Feast of St. Giles

Introit • Ps. 36: 30-31

The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom and his tongue shall speak judgement: the law of his God is in his heart (P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.) Ps. 36: 1. Be not emulous of evildoers; nor envy them that work iniquity. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

May the intercession of blessed Giles the Abbot commend us untio Theem we beseech Thee, O Lord: so that what we cannot acquire by any merits of ours, we may obtain by his patronage. Through our lord.

(Commemoration of 12 Holy Martyrs)
May the fraternal crown of Thy martyrs, O Lord, make us joyful; may it procure for our faith increase of virtues and comfort us with a manifold intercession. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Ecclusiasticus 45: 1-6

Beloved of God, and men: whose memory is in benediction. He made him like the saints in glory, and magnified him in the fear of his enemies, and with his words he made prodigies to cease. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him commandments in the sight of his people, and shewed him His glory. He sanctified him in his faith and meekness, and chose him out of all flesh. For he heard Him, and His voice, and brought him into a cloud. And He gave him commandments before His face, and a law of life and instruction.

Gradual • Psalms 20: 4-5

Lord, Thou hast prevented him with blessings of sweetness; Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones. He asked life of Thee, and Thou hast given him length of days for ever and ever.

Lesser Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia. Psalms 91: 13 The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus. Alleluia.

Gospel • Matthew 5: 43-48

At that time Jesus said to his disciples: You have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thy enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. For if you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? do not even the publicans this? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more? do not also the heathens this? Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.

Offertory • Psalms 20: 3-4

Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, O Lord, and hast not withholden from him the will of his lips: Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones.


May the holy Abbot Giles, we beseech Thee, O Lord, obtain by his prayers, that the Sacrifice laid on Thy holy altar, may profit us unto salvation. Through our Lord.

(Commemoration of 12 Holy Martyrs)
In commemoration of Thy holy martyrs, O Lord, we devoutly engage in Thy mysteries, bu which may our help and our joy alike increase. Through our Lord.

Communion • Luke 12: 42

The faithful and wise servant, whom his lord setteth over his family, to give them their measure of wheat in due season.


May the pleading of blessed Giles the Abbot for us, as well as the reception of Thy Sacraments, protect us, O Lord, that we may both share in the glory of his works, and receive the help of his intercession. Through our Lord.

(Commemoration of 12 Holy Martyrs)
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we may improve by following the faith of those whose memory we venerate by partaking of Thy sacrament. Through our Lord.

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