July 25

St. James, Apostle


Double of the 2nd Class

   St. James, called the Greater, prached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, and Spain. On his return to Jerusalem, Herod condemned him to death: he was beheaded A.D. 42. His body, conveyed to Compostella in Spain, is venerated by many pilgrims.

INTROIT Ps. 138. 17

Mihi autem nimis honorati sunt amici tui, Deus: nimis confortatus est principatus eorum. -- Domine, probasti me, et cognovisti me: tu cognovisti sessionem meam, et resurrectionem meam. . . . -- Mihi autem . . . Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honorable; their power is become very great. -- (Ps. 138. 1, 2). Lord, Thou hast proved me and known me: Thou hast known my sitting down and my rising up. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- Thy friends, O God . . .


COLLECT.--Be Thou, O Lord, the Sanctifier and Protector of Thy people: so that defended by the aid of Thine Apostle James, they may both please Thee in their manner of life, and serve Thee with a quiet mind. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth . . .

   Commemoration of St. Christopher, whose name means "Christ-bearer." He suffered martyrdom at Lycia, in Asia Minor, under Decius A.D. 250.
2nd COLLECT.--Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God: that we, who celebrate the heavenly birthday of blessed Christopher, Thy Martyr, may, through his intercession, be strengthened in the love of Thy Name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth . . .


EPISTLE I Corinthians 4. 9-15
Lesson from the first Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.

[St. Paul describes the treatment the Apostles everywhere endured for Christ's sake.]

Brethren, I think that God hath set forth us apostles the last, as it were men appointed to death: we are made a spectacle to the world, and to Angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ: we are weak, but you are strong: you are honorable, but we without honor. Even unto this hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no fixed abode, and we labor working with our own hands. We are reviled, and we bless: we are persecuted, and we suffer it: we are blasphemed, and we entreat: we are made as the refuse of this world, the offscouring of all even until now. I write not these things to confound you: but I admonish you as my dearest children. For if you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers. For in Christ Jesus by the gospel I have begotten you.


GRADUAL Ps. 44. 17, 18

Constitutes eos principes super omnem terram: memores erunt Nomini tui, Domine. V.: Pro patribus tuis nati sunt tibi filii: propterea populi confitebuntur tibi.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V.: Ego vos elegi de mundo, ut eatis, et fructum afferatis: et fructus vester maneat. Alleluia.
Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth: they shall remember Thy Name, O Lord. V.: Instead of thy fathers, sons are born to thee: therefore shall people praise thee.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V. (John 15. 16) I have chosen you out of the world, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit, and your fruit should remain. Alleluia.


GOSPEL Matthew 20. 20-23
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

[The ambition of the two sons of Zebedee.]

At that time, the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, worshipping, and asking something of Him. Who said to her: What wilt thou? She saith to Him: Say that these my two sons may sit, the one on Thy right hand, and the other on Thy left, in Thy kingdom. And Jesus answering said: you know not what you ask. Can you drink the chalice that I shall drink? They say to Him: We can. He saith to them: My chalice inded you shall drink; but to sit on My right or left hand is not Mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared by My Father.



In omnem terram exivit sonus eorum: et in fines orbis terrae verba eorum. Their sound went forth into all the earth; and their words to the ends of the world.


SECRET.--May the holy martyrdom of the blessed Apostle James, we beseech Thee, O Lord, make acceptable the offerings of Thy people: and, since they have no worth from any merits of ours, may they be well pleasing to Thee by his prayers. Through our Lord Jesus Christ . . .

   Commemoration of St. Christopher:
2nd SECRET.--Receive our gifts, and our prayers, we beseech Thee, O Lord; clease us by the heavenly mysteries and mercifully hear us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ . . .


Preface of the Apostles

Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, Te Domine suppliciter exorare, ut gregem tuum pator aeterne, non deseras: sed per beatos Apostolos tuos continua protectione custodias. Ut iisdem rectoribus gubernetur, quos operis tui vicarios eidem contulisti praeesse pastores. Et ideo cum Angelis et Archangelis, cum Thronis et Dominationibus, cumque omni militia caelestis exercitus, hymnum gloriae tuae canimus, sine fine dicentes: It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, to entreat Thee humbly, O Lord, that Thou wouldst not desert Thy flock, O everlasting Shepherd, but, through Thy blessed Apostles, wouldst keep it under Thy constant protection; that it may be governed by those same rulers, whom as vicars of Thy work, Thou didst set over it to be its pastors. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying:


COMMUNION Matthew 19. 28

Vos, qui secuti estis me, sedebitis super sedes, judicantes duodecim tribus Israel. You who have followed Me shall sit on seats judging the twelve tribes of Israel.


POSTCOMMUNION.--Help us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, through the intercession of Thy blessed Apostle James: on whose feast we have received Thy holy Mysteries with joy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son . . .

   Commemoration of St. Christopher:
2nd POSTCOMMUNION.--Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our God: that as we rejoice on earth in keeping the memory of Thy Saints, so also we may enjoy their company for evermore. Through our Lord Jesus Christ . . .