Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

St Matthias the Apostle

Double of II Class

¶ Today, in Lent, after Terce a Conventual Mass is said of te Feasst in Choir; after None a Mass of the Feria issaid out of Choir. Private Masses of the Feria are forbidden.

INTROIT. Mihi autem nimis. Ps. 139
RIGHT dear are thy friend unto me, O God, and held in highest honour: their rule ad governance is exceeding stedfast. Ps. ibid. Lord thou hast searched me and know2n me: thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising. V. Glory be.

O ALMIGHTY GOD, who into the place of the traitor Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles: graqnt that thy Church, being always preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors. 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 Matthias so he may implore thy mercy for us; that we being delivered from all our iniquities, may likewise be defended against all adversities. Through.

Commemoration of the Feria, if in Lent, in non-Conventual Masses.

Epistle. Acts 1:15-26
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishopric let another take.
21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, show whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

GRADUAL.  Ps. 139. Right dear are thy friends, O God, and held in ighest honour: their rule and governance is exceeding stedfast. V. If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand of the sea.

TRACT. Ps. 21. Thou has given him his heart's desire: and hast not denied him the request of his lips. V. For thou shalt prevent him with the blessings of goodness. V. And shalt set a crown of pure gold upon his head.

GOSPEL. St Matthew 11:25-31
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. The Creed is said.

OFFERTORY. Ps. 45. Thoushalt make them princes in all lands: they shall remember thy Name, O Lord, from one generation to another.

WE pray thee, O Lord, that we who here present oursacrifice unto thee, to be sanctified to the glory of thy holy Name, may in such wise be holpen by the intercession of thy blessed Ap;ostle Matthias: that we may be thereby cleansed rom all our iniquities, and likedefended against all adversities. Through.

PREFACE of the Apostles.

COMMUNION. St Matt. 19.28. Ye which have followed me shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

GRANT, we beseec h thee, Almighty God: that by the power of this holy Sacrament which we have here received, we may, at the intercession of thy holy Apostle Matthias, obtain of thy mercy pardon and peace. Through.

And the Last Gospel of the Feria, in accordance with the rubrics.

¶ In Votive Masses before Septuagesima or after Pentecost, the Tract is omitted, and after the Gradual is said:

Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ps. 32. Rejloice in the Lord, O ye righteous, for it becometh well the just to be thankful. Alleluia.

¶ In Eastertide, the Introit, Alleluia with its verse after the Ep;istle, the Offertory, and the Communion are taken from Mass 9, Protexisti, from Common; the rest is said as above.



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