From the pre-1911 Monastic Office as translated by the (late) Fr. Jack Whitbrock
(From a Homily by St. Augustine)
HERE you have the meaning of the words, If any man serve me, let him follow me. But with what result? what wages? what reward? And where I am, he says, there shall also my servant be. Let him be; freely loved, that so the reward of the service done may be, to be with him. For where will one be well, apart from him, or when will one be able to be unhappy, in his company? Hear it still more plainly: If any man serve me, him will my Father honour. And what will be the honour, but to be with his Son? For of what he said before, Where I am, there shall also my servant be, we may understand as giving the explanation, when he says here, Him will my Father honour. For what greater can await an adopted son than to be with the Only-begotten; not, indeed, made equal to his divinity, but made a partaker of his eternity?
~ I Nocturn, lesson ii.
Before the 1911 Reforms in the Church of Rome there was no such thing as a Simple Octave. The Octave of St. Laurence was a Semidouble. St. Clare – though present in the MBM – was not present in the latest Sarum Kalendar before the Protestant Reformation in England. It seemed fitting that a reminder of the ancient feast and the ancient octave of the feast be given today.
In the lesson above St. Augustine beautifully expresses what deification is all about. As adopted sons of the Father of Jesus Christ, we will never be “consubstantial” with the Father. We will, however, be “partakers” (participants) of that very Eternity which units Father and Son! This truth could certainly sustain Christians who also risk their lives simply by being Christian. It should also sustain us, though we do not suffer martyrdom, that suffer an increasing isolation, alienation, and discrimination in our “free world” simply for being a Christian.
Fr. Gregory Wassen