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Collects, Epistles and Gospels
Mass 12, Sacerdotes tui
for the Proper of Saints
FOR A CONFESSOR BISHOP
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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