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Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints
[Mass 1, Ego autem]
of St Thomas the Apostle
VIGIL OF AN APOSTLE
INTROIT. Ego autem. Ps. 52
AS for me I am like a green olive tree in the house of
the Lord; by trust hath been in the tender mercy of my God: and
I will hope in thy Name for thy Saints like it well. Ps. ibid.
Why boastest thou thyself, thou tyrant: that thou canst do
mischief? V. Glory be.
Gloria in excelsis is not said.
GRANT,we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we who on this
day prevent the feast of thy holy Apostle Saint Thomas, may by
the devout observance of the same increase in godliness to the
attainment of everlasting salvation. Through.
¶ If this Collect have been already said in the Mass
or Commemoration of the Common of a Confessor Bishop, then in
place of it is said the Collect following.
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that as we do prevent
the festival of thy holy Apostle Saint Thomas so he may
implore thy mercy for us; that we being delivered from all our
iniquities, may likewise be defended against all adversities.
Then in accordance with the Rubrics, are said the COLLECTS
2 and 3 as assigned for Vigils, that is to say, the 2nd of St.
Mary and the 3rd for the Church, unless special Rubrics order
otherwise because of commemorations.
For the Epistle. Ecclesiasticus 44:22-45:5, 7
22 THE blessing of the Lord was upon the head of the righteous.
Therefore the Lord gave him an heritage; and divided his portion
among the twelve tribes.
1 And he found favour in the sight of all fleshy. And the Lord
magnified him so that his enemies stood in fear of him. By his
words he caused the wonders to cease:
2 he made him glorious in the sight of kings, and gave him a
commandment for his people, and shewed him his glory.
45:4 He sanctified him in his faithfulness and meekness, and
chose him out of all men.
5 He gave him commandments before his face, even the law of life
and knowledge, and exalted him.
7 An everlasting covenant he made with him: the Lord beautified
him with ornaments of righteousness: and clothed him with a robe
GRADUAL. Ps. 92. 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.
GOSPEL. St John 15:12-16
12 This is my commandment, That ye
love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his
life for his friends.
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth
not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all
things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained
you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit
should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in
my name, he may give it you.
OFFERTORY. Ps. 8. Thou hast crowned him with glory and worship:
and hast made him to have dominion of the works of thy hands,
O LORD, who didst exalt thy
blessed Saint Thomas to be numbered among thine Apostles:
grant that we thy people, who on this day, preventing his heavenly
birth, do offer unto thee these holy mysteries, may be assisted
by his intercession both in the making of our supplications before
thee, and in the obtaining of all that we desire. Through.
Other SECRETS, as indicated above.
COMMUNION. Ps. 21. His honour is great in thy salvation: glory
and great worship shalt thou lay upon him, O Lord.
WE beseech the, O Lord, mercifully to hear the prayers of thy
holy Apostle Thomas: that we may thereby obtain the pardon of
our sins and the healing gifts of everlasting life. Through.
Other POSTCOMMUNIONS, as indicated
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