Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Saint Lucy, Virgin & Martyr


INTROIT. Delexisti. Ps. 45.
THOU hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity: therefore God even thy God hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows (Alleluia, alleluia). Ps. ibid. My heart is inditing of a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made unto the King. V. Glory be.

GRACIOUSLY hear us, O God of our salvation: that, like as we do rejoice in the festival of blessed Lucy thy holy Virgin; so we may learn to follow her in all godly and devout affections. [Through]

The Epistle. 2 Corinthians 10:17-11:2
17 BRETHREN: he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

GRADUAL. Ps. 45. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity. V. Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ibid. Full of grace are thy lips: because God hath blessed thee for ever, and world without end. Alleluia.

The Gospel. St Matthew 13:44-52
44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

OFFERTORY. Ps. 45. The virgins that be her fellows shall bear her company: they shall be brought unto thee with joy and gladness; and shall enter into the king's palace.

GRANT, O Lord, we pray thee, that like as we thy faithful people do acknowledge that in the time of our tribulation we have been succoured by the merits of thy Saints: so this oblation, which we here do offer and present unto thee in their honour, may be acceptable in thy sight. Through.

COMMUNION. Ps. 119. Princes have persecuted me without a cause, but my heart standeth in awe of thy word: I am as glad of thy word as one that findeth great spoils.

O LORD, who hast vouchsafed to feed us thy household with thy heavenly gifts: mercifully grant that we, who celebrate the feast of blessed Saint Lucy, thy Virgin, may at all times be comforted by her intercession. Through.



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