Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints
Stephen of Hungary
Mass 14, Os justi
FOR A CONFESSOR NOT A BISHOP
Introit. Os justi. Ps 37 THE mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom: and
his tongue will be talking of judgement: the law of his God is
in his heart (alleluia, alleluia). Ps. ibid. Fret not
thyself because of the ungodly: neither be thou envious against
the evildoers. V. Glory be.
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that, like as thy blessed
Confessor Saint Stephen in the time of his earthly kingdom laboured
stedfastly for the extension of thy Church; so it may be counted
worthy to possess him for an advocate in the glory of heaven.
The Epistle. Ecclesiasticus 31:8-11
8 Blessed is the man that is found without blemish: and hath
not gone after gold.
9 Who is he? and we will call him blessed: for wonderful things
hath he done among his people.
10 Who hath been tried thereby and found perfect? Then let him
glory. Who might offend and hath not offended? or done evil,
and hath not done it?
11 His goods shall be established, and the congregation shall
declare his alms.
Gradual. Ps. 92. The righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree:
and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus in the house
of the Lord. V. To tell of thy loving-kindness early in the morning:
and of thy truth in the night-season.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. St. James I. Blessed is the man
that endureth temptation: for when he is tried he shall receive
the crown of life. Alleluia.
After Septuagesima, instead of the
Alleluia, and verse following,
TRACT. Ps. 112. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he
hath great delight in his commandments. V. His seed shall b mighty
upon earth: the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
V. Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house: and his righteousness
endureth for ever.
In Eastertide, instead of the Gradual,
Alleluia, alleluia. V. St James I.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he
is tried he shall receive the crown of life. Alleluia. V. Ecclus.
45. The Lord loved him and adorned him: he clothed him with
a robe of glory. Alleluia.
The Gospel. St Luke 12:35-50 35 Let your loins be girded about,
and your lights burning;
36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord,
when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and
knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall
find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself,
and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third
watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known
what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not
have suffered his house to be broken through.
40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an
hour when ye think not.
OFFERTORY. Ps. 89 My truth also and my mercy
shall be with him: and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
SECRET. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that we who, trusting in
this our sacrifice of praise, do offer it before thee to the
honour of thy Saints, may by the same be delivered from all evils
both in this life and in that which is to come. Through.
COMMUNION. St. Matthew 24 Blessed is that servant
whom his lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say
unto you, that he shall make him ruler over all his goods. (Alleluia).
POSTCOMMUNION. O GOD, who hast vouchsafed to feed us with heavenly
meat and drink: mercifully grant that, like as we have received
the same in devout remembrance of blessed Stephen, thy Confessor,
so we may evermore be defended by his intercession. Through.