Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (Jan 15)
Introit • Ps. 9, 13, 14
The just shall flourish like the palm-tree; he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus: planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of God. (P.T.) Alleluia, alleluia.) Ps. 91, 2. It is good to give praise to the Lord; and to sing to Thy name, O Most High. Gory be …
O God, Who dost gladden us with the yearly solemnity of blessed Paul, Thy confessor, mercifully grant that we may imitate his actions whose natal day we honor. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Philip 3, 7-12
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Philippians.
[He warneth them against false teachers. He counts all other things loss, that he may gain Christ.]
BRETHREN, the things that were gain to me, the same I have counted loss for Christ. Furthermore, I count all things to be but loss, for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but as dung, that I may gain Christ; and may be found in Him, not having my justice, which is of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus, which is of God, justice in faith; that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings; being made conformable to His death, if by any means I may attain to the resurrection which is from the dead; not as though I has already attained, or were already perfect; but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend, wherein I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus.
Gradual • Ps. 91, 13, 14
The just shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus in the house of the Lord. To show forth Thy mercy in the morning, and Thy truth in the night.
Alleluia, alleluia. Osee 14, 6. The just man shall spring as the lily; and flourish forever before the Lord. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 11, 25-30
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[John sends his disciples to Christ, who upbraids the Jews for their incredulity, and calls to him such as are sensible of their burdens.]
At that time Jesus answered and said, I praise Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to the little ones.
Yea, Father; for so hath it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered to me by my Father; and no one knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither doth any one know the Father, but the Son, and he to whom it shall please the Son to reveal him. Come to me, all you that labor, and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is sweet and my burden light.
Offertory • Ps. 20, 2, 3
In Thy strength, O Lord, the just shall joy, and in Thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly: Thou hast given him his heart’s desire.
We offer Thee sacrifices of praise, O Lord, in commemoration of Thy saints, trusting that by them we may be delivered from both present and impending evils. Through our Lord.
Communion • Ps. 63, 11
The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in Him; and all the upright in heart shall be praised.
Refreshed with heavenly food and drink, we humbly supplicate Thee, O our God, that we may also be fortified by the prayers of Him in commemoration of Whom we have partaken. Through our Lord.