Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (Oct 31)

The Vigil of All Saints

Introit • Wis. 3,8

THE saints judge nations, and rule over people: and the Lord their God shall reign forever. Ps. 32, 1. Rejoice in the Lord, ye just: praise becometh the upright. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O Lord, our God, multiply Thy graces upon us, and grant that joy may follow in the holy praise of those whose glorious festival we anticipate. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Apoc. 5, 6-12

Lesson from the Book of the Apocalypse of blessed John the Apostle.

[The book sealed with seven seals is opened by the Lamb, who thereupon receives adoration and praise from all.]

In THOSE days, Behold, I John, saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the ancients, a Lamb standing as it were slain, having seven horns and seven eyes: which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne. And when he had opened the book, the four living creatures, and the four and twenty ancients fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints: And they sung a new canticle, saying: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; because thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God, in thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. And hast made us to our God a kingdom and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.

And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the living creatures, and the ancients; and the number of them was thousands of thousands, Saying with a loud voice: The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and benediction for ever and ever. Amen.


Gradual • Ps. 149, 5, 1

The saints shall rejoice in glory; they shall be joyful in their beds. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle; let His praise be in the assembly of the saints.

Lesser Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 111, 1. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: in His commandments he hath great delight. Alleluia.



Gospel • Luke 6, 17-23

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke. 

[Christ excuses his disciples. He cures upon the sabbath day, chooses the twelve and makes a sermon to them.]

At THAT time, Jesus coming down from the mountain stood in a plain place, and the company of his disciples, and a very great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and the sea coast both of Tyre and Sidon, Who were come to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases. And they that were troubled with unclean spirits, were cured. And all the multitude sought to touch him, for virtue went out from him, and healed all. And he, lifting up his eyes on his disciples, said: Blessed are ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

Blessed are ye that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh. Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’ s sake. Be glad in that day and rejoice; for behold, your reward is great in heaven.

Offertory • Ps. 149, 5, 6

The saints shall rejoice in glory, thy shall be joyful in their beds: the high praises of God are in their mouth.


We HEAP thine altar with oblations. O Lord; grant, we beseech Thee, that they may profit for our salvation by the prayer of all Thy saints, to whose coming festival was hasten. Through our Lord.

Communion • Wis. 3, 1

The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of malice shall not touch them: in the sight of the unwise thy seemed to die, but they are in peace.


HAVING completed the sacraments and the joys of earnestly desired festival, O Lord, we beseech Thee that we may be assisted by the prayers of those in who loving remembrance thy are offered. Through our Lord.

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