Bishop & Doctor of the Church
Introit: Ecclesiasticus xv: 5:
n the midst of the Church the Lord opened his mouth:
and filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed him with
a robe of glory. Alleluia, alleluia. [Ps. xci: 2]
It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy Name, O Most High. v.
Glory be. In the midst.
raciously hear our Prayers, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
which we set before Thee on the solemnity of blessed Athanasius, Thy Confessor
and Pontiff, and, by the merits and intercession of him who had the grace to
serve Thee worthily, absolve us of all our sins. Through our Lord
Epistle: 2 Corinthians iv: 5-14
A reading from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians:
Brethren, we preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ
our Lord; and ourselves your servants through Jesus. For God, who commanded the
light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of
the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Christ Jesus. But we have this
treasure in earthen vessels, that the sublimity may be of the power of God, and
not of us. In all things we suffer tribulation, but are not distressed; we are
straitened, but are not destitute; we suffer persecution, but are not forsaken;
we are cast down, but we perish not; always bearing about in our body the
mortification of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our
bodies. For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake; that
the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death
worketh in us, but life in you. But having the same spirit of faith, as it is
written, I believed; for which cause I have spoken, we also believe; for which
cause we speak also: knowing that He who raised up Jesus will raise up us also
with Jesus, and place us with you.
llelúja, allelúja. Thou art a priest for ever, according to the
order of Melchisedech. Allelúja. v.
[Jas. i: 12]
Blessed be the man who endures temptation: when he has been
proved, he will receive the crown of life. Allelúja. Allelúja.
In votive Masses outside of the Easter Season
Gradual: Ecccli: xliv: 16
ehold a great priest, who pleased God in his days. None was found to
be the like of him in keeping the law of the Most High.
llelúja, allelúja. [Jas. i:
Blessed be the man who endures temptation: when he has been proved,
he will receive the crown of life. Allelúja.
Gospel: Matthew x: 23-28
The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
t that time, Jesus said to His disciples: «When they
shall persecute you in this city, flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you shall
not finish all the cities of Israel till the Son of man come. The disciple is
not above the master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the
disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have
called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more those of his household?
Therefore fear them not; for nothing is covered that shall not be revealed; nor
hid that shall not be known. That which I tell you in the dark, speak ye in the
light; and that which you hear in the ear, preach ye upon the housetops. And
fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul; but
rather fear Him that can destroy both soul and body into hell.»
Offertory Ps. lxxxviii: 21-22
have found David my servant: with my holy oil I have
anointed him; for my arm shall help him, and my hand shall strengthen him,
ay the annual solemnity of St. Athanasius, Thy confessor, commend us
to Thy loving kindness, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that, by this office of pious
expiation, a blessed reward may be gained for him, and he may obtain for us the
gifts of Thy grace. Through our Lord.
hat which I tell you in the dark, speak ye in the
light, saith the Lord; and that which you hear in the ear, preach ye upon the
God, the rewarder of faithful souls grant that, by
the prayers of blessed Athanasius, Thy Confessor and Pontiff, whose august
festival we celebrate, we may obtain pardon. Through our Lord