Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Saint Michael and all Angels.

Double of I Class


INTROIT. Benedicite Dominum. Ps. 103.
O PRAISE the Lord, ye Angles of his, ye that excel in strength: ye that fulfil his commandment, and hearken unto the voice of his words. Ps. ibid. Praise the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, praise his holy Name. V. Glory be.

O EVERLASTING God, who hast ordained and constituted the services of Angels and men in a wonderful order; Mercifully grant that, as thy holy Angels always do thee service in heaven, so, by thy appointment, they may succour and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle. Revelation xii. 7.
IN those days: There was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

GRADUAL. Ps. 103. O praise the Lord, ye Angels of his, ye that excel in strength: ye that fulfil his commandment. V. O praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, praise his holy Name.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Holy Michael Archangel, defend us in the day of battle: that we perish not in the dreadful judgement. Alleluia.

In Eastertide, instead of the Gradual, is said Alleluia as above, to which is added,

V. The sea was moved, and the earth trembled, when the Archangel Michael descended from heaven. Alleluia.

After Septuagesima, the Gradual and Tract from Votive Mass 2, of the Holy Angels.

GOSPEL. St. Matthew 18:1.

AT the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell-fire. Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

The Creed is said.

OFFERTORY. Rev. 8, An Angel stood at the altar of the temple, having a golden censer in his hand, and there was given unto him much incense: and the smoke of the incense ascended up before God, alleluia.

We humbly beseech thee, O Lord, that the prayers of thy holy Angels may assist us thy servants who offer unto thee this sacrifice of praise: that this our offering may be acceptable in thy sight, and profitable unto us for our salvation. Through.

COMMUNION. Song of the Three Children. O ye Angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: sing ye praises, and magnify him above all for ever.

O LORD, who seest that we do trust in the intercession of blessed Michael thy Archangel: we humbly beseech thee; that as we have with our outward lips been made partakers of this holy Sacrament, so we may inwardly receive the benefit of the same. Through.

¶ In Votive Masses all is said as above.



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