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July 26th - Saint Anne
Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Second Class

[Latin Text]

Introit:

Let us rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a festival day in honor of blessed Anne; on whose solemnity the angels rejoice, and give praise to the Son of God. [Ps. xliv: 2] My heart hath uttered a good word. I speak my works to the King. Glory be.... Let us rejoice....

Collect:

O God, who didst vouchsafe to blessed Anne the grace to be the mother of her who was to bring forth Thine only-begotten Son; grant, in Thy mercy, that we who keep her festival may be aided by her intercession.

Epistle: Proverbs xxxi:

    A reading from the book of Wisdom.
Who shall find a valiant woman? Her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her has an unfailing prize. She brings him good and not evil, all the days of her life. She obtains wool and flax, and makes cloth with skilful hands. Like merchant ships, she brings her bread from afar. She rises while it is still night, and distributes her goods to her household. She picks out a field to purchase. Out of her earnings, she plants a vineyard. She is girt about with strength, and sturdy are her arms. She enjoys the success of her dealings. At night, her lamp is undimmed. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her fingers ply the spindle. She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy. She fears not the snow for her household; all her charges are doubly clothed. She makes her own coverlets; fine linen and purple are her clothing. Her husband is prominent at the city gates, as he sits with the elders of the land. She makes garments and sells them, and stocks the merchants with belts. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs at the days to come. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and on her tongue is kindly counsel. She watches the conduct of her household, and eats not her food in idleness. Her children rise up and praise her; her husband, too, extols her: "Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her a reward of her labors, and let her works praise her at the city gates.

Gradual: Ps. xliv:

Thou hast loved justice, and hated wickedness. Therefore God, thy God, has anointed thee with oil.
Alleluia, alleluia! Grace is poured out upon thy lips, therefore God has blessed the forever.

Gospel: Matthew xiii: 44-52

    +     The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples: "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. He who finds it hides it, and in his joy goes and sells all he owns and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he finds a single pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net cast into the sea, that gathered in fish of every kind. When it was filled, they hauled it out, and sitting down on the beach, they gathered the good fish into vessels, but through away the bad. So it will be at the end of the world. The angels will go out, and separate the wicked from among the just, and will cast them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth. Have you understood all these things?" And they told Him, "Yes." And He said to them, Go then, every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings forth from his storeroom things new and old."

Offertory: Ps. xliv:

The daughters of the king wish to be honored by thee. The queen stood at thy right hand, clad in robes of gold and many colors.

Secret:

Look with favor upon these offerings, O Lord, so that they may be an aid to our devotion and to our salvation, through the intercession of blessed Anne, mother of Mary, who bore Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. This we ask of Thee through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who with Thee and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest God, world without end.

Common Preface

Communion: Ps. xliv:

Grace is poured out upon thy lips; therefore God has blessed thee forever and for all ages.

Postcommunion:

We are given new life through Thy divine sacraments, O Lord, our God. Grant us eternal salvation through the intercession of blessed Anne, who Thou didst choose to be the mother of Thy Son. This we ask of Thee through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who with Thee and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest God, world without end.



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