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Saint Clement of Rome, Martyr & Bishop


INTROIT. Dicit Dominus. Ex. Is. 59 and 57.
THUS saith the Lord: My word, which I have put in thy mouths shall not depart out of thy mouth: and thy gifts shall be accepted upon mine altar. Ps. 112. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he hath great delight in his commandments. V. Glory be.

O GOD, which makest us glad with the yearly festival of blessed Clement thy Martyr and Bishop: mercifully grant that as we now observe his heavenly birthday, so we may imitate his constancy in suffering for thy sake. Through.

EPISTLE. Philippians 3:17-4:3
17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
3 And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

GRADUAL. Ps, 110. The Lord sware, and will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedech. V. The Lord said unto my Lord: sit thou on my right hand.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. This is a priest, whom the Lord hath crowned. Alleluia.

GOSPEL. St Matthew 24:42-47
42 AT that time: Jesus said unto his disciples: Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

OFFERTORY. Ps. 89. My truth also and my mercy shall be with him: and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.

We beseech thee, O Lord, that thou wouldest vouchsafe to sanctify these our oblations: and, at the intercession of blessed Clement thy Martyr and Bishop, to cleanse us from the defilement of all our iniquities. 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.

O LORD our God, who hast fulfilled us with the partaking of thy holy Body, and of thy precious Blood: we beseech thee; that, like as we have performed these mysteries with outward devotion, so at the intercession of blessed Clement, thy Martyr and Bishop, we may attain the reward thereof in the fulfilment of our redemption. Through.



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