Fourth Sunday of Lent
Station at the Holy Cross in Jerusalem
Latin Mass Text
Introit: Isaias lxvi: 10,11
Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and come together, all you that love her. Rejoice
with joy, all you that have been in sorrow, that you may exult and be
filled from the breasts of your consolation. [Ps. cxxi: 2] I rejoiced at
the things they said to me; we shall go into the house of the Lord. Glory
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who for our evil
deeds justly deserve to be punished, may, by the comfort of Thy grace,
mercifully be relieved.
Orations for Lent
Epistle: Galatians iv: 22-31
A reading from the epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the
Brethren: It is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a
slave girl, and the other by a free woman. And the son of the slave girl
was born according to the flesh, but the son of the free woman in virtue
of the promise. This is said by way of alle gory. For these are the two
covenants: one indeed from Mount Sinai, bringing forth children into
bondage, which is Agar. For Sinai is a mountain in Arabia, which
corresponds to the present Jerusalem, and is in slavery with her children.
But that Jerusa lem which is above is free, which is our mother. For it
is written, "Rejoice thou barren, that does not bear; break forth and cry,
thou that doest not travail; for many are the children of the desolate,
more than of her that has a husband." Now, we, bre thren, are the
children of promise, as Isaac was. But, as then, he who was born
according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the spirit
-- so also it is now. But what does the scripture say? "Cast out the
slave girl, for the son of a slave girl shall not be heir with the son of
a free woman." Therefore, brethren, we are not children of a slave girl,
but of the free woman -- in virtue of the freedom wherewith Christ has
made us free.
Gradual: Ps. cxxi: 1,7.
I rejoiced at the things they said to me: we shall go into the house of
the Lord. Let peace be in thy strength, and abundance be in thy towers.
Tract: Ps. cxxiv: 1-2.
They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Sion. He shall not be moved
forever, that dwelleth in Jerusalem. Mountains are round about it, so the
Lord is round about his people, from henceforth, now and forever.
Gospel: John vi: 1-15.
The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to John.
At that time, Jesus went to the other side of the sea of Galilee, which is
that of Tiberias. And there followed Him, a great crowd, because they
witnessed the signs He worked on those who were sick. Jesus, therefore,
went up the mountain, and sat there with His disciples. Now the Passover,
the feast of the Jews, was near. When, therefore, Jesus had lifted up His
eyes, and had seen that a very great crowd had come to Him, He said to
Philip, "Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?" But He said this
to try Him, for He knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, "Two
hundred denarii worth of bread is not enough for them, that each one may
receive even a little." One of His disciples, Andrew, the brother of
Simon Peter, said to Him, "There is a young boy here who had five barley
loaves and two fishes; but what are these among so many?" Jesus then
said, "Make the people recline." Now, there was much grass in the place.
The men, therefore, reclined, in number about five thousand. Jesus then
to ok the loaves, and when He had given thanks, distributed them to those
reclining; and likewise the fishes, as much as they wished. But, when
they were filled, He said to His disciples, "Gather the fragments that are
left over, lest they be wasted." They therefore gathered them up; and
they filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves
left over by those who had eaten. When the people, therefore, had seen
the sign that Jesus worked, they said, "This is, indeed, the Prophet, who
is to come into the world." So when Jesus perceived that they would come
to take Him by force and make Him king, He fled to the mountain, Himself
Praise ye the Lord, for He is good. Sing ye to His name, for He is sweet.
Whatsoever He pleased, He has done in heaven and in earth.
Look down mercifully upon these sacrifices, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that
they may lead to our devotion and salvation.
Orations for Lent
Communion: Ps. cxi: 3-4
Jerusalem, which is built as a city; a compact unity -- there did the
tribes go up; the tribes of the Lord, to praise His name.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, ever to celebrate with sincere
worship, and receive with faithful hearts Thy holy mysteries, of which we
Orations for Lent
V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.