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Thursday, December 23, 2021

Propers for Sun., Dec. 26, 2021 - Sarum

For use with the "Divine Liturgy of St. Gregory, that is, the Roman Rite, according to the ancient use of Sarum" free download document. All usages below have been approved for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), for those communities using the Sarum Liturgy (this status is coordinated and overseen by Archpriest Mark Rowe, Vicar General for the Western Rite Communities of the ROCOR).  

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

in Nativity fast. Service is given of the Sunday, with commemoration of St. Lucy and of St. Judoc, royal priest-hermit of Ponthieu. It is true the rubrics instruct St. Lucy's day to be deferred to Monday so it can be celebrated as fully and festively as possible. However, if there be no Mass for her on Monday, better to commemorate her on Sunday. 

TERCE

antiphon: Jerusalem, rejoice with exceeding great joy, for thy Saviour is coming to thee, alleluia. 

chapter: Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and the dispensers of the mysteries of God. Here now it is required of dispensers, that a man be found faithful. R. Thanks be to God. 

short responsory. Come to deliver us, O Lord God of hosts.
Come to deliver us, O Lord God of hosts.
V. And show us Thy face, and we shall be saved.
O Lord God of hosts. 
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Come to deliver us. 
O Lord God of hosts.  

versicle:  The heathen shall fear Thy name, O Lord.
R. And all the kings of the earth Thy glory.

Collect as at Mass, below. 

SEXT

antiphon: I will give salvation on Sion, and my glory upon Jerusalem, alleluia. 

chapter: But as for me, it is a small thing for me to be judged by you or by man's day; for I judge not mine own self. R. Thanks be to God.  

short responsory: Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy.
Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy.
V. And grant us Thy salvation.
[And] Thy mercy.
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Show us, O Lord,
Thy mercy.

versicle: Remember us, O Lord, according the favor that Thou bearest unto Thy people.
R. O visit us with Thy salvation. 

Collect as at Mass, below. 

PROCESSION

responsory, tone 8:  The angel Gabriel was sent from God into the city of Nazareth unto the Virgin Mary, espoused to Joseph, and he said to her: "The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy that shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God." And Mary said, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word." Alleluia. 

After the Litany of St. Martin:

antiphon for re-entry, tone 8: Behold, the Root of Jesse hath risen up for the salvation of the peoples; Him the Gentiles shall entreat, and glorious shall be His name.
     V. And justice shall be the girdle of His loins, and faith the cincture of His reins.
     And glorious shall be His name. 

V. The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
R. Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight His paths. 
Let us pray, and the collect of day, from below. 

MASS

Officium: O rejoice in the Lord always, again, I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known unto all men; the Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, let your petitions be made known unto God. 

V. And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding : keep your hearts and minds.

O rejoice in the Lord always, again, I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known unto all men; the Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, let your petitions be made known unto God

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, unto the ages of ages, amen.

O rejoice in the Lord always, again, I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known unto all men; the Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, let your petitions be made known unto God

V. Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame : if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline, think on these things.

O rejoice in the Lord always, again, I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known unto all men; the Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, let your petitions be made known unto God

Kyrie-Litany. No Gloria. 

V. The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit. Let us pray. 

COLLECT OF THE DAY:  Incline Thine ear to our prayers, O Master, we beseech Thee: and enlighten the darkness of our minds by the grace of Thy visitation. Who liveth and reigneth with Thy Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God through all the ages of ages. Amen. [2 optional collects:]

Collect of St. Lucy:  Hearken to us, O God our Saviour, that as we rejoice in the festival of the blessed Lucy, Thy virgin and martyr, so also we may become learned in the way of piety, by having the sentiment of reverence.  

Collect of St. Judoc: O God, Who grantest us to rejoice in the commemoration within time of Thy saints: grant, we beseech Thee, that by the intercession of blessed Judoc we may be numbered in the same portion of the saved wherein he stood gloriously by Thy grace. Through... 

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 (p. 13 in the complete epistle-gospel Lectionary).
A reading from the epistle of blessed Paul the apostle to the Corinthians. Brethren, let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and the dispensers of the mysteries of God. Here now it is required among the dis-pensers, that a man be found faithful. But to me it is a very small thing to be judged by you, or by man’s day; but neither do I judge my own self. For I am not conscious to myself of any thing, yet am I not hereby justified; but He that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore, judge not before the time, until the Lord come, Who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts. And then shall every man : have praise from God.     1 Cor 4:1-5   

Graduale, tone 7:  O Lord, Thou that sittest on the cherubim: stir up Thy might and come.
     V. Hear, O Thou Shepherd of Israel: Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep. 
O Lord, Thou that sittest on the cherubim: stir up Thy might and come.

Alleluia, tone 4:   Alleluia, alleluia. V. Stir up Thy might and come to save us.  Repeat: Alleluia.

Sequence
O Thou Who alone rulest all things
By the strong scepter of Thy right hand,
Stirring up Thy mighty power,
Reveal it to Thy people!

Grant them salvation-bringing gifts,
Thou the prophetic predictions did foretell.
From the radiant, royal country of the heavens,
Come, O Lord, to ours.

Gospel

Deacon: The Lord be with you.  R.  And with thy spirit.  Deacon: The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. R.  Glory to Thee, O Lord.

At time, when John had heard in prison the works of Christ, sending two of his disciples he said to Him: Art thou He that art to come, or look we for another? And Jesus, making answer, said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen. The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he that shall not be scandalized in Me. And when they went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: What went you out into the desert to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went you out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold, they that are clothed in soft garments are in the houses of kings. But what went you out to see? A prophet? Yea, I tell you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written: “Behold I send Mine angel before Thy face : who shall prepare Thy way before Thee.”   Mt. 11:2-10

Offerenda, tone 4:  Thou hast blessed, O Lord, Thy land: Thou hast turned back the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven the offenses of Thy people.

V. Thou hast covered all their sins, Thou hast curtailed all Thy displeasure. 

Thou hast blessed, O Lord, Thy land: Thou hast turned back the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven the offenses of Thy people.

V. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy, and grant us Thy salvation. 

Thou hast blessed, O Lord, Thy land: Thou hast turned back the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven the offenses of Thy people.

Secret of the day: Let the offering of our devotion be sacrificed to Thee ceaselessly, O Lord, we pray Thee: may it enact what we were taught respecting this holy Mystery, and and accomplish Thy salvation in us wondrously. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God through all the ages of ages. R. Amen.

