Feast of Sts. Philip and James
Introit • 2 Esdr. 9, 27
In the time of their tribulation they cried to Thee, O Lord, and Thou heardest them from heaven, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 32, 1. Rejoice in the Lord, ye just: praise becometh the upright. Glory be …
O God, Who dost gladden us with the annual solemnity of Thine apostles, Philip and James, grant, we beseech Thee, that we may learn from the examples of those in whose merits we rejoice. Through the same.
Epistle • Eph. 4, 7-13
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Peter the Apostle to the Ephesians.
[He exhorts them to unity, to put on the new man, and to fly sin.]
Brethren, to every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the giving of Christ. Wherefore he saith: Ascending on high, he led captivity captive; he gave gifts to men. Now that he ascended, what is it, but because he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.
And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors, For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Until we all meet into the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 88, 6. The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord; and Thy truth in the church of the saints. Alleluia. John 14, 9. So long a time have I been with you, and have you not know Me? Philip, he that seeth Me, seeth My Father also. Alleluia.
Gospel • John 14, 1-13
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John.
[Christ’s discourse after his last supper.]
At that time, Jesus said to his disciples: Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you. And if I shall go, and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will take you to myself; that where I am, you also may be. And whither I go you know, and the way you know. Thomas saith to him: Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would without doubt have known my Father also: and from henceforth you shall know him, and you have seen him. Philip saith to him: Lord, shew us the Father, and it is enough for us. Jesus saith to him: Have I been so long a time with you; and have you not known me? Philip, he that seeth me seeth the Father also. How sayest thou, shew us the Father? Do you not believe, that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak to you, I speak not of myself. But the Father who abideth in me, he doth the works.
Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? Otherwise believe for the very works’ sake. Amen, amen I say to you, he that believeth in me, the works that I do, he also shall do; and greater than these shall he do. Because I go to the Father: and whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, that will I do.
Offertory • Ps. 88, 6
The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord; and Thy truth, in the church of the saints, alleluia, alleluia.
Graciously receive, O Lord, the offerings which we bring for the feast of Thine Apostles Philip and James, and turn aside all the evils which we deserve. Through our Lord.
Communion • John 14, 9, 10
Son long a time have I been with you, and have you not know Me? Philip, he that seeth Me, seeth My Father also, alleluia: believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in in Me? Alleluia, alleluia.
Filled with the mysteries of salvation, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be assisted by the prayers of those whose feast we celebrate. Through our Lord.