Feast of the St. Augustine of Canterbury
Introit • Ps. 131, 9, 10
Let thy priests O Lord, be clothed with justice, and let Thy saints rejoice: for Thy servant David’s sake, turn not away the face of Thine anointed. (P. T. Alleluia, alleluia.) Ps. 131, 1. O Lord, remember David and all his meekness. Glory be …
O God, Who didst vouchsafe to illumine the English people with the light of the true faith by the preaching and miracles of blessed Augustine, Thy confessor and bishop, grant that, by his intercession, the hearts of those who err may return to the unity of the truth and that we may be of one mind in Thy will. Through our Lord.
Epistle • 1 Thess. 2, 2-9
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians.
[The sincerity of the apostle’s preaching the gospel to them and of their receiving it.]
Brethren, we had confidence in our God, to speak unto you the gospel of God in much carefulness. For our exhortation was not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deceit: But as we were approved by God that the gospel should be committed to us: even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God, who proveth our hearts. For neither have we used, at any time, the speech of flattery, as you know; nor taken an occasion of covetousness, God is witness:
Nor sought we glory of men, neither of you, nor of others. Whereas we might have been burdensome to you, as the apostles of Christ: but we became little ones in the midst of you, as if a nurse should cherish her children: So desirous of you, we would gladly impart unto you not only the gospel of God, but also our own souls: because you were become most dear unto us. For you remember, brethren, our labour and toil: working night and day, lest we should be chargeable to any of you, we preached among you the gospel of God.
Gradual • 131, 16, 17
I will clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall rejoice with exceeding great joy. There will I bring forth a horn to David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 109, 4. The Lord hath sworn, and He will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. Alleluia.
Gospel • John 12, 24-26
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John.
[The anointing of Christ’s feet. His riding into Jerusalem upon an ass. A voice from heaven.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, Amen, amen I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, Itself remaineth alone. But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world, keepeth it unto life eternal. If any man minister to me, let him follow me; and where I am, there also shall my minister be. If any man minister to me, him will my Father honor.
Offertory • Ps. 88, 21-22
I have found David My servant, with My holy oil I have anointed him: for My hand shall help him, and My arm shall strengthen him. (P. T. Alleluia, alleluia.)
We offer sacrifice unto Thee, O Lord, on the solemnity of blessed Augustine, Thy bishop and confessor, humbly beseeching that the sheep which have gone astray may return to the one fold and be nourished with this food of salvation. Through our Lord.
Communion • Luke 12, 42
A faithful and wise servant, whom the Lord hath set over His family, to give them their measure of wheat in due season. (P. T. Alleluia, alleluia.)
Refreshed with the victim of salvation, we supplicate Thee, O Lord, that, through the intercessory patronage of blessed Augustine, it may always and everywhere be offered to Thy name. Through our Lord.