Ps. 118:137, 124
You are just, O Lord, and Your judgment is right. Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy.
Ps. 118:1. Blessed are they who are undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
V. Glory be . . .
Lord, keep Your people from falling under the influence of the devil,
and let our hearts follow You, our only God, that they may remain pure.
Through our Lord . . .
O God, You filled the blessed confessor
John with a wondrous zeal to spread the faith among pagans, and
through him You established in Your Church a new congregation to
instruct the faithful. Grand that his teachings may lead us, Your
servants, to the reward of eternal life.
O God, You sent Rusticus and
Eleutherius to join blessed Denis in preaching Your glorious name to the
pagans, and on this day You so strengthened this martyr bishop in
virtue that he was able to endure martyrdom courageously. May we follow
the example of Your saints for love of You and spurn the pleasures of
the world, without fearing to face any of its trials. Through our Lord
. . .
EPISTLE Eph. 4:1-6
I therefore, a prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy
of the vocation in which you are called: With all humility and
mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity. Careful to
keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. One body and one
Spirit: as you are called in one hope of your calling. One Lord, one
faith, one baptism. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and
through all, and in us all, who is blessed forever and ever. Amen.
GRADUAL Ps. 32:12, 6
Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen for His inheritance!
V. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all the celestial bodies thereof were created.
Alleluia, alleluia! V. Ps. 101:2
O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come unto You. Alleluia!
GOSPEL Matt. 22:34-46
that time, the Pharisees, hearing that he had silenced the Sadducees,
came together. And one of them, a doctor of the law, asked him,
tempting him: "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?"
Jesus said to him: "
'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy
whole soul and with thy whole mind.' This is the greatest and the first
commandment. And the second is like to this: 'Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself.' On these two commandments dependeth the whole law
and the prophets."
And the Pharisees being gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying: "What think you of Christ? Whose son is he?" They say to him: "David's." He saith to them: "How
then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying: 'The Lord said to my
Lord: Sit on my right hand, until I make thy enemies thy footstool?' If
David then call him 'Lord,' how is he his son?" And no man was able to answer him a word: neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Dan. 9:17, 18, 19
Danial, prayed to my God, saying, "Hear, O Lord, the prayers of Your
servant; show Your face upon Your sanctuary, and look down favorably
upon this people upon whom Your name is invoked, O God."
humbly implore Your majesty, O Lord, to grant us, through the sacred
rite that we here celebrate, pardon for our sins of the past and
preservation from sin in the future. Through our Lord . . .
COMMUNION ANTIPHON Ps. 75:12-13
vows and fulfill them to the Lord your God, all you round about Him
who bring gifts; to the awesome God who destroys the pride of princes,
to Him who is awesome among all the kings of the earth.
God, may the grace of this Sacrament cure our sinfulness and be an
everlasting remedy for our weakness. Through our Lord . . .