Introit: Ps cxviii: 46-47
I will speak of Thy decrees before kings without being ashamed. And I will delight in Thy commands which I love exceedingly. [Ps. xcii: 2] It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to Thy name, Most High. v. Glory be. I will speak.
May the holy festival of Thy Forerunner and martyr, Saint John the Baptist, we beseech Thee, O Lord, afford us help unto salvation. Who livest and reignest.
Collect: Saint Sabina, Martyr
O God Who among the other marvels of Thy power hast granted even to the weaker sex the victory of martyrdom, mercifully grant that we who celebrate the heavenly birthday of blessed Sabina, Thy martyr, may by her example draw nearer to Thee through our Lord Jesus Christ...
Jeremias i: 17-19
A reading from the Prophet Jeremias:
Gradual: Ps xci: 13 and 14:
The just man shall flourish like the
palm tree; like a cedar of Lebanon shall he grow in the house of the
Lord. [Ps. xci: 3] To
proclaim Thy goodness at dawn and Thy faithfulness throughout the night.
Mark 6: 17-29
At that time Herod sent and apprehended John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias the wife of Philip his brother, because he had married her. For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife." Now Herodias laid snares for him: and was desirous to put him to death and could not. For Herod feared John, knowing him to be a just and holy man: and kept him, and when he heard him, did many things: and he heard him willingly. And when a convenient day was come, Herod made a supper for his birthday, for the princes, and tribunes, and chief men of Galilee. And when the daughter of the same Herodias had come in, and had danced, and pleased Herod, and them that were at table with him, the king said to the damsel, "Ask of me what thou wilt, and I will give it thee." And he swore to her: "Whatsoever thou shalt ask I will give thee, though it be the half of my kingdom." Who when she was gone out, said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" But her mother said, "The head of John the Baptist." And when she was come in immediately with haste to the king, she asked, saying, "I will that forthwith thou give me in a dish, the head of John the Baptist." And the king was struck sad. Yet because of his oath, and because of them that were with him at table, he would not displease her: but sending an executioner, he commanded that his head should be brought in a dish. And he beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head in a dish: and gave to the damsel, and the damsel gave it her mother. Which his disciples hearing came, and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.
Offertory: Psalm xx: 2 and 3:
O Lord, in Thy strength the just man is glad; in Thy victory how greatly he rejoices! Thou hast granted him his heart's desire.
We beseech Thee, O Lord, that the gifts which we bring to Thee in honor of the suffering of Thy holy martyr John the Baptist may by his intercession profit us unto salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ...
Secret: Saint Sabina
Graciously receive, O Lord, the offerings consecrated to Thee by the merits of blessed Sabina, Thy martyr, and grant that they may ever bring us help through our Lord Jesus Christ...
Communion: Psalm xx: 4:
Thou placed upon his head, O Lord, a crown of pure gold.
May the festival of Saint John the Baptist bring us grace, O Lord, both to venerate what is signified by the glorious Sacraments which we have received and to rejoice at what they have wrought within us through our Lord Jesus Christ...
Postcommunion: Saint Sabina
Filled with the Gifts of Thy divine bounty we beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that by the intercession of blessed Sabina Thy martyr we may partake thereof forevermore through our Lord Jesus Christ...