Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (March 12)
Ferial Day in Lent – Tuesday, First Week of Lent
Introit • Ps. 89, 1, 2
Lord, Thou hast been our refuge from generation to generation: from eternity and to eternity Thou art. Ps. 89, 2. Before the mountains were made, or the earth and the world was formed: from eternity and to eternity Thou art God. Glory be …
Commemoration of St. Thomas Aquinas
Look down upon Thy household, O Lord, and grant that our minds may be made glow by the desire of Thee, which have been chastened by the tormenting of their bodies. Through our Lord.
O God, Who dost enlighten Thy Church with the wondrous learning of blessed Thomas, Thy Confessor, and dost make it fruitful with his holy labors, grant us, we beseech Thee, both to understand what he taught and to imitate what he practiced. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Is. 55, 6-11
Lesson from Isaias the Prophet.
[God promises abundance of spiritual graces to the faithful, that shall believe in Christ out of all nations, and sincerely serve him.]
In those days, the prophet Isaias spoke, saying, Seek ye the Lord, while he may be found: call upon him, while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unjust man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God: for he is bountiful to forgive. For my thoughts are not your thoughts: nor your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts. And as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return no more thither, but soak the earth, and water it, and make it to spring, and give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be, which shall go forth from my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall do whatsoever I please, and shall prosper in the things for which I sent it; saith the Lord almighty.
Gradual • Ps. 140, 2
Let my prayer be directed as incense in Thy sight, O Lord. The lifting up of my hands as evening sacrifices.
Gospel • Matt. 21, 10-17
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[Christ rides into Jerusalem upon an ass. He casts the buyers and sellers out of the temple, curses the fig tree and puts to silence the priests and scribes.]
At that time, when Jesus when he was come into Jerusalem, the whole city was moved, saying: Who is this?And the people said: This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth of Galilee. And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the chairs of them that sold doves: And he saith to them: It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves. And there came to him the blind and the lame in the temple; and he healed them. And the chief priests and scribes, seeing the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying: Hosanna to the son of David; were moved with indignation.
And said to him: Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus said to them: Yea, have you never read: Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected praise? And leaving them, he went out of the city into Bethania, and remained there.
Offertory • Ps. 30, 15, 16
In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped: I said: Thou art my God, my times are in Thy hands.
Be appeased, we beseech Thee, O Lord, with the gifts we offer, and defend us from all angers. Through our Lord.
Communion • Matt. 4, 2
When I called upon Thee, Thou didst hear me, O God of my justice: when I was in distress, Thou hast enlarged me: have mercy on me, O Lord, and hear my prayer.
We beg, O almighty God, that we may lay hold upon the effect of that salvation whose pledge we have received through these mysteries. Through our Lord.