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Feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret

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. (Ps. 131, 1) O Lord, remember David, and all his meekness. Gory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O God, with the virtues of an apostle Thou didst exalt blessed Anthony Mary, and through him build in Thy Church new religious congregations of men and women: grant, we pray, that led by his counsels and helped by his prayers, we may unremittingly work for the salvation of souls. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Heb. 7:23-27

Brethren, there were made many priests, because by reason of death they were not suffered to continue: but Jesus, for that He continueth for ever, hath an everlasting priesthood. Whereby He is able also to save for ever them that come to God by Him: always living to make intercession for us. For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens: Who needeth not daily, as the other priests, to offer sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this He did once in offering Himself, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gradual • Ps. 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 Mine Anointed.

Alleluia • Ps. 109:4

Alleluia, alleluia. The Lord hath sworn, and He will not repent: Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedech. Alleluia.

Gospel • Matt. 24:42-47

Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

[We must always watch, as do the Bishops over their flock. The Lord shall place them over all His goods.]Offertory •Ps. 88:25

My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.

Secret

May this annual feast of Saint Anthony, Thy Confessor and Bishop, make us in Thy kindness acceptable to Thee, O Lord: and may this present rite duly appease Thee, bring happy recompense to him, and assure gifts of Thy grace to us. Through our Lord.

Communion • Matt. 24:46-47

Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord shall come he shall find so doing. Amen I say to you, he shall place him over his goods.

Postcommunion

O God, the rewarder of faithful souls, grant that by the prayers of bless Anthony, Thy Confessor and They Bishop, whose venerable feast we celebrate, we may obtain pardon. Through our Lord.

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