INTROIT. Lex veritatis. Mal. 2 THE law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not
found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and
did turn many away from iniquity. Ps. 120. My soul hath
long dwelt among them that are enemies unto peace: I labour for
peace, but when I speak unto them thereof, they make them ready
O GOD, who didst bestow upon blessed Irenaeus thy Martyr and
Bishop grace to overcome false doctrine by the teaching of the
truth, and to stablish thy Church in peace and prosperity: we
beseech thee, that thou wouldest give thy people constancy in
thy true religion; and grant us thy peace all the days of our
The Epistle. 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
14 Continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast
been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith
which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto
all good works.
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
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.
GRADUAL. Ps. 122. For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will
wish thee prosperity. V. Ps. 37. Keep innocency, and take
heed unto the thing that is right: for that shall bring a man
peace at the last.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ecclus. 6. Stand in the multitude
of the elders, and cleave unto him that is wise: be willing to
hear every godly discourse. Alleluia.
The Gospel. St John 10:11-16
11 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
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.
SECRET. O GOD, who sufferest not any terror to confound the nations
that put their trust in thee: vouchsafe to accept the prayers
and oblations of the people of thine inheritance; that by thy
mercy all Christian lands may be stablished in peace, and preserved
from the fear of their enemies. Through.
COMMUNION. Ecclus. 24. Behold that I have not
laboured for myself only, but for all them that seek wisdom.
POSTCOMMUNION. O GOD, who art the author of peace and lover of concord,
in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service
is perfect freedom: defend us, thy humble servants, in all assaults
of our enemies; that, at the intercession of blessed Irenaeus
thy Martyr and Bishop, we, surely trusting in thy defence, may
not fear the power of any adversaries. Through.