Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints
Denys, Rusticus & Eleutherius, Martyrs
INTROIT. Sapientiam. Ecclus. 44.
THE people will tell of their wisdom, and the congregation will
shew forth their praise: their name liveth for evermore. Ps.
33. Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for it becometh
well the just to be thankful. V. Glory be.
O GOD, who as on this day didst endow thy blessed Martyr and
Bishop Saint Denys with strength to suffer stedfastly for thy
sake, and didst join unto him Rusticus and Eleutherius for the
preaching of thy glory to the Gentiles: grant us, we beseech
thee, so to follow their good example; that for the love of thee
we may despise all worldly prosperity, and be afraid of no manner
of worldly adversity. Through.
The Epistle. Acts 17:22-34
22 IN those days: Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and
said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are
23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an
altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore
ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that
he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made
25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed
any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell
on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before
appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after
him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain
also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not
to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone,
graven by art and man's device.
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth
all men every where to repent:
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge
the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained;
whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath
raised him from the dead.
32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some
mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
33 So Paul departed from among them.
34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the
which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris,
and others with them.
GRADUAL. Ps. 124. Our soul is escaped even as a bird out of the
snare of the fowler. V. The snare is broken, and we are delivered:
our help standeth in the Name of the Lord, who hat made heaven
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ps. 68. Let the righteous be glad
and rejoice before God: let them also be merry and joyful. Alleluia.
GOSPEL. St Luke 12:1-9
1 AT that time, Jesus said unto his
disciples: Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is
2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither
hid, that shall not be known.
3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard
in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets
shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill
the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which
after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say
unto you, Fear him.
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of
them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear
not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men,
him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the
angels of God.
OFFERTORY. Ps. 149. Let the saints be joyful with glory, let them
rejoice in their beds: let the praises of God be in their mouth.
COMMUNION. St. Luke 12. And I say unto you my friends: be not afraid
of them that kill the body.
O LORD, who here hast fed us with thy holy sacraments: grant,
we pray thee; that, at the intercession of thy blessed Martyrs
Denys, Rusticus, and Eleutherius, we may thereby grow and increase
toward the attainment of everlasting salvation. Through.
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