Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (Feb 23)
Introit • Ps. 30, 3. 4
Be thou unto me a God, a protector, and a place of refuge, to save me: for Thou art my strength, and my refuge; and for Thy name’s sake Thou wilt be my leader, and wilt nourish me. Ps. 30, 2. In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped, let me never be confounded: deliver me in Thy justice, and set me free. Glory be …
Of thy clemency harken unto our prayers, O Lord, loose us from the bonds of sin, and keep us from all adversity. Through our Lord.
Epistle • 1 Cor. 13, 1-13
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
[Charity is to be preferred before all gifts.]
BRETHREN, If I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child. We see now through a glass in a dark manner; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known. And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.
Gradual • Ps. 76, 15, 16
Thou art the God that alone dost wonders: Thou hast made Thy power known among the nations. With Thy arm Thou hast redeemed Thy people, the children of Israel and of Joseph.
Gospel • Luke 18, 31-43
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[We must pray always. The Pharisee and the publican. The danger of riches. The blind man is restored to sight.]
At that time, Jesus took unto him the twelve, and said to them: Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things shall be accomplished which were written by the prophets concerning the Son of man. For he shall be delivered to the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and scourged, and spit upon: And after they have scourged him, they will put him to death; and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things, and this word was hid from them, and they understood not the things that were said. Now it came to pass, when he drew nigh to Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the way side, begging.
And when he heard the multitude passing by, he asked what this meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying: Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me. And they that went before, rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried out much more: Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus standing, commanded him to be brought unto him. And when he was come near, he asked him,
Saying: What wilt thou that I do to thee? But he said: Lord, that I may see. And Jesus said to him: Receive thy sight: thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he saw, and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
Offertory • Ps. 118, 12, 13
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy justifications: with my lips I have pronounced all the judgments of Thy mouth.
May this offering, we beseech Thee, O Lord, cleanse away our sins, sanctify us in soul and body, and fit us, Thy servants, for the celebration of the sacrifice. Through our Lord.
Communion • Ps. 77, 29, 30
Thy did eat, and were filled exceedingly, and the Lord gave them their desire: thy were not defrauded of that which thy craved.
We beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we, who have partaken of heavenly nourishment, may be fortified by it against all adversities. Through our Lord.