June 24

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

 

Red First Class
   The Precursor of Christ was filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother's womb. After an austere life as a hermit, he announced the Advent of Christ, preached penitence, and baptized in the Jordan. He was beheaded during the reign of Herod.

INTROIT Isais 29. 1, 2
   De ventre matris meae vocavit me Dominus nomine meo: et posuit os meum ut gladium acutum: sub tegumento manus suae protexit me, et posuit me quasi sagittam electam. -- Bonum est confiteri Domino: et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime. V.: Gloria Patri et Filii et Spiritu Sancti. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. De ventre matris meae vocavit me Dominus nomine meo: et posuit os meum ut gladium acutum: sub tegumento manus suae protexit me, et posuit me quasi sagittam electam.    The Lord hath called me by my name from the womb of my mother, and He hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He hath protected me, and hath made me a chosen arrow. -- (Ps. 91. 2). It is good to give praise to the Lord, and to sing to Thy name, O Most High. V.: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. The Lord hath called me by my name from the womb of my mother, and He hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He hath protected me, and hath made me a chosen arrow.
 
COLLECT
   Deus, qui praesentem diem honorabilem nobis in beati Ioannis Nativitate fecisti: da populis tuis spiritualium gratiam gaudiorum; et omnium fidelium mentes dirige in viam salutis aeternae. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.    O God, Who has made this day worthy of honor by the birth of blessed John: grant to Thy people the grace of spiritual joys, and direct the minds of all the faithful in the way of eternal salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
 
EPISTLE Isaias 49. 1-3; 5, 6, 7
Lesson from the Prophet Isaias.
Lectio Isaiae Prophetae.
[St. John was called from his mother's womb to bring all men to salvation.]
   Audite, insulae, et attendite, populi de longe: Dominus ab utero vocavit me, de ventre matris me recordatus est nominis mei. Et posuit os meum quasi gladium acutum, in umbra manus suae protexit me, et posuit me sicut sagittam electam: in pharetra sua abscondit me. Et dixit mihi : Servus meus es tu Israel, quia in te gloriabor. Et nunc dicit Dominus, formans me ex utero servum sibi: Ecce, dedi te in lucem gentium, ut sis salus mea usque ad extremum terrae. Reges videbunt, et consurgent principes, et adorabunt propter Dominum, et sanctum Israel, qui elegit te.    Give ear, ye islands, and hearken, ye people from afar. The Lord hath called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother he hath been mindful of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword: in the shadow of his hand he hath protected me, and hath made me as a chosen arrow: in his quiver he hath hidden me. And he said to me: Thou art my servant Israel, for in thee will I glory. And now saith the Lord, that formed me from the womb to be his servant: Behold, I have given thee to be the light of the Gentiles, that thou mayst be my salvation even to the farthest part of the earth. Kings shall see, and princes shall rise up, and adore for the Lord's sake, because he is faithful, and for the Holy One of Israel, who hath chosen thee.
 
GRADUAL Jeremias 1. 5, 9
   Priusquam te formarem in utero, novi te: et antequam exires de ventre, sanctificavi te. V.: Misit Dominus manum suam, et tetigit os meum, et dixit mihi.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V.: Tu, puer, Propheta Altissimi vocaberis: praeibis ante Dominum parare vias eius. Alleluia.
   Before I formed thee in the bowels of thy mother, I knew thee: and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee. V.: The Lord put forth His hand, and touched my mouth: and said to me.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V.: (Luke 1. 76) Thou, child, shall be called the Prophet of the Highest; thou shalt go before the Lord to prepare His ways. Alleluia.
 
GOSPEL Luke 1. 57-68
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
† Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum Lucam.
[The birth of St. John the Baptist.]
   Elisabeth autem impletum est tempus pariendi, et peperit filium. Et audierunt vicini et cognati ejus quia magnificavit Dominus misericordiam suam cum illa, et congratulabantur ei. Et factum est in die octavo, venerunt circumcidere puerum, et vocabant eum nomine patris sui Zachariam. Et respondens mater ejus, dixit: Nequaquam, sed vocabitur Joannes. Et dixerunt ad illam: Quia nemo est in cognatione tua, qui vocetur hoc nomine. Innuebant autem patri ejus, quem vellet vocari eum. Et postulans pugillarem scripsit, dicens: Joannes est nomen ejus. Et mirati sunt universi. Apertum est autem illico os ejus, et lingua ejus, et loquebatur benedicens Deum. Et factus est timor super omnes vicinos eorum: et super omnia montana Judeae divulgabantur omnia verba haec: et posuerunt omnes qui audierant in corde suo, dicentes: Quis, putas, puer iste erit? Etenim manus Domini erat cum illo. Et Zacharias pater ejus repletus est Spiritu Sancto: et prophetavit, dicens: Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel, quia visitavit et fecit redemptionem plebis suae.    Now Elizabeth's full time of being delivered was come, and she brought forth a son. And her neighbours and kinsfolks heard that the Lord had shewed his great mercy towards her, and they congratulated with her. And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they called him by his father's name Zachary. And his mother answering, said: Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said to her: There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And demanding a writing table, he wrote, saying: John is his name. And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came upon all their neighbours; and all these things were noised abroad over all the hill country of Judea. And all they that had heard them laid them up in their heart, saying: What an one, think ye, shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him. And Zachary his father was filled with the Holy Ghost; and he prophesied, saying: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people.
The Creed is said if the Feast falls on a Sunday, or when it is celebrated in a Church dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
 
OFFERTORY Ps. 111. 13
   Iustus ut palma florebit: sicut cedrus, quae in Libano est, multiplicabitur.    The just shall flourish like the palm-tree; he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus.
 
SECRET
   Tua, Domine, muneribus altaria cumulamus: illius Nativitatem honore debito celebrantes, qui Salvatorem mundi et cecinit adfuturum et adesse monstravit, Dominum nostrum, Iesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.    We heap our gifts upon Thine altars, O Lord, as we celebrate with due honor the Birthday of him who both proclaimed the coming of the Savior of the world and pointed Him out when come, even our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
 
PREFACE
The Common Preface
   Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: per Christum Dominum nostrum. Per quem majestatem tuam laudant Angeli, adorant Dominationes, tremunt Potestates. Coeli, coelorumque Virtutes, ac beata Seraphim socia exsultatione concelebrant. Cum quibus et nostras voces, ut admitti jubeas, deprecamur, supplici confessione 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, through Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them, we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say in lowly praise:
 
COMMUNION Luke 1. 76
   Tu, puer, Propheta Altissimi vocaberis: praeibis enim ante faciem Domini parare vias eius.    Thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Most High; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways.
 
POSTCOMMUNION
   Sumat Ecclesia tua, Deus, beati Ioannis Baptistae generatione laetitiam: per quem suae regenerationis cognovit auctorem, Dominum nostrum, Iesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.    Let Thy Church, O Lord, rejoice at the birth of blessed John the Baptist; through whom she came to know the Author of her own new birth, even our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.