INTROIT ¤ Esther 13. 9, 10, 11
|In voluntate tua, Domine, universa sunt posita, et non est qui possit resistere voluntati tuae: tu enim fecisti omnia, coelum et terram, et universa quae coeli ambitu continentur: Dominus universorum tu es. -- Beati immculati in via: qui ambulant in lege Domini. V.: Gloria Patri . . . In voluntate tua, Domine . . .||All things are in Thy will, O Lord; and there is none that can resist Thy will: for Thou hast made all things, heaven and earth, and all things that are under the cope of heaven: Thou art Lord of all. -- (Ps. 118. 1) Blessed are the undefiled in the way; who walk in the law of the Lord. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . All things are in Thy will . . .|
|COLLECT.--O Lord, we beseech Thee, to keep Thy household in continual godliness: that, through Thy protection, it may be free from all adversaries, and devoutly given to serve Thee in good works to the glory of Thy Name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son . . .|
EPISTLE ¤ Eph. 6. 10-17
Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians.
[The Apostle of the Gentiles describes for us the armor which Christians must put on that they may be able to stand against the power of Satan..]
|Brethren, Be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of His power. Put you on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore, take unto you the armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the sword of God.|
GRADUAL ¤ Ps. 89. 1, 2
| Domine, refugium factus es nobis, a
generatione et progenie. V.: Priusquam montes fierent, aut formaretur terra et
orbis; a saeculo, et usque in saeculum tu es Deus.
Alleluia, alleluia. V.: In exitu Israel de Aegypto, domus Jacob de populo barbaro. Alleluia.
| Lord, Thou hast been our refuge from generation
to generation. V.: Before the mountains were made, or the earth and the world
was formed; from eternity and to eternity Thou art God.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. (Ps. 113. 1). When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a barbarous people. Alleluia.
GOSPEL ¤ Matt. 18. 23-35
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
[Parable of the wicked servant. Charity towards our brethren is one of the principal precepts of Our Lord Jesus Christ.]
|At that time Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who would take an account of his servants. And when we had begun to take the account, one was brought to him that owed him ten thousand talents: and as he had not wherewith to pay it, his lord commanded that he should be sold, and his wife and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. But that servant falling down, besought him saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And the lord of that servant, being moved with pity, let him go; and forgave him the debt. But when that servant was gone out, he found one of his fellow-servants that owed him a hundred pence: and laying hold of him, he throttled him, saying: Pay what thou owest. And his fellow-servant falling down besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not; but went and cast him into prison till he paid the debt. Now his fellow-servants, seeing what was done, were very much grieved; and they came and told their lord all that was done. Then his lord called him, and saith to him: Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all the debt, because thou besoughtest me; shouldst not thou then have compassion also on thy fellow-servant, even as I had compassion on thee? And his lord being angry, delivered him to the torturers, until he paid all the debt. So also shall my heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.|
OFFERTORY ¤ Job 1
|Vir erat in terra Hus, nomine Job: simplex et rectus, ac timens Deum: quem Satan petiit, et tentaret: et data est ei potestas a Domino in facultates, et in carnem ejus: perdiditque omnem substantiam ipsius, et filios: carnem quoque ejus gravi ulcere vulneravit.||There was a man in the land of Hus, whose name was Job, simple, upright, and fearing God: whom Satan besought that he might tempt: and power was given him from the Lord over his possessions of his flesh; and he destroyed all his substance and his children; and wounded his flesh also with a grievous ulcer.|
|SECRET.--Mercifully accept our offerings, O Lord, by which Thou hast willed both that Thou shouldst Thyself be appeased, and, that of Thy great goodness salvation shouldst be restored to us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth . . .|
Preface of the Most Holy Trinity
|Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus. Qui cum unigenito Filio tuo, et Spiritu Sancto, unus es Deus, unus es Dominus: non in unius singularitate personae, sed in unius Trinitate substantiae. Quod enim de tua gloria, revelante te, credimus, hoc de Filio tuo, hoc de Spiritu Sancto, sine differentia discretionis sentimus. Ut in confessione verae, sempiternaeque Deitatis, et in personis proprietas, et in essentia unitas, et in majestate adoretur aequalitas. Quam laudant Angeli atque Archangeli, Cherubim quoque ac Seraphim: qui non cessant clamare quotidie, una voce dicentes:||It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out, with one voice saying:|
COMMUNION ¤ Ps. 118. 81, 84, 86
|In salutari tuo anima mea, et in verbum tuum speravi: quando facies de persequentibus me judicium? iniqui persecuti sunt me, adjuva me, Domine Deus meus.||My soul is in Thy salvation, and in Thy word have I hoped: when wilt Thou execute judgment on them that persecute me? the wicked have persecuted me: help me, O Lord my God.|
|POSTCOMMUNION.--We who have received the Food of immortality, beseech Thee, O Lord: that what we have taken with our mouth, we may follow after with a pure mind. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son . . .|