From the Office of Matins:
V. Dóminus vobíscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Deus, qui Ecclésiam tuam ánnua quadragesimáli observatióne puríficas: præsta famíliæ tuæ; ut, quod a te obtinére abstinéndo nítitur, hoc bonis opéribus exsequátur.
Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
O God, You Who purify Your Church by the yearly Lenten observance, grant to Your household that what they strive to obtain from You by abstinence, they may achieve by good works.
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.
From the Office of Matins:
Lectio sancti Evangelii secundum Matthaeum.
In illo tempore: Ductus est Iesus in desertum a Spiritu, ut tentaretur a diabolo. Et cum ieiunasset quadraginta diebus et quadraginta noctibus, postea esuriit. Et reliqua.
Homilia sancti Gregorii Papae.
Homilia 16. in Evangelia
Dubitari a quibusdam solet, a quo spiritu sit Iesus ductus in desertum, propter hoc quod subditur: Assumpsit eum diabolus in sanctam civitatem: et rursum: Assumpsit eum in montem excelsum valde. Sed vere et absque ulla quaestione convenienter accipitur, ut a sancto Spiritu in desertum ductus credetur: ut illuc eum suus Spiritus duceret, ubi hunc ad tentandum malignus spiritus inveniret. Sed ecce, cum dicitur Deus homo vel in excelsum montem, vel in sanctam civitatem a diabolo assumptus, mens refugit credere, humanae hoc audire aures expavescunt. Qui tamen non esse incredibilia ista cognoscimus, si in illo et alia facta pensamus.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.
From the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
In that time Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. And so on.
Homily by Pope St Gregory the Great.
16 th on the Gospels.
Some persons are accustomed to question what Spirit it was of which Jesus was led up into the wilderness, on account of the words a little farther on Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city and again The devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain. But in truth, and without any searching, we may very fitly take it that we are to believe it was the Holy Ghost Who led Him up into the wilderness; His own Spirit led Him where the evil spirit found Him to tempt Him. When however it is said that He, God and man, was taken up by the devil either into an exceeding high mountain or into the holy city, the mind shrinketh from believing, and the ears of man tingle to hear it. Yet these things we know not to be incredible, when we consider certain other things concerning Him.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.