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Sexagesima Sunday
Second Class
Station: St. Paul's

[Latin Text]

Introit: Psalm xliii: 23-26

Arise, why  sleepest Thou,  O Lord?   Arise  and cast  us off not until the end.   Why turnest  Thy face  away, and forget our trouble?  Our belly  has cleaved  to the  earth:   arise, O  Lord, help  us  and deliver us.   [Ps.]  We have heard, O God, with our ears:  our fathers have declared to us.  Glory be....  Arise....

The "Gloria in excelsis" is not recited in Masses of the season until Holy Thursday.


O God  who seest  that we  put not  our trust  in anything we do; mercifully grant  that by the protection of the Doctor of the Gentiles we may be defended against all adversity.

Collects of the Season

Epistle: 2 Corinthians xi: 19-33;  xii: 1-9

     A reading  from the  epistle of  blessed Paul  the Apostle to the Corinthians.
Brethren:   You gladly put up with the foolish, because you yourselves are wise.  For you bear with it if a man brings you into bondage, if a man devours  you, if  a man takes from you, if a man is arrogant, if a man strikes  you on  your face!  I speak to my own shame, as though we were weak  in this  matter.   But wherein  any man  is bold  --  I  am speaking foolishly  -- I  also am  bold.   Are they Hebrews?  So am I! Are they  Israelites?  So am I!  Are they offspring of Abraham?  So am I!  Are they ministers of Christ?  I -- to speak as a fool -- am more; in manny  more labors,  in prisons  more frequently,  in  lashes  above measure, often  exposed to death.  From the Jews five times I received forty lashes  less one.   Thrice  I was  scourged, once  I was stoned, thrice I  suffered shipwreck,  a night  and a  day I was adrift on the sea;   in journeyings  often, in  perils from  floods, in  perils from robbers, in perils from my own nation, in perils from the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils  from false  brethren;   in labor  and  hardships,  in  many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.   Besides those  outer things,  there was my daily pressing anxiety, the  care of  all the  churches!   Who is  weak, and I am not weak?   Who is  made to  stumble, and  I am  not inflamed?   If I must boast, I  will boast  of the things that concern my weakness.  The God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forevermore, knows that I  do not  lie.   In Damascus  the governor under King Aretas was guarding the  city of  the Damascenes in order to arrest me, but I was lowered in  a basket  through a  window in  the wall,  and escaped his hands.   If I must boast -- it is not indeed expedient to do so -- but I will  come to  visions and revelations of the Lord.  I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago -- whether in the body I do not know, or out of  the body  I do not know, God knows -- such a one was caught up to the  third heaven.  I know such a man -- whether in the body or out of the  body I  do not  know, God  knows -- that he was caught up into paradise and  heard secret  words that  man may not repeat.  Of such a man I  will boast;   but  of myself  I will  glory in  nothing save my infirmities;  for I shall be speaking the truth.  But I forebear, lest any man  should reckon  me beyond what he sees in me or hears from me.  And lest the greatness of the revelations should puff me up, there was given me  a thorn  for the  flesh, a messenger of Satan, to buffet me.  Concerning this  I thrice  besought the  Lord that  it should be taken away from  me.   And He  said to me, "My grace is sufficient for thee, for strength  is made  perfect in weakness."  Gladly, therefore I will glory in my infirmities, that the strength of Christ may dwell in me.

Gradual: Psalm lxxxii: 19, 14

Let the  Gentiles know  that God is Thy name.  Thou alone are the most High  over all  the earth.  O My God, make them like a wheel, and as stubble before the wind. 

Tract: Psalm lix: 4, 6
The Tract is omitted in ferial Masses.

Thou hast  moved the  earth, O  Lord, and hast troubled it.  Heal Thou the  breaches thereof, for it has been moved.  That they may flee from before the bow.  That thine elect may be delivered.

Gospel: Luke viii: 4-15

     +    The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
At that  time, when  a very great crowd was gathering together and men from every  town were  resorting to  Jesus, He said in a parable: "The sower went  out to  sow his  seed.  And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside  and was  trodden under foot, and the birds of the air ate it up.   And  other seed  fell upon  the rock,  and as  soon as it had sprung up  it withered  away, because  it had  no moisture.  And other seed fell  among thorns,  and the  thorns sprang up with it and choked it.   And other  seed fell upon good ground, and sprang up and yielded fruit a  hundredfold."  As He said these things, He cried out, "He who has ears  to hear, let him hear!"  But His disciples then began to ask Him what  this parable meant.  He said to them, "To you it is given to know the  mystery of  the kingdom of God, but to the rest in parables, that 'Seeing  they may  not see, and hearing they may not understand.' 

    Now the  parable is  this: the  seed is the word of God.  And those by the wayside  are they  who have heard;  then the devil comes and takes away the  word from  their heart,  that they  may not  believe and  be saved.   Now those  upon the  rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the  word with joy;  and these have no root, but believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.  And that which fell among the thorns,  these are  they who have heard, and as they go their way, are choked  by the  cares and  riches and  pleasures of this life, and their fruit does not ripen.  But that upon good ground, these are they who, with a right and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bear fruit in abundance."


Offertory: Psalm xvi: 5, 6-7

Perfect Thou  my goings  in Thy  paths, that  my footsteps be not moved.   Incline Thine  ear, and  hear  my  words.    Show  forth  Thy wonderful mercies;  Thou that savest them that trust in Thee, O Lord.


May the  sacrifice offered  unto Thee,  O Lord,  ever quicken and
protect us.

Secrets of the Season

Communion: Psalm xlii: 4

I will  go into  the altar  of God,  to God  who gives  joy to my youth.


We humbly  beseech Thee,  almighty God,  to grant  that they whom Thou refreshest  with Thy Sacraments may serve Thee worthily by a life well pleasing unto Thee.

Postcommunions of the Season

Until Holy Saturday, when the Gloria in excelsis is omitted, the Ite Missa est is replaced by.

V. Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


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