Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (Oct 4)
Introit • Gals, 6, 14
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ: by Whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. Ps. 141, 2. I cried to the Lord with my voice; with my voice I made supplication to the Lord. Gory be …
O God, Who, by the merits of blessed Francis, didst increase Thy Church by bringing forth a new progeny, grant us to imitate him in despising earthly things and ever to rejoice in partaking of heavenly gifts. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Gal. 6, 14-18
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Galatians.
Brethren, But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ: by Whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature: and whosoever shall follow this rule, peace on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From henceforth let no man be troublesome to me; for I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus in my body. The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.
Gradual • Ps. 36, 30, 31
The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgments. The law of his God is in his heart: and his steps shall not supplanted.
Alleluia, alleluia. The poor and lowly Francis entereth heaven abounding in riches; he is acclaimed with celestial hymns. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 16, 24-27
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[Christ refuses to shew the Pharisees a sign from heaven. Peter’s confession is rewarded. He is rebuked for opposing Christ’s passion. All his followers must deny themselves.]
At that time: Jesus said to His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for My sake, shall find it. For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels: and then will He render to every man according to his works.
Offertory • Ps. 88, 21-25
My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.
Sanctify, O Lord, the gifts dedicated to Thee, and, by the intercession of blessed Francis, cleanse us from all stain of sin. Through our Lord.
Communion • Luke 12, 42
A faithful and wise servant, who the Lord hath set over His family, to give them their measure of wheat in due season.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that, giving thanks for the favors we have received, we may, by the intercession of blessed Andrew Thy confessor and bishop, obtain blessing still greater. Through our Lord.