Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Greater Double

INTROIT. Nos autem gloriari. Gal. 6
as for us, it behooveth us to glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: in whom is our salvation, our life and resurrection: by whom we were saved and obtained our freedom. Ps. 67. God be merciful unto us, and bless us: and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us. V. Glory be.

O GOD, who dost gladden us upon this day by the festival of the Exaltation of the holy Cross: grant that we who have acknowledged the mystery of redemption here on earth, may rejoice in the everlasting fruits thereof in heaven. Through.

The Epistle. Philippians 2:5-11
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

GRADUAL. Ibid. Christ became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross. V. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him: and given him a Name which is above every name.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Sweetest wood, sweetest iron, that bare so sweet a burthen: which only was counted worthy to sustain the King of heaven, and its Lord., Alleluia.

The Gospel. St John 12:31-36
31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?
35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.

OFFERTORY. By the sign of the holy Cross, defend, O Lord, thy people from all the snares of their enemies: that the service which we render maybe pleasing unto thee, and our sacrifice acceptable in thy sight. Alleluia.

O Lord our God, who dost suffer us to be fulfilled with the Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom thou hast sanctified unto us the standard of the Cross: we humbly beseech thee; that like as we have been counted worthy to venerate that Cross, so we may in everlasting glory be made partakers of the saving benefits of the same. Through the same.

PREFACE of the Cross.

COMMUNION. By the sign of the Cross, deliver us from our enemies, O Lord our God.

ASSIST us mercifully, O Lord our God: that we whom thou dost suffer to rejoice in honouring the Holy Cross, may be defended by the perpetual succour of the same. Through.

For Votive Masses of the Holy Cross Mass 10, Nos autem, from Votive Masses, is used.



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