Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (July 4)
Within the Octave – Mass of preceding Sunday – The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord
Introit • Apoc. 5, 9, 10
Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy blood, out of every tribe and tongue, and people, and nations, and hast made us to our God a kingdom. Ps. 99, 2. The mercies of the Lord I will sing forever: I will show forth Thy truth with my mouth to generation and generation. Glory be …
Almighty, eternal God, Who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son to be the Redeemer of the world, and hast willed to be appeased by His blood, grant us, we beseech Thee, so incessantly to worship the price of our salvation, and to be so defended by its power from the ills of this life on earth, that we may enjoy its everlasting fruit in heaven. Through the same.
Epistle • Heb. 9, 11-15
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews.
[Evil pastors are reproved. Christ the true pastor shall come, and gather together his flock from all parts of the earth, and preserve it for ever.]
Brethren, Christ, being come an high priest of the good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hand, that is, not of this creation: Neither by the blood of goats, or of calves, but by his own blood, entered once into the holies, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and of oxen, and the ashes of an heifer being sprinkled, sanctify such as are defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who by the Holy Ghost offered himself unspotted unto God, cleanse our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God? And therefore he is the mediator of the new testament: that by means of his death, for the redemption of those transgressions, which were under the former testament, they that are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance; in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gradual • 1 John 5, 6-8
This is he that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ: not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit which testifieth, that Christ is the truth. And there are three who give testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. And these three are one. And there are three that give testimony on earth: the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three are one.
Alleluia, alleluia. 1 John 5, 9. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater. Alleluia.
Gospel • John 19, 30-35
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John.
[The continuation of the history of the Passion of Christ.]
At that time, Jesus when He had taken the vinegar, said: It is consummated. And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost.
Then the Jews, (because it was the parasceve,) that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath day, (for that was a great sabbath day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. The soldiers therefore came; and they broke the legs of the first, and of the other that was crucified with him. But after they were come to Jesus, when they saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers with a spear opened his side, and immediately there came out blood and water. And he that saw it, hath given testimony, and his testimony is true.
Offertory • 1 Cor. 10, 16
The chalice of benediction which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? And the bread which we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord?
Through these divine mysteries, we beseech Thee may we draw near to Jesus, the mediator of the New Testament, and renew upon Thine altars, O Lord of virtues, the springing of the blood, which speaketh more eloquently than that of Abel. Through the same.
Communion • Heb. 9, 28
Christ was offered once to exhaust the sins of many; the second time He shall appear without sin to them that expect Him, unto salvation.
Admitted to the sacred table, O Lord, we heave drawn water in gladness from the fountain of the Saviour; may His blood, we beseech Thee, become unto us a well of water springing up unto everlasting life. Who with Thee.