Daily Mass

Ember Wednesday

Introit • Ps. 80, 2, 3, 4, 5

Rejoice to God our helper: sing aloud to the God of Jacob: take a pleasant psalm with the harp; blow the trumpet in the beginning of the month, for it is a commandment in Israel, and a judgement to the God of Jacob. Ps. 80, 6. He ordained it for a testimony in Joseph, when he came out of the land of Egypt: he heard a tongue which he knew not.. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Let our frailty, we beseech Thee, O Lord, be helped by the remedies of Thy mercy, that, whereas it is wasted by its own nature, it may be repaired by Thy clemency. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Amos 9, 13-14

Thus saith the Lord God, Behold the days come, saith the Lord, when the ploughman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed: and the mountains shall drop sweetness, and every hill shall be tilled.  And I will bring back the captivity of my people Israel: and they shall build the abandoned cities, and inhabit them: and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine of them: and shall make gardens, and eat the fruits of them. And I will plant them upon their own land: and I will no more pluck them out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.

Gradual • Ps. 112, 5, 7

Who is as the Lord our God, Who dwelleth on high; and looketh down on the low things in heaven and in earth? Raising up the needy from the earth; and lifting up the poor out of the dunghill.

Epistle • 2 Esd. 8, 1-10

In those days, all the people were gathered together as one man to the street which is before the water gate, and they spoke to Esdras the scribe, to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded to Israel.  Then Esdras the priest brought the law before the multitude of men and women, and all those that could understand, in the first day of the seventh month.  And he read it plainly in the street that was before the water gate, from the morning until midday, before the men, and the women, and all those that could understand: and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book.  And Esdras the scribe stood upon a step of wood, which he had made to speak upon, and there stood by him Mathathias, and Semeia, and Ania, and Uria, and Helcia, and Maasia, on his right hand: and on the left, Phadaia, Misael, and Melchia, and Hasum, and Hasbadana, Zacharia and Mosollam.  And Esdras opened the book before all the people: for he was above all the people: and when he had opened it, all the people stood.

 And Esdras blessed the Lord the great God: and all the people answered, Amen, amen: lifting up their hands: and they bowed down, and adored God with their faces to the ground.  Now Josue, and Bani, and Serebia, Jamin, Accub, Sephtai, Odia, Maasia, Celtia, Azarias, Jozabed, Hanan, Phalaia, the Levites, made silence among the people to hear the law: and the people stood in their place.  And they read in the book of the law of God distinctly and plainly to be understood: and they understood when it was read.  And Nehemias (he is Athersatha) and Esdras the priest and scribe, and the Levites who interpreted to all the people, said: This is a holy day to the Lord our God: do not mourn, nor weep: for all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.  And he said to them: Go, eat fat meats, and drink sweet wine, and send portions to them that have not prepared for themselves: because it is the holy day of the Lord, and be not sad: for the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Gradual • Ps. 32, 12, 6

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: the people whom the Lord hath chosen for His inheritance. By the word of the Lord the heavens were established: and all the power of them by the spirit of His mouth.



Gospel • Mark 9, 16-28

At that time,  one of the multitude, answering, said: Master, I have brought my son to thee, having a dumb spirit.  Who, wheresoever he taketh him, dasheth him, and he foameth, and gnasheth with the teeth, and pineth away; and I spoke to thy disciples to cast him out, and they could not.  Who answering them, said: O incredulous generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.  And they brought him. And when he had seen him, immediately the spirit troubled him; and being thrown down upon the ground, he rolled about foaming.  And he asked his father: How long time is it since this hath happened unto him? But he said: From his infancy:

 And oftentimes hath he cast him into the fire and into waters to destroy him. But if thou canst do any thing, help us, having compassion on us.  And Jesus saith to him: If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.  And immediately the father of the boy crying out, with tears said: I do believe, Lord: help my unbelief.  And when Jesus saw the multitude running together, he threatened the unclean spirit, saying to him: Deaf and dumb spirit, I command thee, go out of him; and enter not any more into him.  And crying out, and greatly tearing him, he went out of him, and he became as dead, so that many said: He is dead.

 But Jesus taking him by the hand, lifted him up; and he arose.  And when he was come into the house, his disciples secretly asked him: Why could not we cast him out?  And he said to them: This kind can go out by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. 

Offertory • Ps. 118, 47, 48

I will meditate on Thy commandments, which I have loved exceedingly: and lift up my hand to Thy commandments, which I have loved.


May this sacrificed, we beseech Thee, O Lord, cleanse our sins away, and sanctify the bodies and minds of them that serve Thee unto celebrating the sacrifice. Through our Lord.

Communion • 2 Esd. 8, 10

Eat fat meats, and drink sweet wine, and send portions to them that have not prepared for themselves; because it is the holy day of the Lord; be not sad, for the joy of the Lord is our strength.


In receiving Thine adorable sacrament, we supplicate Thee, O Lord, that what, of Thy bounty, we perform in diligent service, we may, by Thy grace, become more and more worthy to share in this heavenly gift. Through our Lord.

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