Secret of St. Lucy: May the oblation of the people who are made holy be accepted by Thee, O Lord, on account of the honor of Thy saints, for they know well that they have received help from affliction through the righteous prayers they make for us.  

Secret of St. JudocO God, Who madest Thine excellent priest Judoc to shine surpassingly bright amid the luminaries of heaven: grant that by the temporal festivities of so great a father we may attain to the radiant company of those who dwell on high. Through... 

Preface:  ... everlasting God, through Christ our Lord. By Whose incarnation was brought about the salvation of the world, and by Whose passion was obtained the redemption of mankind whom He had created. May He Who redeemed us from the darkness of hell bring us to His everlasting gifts, we beseech Thee. And in His second coming may He make us righteous Who redeemed us by His first coming: that we may be defended from all evils by the exalted glory of Him Whose humility raised us up to life. By Him angels praise Thy majesty... 

Communio, tone 7:  Say unto the faint-hearted: Take courage and fear not! Behold, our God will come, and He will save us. 

V. Thou hast blessed, O Lord, Thy land : Thou hast turned back the captivity of Jacob.

Say unto the faint-hearted: Take courage and fear not! Behold, our God will come, and He will save us. 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Say unto the faint-hearted: Take courage and fear not! Behold, our God will come, and He will save us.  

Postcommunion of the day: .We implore Thy mercy, O Lord, that this divine relief may prepare us for the approaching feasts, for from our sins we are washed. Through...

Postcommunion of St. Lucy: Thou hast filled Thy family, O Lord, with the most holy Gifts: we beseech that Thou cherish and keep us for ever by the intercession of her whose festivities we celebrate. 

Postcommunion of St. Judoc Well-filled with the delights of heaven, we entreat Thee, O Lord: that by the helping prayer of our glorious father Judoc, we may be united to the banquet of Paradise. Through... 

Bowed Heads: Let us pray. Bow your heads before God. R. Thanks be to God.

     We beseech Thee, O Lord our God, make us vigilant and watchful to await the coming of Christ Thy Son our Lord: that when He cometh a-knocking, He may find us not asleep in sins, but keeping watch and rejoicing in praises of Him. Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God through all the ages of ages. Amen.

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The editor is largely recovered now from a debilitating case of Covid-19. 

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Propers for Sun., Dec. 19, 2021 - Sarum

For use with the "Divine Liturgy of St. Gregory, that is, the Roman Rite, according to the ancient use of Sarum" free download document. All usages below have been approved for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), for those communities using the Sarum Liturgy (this status is coordinated and overseen by Archpriest Mark Rowe, Vicar General for the Western Rite Communities of the ROCOR).  

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

in Nativity fast. Service is given of the Sunday, in which case St. Nicholas is deferred to Monday. However, for churches without daily services, less will be omitted if the saint is simply commemorated on the Sunday. It is also an established custom in some places to celebrate St. Nicholas on the Sunday, with commemoration of the Sunday. 

TERCE

antiphon: The city of our strength is Sion; our Saviour is set in her, upon her walls and before her walls, open wide the gates, for God is with us, alleluia. 

chapter: What things soever were written, were written for our leaning, that through patience and the comfort of the Scriptures, we might have hope. R. Thanks be to God. 

short responsory. Come to deliver us, O Lord God of hosts.
Come to deliver us, O Lord God of hosts.
V. And show us Thy face, and we shall be saved.
O Lord God of hosts. 
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Come to deliver us. 
O Lord God of hosts.  

versicle:  The heathen shall fear Thy name, O Lord.
R. And all the kings of the earth Thy glory.

Collect as at Mass, below. 

SEXT

antiphon: Behold, the Lord shall appear, and will not disappoint; if He delay, wait for Him, for He shall come and shall not tarry. 

chapter: Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of one mind one towards another, according to Jesus Christ, that with one mind, and with one mouth, you may glorify God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. R. Thanks be to God.  

short responsory: Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy. 
Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy.
V. And grant us Thy salvation.
[And] Thy mercy. 
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Show us, O Lord,
Thy mercy. 

versicle: Remember us, O Lord, according the favor that Thou bearest unto Thy people.
R. O visit us with Thy salvation. 

Collect as at Mass, below. 

PROCESSION

responsory, tone 8:  The angel Gabriel was sent from God into the city of Nazareth unto the Virgin Mary, espoused to Joseph, and he said to her: "The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy that shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God." And Mary said, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word." Alleluia. 

After the Litany of St. Martin:

antiphon for re-entry, tone 4: Christ our King will draw nigh to us, Whom John foretold was the King that was to come.
     V. Behold the Lamb of God; behold Him that taketh away the sins of the world..
     Whom John foretold was the King that was to come. 

V. The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
R. Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight His paths. 
Let us pray, and the collect of day, from below. 

MASS

Officium: People of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to redeem the nations. And the Lord shall make the glory of His voice to be heard in the gladness of your heart. 

V. Hear, O Thou Shepherd of Israel : Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep.

People of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to redeem the nations. And the Lord shall make the glory of His voice to be heard in the gladness of your heart. 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, unto the ages of ages, amen.

People of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to redeem the nations. And the Lord shall make the glory of His voice to be heard in the gladness of your heart. 

V. Show Thyself, Thou that sittest upon the cherubim : before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasses.

People of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to redeem the nations. And the Lord shall make the glory of His voice to be heard in the gladness of your heart. 

Kyrie-Litany. No Gloria. 

V. The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit. Let us pray. 

COLLECT OF THE DAY:  Stir up our hearts to prepare the ways of Thine only-begotten Son, O Lord, that by His coming we may be worthy to serve Thee with souls washed clean. Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God through all the ages of ages. Amen. 

Collect of St. Nicholas:  O God, Who didst decorate Thy blessed bishop Nicholas with numberless miracles: grant us, we beseech Thee, that by his righteousness and prayers we may be delivered from the flames of Gehenna. 

Collect 3: Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that the intercession of the holy Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary, and of all the heavenly powers, and of the blessed patriarchs, prophets, apostles, evangelists, martyrs, and confessors, and virgins, and of all Thine elect, may everywhere fill us with joy, that as we call their righteousness to mind we may experience their watchful prayer. Through... 

There are no additional collects unless the priest wish it. 

