The Proper of Saints

Saint Basil the Great

INTROIT. In medio Ecclesiae. Ecclus. 15.
In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth: and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: he clothed him with a robe of glory. Ps. 92. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord: and to sing praises unto thy Name, O most highest. V. Glory be.

The Collect.
WE beseech thee, O Lord, graciously to hear the prayers which we offer unto thee on this festival of thy holy Confessor and Bishop, Saint Basil: that like as he was found worthy to do thee faithful service; so by the succour of his merits we may be delivered from the bonds of the sins which we have committed. Through.

The Epistle. 2 Timothy 4:1-8
[From Mass 13, In medio Ecclesiae.]
1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Gradual. Ps. 37. The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom: and his tongue will be talking of judgement. V.; The law of God is in his heart: and his goings shall not slide.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ps. 89. I have found David my servant, with my holy oil have I anointed him. Alleluia.

The Gospel. St Luke 14:25-35
25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

OFFERTORY. Ps. 89. My truth also and my mercy shall be with him: and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.

Grant, O Lord, we pray thee, that our devout observance of this yearly festival of thy Confessor and Bishop Saint Basil may render us thy servants acceptable unto thy loving-kindness: that the oblation of this our bounden duty and service may be profitable unto him in the reward of his godliness, and obtain for us thy servants the bountiful gifts of thy grace. Through.

COMMUNION. St. Luke 12. A faithful and wise steward, whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household: to give them their portion of meat in due season.

O God, who rewardest the souls of them that put their trust in thee: grant, we beseech thee; that we who keep the solemn feast of Saint Basil thy Bishop and Confessor, may by his prayers obtain the pardon of thy mercy. Through.



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