Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (Aug 13)
Ferial Day – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Introit • Ps. 53, 6, 7
Behold, God is my helper, and the Lord is the protector of my soul: turn back the evils upon my enemies, and cut them off in Thy truth, O Lord, my protector. Ps. 53, 3. Save me, O God, by Thy name, and deliver me in Thy strength. Glory be …
Let the ears of Thy mercy, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Thy suppliants, and, that Thou mayest grant their desires to them that seek, make them to ask only for those things that please Thee. Through our Lord.
Epistle • 1 Cor. 10, 6-13
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
[By the example of the Israelites, he shews that we are not to build too much upon favours received but to avoid their sins and fly from the service of idols and from things offered to idols.]
Brethren, let us not covet evil things as they also coveted. Neither become ye idolaters, as some of them, as it is written: The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed fornication, and there fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ: as some of them tempted, and perished by the serpents. Neither do you murmur: as some of them murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
Now all these things happened to them in figure: and they are written for our correction, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore he that thinketh himself to stand, let him take heed lest he fall. Let no temptation take hold on you, but such as is human. And God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able: but will make also with temptation issue, that you may be able to bear it.
Gradual • Ps. 8, 2
O Lord our Lord, how admirable is Thy name in the whole earth. For Thy magnificence is elevated above the heavens.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 58, 2. Deliver me from my enemies, O my God: and defend me from them that rise up against me. Alleluia.
Gospel • Luke 19, 41-47
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[Christ heals the centurion’s servant. He raises the widow’s son to life, answers the messengers sent by John and absolves the penitent sinner.]
At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jerusalem, seeing the city, he wept over it, saying: If thou also hadst known, and that in this thy day, the things that are to thy peace; but now they are hidden from thy eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, and thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and straiten thee on every side, And beat thee flat to the ground, and thy children who are in thee: and they shall not leave in thee a stone upon a stone: because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation. And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought.
Saying to them: It is written: My house is the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of thieves. And he was teaching daily in the temple.
Offertory • Ps. 18, 9, 10, 11, 12
The justices of the Lord are right, rejoicing hearts, and His judgments sweeter than honey and honeycomb: for Thy servant keepeth them.
Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, worthily to frequent these mysteries, for as often as the commemoration of this victim is celebrated, the work of our redemption is performed. Through our Lord.
Communion • John 6, 57
He that eateth my flesh, and driketh my blood, abideth in Me, and I in him; saith the Lord.
Let the communion of Thy sacraments, we beseech Thee, O Lord, both cleanse us from sin and make us of one mind and one heart in Thy service. Through our Lord.