Feast of St. John the Evangelist
Introit • Ecclus. 15, 5
In the midst of the church the Lord opened his mouth: and 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 …
Of Thy loving-kindness, O Lord, shed light upon Thy Church; that, being enlightened by the teachings of blessed John, Thine apostle and evangelist, it may attain to Thine everlasting gifts. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Ecclus. 15, 1-6
He that feareth God, will do good: and he that possesseth justice, shall lay hold on her, And she will meet him as an honourable mother, and will receive him as a wife married of a virgin. With the bread of life and understanding, she shall feed him, and give him the water of wholesome wisdom to drink: and she shall be made strong in him, and he shall not be moved: And she shall hold him fast, and he shall not be confounded: and she shall exalt him among his neighbours. And in the midst of the church she shall open his mouth, and shall fill him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and shall clothe him with a robe of glory. She shall heap upon him a treasure of joy and gladness, and shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.
Gradual • John 21, 23, 19
A saying went abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: and Jesus did not say, he should not die. But: So I will have him remain till I come: follow thou Me.
Alleluia, alleluia. This is that disciple who giveth testimony of these things: and we know that his testimony is true. Alleluia.
Gospel • John 21, 19-24
At that time, Jesus said to Peter, Follow me. Peter turning about, saw that disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also leaned on his breast at supper, and said: Lord, who is he that shall betray thee?
Him therefore when Peter had seen, he saith to Jesus: Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith to him: So I will have him to remain till I come, what is it to thee? follow thou me. This saying therefore went abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die. And Jesus did not say to him: He should not die; but, So I will have him to remain till I come, what is it to thee? This is that disciple who giveth testimony of these things, and hath written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. also.
Offertory • Ps. 91, 13
The just man shall flourish, like the palm-tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus.
Receive, O Lord, the gifts which we bring to Thee on the solemnity of him by whose patronage we trust to be delivered. Through our Lord.
Communion • John 21, 23
A saying went abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: and Jesus did not say, he should not die. But: So I will have him remain till I come.
Refreshed with heavenly food and drink, we humbly beseech Thee, our God, that as we have partaken of them, so by the prayers of Him Whom we thereby commemorate, we may also be fortified. Through our Lord.