Epistle: Romans 15:4-13 (p. 9 in the complete epistle-gospel Lectionary).

A reading from the epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans. Brethren, what things soever were written, were written for our learning, that through patience and the comfort of the scriptures we might have hope. Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of one mind one towards another, according to Jesus Christ: that with one mind, and with one mouth, ye may glorify God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive one another, as Christ also hath received you unto the honour of God. For I say that Christ Jesus was minister of the circum-cision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers, but that the Gentiles are to glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: “For this cause will I confess Thee among the Gentiles, O Lord, and unto Thy name will I chant.”2 And again he saith: “Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with His people.”3 And again: “O praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; praise Him, all ye peoples.”4 And again Isaias saith: “There shall be a root of Jesse; and He that shall rise up to rule the Gentiles, in Him the Gen-tiles shall hope.”5 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, and in the power : of the Holy Ghost.   Rom 15:4-13.

Graduale, tone 5:  Out of Sion is the magnificence of His comeliness. Our God shall come visibly.
     V. Gather together unto Him His holy ones, who have established His covenant upon sacrifices. 
Out of Sion...

Alleluia, tone 8:   Alleluia, alleluia. V. The powers of heaven shall be moved, and then they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and majesty.  Repeat: Alleluia.

Sequence
Let this pious assembly
Sing praise unto Him Who reigneth
Throughout the eternal ages yet to come,
By the sound thereof paying His due to our Divine Creator.

To Whom the angelic hosts shout in jubilation,
Exhilarated by His countenance,
Whom all those on the earth await,
To be queried at His command.

He Who is exacting in His judgments, merciful in His might,
By Thy mercy save us, O Christ, since for us Thou didst suffer torments.
Lift us to the shining stars of heaven,
Thou Who dost cleanse all ages from defilement.

Let Thy true salvation stream down upon us,
Putting dangers unto flight.
So that all things may be pure,
Do Thou grant us peaceful times.

That being saved here by Thy mercy,
We may draw near, as ones rejoicing,
At Thy realms on high hereafter,
Where Thou reignest through unending ages..

Gospel

Deacon: The Lord be with you.  R.  And with thy spirit.  Deacon: The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Luke. R.  Glory to Thee, O Lord.

At that time Jesus said to His disciples: There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves; men withering away for fear, and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world. For the powers of heaven shall be moved, and then they shall see the Son of Man coming in a cloud, with great power and majesty. But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand. And He spake to them a similitude: See the fig tree, and all the trees. When they now shoot forth their fruit, ye know that summer is nigh. So ye also, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of God is at hand. Amen I say to you, this generation shall not pass away, till all things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words : shall not pass away.   Lk 21:25-33

Offerenda, tone 3:  O God, Thou wilt turn and quicken us, and Thy people shall be glad in Thee. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy, and Thy salvation do Thou give unto us.

V. Thou hast been gracious, O Lord, unto Thy land; Thou hast turned back the captivity of Jacob; Thou hast forgiven the iniquities of Thy people.

O God, Thou wilt turn and quicken us, and Thy people shall be glad in Thee. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy, and Thy salvation do Thou give unto us.

V. Mercy and truth are met together; truth is sprung up out of the earth & righteousness hath looked down from heaven. 

O God, Thou wilt turn and quicken us, and Thy people shall be glad in Thee. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy, and Thy salvation do Thou give unto us.

Secret of the day: Be Thou moved to mercy, O Lord, we beseech Thee, by the prayers and sacrifices of our lowliness, and whereas opinions of our merits gain us nothing, uphold us with Thy watchful care. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God through all the ages of ages. R. Amen.

Secret of St. Nicholas: O Lord, sanctify these gifts which are brought in reverence of Thy holy bishop Nicholas, we beseech Thee: that by means of them our life may be navigated in all places, from prosperities to adversities. 

Secret 3Be pleased, O Lord, with the proffered gifts, and at the intercession of the blessed and glorious and Ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with that of all Thy saints, defend us from all danger. Through... 

Preface:  ... everlasting God. Who by Thine indescribable gift hast granted that human nature, which was fashioned in Thy likeness, but became unlike Thee through sin and death, should not perish in eternal damnation: but whence sin gave birth to death, thence Thine immeasurable compassion might restore life: and the new and undefiled virgin, Mary, might reverse the crimes of the original virgin. For she, being hailed by the angel, and overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, was found worthy to bring forth Him Who granted birth to all things by His command. She stood in awe of the virginity of her body, and the fruitfulness of her conceiving. And she rejoiced that she would give birth to her Creator, Jesus Christ our Lord. By Whom angels praise Thy majesty... 

Communio, tone 2:  Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high, and behold the joy that cometh to thee from thy God..

V. Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem : praise thy God, O Sion.

Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high, and behold the joy that cometh to thee from thy God.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high, and behold the joy that cometh to thee from thy God. 

Postcommunion of the day: .Well-filled with the Food of spiritual nourishing, we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord, that by our partaking of this mystery Thou wouldest teach us to despise things earthly, and to love things heavenly. Through...

Postcommunion of St. Nicholas: May the sacrificial Elements we have received for the sake of the feast of Thy holy bishop Nicholas, strengthen us with unending protection, O Lord, we beseech Thee. 

Postcommunion 3 We have received, O Lord, the heavenly holy mysteries, practicing the remembrance of the blessed Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary and of all Thy saints: grant, we beseech Thee, that assisted by their prayers we may in joys eternal arrive at the fruition of what we now accomplish in time. Through... 

Bowed Heads: Let us pray. Bow your heads before God. R. Thanks be to God.

     Mightily gird up the loins of our mind with Thy Divine strength, O Lord our God, we beseech Thee, that when our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son cometh, we may be found worthy for the banquet of eternal life, and may deserve to receive from Him some portion in the prayers of the majestic heavenly Powers. : Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God through all the ages of ages. Amen.

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This post was delayed because of severe Covid-19. 

Monday, December 6, 2021

Propers for Sun., Dec. 12, 2021 - Sarum

For use with the "Divine Liturgy of St. Gregory, that is, the Roman Rite, according to the ancient use of Sarum" free download document. All usages below have been approved for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), for those communities using the Sarum Liturgy (this status is coordinated and overseen by Archpriest Mark Rowe, Vicar General for the Western Rite Communities of the ROCOR). Note that there is a typo in the 2021 bi-ritual Ordo and Calendar for ROCOR, listing several days prior to St. Andrew's day as being "in the octave of St. Andrew." 

