Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (Jan 31)
Introit • 3 kings 4, 29
And God gave to him wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart as the sand that is on the seashore. Ps. 112, 1. Praise the Lord, ye children: praise ye the name of the Lord. Glory be …
O God, who hath raised up in thy Confessor Saints John Bosco a father and teacher of youth, and didst will that through him with the help of the Virgin Mary new religious families should flourish in the Church, grant, we beseech Thee, that enkindled by the same fire of charity we may be able to labor in finding souls and serve only Thee. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Philip 4, 4-9
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Philippians.
[He exhorts them to perseverance in all good and acknowledges their charitable contributions to him.]
Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known to all men. The Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous; but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline, think on these things. The things which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, these do ye, and the God of peace shall be with you.
Gradual • Ps. 36, 3-5
Trust in the Lord, and do good, and dwell in the land, and thou shalt be fed with its riches. Delight in the Lord and He will give thee the requests of thy heart: commit thy way to the Lord, and trust in Him. And he will do it.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 73, 21. The poor and needy shall praise thy name. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 18, 1-5
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[Christ teaches humility, to beware of scandal, and to flee the occasions of sin, for our Guardian Angels see the face of God.]
At that time, the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who, thinkest Thou, is the greater in the Kingdom of Heaven? and Jesus calling unto Him a little child, set him in the midst of them, and said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Offertory • Ps. 33, 12
Come, children hearken to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Take, O Lord, this clean offering of the Victim of salvation, and assure us that loving Thee in all and above all, we may earn the reward of life in the praise of Thy glory. Through our Lord.
Communion • Rom. 4-18
Who against hope believed in hope; that he might be made the father of many nations; according to that which was said to him.
Rejoicing, O Lord, in the abundant mystery of Thy Body and Blood, grant, we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of Saint John Bosco Thy Confessor, we may continue ever in thanksgiving. Through our Lord.