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Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (July 18)

Commemoration of St. Symphorosa and Seven Sons, Martyrs

Introit • Ps. 15, 13

Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ps. 40, 2. Blessed is he that understandeth concerning the needy and the poor: the Lord will deliver him in the evil day. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O God, Who didst adorn blessed Camillus with a special gift of charity for the help of souls struggling in their last agony, pour upon us, we beseech Thee, by his merits, the spirit of Thy love, that in the hour of our death we may be worthy to overcome the enemy and attain unto the heavenly crown. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of St. Symphorosa and her seven Sons.

Collect (Prayer)

O God, Who dost permit us to celebrate the birthday of Thy holy martyrs, Symphorosa and her children, mercifully grant that we be kindled by the example of those in whose merits we rejoice. Through our Lord.

Epistle • 1 John 3, 13-18

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed John the Apostle.

[Of the love of God to us. How we may distinguish the children of God and those of the devil. Of loving one another and of purity of conscience.]

BRETHREN belovedWonder not, brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not, abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer. And you know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in himself. 
In this we have known the charity of God, because he hath laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. He that hath the substance of this world, and shall see his brother in need, and shall shut up his bowels from him: how doth the charity of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

Gradual • Ps. 36, 30, 31

The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; and his steps shall not be supplanted.

Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 111, 1. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, he delights exceedingly in His commandments. Alleluia. 


 

Gospel • John 15, 12-16

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John. 

[A continuation of Christ’s discourse to his disciples.]

At that time, Jesus said to his disciples, This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you. I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth. But I have called you friends: because all things whatsoever I have heard of my Father, I have made known to you. You have not chosen me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Offertory • Ps. 20, 2, 3

In thy strength, O Lord, the just shall exult and in Thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly: Thou hast given him his heart’s desire.

Secret

May this unspotted victim, with which we renew the great work of Our Lord Jesus Christ’s infinite charity, be, through the intercession of blessed Camillus, our saving remedy against all infirmities of body and soul, and, in the last agony, our solace and protection. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of St. Symphorosa and her seven Sons.

Secret

We offer Thee, O Lord, the gifts of our devotion; may they be rendered both pleasing unto Thee, for the honor of Thy just ones, and to us, through Thy mercy, helpful to salvation. Through our Lord.

Communion • Matt. 25, 36, 40

I was sick and you visited Me: Amen, amen, I say to you, as long as long as you did it to one of these My least brethren, you did it to Me.

Postcommunion

Through this heavenly nourishment which we have received with pious devotion, in celebrating the solemnity of blessed Camillus, Thy confessor, grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that in the hour of our death, refreshed by Thy sacraments, and all our sins forgiven, we may deserve to be taken up, rejoicing, into the bosom of Thy mercy. Who livest.
Commemoration of St. Symphorosa and her seven Sons.

Postcommunion

Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the intercession of Thy holy martyrs, St. Symphorosa and her seven Sons, that what we touch with our lips we may receive with a pure heart. Through our Lord.

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