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

in Nativity fast. Service is of the Sunday. There is no notice of the vigil of St. Andrew except that it is kept as a Mass at a side altar or as a Missa Sicca. The only commemoration of Sts. Saturninus and Sisinnius the martyrs is at the Little Vespers and Little Matins of St. Mary. Today the liturgical season called Advent begins, and at Matins we begin reading the book of Isaias the prophet. 

TERCE

antiphon: Rejoice, O daughter of Sion; be exceeding joyful, O daughter of Jerusalem.

chapter: It is now the hour for us to rise from sleep, for now our salvation is nearer than when we believed. R. Thanks be to God. 

short responsory. Come to deliver us, O Lord God of hosts.
Come to deliver us, O Lord God of hosts.
V. And show us Thy face, and we shall be saved.
O Lord God of hosts. 
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Come to deliver us. 
O Lord God of hosts.  

versicle:  The heathen shall fear Thy name, O Lord.
R. And all the kings of the earth Thy glory.

Collect as at Mass, below. 

SEXT

antiphon: Behold, the Lord shall come, and all His saints with Him, and there shall be in that day a great light, alleluia. 

chapter: The night is past, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light. R. Thanks be to God.  

short responsory: Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy. 
Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy.
V. And grant us Thy salvation.
[And] Thy mercy. 
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Show us, O Lord,
Thy mercy. 

versicle: Remember us, O Lord, according the favor that Thou bearest unto Thy people.
R. O visit us with Thy salvation. 

Collect as at Mass, below. 

PROCESSION

responsory, tone 8:  The angel Gabriel was sent from God into the city of Nazareth unto the Virgin Mary, espoused to Joseph, and he said to her: "The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy that shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God." And Mary said, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word." Alleluia. 

The summer antiphon, versicle, and collect of the cross are discontinued until next summer. After the Litany of St. Martin:

antiphon for re-entry, tone 2: Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; ye mountains, shout praise with jubilation, O ye mountains: for our Lord will come, and He will have mercy on His poor ones.
     V. In His days shall righteousness flourish, and an abundance of peace.
     And He will have mercy on His poor ones. 

V. The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
R. Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight His paths. 
Let us pray, and the collect of day, from below. 

MASS

Officium: How trustworthy is Thy protection! Let it be with Thy servants and aid them. 
     Unto Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. My God, I put my trust in Thee, O let me never be confounded, neither let mine enemies laugh me to scorn. For all they that wait on Thee shall not be ashamed.

V. Tell me Thy ways, O Lord : and teach me Thy paths.

Of old David, filled with the breath of the benevolent Spirit, uttered clear resouding hymns to Christ, in these very words:
      Unto Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. My God, I put my trust in Thee, O let me never be confounded,
     but let me shine brightly in Thy power, in the glory of Thy victory.
     Neither let mine enemies laugh me to scorn,
     those who despise themselves by submitting their necks to prideful ways.
     For all they that wait on Thee shall not be ashamed.

V. Lead me forth in Thy truth, and teach me : for Thou art God my Saviour.

Unto Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. My God, I put my trust in Thee, O let me never be confounded, neither let mine enemies laugh me to scorn. For all they that wait on Thee shall not be ashamed.

V. Remember Thy loving-kindnesses, O Lord : and Thy mercies, which are from everlasting.

Unto Thee, O Lord, etc.

V.  O remember not the sins of my youth : and of mine ignorance.

Unto Thee, O Lord, etc.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, unto the ages of ages, amen.

Unto Thee, O Lord, etc.

Kyrie-Litany. The Gloria is not sung until the feast of the Nativity. 

V. The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit. Let us pray. 

COLLECT OF THE DAY:  Stir up Thy power, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and come: that we may be found worthy to be rescued from the besetting dangers of our sins and saved by Thy deliverance. Who livest and reignest with God, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God through all the ages of ages. Amen. 

There are no additional collects unless the priest wish it. 

Lesson: Romans 13:11-14 (p. 2 in the complete epistle-gospel Lectionary).

A reading from the epistle of blessed Paul the apostle to the Romans. Brethren, know that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep. For now our salvation is nearer than when we believed. The night is passed and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy, but put ye on : the Lord Jesus Christ.

Graduale, tone 2:  For all they that wait on Thee shall not be ashamed, O Lord.
     V. Tell me Thy ways, O Lord : and teach me Thy paths. 
For all they...

Alleluia, tone 8:   Alleluia, alleluia. V. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy, and grant us Thy salvation.  Repeat: Alleluia.

Sequence
Salvation eternal,
Life of the world unfailing,
Light everlasting,
And, truly, our redemption!

Grieving that ages of mankind were perishing
Through the tempter’s whisperings,
Thou, not leaving the heavenly heights,
Camest in Thy mercy into this lowest world.

Swiftly taking human nature,
Thou didst save all earthly beings,
Which had fallen and been lost,
Using Thy swift-acting grace.

Bringing joy to the world, O Christ,
Purify our souls and bodies,
That Thou remain in us as dwellings
Shining clear and bright.

By Thy first coming, make us righteous;
By Thy second, set us free;
That when Thy mighty light hath dawned,
And Thou shalt judge all things,

Then we, clad in robes of incorruption,
May follow, swift, without delay,
The footsteps of Thy feet,
Whithersoever they appear.

Gospel

Deacon: The Lord be with you.  R.  And with thy spirit.  Deacon: The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. R.  Glory to Thee, O Lord.

At that time, when Jesus drew nigh to Jerusalem, and was come to Bethphage, unto Mount Olivet, He sent two disciples, saying to them: Go ye into the village that is over against you, and immediately ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if any man shall say anything to you, say ye that the Lord hath need of them, and forthwith he will let them go. Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: ‘Tell ye the daughter of Sion: Behold, thy King cometh to thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of her that is used to the yoke.’ And the disciples, going, did as Jesus commanded them. And they brought the ass and the colt, and laid their garments upon them, and made Him sit thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way, and others cut boughs from the trees and strewed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before and that followed cried, saying, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.’

Offerenda, tone 2:  O hope of mercy, intercession, might, and my defense, O my Jesus!

     Unto Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. My God, I put my trust in Thee, O let me never be confounded, neither let mine enemies laugh me to scorn. For all they that wait on Thee shall not be ashamed.

