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The  Sundays After Epiphany

     The  season  after  Epiphany  extends  from  January  14th  until Septuagesima Sunday.   Those  Sundays which  may have  to  be  omitted before Septuagesima  may be  offered at  the end  of the  Season after Pentecost, according to the rubrics found there in the Missal.

     Masses  of  the  Season  after  Epiphany  are  offered  in  green vestments.  The Gloria in excelsis and Credo are said on all of the Sundays before Septuagesima.  When offered as ferial Masses, the Gloria in excelsis, the Credo, and  the Alleluia  verse are  omitted; and  the Common  preface substituted for that of the Holy Trinity.

     Until the  feast  of  the  Purification  of  the  Blessed  Virgin (February 2nd),  second and third collects "of the Blessed Virgin" and "Against the persecutors of the Church" or "For the Pope" are added to the collects of the seasonal Masses.

    From the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin (February 2nd) until  Ash Wednesday,  and  after  Pentecost,  second  and  third collects "To  Implore the  Intercession of  the  Saints"  and  another chosen by the priest are added to the collects of the seasonal Masses.

Second Sunday After Epiphany

Second Class

[Latin Text]

Introit: Psalm lxv: 4

Let all  the earth adore Thee, O God, and sing to Thee.  Let it sing a psalm to  Thy name, O most High.  [Ps.]  Shout with joy to God all the earth, sing  ye a psalm to His name.  Give glory to His praise.  Glory be....  Let all....


Almighty and  everlasting God,  who dost  govern  all  things  in heaven and earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Thy people, and grant us Thy peace all the days of our life.

Additional Collects of the Season before the Purification

Epistle: Romans xii: 6-16

    A reading from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans:
Brethren:  Having different gifts according to the grace that is given us:   either prophecy,  to be used according to the rule of faith;  or ministry in  ministering;   or he that teacheth, in doctrine;  he that exhorteth, in  exhorting;  he that  giveth, with simplicity;  he  that ruleth, with  carefulness;   he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love  be without  dissimulation.    Hating  that  which  is  evil, cleaving to  that which  is good:  loving one another with the charity of brotherhood:   each  one first  to honor the other;  in carefulness not slothful:   in  spirit fervent:   serving  the Lord:  rejoicing in hope: patient  in tribulation:   instant  in prayer:  communicating to the necessities of the saints:  pursuing hospitality.  Bless them that persecute you:  bless, and curse not.  Rejoice with them that rejoice, weep with  them that  weep: being  of one  mind towards  another;  not minding high things, but consenting to the humble.

Gradual: Psalm cvi: 20-21

The Lord  sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.   Let the  mercies of the Lord give glory to Him, and His wonderful works to the children of men.


The Alleluia verse (below) is omitted in ferial Masses.

Alleluia, alleluia.   Praise  ye the  Lord, all His angels.  Praise ye Him, all His hosts.  Alleluia.

Gospel: John ii: 1-11

    +    The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to John.
At that time there  was a marriage in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus  was there.  And Jesus also was invited with His disciples to the marriage.   And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have  no wine."   And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what is that to Me and  to thee?   My  hour has not yet come."  His mother said to the waiters, "Whatsoever  he shall say to you, do ye."  Now there were set there six  water-pots of  stone;   according to  the Jewish  manner of purification, each  containing to  or three  measures.   Jesus said to them, "Fill  the water-pots  with water."   And they filled them up to the brim.   And Jesus said to them, "Draw out now, and carry it to the chief steward of the feast."  And they carried it.  And when the chief steward had  tasted the  water made  wine, and knew not whence it was, but the  waiters who  had drawn  the water  knew:   the chief  steward called the bridegroom, and said to him, "Every man at first sets forth good wine,  and when  men have  drunk well,  then that which is worse -- but thou  hast kept  the good  wine until  now."   This  beginning  of miracles Jesus  did in  Cana of Galilee; and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in him.


Offertory: Psalm lxv: 1-2, 16

Shout with  joy to  God, all  the earth.   Sing ye a psalm to His name.   Come and  hear, all ye that fear God, and I will tell you what great things the Lord has done for my soul.  Alleluia.


Sanctify, O  Lord, the  gifts which we offer, and cleanse us from the stains of our sins.

Additional Secret prayers of the Season before the Purification

Preface of the Trinity

Communion: John ii: 7, 8, 9, 10-11

The Lord said, "Fill the water-pots with water, and carry to the chief steward."   When the  chief steward had tasted the water made wine, he said to  the bridegroom,  "Thou hast  kept the  good wine  until now." This first miracle Jesus did in the presence of His disciples.


May the  operation of  Thy power  be increased  within  us.    We beseech Thee,  O Lord,  that being quickened by Thy divine sacraments, we may by Thy bounty be prepared to receive that which they promise.

Additional Postcommunion prayers of the Season before the Purification


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