Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Ss 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 too superstitious.
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 with hands;
25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
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 and earth.
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 hypocrisy.
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. Alleluia.

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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