Mass Readings for the Day

16 June – Saint Richard of Chichester, Bishop (Thursday after Trinity Sunday): Livestreamed Mass at 11am

Introit Statuit ei (Sir 45:24; Ps 132:1)
The Lord hath established a covenant of peace with him, and made him a chief of his people: that he should have the priestly dignity for ever and ever.
(Ps) Lord, remember David: and all his trouble.  Glory be…  As it was…  The Lord hath…

Most merciful Redeemer, who gavest to thy Bishop Richard a love of learning, a zeal for souls, and a devotion to the poor: grant that, encouraged by his example, and aided by his prayers; we may know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly, day by day; who livest and reignest with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.

The First Reading – Sirach 48:1-14
The prophet Elijah arose like a fire, and his word burned like a torch. He brought a famine upon them, and by his zeal he made them few in number. By the word of the Lord he shut up the heavens, and also three times brought down fire. How glorious you were, O Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! And who has the right to boast which you have? You who raised a corpse from death and from Hades, by the word of the Most High; who brought kings down to destruction, and famous men from their beds; who heard rebuke at Sinai and judgments of vengeance at Horeb; who anointed kings to inflict retribution, and prophets to succeed you. You who were taken up by a whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with horses of fire; you who are ready at the appointed time, it is written, to calm the wrath of God before it breaks out in fury, to turn the heart of the father to the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob. Blessed are those who saw you, and those who have been adorned in love; for we also shall surely live.
It was Elijah who was covered by the whirlwind, and Elisha was filled with his spirit; in all his days he did not tremble before any ruler, and no one brought him into subjection. Nothing was too hard for him, and when he was dead his body prophesied. As in his life he did wonders, so in death his deeds were marvelous.

GradualEcce sacerdos magnus (Sir 44:16, 20)
Behold, a mighty prelate: who in his lifetime was pleasing unto God.
V. There was none found like unto him: that observed the law of the Most High.

Alleluia – Tu es sacerdos (Ps 110:4b)
Alleluia.  Alleluia.  Thou art a priest for ever: after the order of Melchisedech.  Alleluia.

Holy Gospel – Matthew 6:7-15
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “In praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.  Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.  For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”


17 June – Friday after Trinity Sunday: Livestreamed Mass at 11am

IntroitBenedicta sit (Cf. Tob 12:6; Ps 8:1)
Blessed be the Holy Trinity, and the undivided Unity: we will praise and glorify him, because he hath showed his mercy upon us.
(Ps) O Lord our Governor: how excellent is thy Name in all the world.  Glory be…  As it was…  Blessed be…

Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity: we beseech thee; that this holy faith may evermore be our defence against all adversities; who livest and reignest, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.

The First Reading –2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20
Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal family. But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were about to be slain, and she put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. Thus she hid him from Athaliah, so that he was not slain; and he remained with her six years, hid in the house of the LORD, while Athaliah reigned over the land.
But in the seventh year Jehoiada sent and brought the captains of the Carites and of the guards, and had them come to him in the house of the LORD; and he made a covenant with them and put them under oath in the house of the LORD, and he showed them the king’s son.
The captains did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded, and each brought his men who were to go off duty on the sabbath, with those who were to come on duty on the sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest. And the priest delivered to the captains the spears and shields that had been King David’s, which were in the house of the LORD; and the guards stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, from the south side of the house to the north side of the house, around the altar and the house. 12 Then he brought out the king’s son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they proclaimed him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, “Long live the king!”
When Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she went into the house of the LORD to the people; and when she looked, there was the king standing by the pillar, according to the custom, and the captains and the trumpeters beside the king, and all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets. And Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, “Treason! Treason!”
Then Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains who were set over the army, “Bring her out between the ranks; and slay with the sword any one who follows her.” For the priest said, “Let her not be slain in the house of the LORD.” So they laid hands on her; and she went through the horses’ entrance to the king’s house, and there she was slain.
And Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and people, that they should be the LORD’s people; and also between the king and the people. Then all the people of the land went to the house of Baal, and tore it down; his altars and his images they broke in pieces, and they slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And the priest posted watchmen over the house of the LORD.
So all the people of the land rejoiced; and the city was quiet after Athaliah had been slain with the sword at the king’s house.

GradualBenedictus es (Dan 3:55, 56)
Blessed art thou, O Lord, who beholdest the great deep: and sittest upon the Cherubim.
V. Blessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven: and above all to be praised and glorified for ever.

AlleluiaBenedictus es (Dan 3:52)
Alleluia.  Alleluia.  Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers: and worthy to be praised for evermore.  Alleluia.

Holy Gospel – Matthew 6:19-23
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”