Feast of St. Lawrence of Brindisi

Introit • Ecclesiasticus 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: ad to sing to Thy Name, O Most High. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O God, Who, to enable him to accomplish tasks, no matter how difficult, for the glory of Thy name and the salvation of souls, endowed blessed Lawrence, Thy Confessor and Doctor, with the spirit of wisdom and fortitude; grant us, in the same spirit, ever to know our duty, and through his prayers to do it. Through our Lord.

(Commemoration of St. Praxedes, Virgin)
Graciously hear us, O God our Savior, that, as we rejoice in the festival of blessed Praxedes, Thy Virgin, so we may be taught by the spirit of her pious devotion. Through our Lord.

Epistle • 2 Timothy 4: 1-8

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to 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 unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labor 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 • Ps. 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.

Lesser Alleluia Ecclesiasticus 45: 8

Alleluia, alleluia. The Lord loved him and adorned him: He clothed him with a robe of glory. Alleluia.


Gospel • Matthew 5: 13-19

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew 

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savor, wherewith 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 • Psalms 91: 13

The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up, like the cedar of Libanus.


May the holy prayer of St. Lawrence, Thy Confessor and Doctor, fail us not, O Lord: may it render our offerings acceptable, and ever obtain for us Thy pardon. Through our Lord.

(Commemoration of St. Praxedes, Virgin)
May the sacrifice made by Thy devoted people be pleasing to Thee, O Lord, in honor of Thy Saints, through whose merits they know they have received help in their tribulation. 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.


We beseech Thee, O Lord, that blessed Lawrence, Thy Confessor and illustrious Doctor, may approach to pray for us, that these Thy sacrifices may bring us salvation. Through our Lord.

(Commemoration of St. Praxedes, Virgin)
Thou hast filled Thy household, O Lord, with holy gifts: do Thou cherish us always, through the intercession of her whose festival we are keeping. Through our Lord.

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