Feast of St. Lawrence

Introit • Ps. 95, 6

Praise and beauty are before Him: holiness and majesty in His sanctuary. Ps. 95, 1. Sing ye to the Lord and new canticle; sing to the Lord all the earth. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Grant us, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, to extinguish the flames of our evil depositions, as Thou didst grant blessed Lawrence to overcome the fires of his torments. Through our Lord.

Epistle • 2 Cor. 9, 6-10

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.

[A further exhortation to almsgiving. The fruits of it.]

BRETHREN, Now this I say: He who soweth sparingly, shall also reap sparingly: and he who soweth in blessings, shall also reap blessings. Every one as he hath determined in his heart, not with sadness, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound in you; that ye always, having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work, As it is written: He hath dispersed abroad, he hath given to the poor: his justice remaineth for ever. And he that ministereth seed to the sower, will both give you bread to eat, and will multiply your seed, and increase the growth of the fruits of your justice.

Gradual • Ps. 18, 3

Thou hast proved my heart, O Lord, and visited it by night. Thou hast tried me by fire, and iniquity hath not been found in me.

Alleluia, alleluia. The Levite Lawrence wrought a good work, who by the sign of the cross gave sight to the blind. Alleluia. 

Gospel • John 12, 24-26

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John. 

[The anointing of Christ’s feet. His riding into Jerusalem upon an ass. A voice from heaven.]

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, Amen, amen I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, Itself remaineth alone. But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world, keepeth it unto life eternal. If any man minister to me, let him follow me; and where I am, there also shall my minister be. If any man minister to me, him will my Father honor.

Offertory • Ps. 95, 6

Praise and beauty are before Him: holiness and majesty are in His sanctuary.


Accept, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gifts offered Thee, and, by the interceding merit of blessed Lawrence, grant that they may be to as a help unto our salvation. Through our Lord.

Communion • John 12, 26

If any man minister to Me, let him follow Me: and where I am, there also shall My minister be.


Filled with Thy sacred gift, we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord, that what we celebrate with our homage duly given by the intercession of Thy blessed martyr Lawrence, we may also know as an increase of Thy saving grace within us. Through our Lord.

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