Saint Matthew, Apostle and
Introit: Ps. xxxvi: 30-31
The mouth of the just man shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak
judgment: the law of his God is in his heart. (P.T. Alleluia,
Do not emulate evil doers, nor envy those that work iniquity. Glory be. The
mouth of the just man.
May we be assisted, O
Lord, by the prayers of the blessed apostle and evangelist, Matthew, that what
our effort obtaineth not, may be granted us by his intercession. Through our
Ezechiel i: 10-14
A reading from the Prophet Exechiel:
And as for the likeness of the faces of
the four living creatures: there was the face of a man, and the face of a lion
on the right side of all the four: and the face of an ox, on the left side of
all the four: and the face of an eagle over all the four. And their faces,
and their wings were stretched upward: two wings of every one were joined, and
two covered their bodies: And every one of them went straight forward:
whither the impulse of the spirit was to go, thither they went: and they turned
not when they went. And as for the likeness of the living creatures, their
appearance was like that of burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of
lamps. This was the vision running to and fro in the midst of the living
creatures, a bright fire, and lightning going forth from the fire. And the
living creatures ran and returned like flashes of lightning.
Gradual Ps. cxi: 1, 2
Blessed is the man that fears the Lord: he shall delight exceedingly in His
commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth. The generation of the
righteous shall be blessed.
Alleluia. Alleluia. The
glorious choir of the Apostles praises Thee, O Lord.
Matthew ix: 9-13The Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to Matthew
At that time, when Jesus passed
on from hence, he saw a man sitting in the custom house, named Matthew; and he
said to him: «Follow me.» And he rose up and followed him. And it came
to pass as he was sitting at meat in the house, behold many publicans and
sinners came, and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. And the Pharisees
seeing it, said to his disciples: Why does your master eat with publicans and
sinners? But Jesus hearing it, said: «They that are in health need not a
physician, but they that are ill. Go then and learn what this means, I
will have mercy and not sacrifice. For I am not come to call the just, but to
Offertory Psalm xx: 4-5
O Lord, Thou hast set on
his head a crown of precious stones: he asked life of Thee, and Thou didst grant
it to him, alleluia.
May the oblation of Thy Church, we pray
Thee, O Lord, be commended by the supplications of Thy blessed apostle and
evangelist Matthew, by whose glorious preaching it is instructed. We offer Thee,
O Lord, sacrifices of praise in commemoration of Thy saints, by whom we trust to
be delivered from evils both present and future. Through our Lord
The Preface of the Apostles
Communion Psalm xx: 6
His glory is great in Thy salvation;
glory and great beauty shalt Thou lay upon him, O Lord.
Having received the sacraments, O Lord,
we pray Thee, by the intercession of blessed Matthew, Thine apostle and
evangelist, that what has been celebrated for his glory may profit for the
healing of our souls. Through our Lord.