Feast of St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr
Introit • Is. 65, 19, 23
I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people, and the voice of weeping shall no more be heard in her, nor the voice of crying. My elect shall not labor in vain, for bring forth in trouble: for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their posterity with them. (P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.) Ps. 43, 2. We have heard, O God, with our ears: our fathers have declared to us the work Thou hast wrought in their days. Glory be …
O God, Who didst vouchsafe to call a multitude of peoples to the knowledge of Thy name by means of the zeal of blessed Boniface, Thy martyr and bishop, mercifully grant that, as we venerate his festival, we may experience the benefits of his protection. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Ecclus. 44, 1-15
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.
Let us now praise men of renown, and our fathers in their generation. The Lord hath wrought great glory through his magnificence from the beginning. Such as have borne rule in their dominions, men of great power, and endued with their wisdom, shewing forth in the prophets the dignity of prophets, And ruling over the present people, and by the strength of wisdom instructing the people in most holy words. Such as by their skill sought out musical tunes, and published canticles of the scriptures.
Rich men in virtue, studying beautifulness: living at peace in their houses. All these have gained glory in their generations, and were praised in their days. They that were born of them have left a name behind them, that their praises might be related: And there are some, of whom there is no memorial: who are perished, as if they had never been: and are become as if they had never been born, and their children with them. But these were men of mercy, whose godly deeds have not failed:
Good things continue with their seed, Their posterity are a holy inheritance, and their seed hath stood in the covenants. And their children for their sakes remain for ever: their seed and their glory shall not be forsaken. Their bodies are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto generation and generation. Let the people shew forth their wisdom, and the church declare their praise.
Gradual • 1 Peter 4, 13-14
Partaking of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice, that when His glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honor, glory, and power of God, and tht which is His spirit resteth upon you.
Alleluia, alleluia. Is. 66, 12. I will bring upon him as it were a river of peace, and as an overflowing torrent the glory. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 5, 1-12
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
At that time, Jesus seeing the multitudes, went up into a mountain; and when He was sat down, his disciples came unto him. And opening his mouth, he taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven.
Offertory • Wis. 3, 1-3
The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of malice shall not touch them: in the sight of the unwise they seemed to die, but they are in peace. Alleluia.
We offer Thee, O Lord, the gifts of our devotion; may they be made pleasing to Thee for the honor of all the just and, by Thy mercy, be profitable to our selves. Through our Lord.
Communion • Matt. 5, 8-10
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God: blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God: blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’s for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Grant to Thy faithful people, we beseech Thee, O Lord, ever to rejoice in the veneration of all Thy saints, and to be defended by their unceasing prayers. Through our Lord.