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STEPHEN THE PROTOMARTYR
Double of II Class with simple Octave
INTROIT. Sederunt principes. Ps. 119.
Princes, moreover, did
sit, and did witness falsely against me; and the ungodly pressed
sore upon me; O Lord, my God, stand up to help me, for thy servant
is occupied continually in thy commandments. Ps. ibid.
Blessed are those that are undefiled in the way: and walk in
the law of the Lord. V. Glory be.
Grant, O Lord, that, in all our sufferings here upon earth for
the testimony of thy truth, we may stedfastly look up to heaven,
and by faith behold the glory that shall be revealed; and being
filled with the Holy Ghost may learn to love and bless our persecutors
by the example of thy first Martyr Saint Stephen; who prayed
for his murderers to thee, O blessed Jesus, who standest at the
right hand of God to succour all those that suffer for thee,
our only Mediator and Advocate. AMEN.
Then shall follow the Collect of the Nativity, which shall
be said continually unto New Year's Eve
EPISTLE. Acts 7:55-60
55 IN those days: Stephen, being full of the Holy Ghost,
looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and
Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of
man standing on the right hand of God.
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears,
and ran upon him with one accord,
58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses
laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord
Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay
not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell
GRADUAL. Ps. 119. Princes also did sit and speak
against me: and wicked men have persecuted me. V. Help me, O
Lord my God: save me for thy mercy's sake,
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Acts 7. I see the heavens opened,
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Alleluia.
¶ In Votive Masses after Septuagesima, instead of
the Alleluia and verse following, is said the Tract from
the Common of a Martyr. But in Eastertide, the Gradual is omitted,
and in its place is said the Alleluia as above, and then
the verse: Thou hast set a crown of pure gold upon his head,
O Lord. Alleluia
GOSPEL. St. Matthew 23:34-39
34 BEHOLD, I send unto
you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye
shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in
your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the
earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias
son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and
stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have
gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens
under her wings, and ye would not!
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye
shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
The Creed is said on account of the Octave.
OFFERTORY. Acts 6 & 7. The Apostles
chose Stephen the Levite, a man full of faith and of the Holy
ghost: whom the Jews had stoned calling upon God and saying:
Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
Accept, O Lord, we pray thee, the gifts which we offer unto thee
in remembrance of thy Saints: that like as they by suffering
obtained thy crown of glory, so we by godly conversation may
attain to innocence of life. Through.
Of the Nativity. SECRET.
WE beseech thee, O Lord, that by this new Birth of thy only-begotten
Son thou wouldest vouchsafe to sanctify these our oblations:
and to cleanse us from the defilements of all our iniquities.
Through the same.
PREFACE and CANON of Christmas.
COMMUNION. Acts 7. I see the heavens
opened and Jesus standing at the right hand of the power of God:
Lord Jesus, receive my spirit, and lay not this sin to their
charge, for they know not what they do.
Assist us mercifully, O Lord: that we, which have received these
holy mysteries; may, at the intercession of thy blessed Martyr
Saint Stephen, be stablished by thy everlasting protection. Through.
Of the Nativity. POSTCOMMUNION.
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that like as thy Son,
born this day the Saviour of the world, hath been made the author
of our heavenly birth; so he may bestow upon us the gift of everlasting
life. Who liveth and reigneth with thee.
¶ Within the Octave of St. Stephen, nothing is said
of that Feast.
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