Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Mass 13, In Medio

INTROIT. In medio Ecclesiae. Ecclus 15.
IN the midst of the congregation he opened his mouth: and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: he clothed him with a robe of glory (alleluia, alleluia). 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.

O GOD, who hast enlightened thy Church with the wondrous learning of thy blessed Confessor Saint Thomas, and enriched the same with his holiness of life: grant, we beseech thee; that we may both understand aright the doctrine that he taught, and also follow in all things the pattern of his conversation. Through.

For the Epistle. Wisdom 7:7-14
7 Wherefore I prayed, and understanding was given me: I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
8 I preferred her before sceptres and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her.
9 Neither compared I unto her any precious stone, because all gold in respect of her is as a little sand, and silver shall be counted as clay before her.
10 I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have her instead of light: for the light that cometh from her never goeth out.
11 All good things together came to me with her, and innumerable riches in her hands.
12 And I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom goeth before them: and I knew not that she was the mother of them.
13 I learned diligently, and do communicate her liberally: I do not hide her riches.
14 For she is a treasure unto men that never faileth: which they that use become the friends of God, being commended for the gifts that come from learning.

GRADUAL. Ps. 37. The Mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom: and his tongue will be talking of judgement. V. The law of his God is in his heart: and his goings shall not slide
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ecclus 45. The Lord loved him and adorned him: he clothed him with a robe of glory. Alleluia.

After Septuagesima, instead of the Alleluia, and verse following, is said:

TRACT. Ps. 112. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he hath great delight in his commandments. V. His seed shall be mighty upon earthy: the generation of the faithful shall be blessed. V. Riches and plenteousness shall be in his housed: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

In Eastertide, instead of the Gradual, is said:

Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ecclus. 45. The Lord loved him and adorned him: he clothed him with a rob of glory. Alleluia. V. Hosea 14. The righteous shall grow as the lily: and flourish for ever before the Lord. Alleluia.

The Gospel. St Matthew 5:13-20
[From Mass 13, In medio]
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

OFFERTORY. Ps. 92. The righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree: and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus. (alleluia).

GRANT, O Lord, we pray thee that the devout prayers of the blessed Thomas thy Bishop and Doctor, may never fail to succour and defend us: that these our oblations may be rendered acceptable in thy sight; and that we may be made worthy to obtain for our sins the pardon of thy mercy. Through.

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 (alleluia).

GRANT, we beseech thee, O Lord, that thy holy Bishop and most excellent Doctor, blessed Thomas, may ever stand before thee as our advocate; that this sacrifice of thy ordinance may effectually avail for our salvation. Through.

AnotherLesson for the Common of Doctors.

The Epistle. Ecclesiasticus 39:5-10
5. The righteous will give his heart to resort early to the LORD that made him, and will pray before the Most High, and will open his mouth in prayer, and make supplication for his sins.
6 When the great Lord will, he shall be filled with the spirit of understanding: he shall pour out wise sentences, and give thanks unto the Lord in his prayer.
7 He shall direct his counsel and knowledge, and in his secrets shall he meditate.
8 He shall shew forth that which he hath learned, and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord.
9 Many shall commend his understanding; and so long as the world endureth, it shall not be blotted out: his memorial shall not depart away, and his Name shall live from generation to generation.
10 Nations shall shew forth his wisdom, and the congregation shall declare his praise.



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