Common of Doctors of the Church
Introit: Ecclesiasticus: xv: 5
In the midst of the Church the Lord opened his mouth, and He filled him with
the spirit of wisdom and understanding. He clothed him with a robe of glory. (P.T.
Alleluia, alleluia.) [Ps. xci] It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to
sing to Thy name, O Most High. Glory be.
O God, who didst give Blessed N., to Thy people as a minister of eternal
salvation, grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who have had him for our teacher on
earth, may be worthy to have him for our advocate in heaven. Through our Lord.
Epistle: 2 Timothy iv: 1-8
A reading from the epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to Timothy.
Dearly beloved, I charge thee before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge
the living and the dead, by His coming and His kingdom: preach the word: be
instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat rebuke in all patience and
doctrine. For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine,
but according to their own desires they will heap up to them selves teachers,
having itching ears, and will turn away their hearing from the truth, but will
be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labor in all things, do the work of
an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober. For I am even now ready to be
sacrificed, and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good
fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. As to the rest, there
is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord, the just Judge, will
render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love His
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
Alleluia, alleluia. [Ecclus. vl]
The Lord loved him and adorned him. He
clothed him with a robe of glory. Alleluia.
Tract: Septuagesima to Easter
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: During Paschaltide:
Alleluia, alleluia. [Ecclus. vl] The Lord loved him and adorned him. He
clothed him with a robe of glory. Alleluia. [Osee xiv]
The just man
shall spring as the lily, and shall flourish before the Lord. Alleluia
Gospel: Matthew v: 13-19
The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: "You are the salt of the
earth; but if the salt loses its strength, what shall it be salted with? It is
no longer of any use but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. You are
the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Neither do
men light a lamp and put it under a bushel basket, but, rather, upon the lamp
stand, so as to give light to all in the house. Even so, let your light shine
before men, in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your
Father in heaven. Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the
Prophets. I have come not to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say to you,
till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall be lost from
the Law till all things have been accomplished. Therefore whoever does away with
one of these least commandments, and so teaches men, shall be called least in
the kingdom of heaven."
Offertory: Ps. cxi: 13
The just shall flourish like the palm tree. He shall increase like the cedars
of Lebanon. (P.T. Alleluia!)
May the holy prayer of Blessed N., Thy Bishop
(Confessor) and Doctor, fail us
not, O Lord; may it render our gifts acceptable, and ever obtain for us Thy
The Common Preface
Communion: Luke xii: 42:
The faithful and prudent steward whom the master will set over his household
to give them their ration of grain in due season. (Alleluia.)
We beseech The, O Lord, that Blessed N., Thy Bishop
illustrious Doctor may approach to pray for us, that these Thy sacrifices may
further our salvation.
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A reading from the Book of Ecclesiasticus:
The just will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and
he will pray in the sight of the Most High. He will open his mouth in prayer,
and will make supplication for his sins. For if it shall please the great
Lord, He will fill him with the spirit of understanding: and he will pour
forth the words of wisdom as showers, and in his prayer he will confess the
Lord: and He shall direct his counsel and his knowledge, and in His secrets
shall he meditate. He shall show forth the discipline he has learned, and they
shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord. Many shall praise his
wisdom, and it shall never be forgotten. The memory of him shall not depart
away, and his name shall be in request from generation to generation. Nations
shall declare his wisdom, and the Church shall show forth his praise.