INTROIT ¤ Ps. 96. 7, 8
|Adorate Deum, omnes Angeli ejus: audivit et laetata est Sion: et exsultaverunt filiae Judae. -- Dominus regnavit, exsultet terra: laetentur insulae multae. V.: Gloria Patri . . . -- Adorate Deum, omnes Angeli ejus . . .||Adore God, all you His Angels: Sion heard, and was glad: and the daughters of Juda rejoiced. -- (Ps.96. 1). The Lord hath reigned, let the earth rejoice: let many islands be glad. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- Adore God, all you His Angels . . .|
|COLLECT.--Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that ever pondering on reasonable things, we may accomplish, both in words and works, that which is pleasing in Thy sight. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee . . .|
EPISTLE ¤ 1 Thess. 1. 2-10
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians
[The word of God produces in the hearts of Christians the wonders of faith, hope and charity.]
|Brethren, We give thanks to God always for you all, making a rembrance of you in our prayers without ceasing, being mindful of the work of your faith and labor and charity, and of the enduring of the hope of our Lord Jesus Christ before God and our Father: knowing, brethren beloved of God, your election: for our Gospel hath not been unto you in word only, but in power also, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much fulness, as you know what nammer of men we have been among you for your sakes. And you became followers of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in much tribulation, with joy of the Holy Ghost: so that you were made a pattern to all that believe in Macedonia and in Achaia. For from you was spread abroad the word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and in Achaia, but also in every place your faith, which is towards God, is gone forth, so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves relate of us what manner of entering in we had unto you; and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven (Whom He raised from the dead), Jesus, who hath delivered us from the wrath to come.|
GRADUAL ¤ Ps. 101. 16-17
| Timebunt gentes nomen tuum, Domine, et omnes reges terrae gloriam tuum V.:
Quoniam aedificavit Dominus Sion: et videbitur in majestate sua.
Alleluia, alleluia. V.: Dominus regnavit, exsultet terra: laetentur insulae multae. Alleluia.
| The Gentiles shall fear Thy Name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth Thy
glory. V.: For the Lord hath built up Sion: and He shall be seen in
Alleluia, alleluia. V.: The Lord hath reigned, let the earth rejoice, let many islands be glad. Alleluia.
GOSPEL ¤ Matth. 13. 31-35
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
[Jesus reveals to us "things hidden from the foundation of the world." -- Parables of the three measures of meal and of the mustard plant.]
|At that time Jesus spoke to the multitudes this parable: The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field: which is the least indeed of all seeds but when it is grown up, it is greater than all herbs and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and dwell in the branches thereof. Another parable He spoke to them: The kingdom of heaven is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened. All these things Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes: and without parables He did not speak to them: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.|
OFFERTORY ¤ Ps. 117. 16, 17
|Dextera Domini fecit virtutem: dextera Domini exaltavit me: non moriar, sed vivam, et narrabo opera Domini.||The right hand of the Lord hath wrought strength: the right hand of the Lord hath exalted me: I shall not die, but live, and shall declare the works of the Lord.|
|SECRET.--May this offering O Lord, we beseech Thee, cleanse and renew us, guide and protect us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost . . .|
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 ¤ Luke 5. 22
|Mirabantur omnes de his quae procedebant de ore Dei.||All wondered at these things which proceeded from the mouth of God.|
|POSTCOMMUNION.--Being fed, O Lord, with heavenly delights, we beseech Thee, that we may ever hunger after things by which we truly live. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth . . .|