Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Saint Paul the First Hermit


INTROIT. Justis ut palma florebit. Ps. 92.
THE righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree: and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus: such as are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the court of the house of our God. Ps. ibid. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord: and to sing praises unto thy Name, O most highest. V. Glory be.

The Collect.
O GOD, who makest us glad with the yearly feast of thy Confessor Saint Paul: mercifully grant that as we now observe his heavenly birthday; so we may follow him in all virtuous and godly living. [Through]

The Epistle. Philippians 3:7-12
7 BRETHREN: what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

GRADUAL. Ps. 92. The righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree: and shall spread abroad as a cedar in Libanus in the house of the Lord. V. To tell of thy lovingkindess early in the morning: and of thy truth in the night-season.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Hos. 14. The righteous shall blossom as the lily: and shall flourish for ever before the Lord. Alleluia.

The Gospel. St Matthew 11:25-30
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.

OFFERTORY. Ps. 21. The righteous shall rejoice in thy strength, O Lord: exceeding glad shall he be of thy salvation: thou hast given him his heart's desire.

GRANT, we beseech thee, O Lord, that we who, trusting in this our sacrifice of praise, do offer it before thee to the honour of thy Saints, may by the same be delivered from all evils both in this life and in that which is to come. Through.

COMMUNION. Ps. 64. The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord and put his trust in him: and all they that are true of heart shall be glad.

O GOD, who hast vouchsafed to feed us with heavenly meat and drink: mercifully grant that, like as we have received the same in devout remembrance of thy Confessor Saint Paul; so we may evermore be defended by his intercession. Through.



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