Thou Who art the way, the guide, the guidance, Thou knowledge of the highest truth!

     V. Lead me forth in Thy truth, and teach me : for Thou art God my Saviour, and upon Thee have I waited all the day long.

Unto Thee, O Lord, etc.

Thou Who hast compassion on those who are grieving, O our meek Loving-kindness! Forthwith, now,

     V. Look upon me and have mercy on me, O Lord. O keep my soul, and deliver me. Let me not be confounded, for I have put my trust in Thee.

Unto Thee, O Lord, etc.

Secret of the day: May these sacred gifts, O Lord, cause us who are cleansed by their mighty power to approach in greater purity Him Who created them. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God through all the ages of ages. R. Amen.

Preface:  ... everlasting God. Whose property and unique quality it is, that Thou art good, and never altered by any change therefrom. Be gracious to our supplications and show Thy Church Thy mercy for which she prayeth, revealing to Thy people both the mystery of the incarnation of Thine only-begotten Son, and the marvelous sacrament of His coming, that it may be known among all nations that the ancient promise made by the prophets’ prophecies hath now been fulfilled, and that those rendered beautiful by confession of the truth, may share in the dignity of adopted sonship. By Him angels praise Thy majesty... 

Communio, tone 1:  Let all those born of earth be joyful for the mighty Gift! 
     
The Lord shall show loving-kindness, and our land shall give her increase.

     V. Thou hast forgiven the offenses of Thy people; * Thou hast cov­ered all their sins.
     
     The Lord shall show loving-kindness, and our land shall give her increase.

     Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit : as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, unto the ages of ages, amen.
     
     The Lord shall show loving-kindness, and our land shall give her increase.

Postcommunion of the day: .Pour Thy grace into our souls, we pray Thee, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of Christ Thy Son by the tidings of an angel may, through His passion and cross, be brought to the glory of the resurrection. Through... 

Bowed Heads: Let us pray. Bow your heads before God. R. Thanks be to God.
     May Thy grace, O Lord, ever precede us and follow us, that through the advent of Thine only-begotten Son we may await with the highest hopes of our heart a haven in this present life, and may also reach the harbor of the life to come. Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God through all the ages of ages. Amen. 

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Officium (introit) for Dominica (Sunday) Prima (First) Adventus (of Advent): 



Thursday, December 2, 2021

Propers for Sun., Dec. 5, 2021 - Sarum

For use with the "Divine Liturgy of St. Gregory, that is, the Roman Rite, according to the ancient use of Sarum" free download document. All usages below have been approved for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), for those communities using the Sarum Liturgy (this status is coordinated and overseen by Archpriest Mark Rowe, Vicar General for the Western Rite Communities of the ROCOR).

LAST SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT

in Nativity fast. Service is of St. Cecilia, virgin, martyr, patroness of church music, with commemoration of the Sunday and of the Holy Trinity. The liturgical season of Advent, with its privileged Sundays, starts Dec. 12, 2021.

TERCE

antiphon: Valerian, I want to tell you a secret: I have an angel of God, who loveth me, and guardeth my body with great zeal.

chapter: O Lord my God, Thou hast exalted my dwelling place upon the earth: and I have prayed for death to pass away. R. Thanks be to God. 

short responsory. Grace is poured out on thy lips.
Grace is poured out on thy lips.
V. Therefore hath God blessed thee forever.
On thy lips. 
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Grace is poured out. 
On thy lips.  

versicle:  In thy splendor and thy beauty.
R. Bend thy bow, and prosper, and reign.

Collect as at Mass, below. 

SEXT

antiphon: Valerian found Cecilia in her chamber, praying with an angel. 

chapter: I will praise Thy name continually, and I will praise it with thanksgiving: and my prayer was heard. R. Thanks be to God.  

short responsory: In thy splendor and thy beauty. 
In thy splendor and thy beauty.
V. Bend thy bow, and prosper, and reign.
And thy beauty. 
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. In thy splendor.
And thy beauty. 

versicle: God shall help her with His countenance.
R. God is in the midst of her; and she shall not be moved. 

Collect as at Mass, below. 

PROCESSION

responsory:  When the sunrise was complete, Cecilia said, "Go forth, then, soldiers of Christ! Cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light. 
     V. Cecilia, bidding the brothers farewell, and giving them encouragement, said: 
     Go forth, then, soldiers of Christ! Cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light.
     Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
     Cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 

The summer antiphon, versicle, and collect of the cross are omitted. After the Litany of St. Martin:

antiphon for re-entry: default of St. Mary, with her usual versicle and collect. 

MASS

Officium: Desiring to declare Thy name, O Christ, to all peoples, and kings, and princes, with choice words of salvation
     I spake of Thy testimony before kings, and I was not ashamed. 
For I was steadied by the help of Thy divine speech, for Thy spoken word was gentle ever since the time I came to Thee:
     And I meditated on Thy commandments, 
Fulfilling them, Lord, I have striven to obey Thee, that I may inherit the friendship of Thy people in high heaven,
     Which I have greatly loved. 

V. Blessed are the blameless in the way : who walk in the law of the Lord. 

I spake of Thy testimony before kings, and I was not ashamed. And I meditated on Thy commandments, which I have greatly loved.

     [V. 
Blessed are they that search into His testimonies; * with their whole heart they seek after Him.

spake of Thy testimony before kings, and I was not ashamed. And I meditated on Thy commandments, which I have greatly loved.

     V. For they who do wickedness * have not walked in His ways.

spake of Thy testimony before kings, and I was not ashamed. And I meditated on Thy commandments, which I have greatly loved.

     Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit : as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, unto the ages of ages, amen. 

spake of Thy testimony before kings, and I was not ashamed. And I meditated on Thy commandments, which I have greatly loved.

Kyrie-Litany. Gloria. 

V. The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit. Let us pray. 

COLLECT OF THE DAY:  O God Who fillest us with joy by the yearly solemn feast of Thy blessed virgin and martyr Cecilia: grant that we may follow the example of her pious way of life, since we are honoring her in this service. Through... 

Let us pray. 

Collect 2: Stir up the wills of Thy faithful, O Lord, we pray Thee, that pursuing the fruit of godly labors more readily, they may partake of greater healings from Thy tender mercy.  (no doxology, but immediately:)

Collect 3: O almighty, everlasting God, Who hast granted Thy servants, in confessing the true Faith, to know the glory of the everlasting Trinity, and in the might of Thy majesty to worship the Unity, we pray that by steadfastness in this faith we may be ever protected from all adversities. Through... 

Lesson: Ecclesiasticus 51:13-17 (p. 410 in the complete epistle-gospel Lectionary).

A reading from the book of Wisdom. O Lord my God, Thou hast exalted my dwelling place upon the earth, and I have prayed for death to pass away. I called upon the Lord, the Father of my Lord, that He would not leave me in the day of my trouble, and in the time of the proud without help. I will praise Thy name continually, and will praise it with thanksgiving, and my prayer was heard. And Thou hast saved me from destruction, and hast delivered me from the evil time. Therefore I will give thanks, and speak praise unto Thy name : O Lord my God.

Graduale: Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thine ear, and the King shall greatly desire thy beauty. 

     V. In thy splendor and thy beauty, bend Thy bow, and prosper, and reign. 
     
Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thine ear, and the King shall greatly desire thy beauty. . 

Alleluia: cantor: Alleluia. all: Alleluia. cantor: V. Come, my chosen one, and I shall set thee on My throne, for the King shall greatly desire thy beauty. all: Alleluia. 

Sequence: Let us rejoice upon this festal day,
Remembering the wondrous works of God, 
Who worketh His greatest miracles 
In His holy men and holy women. 

Amid other miracles of His power 
He is greatest in glory in His virgins,
For by His grace the pomp of the world
Seemed as nothing to His virgins.  

And the striving of the virgins
Standeth firm against commands of kings.
Mindless fury worketh its savagery,
But evil is downcast for it is conquered!

Against their tender flesh it rageth,
And seeketh torments yet stronger,
But the flesh of purity standeth firm
When new tortures are increased. 

For the sake of the eternal glory
Which they await from God,
They rejoice that their mortal coil is afflicted,
For it is gone in the twinkling of an eye. 

The joys of this world failing
In a momentary tumult,
Like petals falling to the earth,
Amid the ranks of virgins, Cecilia did shine.

Today we keep her solemn feast
Who is lustrous among other women,
As the morning star amid the lesser stars, 
O joyful virgin, bravely enduring all things! 

Pray tenderly to God for us, 
Since for His glory thou didst not refuse to die,
That we at length may greatly joy 
In endless peace, in heaven's high court. 

And, O most glorious virgin, let us
Together and along with thee
In the glory of the Lord
Praise Him for all eternity. 

Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 (p. 412 in the complete epistle-gospel Lectionary)

V. The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit.
The continuation of the holy gospel according to Matthew. R. Glory to Thee, O Lord.
     At that time Jesus spake this parable to His disciples: The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field, which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls, who when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it. Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kind of fishes, which when it was filled they drew out, and sitting by the shore, they chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth. So shall it be at the end of the world. The Angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Have ye understood all these things? They say to him: Yes. He said unto them: Therefore every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven, is like to a man that is an householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasure : new things and old.

Offerenda:  The virgins in her train shall be brought unto the King. Her companions shall be brought unto Thee.
     V. My heart hath poured forth a good word : I speak of my works to the King.. 
     The virgins in her train shall be brought unto the King. Her companions shall be brought unto Thee.
     V. With joy and gladness shall they be brought in; they shall be brought into the King's temple..
     The virgins in her train shall be brought unto the King. Her companions shall be brought unto Thee.

Secret of the day: We beseech that these sacrifices of mercy's pleading and of praise may render us ever worthy of Thy gracious pardon, O Lord, Thy blessed martyr Cecilia interceding. Through... 

Let us pray.
Secret 2: Mercifully look upon the sacrifice which is to be celebrated unto Thee, O Lord, and may it cleanse us from the sinful ways of our condition and make us acceptable to Thy name.  (no doxology, but:)

Secret 3: Sanctify through the invocation of Thy holy name the sacrifice of this oblation, we pray Thee, Lord God, Holy Trinity, and by it perfect us ourselves as an eternal gift to Thee, Who livest and reignest, God through all the ages of ages. Amen. 

Preface:  ... everlasting God. Thou that dost perfect strength in weakness, and conquerest the enemy of the human race not by means of men only, but by women. For by Thy gift the blessed Cecilia was strengthened in the vocation of virginity and in confessing the Faith, that she not swerve from her intent through the lust of youth, nor be enticed by carnal flatteries, nor deterred by the frailty of her sex, nor overcome by the inhuman cruelty of torments. Rather, preserving the integrity of her body and soul, she was found worthy to attain eternal happiness, having the palm of virginity and that of martyrdom. Through Christ our Lord; by Him angels praise Thy majesty... etc

Communio:  Let the proud be put to shame, for unjustly have they transgressed against me, but as for me, I have pondered on Thy commandments, and upon Thy statutes, that I be not put to shame. 
     V. Blessed are the blameless in the way : who walk in the law of the Lord.. 
     
Let the proud be put to shame, for unjustly have they transgressed against me, but as for me, I have pondered on Thy commandments, and upon Thy statutes, that I be not put to shame
     Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit : as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, unto the ages of ages, amen.
     
Let the proud be put to shame, for unjustly have they transgressed against me, but as for me, I have pondered on Thy commandments, and upon Thy statutes, that I be not put to shame 

Postcommunion of the day: Thou hast satisfied Thy family, O Lord, with the sacred Gifts; ever keep and cherish us, we pray Thee, by the intercession of her whose feast we keep. Through... 

Let us pray.
Postcommunion 2: Our souls being filled with Thy divine gift, almighty God, may they be occupied, we pray Thee, by this hope: of being enkindled with Thy Spirit, and of being as radiant as shining lamps in the presence of Him Who is coming, Thy Son Christ our Lord.  (no doxology)

Postcommunion 3: May reception of this holy Mystery, O Lord our God, and the confession of the everlasting Holy Trinity, and His undivided Unity, conduce to our salvation in body and in soul. Who livest and reignest, God through all the ages of ages. Amen. 

Bowed Heads: the default prayer.  

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Propers for Sat., Dec. 4, 2021 - Oblation of St. Mary in the Temple

For use with the "Divine Liturgy of St. Gregory, that is, the Roman Rite, according to the ancient use of Sarum" free download document. All usages below have been approved for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), for those communities using the Sarum Liturgy (this status is coordinated and overseen by Archpriest Mark Rowe, Vicar General for the Western Rite Communities of the ROCOR). 

OBLATION OF ST. MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, IN THE TEMPLE

Service is of the feast of Our Lady, with optional commemorations (from kindred English uses) of St. Columban, the Celtic abbot, and of St. Maurus, the martyr of Istria. Also some books give this day as the vigil of St. Cecilia. However, no more than one collect is required. This feast falls within the old Roman Nativity fast, so there is abstinence from meat, dairy, and eggs, but no fasting from food. 

TERCE

antiphon: Consecrated in the precincts of the temple of God, the Virgin rejoiceth, for she is visited by citizens of heaven.

chapter: As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches. R. Thanks be to God. 

short responsory. The virgins that follow after her shall be brought unto the King.
The virgins that follow after her shall be brought unto the King.
V. Those near her shall be brought unto Thee.
They shall be brought unto the King. 
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. The virgins that follow after her. 
Shall be brought unto the King.  

versicle:  At midnight there was a cry made.
R. Behold the Bridegroom cometh; go ye forth to meet Him.

Collect as at Mass, below. 

SEXT

antiphon: Her every deed was directed unto God; the whole span of her life, she increased her righteous works. 

chapter: Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits; for my spirit is sweet above honey, and mine inheritance above honey and the honeycomb. My memory is unto everlasting generations. R. Thanks be to God.  

short responsory: At midnight there was a cry made. 
At midnight there was a cry made.
V. Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye forth to meet Him.
There was a cry made. 
V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. At midnight.
There was a cry made. 

versicle: The prudent virgins took oil in their vessels.
R. With the lamps. 

Collect as at Mass, below. 

PROCESSION

responsory, tone 1:  She who would bring forth the highest King, the Sun of righteousness, Mary, Star of the sea, hastened this day into the temple. 
     V. Rejoice, ye faithful people, to behold the light of God. 
     Mary, Star of the sea, hastened this day into the temple. 
     V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
     [She] hastened this day into the temple. 

then, without a pause:

responsory, tone 3:  At the behest of the Lord, Who multiplieth unto us His glory, as the thorn doth yield the rose, so Judea begot Mary.
     V. That her virtue might cover our evil ways, her gracefulness our sins. 
     As the thorn doth yield the rose, so Judea begot Mary.
     V. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
     As the thorn doth yield the rose, so Judea begot Mary. 

Announcements are made. Then the summer antiphon, versicle, and collect of the cross are all omitted. The Litany of St. Martin is done, then:

antiphon, tone 1:  Thy Presentation, O Mother of God and Virgin, hath announced joy to all the world, for from thee there dawned the Sun of righteousness, even Christ our God. Annulling the curse, He bestowed the blessing, and trampling down death, He granted us life everlasting. 

V. Holy Mother of God, ever-Virgin Mary.
R. Intercede for us with the Lord our God. 
Let us pray. Collect of the day, below. 

MASS

Officium, tone 1: Let us all sing a song flowing as the honey, with the throats of our hearts resounding:
     Let us all be joyful in the Lord, celebrating a feast day in honor of the Virgin Mary.
     She alone continued a virgin unwedded, and after giving birth remained a virgin unwedded,
     For whose Presentation the angels rejoice,
     Proclaiming her the blessed one, they bless the Lord of the totality of every created thing,
     And together they praise the Son of God.
     
     V. My heart hath poured forth a good word : I speak of my works to the King. 

With solemn radiant splendor the daylight shineth brightly, dawning from David's line, for the Virgin Mary hath shone forth. Therefore, with cries of mighty gladness, let us proclaim in choirs:

     Let us all be joyful in the Lord, celebrating a feast day,
     A feast radiant and far-shining, fittingly celebrated by all peoples,
     In honor of the Virgin Mary,
     With our heart, our souls, our spirit, and with our every prayers:
     For whose Presentation the angels rejoice, and together praise the Son of God
.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit : as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, unto the ages of ages, amen.

The choirs of angels exult, for already now the sacred Virgin is distinguished as Mistress of heaven; let us all exult, saying:
     Let us all be joyful in the Lord, celebrating a feast day to the honor of the Virgin Mary,
     Who offered her body in hospitality unto the King of heaven, 
     For whose Presentation the angels rejoice,
     In the fastness of the heavens they sing forever, with harmonious voice,
     And together praise the Son of God. 

     V. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised : in the city of our God, upon His holy mountain. 

If we wish to ascend into the golden realms, and be following after Christ,
     Let us all be joyful in the Lord, celebrating a feast day.
     Let us express our songs with joy, and with antiphonal sound,
     To the honor of the Virgin Mary.
     Meting out our sweet-flowing canticles with hymns, befittingly,
     For whose Presentation the angels rejoice,
     They address the Lord in acclamations, and, in their diverse hosts,
     Together they praise the Son of God. 

Kyrie-Litany. Gloria, with the following additions:  

... O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ. O Spirit and tender-loving Helper of those who are orphaned. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, the firstborn of Mary the Virgin Mother. That takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. That takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer to the glory of Mary. That sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only art holy, sanctifying Mary. Thou only art the Lord, governing Mary. Thou only art most high, crowning Mary, O Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

V. The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit. Let us pray. 

COLLECT OF THE DAY:  O God, Who didst ordain the blessed Virgin Mary to be presented to Thee in the temple and given wisdom by the Holy Spirit: grant us to be so learned in the teachings of Thy Holy Spirit that we may offer Thee as a worthy gift our own pious hearts. Through... in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, etc. 

Lesson: Ecclesiasticus 24:23-31 (p. 439 in the complete epistle-gospel Lectionary).

A reading from the book of Wisdom. As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth; in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits. For my Spirit is sweet above honey, and mine inheritance above honey and the honeycomb. My memory is unto everlasting generations. They that eat me shall yet hunger, and they that drink me shall yet thirst. He that hearkeneth to me shall not be confounded, and they that work by me shall not sin. They that explain me : shall have life everlasting..

Graduale, tone 1: Blessed art thou, and worthy of all veneration, O Virgin Mary, who without any touch of shame wast found to be the mother of the Saviour. 
     
V. O Virgin Mother of God, He Whom the whole world cannot contain shut Himself up in thy womb, and was made man. 
     
Blessed art thou, and worthy of all veneration, O Virgin Mary, who without any touch of shame wast found to be the mother of the Saviour.  

