Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Bishop & Martyr


INTROIT. Gaudeamus.
REJOICE we all in the Lord, keeping holy-day in honour of blessed Thomas the Martyr: in whose passion the Angels rejoice and glorify the Son of God. Ps. 33. Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for it becometh well the just to be thankful. V. Glory be.

O GOD, who for thy Church's sake didst suffer thy Bishop Saint Thomas gloriously to be slain by the swords of wicked men: grant, we beseech thee; that all they who call upon him for succour may be profited by the obtaining of all that they desire. [Through]

COLLECT OF THE NATIVITY as on Saint Stephen's Day.

EPISTLE. Hebrews 5:1-6
1 BRETHREN: every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee.
6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

GRADUAL. Ecclus. 44. Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased the Lord. V. There was none like unto him to keep the law of the Most High.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. St. John 10. I am the good shepherd: and know my sheep, and am known of mine. Alleluia.

GOSPEL. St John 10:11-16
11 At that time: Jesus said unto the Pharisees: I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. The Creed is said on account of the Octave.

OFFERTORY. Ps. 21. Thou hast set a crown of pure gold upon his head, O Lord: he asked life of thee, and thou gavest him a long life.

SANCTIFY, O Lord, we beseech thee, these our oblations: and at the intercession of thy blessed Martyr and Bishop Saint Thomas look down in mercy upon us who here present them unto thee.

SECRET OF THE NATIVITY as on Saint Stephen's Day.

PREFACE and CANON of Christmas.

COMMUNION. St. John 10. I am the good shepherd and know my sheep and am known of mine.

GRANT, O Lord, that this holy Communion may cleanse us from every guilty stain: and at the intercession of blessed Thomas thy Marty and Bishop, may be our healing unto life eternal. Through.





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