Feast of St. Bonaventure
Introit • Ecclus. 15: 5
In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth: and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding. He clothed him with a robe of glory. Ps. 91: 2. It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy name, O Most High. Glory be…
O God, who didst give blessed Bonaventure as a minister of eternal salvation to Thy people: grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who have had him for our teacher on earth, may deserve to have him for our advocate in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…
Epistle • Tim. 4: 1-8
Lesson from the Book of Timothy
Dearly beloved, I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by His coming, and His kingdom: preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: and will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned into fables. But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober. For I am even now ready to be sacrificed: and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord, the just Judge, will render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love his coming.
Gradual • Psalms 36: 30-31
The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgment. The law of his God is in his heart: and his steps shall not be supplanted.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 109, 4. Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedech. Alleluia. This is the priest whom the Lord hath crowned. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 5: 13-19
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[Christ warns us against hypocrisy, the fear of the world and covetousness. He admonishes all to watch.]
At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples: You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savor, wheretwith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Offertory • Ps. 88: 25
My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.
May the annual feast of Saint Bonaventure, Thy Confessor and Bishop, we beseech Thee, O Lord, render us acceptable in Thy loving kindness, that through these offices of pious atonement, both a blessed reward may attend him and also he may win for us the gifts of Thy grace. Through our Lord.
Communion • Luke 12, 42
A faithful and wise servant, who the Lord hath set over His family, to give them their measure of wheat in due season. (P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.)
O God, the rewarder of faithful souls, grant that by the prayers of blessed Bonaventure Thy Confessor and Bishop, whose venerable feast we celebrate, we may obtain pardon. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ…