Feast of St. Agapitus
Introit • Psalms 63: 11
The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in Him: and all the upright in heart shall be praised. (Ps 63:2) Hear, O God, my prayer when I make supplication to Thee: deliver my soul from the fear of the enemy. Glory be …
May Thy Church, O Lord, rejoice, trusting in the intercession of Thy blessed martyr, Agapitus, and, through his glorious prayers, let it continue devout and be established in security. Through our Lord.
Epistle • 2 Timothy 2: 8-10; 3: 10-12
Dearly beloved, be mindful that the Lord Jesus Christ is risen again from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my gospel. Wherein I labor even unto bands, as an evildoer: but the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they may also obtain the salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, with heavenly glory. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, love, patience, persecutions, afflictions, such as came upon me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured and out of them all the Lord delivered me. And all that will live godly in Jesus Christ shall suffer persecution.
Gradual • Psalms 36: 24
When the just man shall fall, he shall not be bruised: for the Lord putteth His hand under him. (Ps. 36: 26) He showeth mercy and lendeth all the day long: and his seed shall be in blessing.
Lesser Alleluia • John 8: 12
Alleluia, alleluia. He that followeth Me walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life eternal. Alleluia.
Gospel • John 12: 24-26
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Amen, amen I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, itself remaineth along. But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world, keepeth it unto life eternal. If any man minister to me, let him follow me; and where I am, there also shall my minister be. If any man minister to me, him will my Father honor.
Offertory • Psalms 20: 4-5
O Lord, Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones: he asked life of Thee, and Thou hast give it to him. Alleluia.
Receive, O Lord, the gifts which we present to Thee on the feast day of him by whose patronage we hope to be delivered. Through our Lord.
Communion • John 12: 26
If any man minister to Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there also shall My minister be.
Thou hast satisfied, O Lord, Thy household with holy gifts; ever cherish us, we beseech Thee, through the intercession of him whose festival we are keeping. Through our Lord.