Mass Readings for the Day

25 September – Friday after Trinity 15 – Year II (25 OT): Livestreamed Mass at 11am

Introit Inclina, Domine (Ps 86:1, 2, 3, 4)
Bow down, O Lord, thine ear to me, and hear me: O my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee; have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I have called daily upon thee.
(Ps) Comfort the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. Glory be… Bow down…

Collect
Keep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy: and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall; keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The First Reading – Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
What gain has the worker from his toil?
I have seen the business that God has given to the sons of men to be busy with He has made everything beautiful in its time; also he has put eternity into man’s mind, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Gradual Bonum est confiteri (Ps 92:1, 2)
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord: and to sing praises
unto thy Name, O Most Highest.
V. To tell of thy loving-kindness early in the morning: and of thy
truth in the night season.

Alleluia Quoniam Deus magnus (Ps 95:3)
Alleluia. Alleluia. For the Lord is a great God: and a great King over all the earth. Alleluia.

Holy Gospel – Luke 9:18-22
Now it happened that as Jesus was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, “Who do the people say that I am?”
And they answered, “John the Baptist; but others say, Elijah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen.”
And he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
But he charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

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September 26 – Ss Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs (Saturday after Trinity 15 – Year II [25 OT]): Livestreamed Mass at 11am

Introit –  Intret in conspectu (Ps 79:12, 13, 1)
O let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come before thee, O Lord: reward thou our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom: let the vengeance of thy servants’ blood that is shed be openly showed upon the heathen.
(Ps) O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance, thy holy temple have they defiled: and made Jerusalem an heap of stones.  Glory be… As it was… O let…

Collect
Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we who celebrate the heavenly birthday of Saints Cosmas and Damian, thy Martyrs, may by their intercession be delivered from all evils that beset us; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.

The First Reading – Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8
Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
Remove vexation from your mind, and put away pain from your body; for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come, and the years draw nigh, when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain; in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look through the windows are dimmed, and the doors on the street are shut; when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the voice of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low; they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along and desire fails; because man goes to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets; before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.

GradualGloriosus Deus (Ex 15:11, 6)
God is glorious in his holy ones: marvellous in majesty, doing wonders.
V. Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: thy right hand hath dashed in pieces the enemy.

AlleluiaCorpora sanctorum (Sir 44:14)
Alleluia.  Alleluia.  The bodies of the Saints are buried in peace: but their name liveth for evermore.  Alleluia.

Holy Gospel – Luke 9:43b-45
At that time: while they were all marvelling at everything Jesus did, he said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men.” But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.