Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (Mar 11)
Ferial Day in Lent – Wednesday. Second Week of Lent
Introit • Ps. 37, 22, 23
Forsake me not, O Lord my God, do not Thou depart from me; attend unto my helps, O Lord, the power of my salvation. Ps. 29, 2. Rebuke me not, O Lord, in Thy indignation: nor chastise me in Thy wrath. Glory be …
Look upon Thy people with favor, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and grant that they whom Thou dost command to abstain from food may also cease from baneful vices. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Esther 13, 8-11; 15-17
Lesson from the Book of Esther.
[A copy of a letter sent by Aman to destroy the Jews. Mardochai’s prayer for the people.]
In those days Mardochai prayed to the Lord, saying, O Lord, Lord, almighty king, for all things are in thy power, and there is none that can resist thy will, if thou determine to save Israel. Thou hast made heaven and earth, and all things that are under the cope of heaven. Thou art Lord of all, and there is none that can resist thy majesty. And now, O Lord, O king, O God of Abraham, have mercy on thy people, because our enemies resolve to destroy us, and extinguish thy inheritance.
Despise not thy portion, which thou hast redeemed for thyself out of Egypt. Hear my supplication, and be merciful to thy lot and inheritance, and turn our mourning into joy, that we may live and praise thy name, O Lord, and shut not the mouths of them that sing to thee, O Lord our God.
Gradual • Ps. 27, 9, 1
Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless thy inheritance. Unto Thee, have I cried, O Lord my God; be not Thou silent to me, lest I become like to them that go down into the pit.
Tract. Ps. 102, 10
O Lord, repay us not according to the sins we have committed, nor according to our iniquities. Ps. 78, 8, 9. O Lord, remember not our former iniquities: let Thy mercies speedily prevent us, for we are become exceeding poor. Help us, O Lord our Saviour: and for the glory of Thy name, O Lord, deliver us: and forgive us our sins for Thy name’s sake.
Gospel • Matt. 20, 17-25
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[The parable of the labourers in the vineyard. The ambition of the two sons of Zebedee. Christ gives sight to two blind men.]
At that time, Jesus going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples apart, and said to them: Behold we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man shall be betrayed to the chief priests and the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death. And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to be mocked, and scourged, and crucified, and the third day he shall rise again. Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, adoring and asking something of him.
Who said to her: What wilt thou? She saith to him: Say that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom. And Jesus answering, said: You know not what you ask. Can you drink the chalice that I shall drink? They say to him: We can. He saith to them: My chalice indeed you shall drink; but to sit on my right or left hand, is not mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared by my Father. And the ten hearing it, were moved with indignation against the two brethren. But Jesus called them to him, and said: You know that the princes of the Gentiles lord it over them; and they that are the greater, exercise power upon them. It shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be the greater among you, let him be your minister: And he that will be first among you, shall be your servant. Even as the Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many.
Offertory • Ps. 24, 1-3
To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul; in Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed: neither my enemies laugh at me; none of them that wait Thee shall be confounded.
Look propitiously, O Lord, upon the sacrifices we offer Thee, and through these holy dealings loose the bonds of our sins. Through our Lord.
Communion • Ps. 10, 8
The Lord is just, and hath loved justice: His countenance hath behold righteousness.