Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Beheading of Saint John Baptist


INTROIT. Loguebar. Ps. 119
I WILL speak of thy testimonies also even before kings, and will not be ashamed: and my delight shall be in thy commandments, which I have loved exceedingly. Ps. 92. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord: and to sing praises unto thy Name, O most highest. V. Glory be.

The Collect.
WE PRAY thee, O Lord, that this solemn festival of John Baptist thy blessed Forerunner and Martyr: may effectually bestow upon us thy succour, to the attainment of everlasting salvation. Who livest and reignest with the Father.

The Epistle. Jeremiah 1:17-19
17 In those days: the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.
18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.
19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.

GRADUAL. Ps. 19. The righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree: and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus in the house of the Lord. V. To tell of thy loving-kindness in the morning, and of thy truth in the night-season.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Hosea 14. The righteous shall grow as the lily: and flourish for ever before the Lord. Alleluia.

The Gospel. St Mark 6:17-29
17 At that time: Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her.
18 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.
19 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not:
20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
21 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;
22 And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.
23 And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.
24 And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.
25 And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.
26 And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.
27 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
28 And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother.
29 And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

OFFERTORY. Ps. 21. The righteous shall rejoice in thy strength, O Lord: exceeding glad shall he be of thy salvation: thou hast given him his heart's desire.

WE pray thee, O Lord, that the gifts which we offer unto thee for the remembrance of the passion of thy blessed Martyr John Baptist: may, by his intercession, be rendered profitable unto us for our salvation. Through.

COMMUNION. Ps. 21. Thou hast set a crown of pure gold upon his head, O Lord.

WE pray thee, O Lord, that the observance of this festival of blessed John the Baptist: may enable us to venerate aright the meaning of the wondrous sacraments which we have received; and to rejoice abundantly in the fruits that they bring forth in us. Through.



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