Feast of St. Agatha
Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating the feast in honor of Agatha, Virgin and Martyr, for whose passion the angels rejoice and praise with one accord the Son of God. Ps. 44, 2. My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. Glory be …
O God, Who, among the other miracles of Thy power, hast bestowed the victory of martyrdom on the weaker sex also, graciously grant that we, who keep the feast of blessed Agatha, Thy Virgin and Martyr, may advance toward Thee by the path of her examples. Through our Lord.
Epistle • 1 Cor. 1, 26-31
Brethen, See your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble: But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong. And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his sight.  But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and justice, and sanctification, and redemption: That, as it is written: He that glorieth, may glory in the Lord.
Gradual • Ps. 45, 6
God will help her with His countenance; God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved. Ps. 45, 5. The stream of the river maketh the city of God joyful; the Most High hath sanctified His own tabernacle.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 118, 46. I spoke of Thy testimonies before kings, and I was not ashamed. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 19, 3-12
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
At that timed the Pharisees came to Jesus tempting him, and saying: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? Who answering, said to them: Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, Made them male and female? And he said: For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh.
Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away? He saith to them: Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery. His disciples say unto him: If the case of a man with his wife be so, it is not expedient to marry.
Who said to them: All men take not this word, but they to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs, who were born so from their mother’s womb: and there are eunuchs, who were made so by men: and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. He that can take, let him take it
Offertory • Ps. 44, 15
After her shall virgins be brought to the King; her neighbors shall be brought to Thee.
Accept O Lord, the gifts we bring on the feast of blessed Agatha, Thy Virgin and Martyr, by whose protection we trust to be delivered. Through our Lord.
Communion • Luke 4, 22
He that hath deigned to heal me of every wound, and to restore to me my breast, upon Him I call, the living God.
May the sacred mysteries we have received help us, O Lord, and, by the intercession of blessed Agatha, Thy Virgin and Martyr, strengthen us by Thy eternal protection. Through our Lord.