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Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (Aug 9)

The Vigil of St. Lawrence Commemoration of St. Romanus, Martyr

Introit • Ps. 111, 4

He hath distributed, he hath given to the poor: his justice remaineth forever and ever; his horn shall be exalted in glory. Ps. 111, 1. Blessed is the ma that fearth the Lord; he delighteth exceedingly in His commandments.  Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Attend, O Lord, to our supplications, and by the intercession of Thy blessed martyr, Lawrence, whose feast we anticipate, graciously bestow upon us Thy everlasting mercy, Through our Lord.

Collect (Prayer)

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that by the intercession of blessed Romanus, Thy martyr, we may be delivered from all adversities in body, and be purified from all evil thoughts in mind. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Ecclus. 51, 1-12

Lesson from the book of Wisdom.

[A prayer of praise and thanksgiving.]

I will give glory to thee, O Lord, O King, and I will praise thee, O God my Saviour. I will give glory to thy name: for thou hast been a helper and protector to me. And hast preserved my body from destruction, from the snare of an unjust tongue, and from the lips of them that forge lies, and in the sight of them that stood by, thou hast been my helper. And thou hast delivered me, according to the multitude of the mercy of thy name, from them that did roar, prepared to devour. Out of the hands of them that sought my life, and from the gates of afflictions, which compassed me about:

From the oppression of the flame which surrounded me, and in the midst of the fire I was not burnt. From the depth of the belly of hell, and from an unclean tongue, and from lying words, from an unjust king, and from a slanderous tongue: My soul shall praise the Lord even to death. And my life was drawing near to hell beneath. They compassed me on every side, and there was no one that would help me. I looked for the succour of men, and there was none. I remembered thy mercy, O Lord, and thy works, which are from the beginning of the world. How thou deliverest them that wait for thee, O Lord, and savest them out of the hands of the nations.

Gradual • Ps. 111, 9, 2

He hath distributed, he hath given to the poor: his justice remaineth forever and ever. His seed shall be mighty upon earth; the generation of the righteous shall be blessed.




Gospel • Matt. 16, 24-27

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew. 

[Christ refuses to shew the Pharisees a sign from heaven. Peter’s confession is rewarded. He is rebuked for opposing Christ’s passion. All his followers must deny themselves.]

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it. For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then will he render to every man according to his work.

Offertory • Job 16, 20

My prayer is pure, and therefore I ask that a place may be given to my voice in heaven: for there is my judge, and He that knoweth my consciences is on high: let my prayer ascend to the lord.


Mercifully receive, O Lord, the sacrifices which we offer Thee, and by the intercession of blessed Lawrence, Thy martyr, loose the bonds of our sins. Through our Lord.


We beseech Thee, O Lord, to receive our offerings and prayers; and by They heavenly mysteries cleanse us and mercifully hear us. Through our Lord.

Communion • Matt. 16, 24

He that will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.


Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our God, that, as in commemoration blessed Lawrence, Thy martyr, we show our joy in a temporal duty, so we may be gladdened by beholding him in eternity. Through our Lord.


We beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who have partaken of the food of heaven may, by the intercession of blessed Romanus, Thy martyr, be strengthened by it against all harm. Through our Lord.

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