in their mouth there was found no lie; they are without blemish before the throne of God.
Anima nostra, sicut passer, erépta est de láqueo venántium. V. Láqueus contrítus est, et nos liberáti sumus: adjutórium nostrum in nómine Dómini, qui fecit coelum et terram.
We were rescued like a bird from the fowlers’ snare. V. Broken was the snare, and we were freed. Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
Alleluia, alleluia. Laudáte, púeri, Dóminum, laudáte nomen Dómini. Allelúia.
Alleluia, alleluia. Praise the Lord, you children, praise the name of the Lord. Alleluia.
(Matt 2:13-18) In illo témpore: Angelus Dómini appáruit in somnis Joseph, dicens: Surge, et áccipe Púerum et Matrem ejus, et fuge in Ægýptum, et esto ibi, usque dum dicam tibi. Futúrum est enim, ut Heródes quærat Púerum ad perdéndum eum. Qui consúrgens accépit Púerum et Matrem ejus nocte, et secéssit in Ægýptum: et erat ibi usque ad óbitum Heródis: ut adimplerétur quod dictum est a Dómino per Prophétam dicéntem: Ex Ægýpto vocávi Fílium meum. Tunc Heródes videns, quóniam illúsus esset a Magis, irátus est valde, et mittens occídit omnes púeros, qui erant in Béthlehem et in ómnibus fínibus ejus, a bimátu et infra, secúndum tempus, quod exquisíerat a Magis. Tunc adimplétum est, quod dictum est per Jeremíam Prophetam dicéntem: Vox in Rama audíta est, plorátus et ululátus multus: Rachel plorans fílios suos, et nóluit consolári, quia non sunt.
(Matt 2:13-18) At that time, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph, saying, Arise, and take the Child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and remain there until I tell you. For Herod will seek the Child to destroy Him. So he arose, and took the Child and His mother by night, and withdrew into Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod; that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, Out of Egypt I called My Son. Then Herod, seeing that he had been tricked by the Magi, was exceedingly angry; and he sent and slew all the boys in Bethlehem and all its neighborhood who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had carefully ascertained from the Magi. Then was fulfilled what was spoken through Jeremias the prophet. A voice was heard in Rama, weeping and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted, because they are no more.
Anima nostra, sicut passer, erépta est de láqueo venántium: láqueus contrítus est, et nos liberáti sumus.
We were rescued like a bird from the fowlers’ snare. Broken was the snare and we were freed.
Sanctórum tuórum, Dómine, nobis pia non desit orátio: quæ et múnera nostra concíliet, et tuam nobis indulgéntiam semper obtíneat. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.
Let not the gracious prayer of Your saints fail us, O Lord, but may it make our offerings acceptable to You and obtain for us Your mercy. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
Vox in Rama audíta est, plorátus, et ululátus: Rachel plorans fílios suos, et nóluit consolári, quia non sunt.
A voice was heard in Rama, weeping and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted, because they are no more.
Votíva, Dómine, dona percépimus: quæ Sanctórum nobis précibus, et præséntis, quǽsumus, vitæ páriter et ætérnæ tríbue conférre subsídium. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.
We have partaken, O Lord, of the dedicated gifts: may they, we beseech You, help us through the intercession of Your saints both for this life and life eternal. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
Texts courtesy of The Divinum Officium Project.