Feast of Saint Ignatius of Antioch
Introit • Gal. 6, 14
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ: by Whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. Ps. 131, 1. O Lord, remember David, and all his meekness. Glory be …
Have regard to our weakness, O almighty God, and, since the burden of our own deeds is heavy upon us, let the glorious intercession of blessed Ignatius, Thy Martyr and Bishop, be our protection. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Rom. 8, 35-39
BRETHREN, Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation? or distress? or famine? or nakedness? or danger? or persecution? or the sword?
(As it is written: For thy sake we are put to death all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.) But in all these things we overcome, because of him that hath loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gradual • Ecclus. 44, 16
Behold, a great priest, who in his days pleased God. There was not any found like to him, kept the law of the Most High.
Alleluia, alleluia. Gal. 2, 19, 20. With Christ I am nailed to the cross: I live, now not I, but Christ liveth in me. Alleluia.
Gospel • John 12: 24-26
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 honour.
Offertory • Ps. 8, 6, 7
Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor. And hast set him over the works of Thy hands, O Lord.
Graciously accept, O Lord, the sacrifices dedicated to the merits of blessed Ignatius, Thy Martyr and Bishop, and grant that they may be profitable for our eternal help. Through our Lord.
I am Christ’s corn; let me be ground by the teeth of beasts, that I may be made into clean bread.
Refreshed by partaking of Thy sacred gifts, we beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that by the intercession of blessed Ignatius, Thy Martyr and Bishop we may feel the power of the sacrament which we worship. Through our Lord.