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Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints
Cecilia, Virgin & Martyr
INTROIT. Loquebar. Ps. 119.
I WILL speak of thy testimonies also even before kings, and will
not be ashamed: and my delight shall bee in thy commandments,
which I have loved exceedingly. Ps. ibid. Blessed are
those that are undefiled in the way: and walk in the law of the
O GOD, which makest us glad with the yearly festival of blessed
Cecilia thy Virgin and Martyr: grant, we beseech thee; that as
we do venerate her in our outward office, so we may follow the
example of her godly conversation. Through.
For the Epistle. Ecclesiasticus 51:9-12
[Mass 18, Me exspectaverunt, from
9 Then lifted I up my supplications from the earth, and
prayed for deliverance from death.
10 I called upon the Lord, the Father of my Lord, that he would
not leave me in the days of my trouble, and in the time of the
proud, when there was no help.
11 I will praise thy name continually, and will sing praises
with thanksgiving; and so my prayer was heard:
12 For thou savedst me from destruction, and deliveredst me from
the evil time: therefore will I give thanks, and praise thee,
and bless they name, O Lord.
GRADUAL. Ps. 45. Hearken, O daughter, and consider,
incline thine ear: so shall the King have pleasure in thy beauty.
V. In thy comeliness and in thy beauty go forth, ride prosperously,
Alleluia, alleluia. V. St. Matt. 25. The five wise
virgins took oil in their vessels with the lamps: and at midnight
there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh: go ye out
to meet him, Christ the Lord. Alleluia.
GOSPEL. St Matthew 25:1-13
[Mass 17, Loquebar, from Common]
1 AT that time: Jesus spake this
parable unto his disciples: the kingdom of heaven be likened
unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom
cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for
our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough
for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they
that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord,
open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour
wherein the Son of man cometh.
OFFERTORY. Ps. 45. The virgins that be her fellows shall bear her
company: they shall be brought unto thee with joy and gladness:
and shall enter into the king's palace.
Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord: that this our sacrifice of atonement
and thanksgiving may, at the intercession of blessed Cecilia
thy Virgin and Martyr, render us in all things worthy of the
mercy of thy loving-kindness. Through.
COMMUNION. Ps. 119. Let the proud be confounded, for they go wickedly
about to destroy me: but I will be occupied in thy commandments,
and in thy statutes that I be not ashamed.
O LORD, who hast vouchsafed to feed us thy household with thy
heavenly gifts: mercifully grant that we, who celebrate the feast
of thy blessed Saint Cecilia, may at all times be comforted by
her intercession. Through.