Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Mass 12, Sacerdotes tui

INTROIT. Sacerdotes tui. Ps 132.
LET thy priests be clothed with righteousness, and let thy Saints sing with joyfulness: for thy servant David's sake, turn not away the presence of thine Anointed (alleluia, alleluia). Ps. ibid. Lord, remember David: and all his trouble. V. Glory be.

O GOD, who didst strengthen thy blessed Confessor and Bishop Saint Cyril, invincibly to maintain the divine motherhood of the blessed Virgin Mary: vouchsafe that at his intercession we, believing her to be indeed the Mother of God; may as her children rejoice in her protection. [Through]

EPSTLE. Ecclesiasticus 39:5-10
5. The righteous will give his heart to resort early to the LORD that made him, and will pray before the Most High, and will open his mouth in prayer, and make supplication for his sins.
6 When the great Lord will, he shall be filled with the spirit of understanding: he shall pour out wise sentences, and give thanks unto the Lord in his prayer.
7 He shall direct his counsel and knowledge, and in his secrets shall he meditate.
8 He shall shew forth that which he hath learned, and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord.
9 Many shall commend his understanding; and so long as the world endureth, it shall not be blotted out: his memorial shall not depart away, and his Name shall live from generation to generation.
10 Nations shall shew forth his wisdom, and the congregation shall declare his praise.

GRADUAL. Ps. 132. I will deck her priests with health: and her Saints shall rejoice and sing. V. There shall I make the horn of David to flourish: I have ordained a lantern for mine Anointed.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ps. 110. The Lord sware and will not repent: thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedech. l Alleluia.

After Septuagesima, instead of the Alleluia, and verse following, is said:

TRACT. Ps. 112. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he hath great delight in his commandments. V. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the faithful shall be blessed. V. Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

In Eastertide, instead off the Gradual, is said:

Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ps. 110. The Lord sware and will not repent: thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedech. Alleluia. V. Ecclus. 45. The Lord loved him and adorned him: he clothed him with a robe of glory. Alleluia.

GOPEL. St Matthew 5:13-20
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

ALMIGHTY GOD, look down in mercy upon these our offerings: and grant that we may be found worthy to receive within our hearts thine only-begotten Son, co-eternal with thee in thy glory, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Who liveth and reigneth with Thee.

St. Matthew 24. Blessed is that servant whom his lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall make him ruler over all his goods (alleluia).

O LORD, who hast refreshed us with these heavenly mysteries: we humbly beseech thee; that by the merits and example of blessed Cyril thy Bishop, we may be enabled worthily to serve the mot holy Mother of thine only begotten Son. Who liveth and reigneth with thee.




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