Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Vigil of Saint Lawrence

INTROIT. Dispersit. Ps. 112
He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor, and his righteousness remaineth for ever: his horn shall be exalted with honour. Ps. ibid. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he hat great delight in his commandments. V. Glory be.

ASSIST us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications: and, at the intercession of thy blessed Martyr Saint Lawrence, whose festival we now prevent, mercifully bestow upon us the continual succour of thy mercy. Through.

The Epistle. Ecclesiasticus 51.1
[Mass 21, Me expectaverunt]
I will thank thee, O Lord and King, and praise thee, O God my saviour: I do give praise unto thy Name: for thou art my defender and helper, and hast preserved my body from destruction, and from the snare of the slanderous tongue, and from the lips that forge lies, and hast been mine helper against mine adversaries: and hast delivered me according to the multitude of thy mercies and greatness of thy Name, from the teeth of them that were ready to devour me, and out of the hands of such as sought after my life, and from the manifold afflictions which I had; from the choking of fire on every side, and from the midst of the fire which I kindled not; from the depth of the belly of hell, from an unclean tongue, and from lying words. By an accusation to the king from an unrighteous tongue my soul drew near even unto death, my life was near to the hell beneath. They compassed me on every side, and there was no man to help me; I looked for the succour of men, but there was none. Then thought I upon thy mercy, O Lord, and upon thy acts of old, how thou deliverest such as wait for thee, and savest them out of the hands of the enemies, O Lord our God.

GRADUAL. Ps. 112. He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor: and his righteousness remaineth for ever. V. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.

GOSPEL. St Matthew 16. 24
At that time: Jesus said unto his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his Cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father with his Angels: and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

OFFERTORY. Job 16 My prayer is pure: and therefore I ask that a place may be given to my voice in heaven: for my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high: let my prayer ascend to the Lord.

ACCEPT, O merciful Lord, the sacrifice which we offer unto thee: and, at the intercession of blessed Lawrence thy Martyr, deliver us from the bonds of all our iniquities. Through.

COMMUNION. St. Matt. 16. If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord our God: that, like as we in this life do gladly honour the memory of blessed Lawrence thy Martyr; so we may in heaven rejoice in his eternal fellowship. Through.




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