Feast of St. Eustace and Companions, Martyrs

The Virgil of St. Matthew

Introit • Ecclus. 44, 15, 14

Let the people show forth the wisdom of the saints, and the church declare their praise; and their names shall live unto generation and generation. Ecclus. 44, 32, 1. Rejoice in the Lord, ye just: praise becometh the upright. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O God, Who dost permit us to celebrate the birthday of Thy holy martyrs, Eustace and Companions, grant us to enjoy their companionship in everlasting beatitude. Through our Lord.

Collect (Prayer)

We beseech Thee, O almighty God, that blessed Matthew, Thine apostle to which we look forward, may increase both our devotion and our salvation. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Wis. 5, 16-20

Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.

But the just shall live for evermore: and their reward is with the Lord, and the care of them with the most High. Therefore shall they receive a kingdom of glory, and a crown of beauty at the hand of the Lord: for with his right hand he will cover them, and with his holy arm he will defend them. And his zeal will take armour, and he will arm the creature for the revenge of his enemies. He will put on justice as a breastplate, and will take true judgment instead of a helmet. He will take equity for an invincible shield.

Gradual • Ps. 123, 7, 8

Our soul hath been delivered, as a sparrow, out of the snare of the fowlers. The snare is broken, and we are delivered: our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

Lesser Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 67, 4. Let the just feast, and rejoice before God; and be delighted with gladness. Alleluia.



Gospel • Luke 6, 17-23

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke. 

At THAT time, Jesus coming down from the mountain stood in a plain place, and the company of his disciples, and a very great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and the sea coast both of Tyre and Sidon, Who were come to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases. And they that were troubled with unclean spirits, were cured. And all the multitude sought to touch him, for virtue went out from him, and healed all. And he, lifting up his eyes on his disciples, said: Blessed are ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

Blessed are ye that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh. Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’ s sake. Be glad in that day and rejoice; for behold, your reward is great in heaven.

Offertory • Ps. 149, 5, 6

The saints shall rejoice in glory, they shall be joyful in their beds: the high praises of God shall be in their mouths, alleluia.


We offer Thee, O Lord, the gifts of our devotion; may they, through Thy mercy, be rendered both pleasing unto Thee, for the honor of Thy just ones, and profitable for our salvation. Through our Lord.


Offering to Thee, O Lord, these sacred mysteries in reverence for the supreme apostolic dignity, we beseech Thee, that Thy people may, by the protection of blessed Matthew, Thine apostle to who heavenly birthday we look forward, at all times utter their payers to Thee and obtain that for which they ask. Through our Lord.

Communion • Luke 12, 4

But I say to you, My friends, be not afraid of those who persecute you.


Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the intercession of Thy holy martyrs, Eustace and Companions, that what we touch with our lips we may receive with a pure heart. Through our Lord.


Being appeased by the supplication of Thy holy apostle, Matthew, O Lord, grant us, we beseech Thee, both pardon and everlasting salvation. Through our Lord.

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