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Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints
Nicholas, Bishop & Confessor
INTROIT. Statuit ei. Ecclus. 45.
THE Lord made with him a covenant of peace and made him the chief
of his people: that he should have the dignity of the priesthood
for ever. Ps. 132. Lord, remember David: and all his trouble.
V. Glory be.
O GOD, who didst adorn thy blessed Bishop, Saint Nicholas, with
power to work many and great miracles: grant, we beseech thee;
that by his prayers and merits we may be delivered from the fires
of everlasting torment. [Through]
The Epistle. Hebrews 13:7-13
7 Remember them which have the
rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose
faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For
it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace;
not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which
serve the tabernacle.
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into
the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with
his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God
continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such
sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:
for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account.
GRADUAL. Ps. 89. I have found David my servant: with my holy
oil have I anointed him: my hand shall hold him fast, and my
arm shall strengthen him. V. The enemy shall not be able to do
him violence, the son of wickedness shall not hurt him.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ps. 92. The righteous shall flourish
like a palm tree: and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus.
GOSPEL. St Matthew 25:14-23
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far
country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to
another one; to every man according to his several ability; and
straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded
with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth,
and hid his lord's money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought
other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five
talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful
servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make
thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord,
thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two
other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant;
thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler
over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
OFFERTORY. Ps. 89. My truth also and my mercy
shall be with him: and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
SANCTIFY, O Lord, we beseech thee, these our oblations, which
we offer unto thee, on this festival of thy blessed Bishop, Saint
Nicholas: that by the same in all times of adversity and prosperity
our life may be governed in accordance with thy will. Through.
COMMUNION. Ps. 89. I have sworn once by my holiness:
his seed shall endure for ever: and his seat is like as the sun
before me. He shall stand fast for evermore as the moon: and
as the faithful witness in heaven.
GRANT, O Lord, we pray thee, that like as we, remembering the
festival of Saint Nicholas thy Bishop: have partaken of this
sacrifice; so we may thereby be defended with thine everlasting
¶ If today be Saturday, the Vigil of the Conception
is anticipated, as is indicated on the day following.
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