Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (Feb 12)
Introit • Wis. 10, 20, 21
The just sang to Thy holy name, O Lord, they praised with one accord Thy victorious hand. For wisdom opened the mouth of the dumb, and made the tongues of infants eloquent. Ps. 8, 2. O Lord our Lord, how admirable is Thy name in the whole earth. Glory be …
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, to honor the memory of Thy most holy Mother’s sorrows, didst make Thy Church bring forth, through the Seven Holy Fathers, a new family for her service, favorably grant us to be so joined with them in their tears that we may also partake in the fulness of their joys. Who livest.
Epistle • Ecclus. 44, 1-15
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.
[The praises of the holy fathers, in particular of Enoch, Noe, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.]
Let us now praise men of renown, and our fathers in their generation. The Lord hath wrought great glory through his magnificence from the beginning. Such as have borne rule in their dominions, men of great power, and endued with their wisdom, shewing forth in the prophets the dignity of prophets, And ruling over the present people, and by the strength of wisdom instructing the people in most holy words. Such as by their skill sought out musical tunes, and published canticles of the scriptures.
Rich men in virtue, studying beautifulness: living at peace in their houses. All these have gained glory in their generations, and were praised in their days. They that were born of them have left a name behind them, that their praises might be related: And there are some, of whom there is no memorial: who are perished, as if they had never been: and are become as if they had never been born, and their children with them. But these were men of mercy, whose godly deeds have not failed:
Good things continue with their seed, Their posterity are a holy inheritance, and their seed hath stood in the covenants. And their children for their sakes remain for ever: their seed and their glory shall not be forsaken. Their bodies are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto generation and generation. Let the people shew forth their wisdom, and the church declare their praise.
Gradual • Is. 65, 23
My elect shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth in trouble, for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their posterity with them. Ecclus. 44, 14. Their bodies are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto generation and generation.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ecclus. 44, 15. Let the people show forth their wisdom, and the Church declare their praise, alleluia. Ps. 36. 28. The Lord will not forsake His saints; they shall be preserved forever. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 19, 27-29
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[Christ declares matrimony to be indissoluble: he recommends the making one’s self an eunuch for the kingdom of heaven; and parting with all things for him. He shews the danger of riches, and the reward of leaving all to follow him.]
At that time, Peter said to Jesus, Behold we have left all things, and have followed thee: what therefore shall we have? And Jesus said to them, Amen, I say to you, that you, who have followed Me, in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit on the seat of His majesty, you also shall sit on twelve seats judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for My name’ s sake, shall receive an hundred-fold, and shall possess life everlasting.
Offertory • Is. 56, 7
I will bring them into My holy mount, and will make them joyful in My house of prayer; their holocausts and their victims shall please Me upon My altar.
Accept, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the sacrifices we offer Thee, that by the intercession of Thy saints we may serve Thee with freedom of spirit and be set on fire with the love of the sorrowing Mother of Thy Son. Through our Lord.
Communion • Ps. 30, 17, 18
I have chosen you from the world, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and your fruit should remain.
Refreshed with the heavenly mysteries, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that, following the example of them whose festival we honor, with all our heart we may faithfully stand by the cross of Jesus with Mary His Mother, and may deserve to reap the fruit of His redemption. Through the