Common of Confessors (II)
Justus ut palma florébit
Introit: Ps. cxi: 13-14
The just man shall flourish like the palm tree; like the cedars of Lebanon
shall he increase: planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house
of our God. (P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.) [Ps. xci: 2] It is good to give praise to
the Lord: and to sing to Thy name, O most High. Glory be. The Just man.
Attend, O Lord, unto our supplications, which we offer Thee in the solemnity
of blessed N., Thy confessor; that we who trust not in our own justice, may be
helped by the prayers of him who pleased Thee. Through our Lord.
Epistle: 1 Corinthians iv: 9-14
A reading from the epistle of blesses Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
Brethren, we are made a spectacle to the world, and to angels, and to men. We
are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ: we are weak, but you
are strong: you are honorable, but we are without honor. Even unto this hour we
both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no fixed
abode, and we labor, working with our own hands: we are reviled, and we bless:
we are persecuted, and we suffer it: we are blasphemed, and we entreat: we are
made as the refuse of this world, the offscouring of all even until now. I write
not these things to confound you, but I admonish you as my dearest children: in
Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gradual: Ps. xxxvi: 30-31
The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak
judgment. The law of his God is in his heart, and his steps shall not be
supplanted. Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord; he will
delight exceedingly in His commandments. Alleluia.
From Septuagesima until Easter: Tract: Ps cxi.
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord; he will delight exceedingly in His
commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon the earth. The generation of the
righteous shall be blessed. Glory and wealth shall be in his house, and his
justice remains forever and ever.
Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord; he will delight
exceedingly in His commandments. Alleluia. The just shall spring as the lily;
and flourish before the Lord. Alleluia.
Gospel Luke xii: 32-34
The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, "Do not be afraid little
flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom. Sell what you
have and give alms. Make for yourselves purses that do not grow old, a treasure
unfailing in heaven, where neither thief draws near or moth destroys. For where
your treasure is, there also will your heart be."
Offertory: Ps. xx: 2, 3
In Thy strength, O Lord, the just man shall have joy, and in Thy salvation he
shall rejoice exceedingly: Thou hast given him his heart's desire. (P.T.
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that our humble offering may both be
pleasing to Thee for the honor of Thy saints, and cleanse us alike in body and
Communion: Matthew xix: 28, 19
Amen I say to you, that you, who have left all things and followed Me, shall
receive a hundredfold, and shall possess life everlasting. (P.T. Alleluia,
We beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who have received heavenly food, may,
through the intercession of Blessed N., Thy Confessor, be defended against all