Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin & Martyr


INTROIT, Loquebar. Ps. 119.
I WILL speak of thy testimonies also even before kings, and will not be ashamed: and my delight shall be in thy commandments, which I have loved exceedingly. Ps. ibid. Blessed are those that are undefiled in the way: and walk in the law of the Lord. V. Glory be.

O GOD, who on Mount Sinai didst give the law to Moses, and afterwards, through the ministry of holy Angels, didst mystically give rest thereon to the body of blessed Catherine thy Virgin and Martyr: grant, we beseech thee: that, by her intercession, we may be brought unto that mountain which is Christ. Who liveth and reigneth with thee.

The Epistle. Ecclesiasticus 51.1
[From Mass 17]
I will thank thee, O Lord and King, and praise thee, O God my saviour: I do give praise unto thy Name: for thou art my defender and helper, and hast preserved my body from destruction, and from the snare of the slanderous tongue, and from the lips that forge lies, and hast been mine helper against mine adversaries: and hast delivered me according to the multitude of thy mercies and greatness of thy Name, from the teeth of them that were ready to devour me, and out of the hands of such as sought after my life, and from the manifold afflictions which I had; from the choking of fire on every side, and from the midst of the fire which I kindled not; from the depth of the belly of hell, from an unclean tongue, and from lying words. By an accusation to the king from an unrighteous tongue my soul drew near even unto death, my life was near to the hell beneath. They compassed me on every side, and there was no man to help me; I looked for the succour of men, but there was none. Then thought I upon thy mercy, O Lord, and upon thy acts of old, how thou deliverest such as wait for thee, and savest them out of the hands of the enemies, O Lord our God.

GRADUAL. Ps. 45. In thy comeliness and in thy beauty, go forth, ride prosperously and reign. V. Because of the word of truth, of meekness, and righteousness: and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Come, O my chosen one, and in thee shall I set up my throne: for the King shall have pleasure in thy beauty. Alleluia.

The Gospel. St Matthew 25:1-13
[From Mass 17]
1 AT that time: Jesus spake this parable unto his disciples: the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

OFFERTORY. Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in a vesture of gold, wrought about with divers colours.

WE beseech thee, O Lord, let this sacrifice which we offer unto thee in remembrance of St. Catherine thy Virgin and Martyr, be unto us a release from the bonds of our sins and a bestowal of all the gifts of thy mercy. Through.

COMMUNION. Ps. 119. I deal with the thing that is lawful and right: O give me not over unto mine oppressors, Therefore hold I straight all thy commandments: and all false ways I utterly abhor.

VOUCHSAFE, O Lord, we beseech thee: that we who are fed on these saving mysteries: may be holpen by the prayers of thy Virgin and Martyr, Saint Catherine whose remembrance we keep. Through.



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