Alleluia, tone 8: cantor: Alleluia. all: Alleluia. cantor: V. Joyful is the Virgin, who is not yet brought forth from her mother's womb and yet is filled with grace, and being placed in the temple of God is illumined with the highest knowledge. all: Alleluia. 

Sequence: By the most lofty wisdom of our God,
Foreseeing and rightly disposing all things,
Joachim and Anna, the barren ones, are united
In a single bond of marriage.

And with all the sincerity of their hearts, they bound themselves together
In a vow unto our trustworthy Lord,
That if He were pleased to give them now a child,
They would dedicate it to Him in the temple continually.

A radiant-shining angel appeared, who told them
That their prayers had been heard;
That by the grace of the most high King,
There would be given them a daughter, in all things full of grace.

Consecrated in the womb, wondrously conceived,
Yet more wondrously doth she bring forth,
Remaining virgin, the Son of the highest Father,
Who taketh 
away the sins of the world without exception.

She is born a bless├Ęd Virgin,
Presented in the Temple at the age of three,
Standing straight, she ascendeth swiftly its fifteen steps,
And both her parents follow her, in comely garments.

A new glory brightly shined
When the excelling Virgin was presented in the Temple;
Taught by God, visited from heaven,
She rejoiceth with the angels.

When the chief priest bade many maidens to be wedded,
In that they'd come of age, the Virgin at first declined.
For with oath her parents had vowed to give her,
And with oath the Virgin sware to remain so.

God, inquired of, gave answer that the Virgin be betrothed,
To a man a blossoming flower would declare.
Joseph being thus manifest, took the maiden to her parents' dwelling,
Taking great care as for the nuptials.

Then Gabriel is appointed to go unto the Virgin,
Bearing tidings of the manner in which she shall conceive.
The learned maiden standeth silent;
She pondereth on his words so unaccustomed.

So when he announced to her the way,
Then the Virgin believed, and by the Holy Spirit
She straightway conceived the Word,
And that which cannot be contained, is enclosed in the Virgin.

Behold a peerless Virgin! With what great praise thou art exalted,
With what great glory thou resplendently dost shine!
Therefore, let thee so look down upon us, that in our homeland
We may rejoice in the Fruit which is thy glorying. Amen.

Gospel: Matthew 1:1-16 (p. 440 in the complete epistle-gospel Lectionary)

V. The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit.
The continuation of the holy gospel according to Matthew. R. Glory to Thee, O Lord.
     The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac. And Isaac begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Judas and his brethren. And Judas begot Phares and Zara of Thamar. And Phares begot Esron. And Esron begot Aram. And Aram begot Aminadab. And Aminadab begot Naasson. And Naasson begot Salmon. And Salmon begot Booz of Rahab. And Booz begot Obed of Ruth. And Obed begot Jesse. And Jesse begot David the king. And David the king begot Solomon, of her that had been the wife of Urias. And Solomon begot Roboam. And Roboam begot Abia. And Abia begot Asa. And Asa begot Josaphat. And Josaphat begot Joram. And Joram begot Ozias. And Ozias begot Joatham. And Joatham begot Achaz. And Achaz begot Ezechias. And Ezechias begot Manasses. And Manasses begot Amon. And Amon begot Josias. And Josias begot Jechonias and his brethren in the transmigration of Babylon. And after the transmigration of Babylon, Jechonias begot Salathiel. And Salathiel begot Zorobabel. And Zorobabel begot Abiud. And Abiud begot Eliachim. And Eliachim begot Azor. And Azor begot Sadoc. And Sadoc begot Achim. And Achim begot Eliud. And Eliud begot Eleazar. And Eleazar begot Mathan. And Mathan begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus : Who is called Christ.

Offerenda, tone 1:  Thou art joyful indeed, O sacred Virgin Mary, and most worthy of every praise, for from thee there dawned the Sun of righteousness, even Christ our God, alleluia.
     V. Blessed thou art, O holy Virgin Mary, who hast borne the Lord, the Creator of the world. Thou didst beget Him that made thee, and thou remainest a virgin for ever. 
     
Thou art joyful indeed, O sacred Virgin Mary, and most worthy of every praise, for from thee there dawned the Sun of righteousness, even Christ our God, alleluia.

Secret of the day:  Sanctify these gifts, O Lord, we beseech Thee, by the intercession of the blessed, Ever-Virgin Mary: for it was Thy will for her to be offered in Thy temple by the hands of her parents, as a gift most pleasing unto Thee. Through... 

Preface:  It is truly meet and just, right and good for our salvation, for us to thank Thee for the advancement of all Thy saints, O Holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God. And most especially to praise, bless, and proclaim Thine almighty power for the righteousness of Mary the Ever-Virgin, she who is full of grace, and blessed, and the Mother of our God. Through Christ our Lord, By Whom angels praise Thy majesty, etc. 

The Sanctus may be sung with this addition in the last "Osanna in the highest": 

Osanna!
O Radiance of the Father, bring us who rejoice in the glory of Thy mother
To joys without limit after these which quickly pass. 
O bush of Moses, fleece of Gideon, and rod of Aaron fruitful with almonds,
Solomon's throne and bearer of the Light,
Star of the sea, a brilliant glistening, she cometh forth as from the Sun,
This is a woman like the moon, known as full of beauty.
She ascendeth a pillar of smoke, she is pigment of the Painter,
Whose conduct in all things made her nearer the Creator than all else,
From the desert she ascendeth, free of any sinful ways,
Flowing with delights, zealous for the Beloved, 
In the highest. 

Communio, tone 1:  Blessed be the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bare for us the Son of the eternal Father. 
     V. My heart hath poured forth a good word : I speak of my works to the King. 
     
Blessed be the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bare for us the Son of the eternal Father.
     Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit : as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, unto the ages of ages, amen.
     
Blessed be the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bare for us the Son of the eternal Father. 

Postcommunion of the day:  May the Holy Mysteries we have received save us, O Lord, through the supplication of the blessed and Ever-Virgin Mary: for she, in the godliness of her most pious heart, continually sacrificed a sacrifice accepted unto Thee. Through...

Bowed Heads: the default prayer.  

note: The special additions to the Gloria in Excelsis were standard for the Roman rite all over Western Europe, up until the Counter-Reformation at Rome in the late 16th century.   

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