Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (March 15)
Ember Friday in Lent
Introit • Ps. 118, 151-152
Thou art near, O Lord, and all Thy ways are truth: I have known from the beginning concerning Thy testimonies, and Thou art forever. Ps. 118, 1. Blessed are the undefiled in the way; who walk in the way of the Lord. Glory be …
Bestir, O Lord, Thy might, we pray Thee, and come; that these who trust in Thy kindness and love, may the more speedily be delivered from all adversity. Who livest.
Epistle • Is. 11, 1-5
Lesson from Isaias the Prophet.
[Of the spiritual kingdom of Christ, to which all nations shall repair.]
Thus saith the Lord God: And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root. And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom, and of understanding, the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness. And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears. But he shall judge the poor with justice, and shall reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: land he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. And justice shall be the girdle of his loins: and faith the girdle of his reins.
Gradual • Ps. 84, 8, 2
Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy, and grant us Thy salvation. Lord, Thou hast blessed Thy land: Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.
Gospel • Luke 1, 39-47
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[The conception of John the Baptist, and of Christ. The visitation and canticle of the Blessed Virgin. The birth of the Baptist and the canticle of Zachary.]
At that time, Mary rising up, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda. And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth.
And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord. And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Offertory • Ps. 84, 7-8
Turning, O God, Thou wilt bring us to life: and Thy people shall rejoice in Thee; show us, O Lord, Thy mercy, and grant us Thy salvation.
We beseech Thee, O Lord, that having accepted our prayers and offerings, Thou wouldst cleanse us by the heavenly mysteries and harken unto us in Thy mercy. Through our Lord.
Communion • Zach. 14, 5, 6
Behold the Lord shall come, and all His saints with Him: and there shall be in that day a great light.
May the holy receiving of Thy sacrament, O Lord, restore us, purge us of the past, and insure for us a participation in the mystery of salvation. Through our Lord.