Station: St. Lawrence outside the walls
Introit: Psalm xvii: 5, 6, 7
The sorrows of death surrounded me; the sorrow of hell
encompassed me: and in my affliction I called upon the Lord, and He
heard my voice from His holy temple. [Ps.] I will love Thee, O Lord,
my strength. The Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer.
Glory be.... The sorrows....
The "Gloria in excelsis" is
not recited in Masses of the season until Holy Thursday.
Graciously hear, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the prayers of Thy
people; that we who are justly afflicted for our sins, may be
mercifully delivered by Thy goodness, for the glory of Thy name.
Collects of the
Epistle: 1 Corinthians ix: 24-27; x: 1-5
A reading from the first epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to
Brethren: Do you not know that they that run in the race, all indeed
run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
And every one that strives for mastery refrains himself from all
things: and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown;
but we an incorruptible one. I therefore so run, not as at an
uncertainty; I so fight, not as one beating the air: but I chastise
my body, and bring it under subjection, lest perhaps when I have
preached to others, I myself should become a castaway. For I would
not have you ignorant, brethren, that our fathers were all under the
cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all in Moses were baptized,
in the cloud and in the sea: and did all eat the same spiritual food,
and all drank the same spiritual drink: (and they drank of the
spiritual rock that followed them: and the rock was Christ). But
with most of them God was not well pleased.
Gradual: Psalm ix: 10-11, 19-20
A helper in due time in tribulation: let them trust in Thee who
know Thee: for Thou hast not forsaken them that seek Thee, O Lord.
For the poor man shall not be forgotten till the end: the patience of
the poor shall not perish forever: Arise, O Lord, let no man prevail.
Tract: Psalm cxxix: 1-4
The Tract is omitted in ferial Masses.
Out of the depths have I cried to Thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my
voice. Let Thine ears be attentive to the prayer of Thy servant. If
Thou, O Lord, will mark iniquities: O Lord, who shall abide it? For
with Thee there is merciful forgiveness, and by reason of Thy law I
have waited for Thee, O Lord.
Gospel: Matthew xx: 1-16
+ The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
At that time Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: "The kingdom
of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to
hire laborers into his vineyard. And having agreed with the laborers
for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out
about the third hour, he saw others standing in the market place idle,
and he said to them, 'Go you also into my vineyard, and I will give
you what is just.' And they went their way. And again he went out
about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, and did in like manner. But
about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, and he
said to them, 'Why do you stand here all day idle?' They said to him,
'Because no man has hired us.' He said to them, 'Go you also into my
vineyard.' And when evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said
to his steward, 'Call the laborers and pay them their hire, beginning
with the last, even to the first.' When, therefore, they came that
were of the eleventh hour, each man received a denarius. But when the
first also came, they thought that they should receive more, yet they
also received a denarius. And receiving it they murmured against the
master of the house, saying, 'These last have worked but one hour, and
thou hast made them equal to us that have borne the burden of the day
and the heat.' But he answering, said to one of them, 'Friend, I do
thee no wrong. Didst thou not agree to work for me for a denarius?
Take what is thine, and go thy way. I will also give to this last man
even as to thee. Or is it not lawful for me to do as I will? Are you
disturbed because I am generous. So shall the last be first, and the
first last. For many are called, but few are chosen.'"
Offertory: Psalm xci: 2
It is good to give praise to the Lord, and to sing to Thy name, O
Having received our offerings, and prayers, we beseech Thee, O
Lord, cleanse us by these heavenly mysteries, and graciously hear us.
Secrets of the
Communion: Psalm xxx: 17-18
Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant, and save me in Thy
mercy. Let me not be confounded, O Lord, for I have called upon Thee.
May Thy faithful people, O Lord, be strengthened by Thy gifts:
that by partaking of them they may continue to seek after them, and by
seeking them, constantly partake of them.
Until Holy Saturday, when the Gloria in excelsis is omitted, the
Ite Missa est is replaced by.
V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.