Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (Jan 24)
Introit • Ecclus. 45, 30
The Lord made to him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince; that the dignity of priesthood should be to him forever. Ps. 131, 1. O Lord, remember David, and all his meekness. Gory be …
Look upon our infirmity, O almighty God, and, because the weight of our own evil deeds beareth us down, may the glorious intercession of blessed Timothy, Thy martyr and bishop, protect us. Through our Lord.
Epistle • 1 Tim. 6, 11-16
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to Timothy.
[Duties of servants. The danger of covetousness. Lessons for the rich.]
Early beloved, Follow after justice, godliness, faith, charity, patience, mildness. Fight the good fight of faith: lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art called, and hast confessed a good confession before many witnesses. I charge thee before God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate, a good confession, That thou keep the commandment without spot, blameless, unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, Which in his times he shall shew who is the Blessed and only Mighty, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, and inhabiteth light inaccessible, whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and empire everlasting. Amen.
Gradual • Ps. 88, 21-23
I have found David, My servant; with My holy oil I have anointed him: for My hand shall help him, and My arm shall strengthen him. The enemy shall have no advantage over him, nor the son of iniquity have power to hurt him.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 109, 4. Thou art a priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedech. Alleluia.
Gospel • Luke 14, 26-33
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[Christ heals the dropsical man. The parable of the supper. The necessity of renouncing all to follow Christ.]
At that time, Jesus said to the multitudes, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you having a mind to build a tower, doth not first sit down, and reckon the charges that are necessary, whether he have wherewithal to finish it: Lest, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that see it begin to mock him, Saying: This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
Or what king, about to go to make war against another king, doth not first sit down, and think whether he be able, with ten thousand, to meet him that, with twenty thousand, cometh against him? Or else, whilst the other is yet afar off, sending an embassy, he desireth conditions of peace. So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he possesseth, cannot be my disciple.
Offertory • Ps. 88, 25
My truth and mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.
Graciously receive, O Lord, the sacrifices dedicated to the merits of Thy blessed martyr and bishop Timothy, and grant they may be for us an everlasting help. Through our Lord.
Communion • Ps. 88, 36-38
Once have I sworn by My holiness, his seed shall endure forever: and his throne as the sun before Me, and as the moon perfect forever; and a faithful witness in heaven.
Refreshed by participation in the sacred gift, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our God, that, through the intercession of blessed Timothy, Thy martyr and bishop, we may ever experience the effect of the worship we offer. Through our Lord.