Feast of St. Henry of Germany
Introit • Ps. 36: 30, 31
The mouth of the just shall mediate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgment: the law of his God is in his heart. (Ps. 36: 1) Be not emulous of evildoers: nor envy them that work iniquity. Glory be …
O God, Who on this day didst remove blessed Henry, Thy confessor, from the crown of an earthly empire to an everlasting kingdom, we humbly beseech Thee that, as protected by the abundance of Thy grace, Thou didst enable him to overcome the temptations of the world, so Thou make us, in imitation of him, to avoid the allurements of this world and to come with pure minds unto Thee Through our Lord Jesus Christ…
Epistle • Ecclus. 31: 8-11
Lesson from the book of Ecclesiasticus.
Happy the man found without fault, who turns not aside after gain, nor puts his trust in money nor in treasures! Who is he, that we may praise him? For he has done wonders in his life. He has been tested by gold and come off safe, and this remains his glory forever; he could have sinned but did not, could have done evil but would not, so that his possessions are secure in the Lord, and the assembly of the Saints shall recount his alms.
Gradual • Ps. 91: 13, 14
The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Lebanon in the house of the Lord. To show forth Thy mercy in the morning, and Thy truth in the night.
Alleluia, alleluia. James 1: 12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life. Alleluia.
Gospel • Luke 12: 35-40
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke
At that time, Jesus said to his disciples, Let your loins be girt, and lamps burning in your hands. And you yourselves like to men who wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching. Amen I say to you, that he will gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and passing will minister unto them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. But this know ye, that if the householder did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open. Be you then also ready: for at what hour you think not, the Son of man will come.
Offertory • Ps. 88: 25
My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.
We offer Thee, O Lord, sacrifices of praise in commemoration of Thy saints, by whom we trust to be delivered from evils both present and future. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…
Communion • Matt. 24: 46-47
Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord shall come he shall find so doing. Amen I say to you, he shall place him over all his goods.
We Thy suppliants, who are refreshed with heavenly food and drink, beseech Thee, O our God, that we may be fortified by the prayers of him in whose commemoration we have partaken of these gifts. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…