Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Bestowal of the American Episcopacy

[Votive Mass 12, Suscitabo mihi]
except Collect, Secret & Postcommunion


INTROIT. Suscitabo mihi. I Sam. 2.
I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before mine Anointed for ever (alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 132. Lord, remember David: and all his trouble. V. Glory be.

ALMIGHTY God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy holy Apostles many excellent gifs, and didst charge them to feed thy flock: give grace, we beseech thee, to all Bishops, the Pastors of thy Church, that they may diligently preach thy Word, and duly administer the godly Discipline thereof; and grant to the people, that they may obediently follow the same, that all may receive the crown of everlasting glory. Through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. [Who]

EPISTLE. Hebrews 4:16-5:7
16 BRETHREN: Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee.
6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared.

GRADUAL. Lev. 21. He that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil hath been poured, whose hands have been consecrated for the priesthood, and that hath been clothed with they holy garments: ought in all things to be made like unto his brethren. V. Heb. 2. That he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things; pertaining to God: to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Lev. 21. Let the priest be holy, for I the Lord which sanctify you am holy. Alleluia.

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

TRACT. Ps. 132. Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place: thou, and the ark of thy strength.V. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness, and thy saints sing with joyfulness. V. For thy servant David's sake, turn not away the presence of thine Anointed.

In Eastertide, instead of the Gradual, is said:

Alleluia, alleluia.Lev. 21. Let the priest be holy, for I the Lord, which sanctify you, am holy. V. St. John 10. I am the Good Shepherd: and know my sheep, and am known of mine. Alleluia.

GOSPEL. Saint John 14:15-31a
15 AT that time: Jesus said unto his disciples: If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord,
how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me,
ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do.

OFFERTORY. I Esdras. 5. They shall not be partakers of the holy things until there arise up a high priest clothed with doctrine and truth (alleluia).

We beseech thee, O Lord, mercifully to accept these our oblations: granting unto thy servants, that like as thou hast chosen them to be pastors and rulers of thy Church, so they may be governed evermore by thy defense. Through.

COMMUNION. St. Matt. 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).

DEFEND us, O Lord, we beseech thee, who have here received these heavenly mysteries: and grant that thy servants, whom thou hast chosen to be pastors and rulers of thy Church, together with the flock committed to their charge; may thereby be preserved and strengthened against all adversities. Through.



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