May 4
St. Monica, Widow

Introit: Ps. cxviii: 75 & 120

I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are equity, and in Thy truth Thou hast humbled me. Pierce Thou my flesh with Thy fear. I am afraid of Thy judgments (Alleluia, alleluia). [Ps. ibid.] Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Glory be.  I know, O Lord.

Collect:

O God, the comforter of the sorrowful and the salvation of them that put their trust in Thee, who had merciful regard to the loving tears of blessed Monica in bringing about the conversion of her son Augustine: grant that by their united intercession, we may grieve over our sins and attain Thy grace and pardon.

Epistle: 1 Timothy v: 3-10

A reading from the Epistle of blessed Paul the apostle to Timothy:

Dearly beloved: Honor widows that are truly widows. But if any widow has children, or grandchildren, let her learn first to govern her own house, and to make a return of duty to her parents: for this is acceptable before God. But she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, let her trust in God and continue in supplications and prayers night and day. For she that lives in pleasures is dead while she is living. And this give as a command, that they may be blameless. But if any man has not care of his own, and especially those of his house, he has denied the Faith and is worse than an infidel. Let a widow be chosen of no less than three-score years of age, who has been the wife of one husband, having testimony of her good works, if she has brought up children, if she has received in hospitality, if she has washed the feet of the saints, if she has ministered to those that suffer tribulation, if she has diligently followed every good work.

Gradual: Ps. xliv:

Grace is poured out upon thy lips, therefore God has blessed thee forever. Because of truth, and meekness, and justice. Thy right hand shall conduct thee wonderfully.
Alleluia, alleluia! With thy comeliness and thy beauty set out, proceed prosperously, and reign. Alleluia.

Gospel: Luke vii: 11-16
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The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Luke:

At that time, Jesus went into a city called Naim; and there went with Him His disciples, and a great multitude. And when He came nigh to the city, behold, a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and many people of the city were with her. And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said to her, "Weep not." And he came near and touched the bier. And they that carried it stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to thee, Arise." And he that was dead sat up and began to speak. And He delivered him to his mother. And there came a great fear on all. And they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet is risen up amongst us, and God has visited His people.

Offertory: Ps. xliv:

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

Secret:

May the offering of Thy holy people be accepted by Thee, O Lord, in honor of Thy saints, by whose merits they know they have received help in tribulation. Through our Lord.

The Common Preface

Communion: Ps. xliv:

Thou hast loved justice, and hated wickedness. Therefore God, thy God, has anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows (Alleluia).

Postcommunion:

Having fed Thy whole family, O Lord, with holy gifts, we beseech Thee, ever to comfort us by the intercession of her, whose festival we celebrate. Through our Lord.