Feast of St. Francis Benizi

The Virgil of St. Bartholomew

Introit • Ps. 91, 13, 14

The just shall flourish like the palm-tree; he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus: planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of God. (P.T.) Alleluia, alleluia.) Ps. 91, 2. It is good to give praise to the Lord; and to sing to Thy name, O Most High. Gory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O God, Who, through blessed Philip, Thy confessor, hast afforded us a distinguished example of humility, grant unto Thy servants to despise, after his example, the prosperity of the world and ever to seek after heavenly things. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Bartholomew

Collect (Prayer)

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that the august solemnity of blessed Bartholomew, Thine apostle to which is we look forward, may increase both our devotion and our salvation. Through our Lord.

Epistle • 1 Cor. 4, 9-14

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

BRETHREN, we are made a spectacle to the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honourable, but we without honour.

Even unto this hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no fixed abode; And we labour, working with our own hands: we are reviled, and we bless; we are persecuted, and we suffer it. We are blasphemed, and we entreat; we are made as the refuse of this world, the offscouring of all even until now. I write not these things to confound you; but I admonish you as my dearest children in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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

Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 111, 1. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: in His commandments, he hath great delight. Alleluia.


Gospel • Luke 12, 32-34

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke. 

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom. Sell what you possess, and give alms. Make to yourselves bags which grow not old, a treasure in heaven which faileth not: Where no thief approacheth, nor moth corrupteth: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Offertory • Ps. 20, 2, 3

In thy strength, O Lord, the just shall joy, and in Thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly: Thou hast given him his heart’s desire. (P. T. Alleluia.)


Grant, us, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that the offering of our lowliness may be pleasing to Thee in honor of Thy saints, and purify us in both body and mind. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Bartholomew

Offering to Thee, O Lord, these sacred mysteries in reverence for the supreme apostolic dignity, we beseech Thee, that Thy people may, by the protection of blessed Bartholomew, Thin apostle to whose heavenly birthday we look forward, at all times utter their prayers to all times utter their prayers to Thee and obtain that for which they ask. Through our Lord.

Communion • Matt. 19, 28-29

Amen I say to you, that you who have left all things and followed Me, shall receive a hundred-fold, and possess life everlasting. (P. T. Alleluia.)


We pray Thee, O almighty God, that, having received heavenly nourishment, we may thereby, through the intercession of blessed Vincent, Thy confessor, be fortified against all harm and danger. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Bartholomew


Being appeased by the supplication of Thy holy apostle, Bartholomew, O Lord, grant us, we beseech Thee, both pardon and everlasting salvation. Through our Lord.

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