Mass Readings for the Day

7 August – St Sixtus II, Pope & Companions, Martyrs (Friday after Trinity 8 – Year II [18OT])

IntroitIntret 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
O God, who dost vouchsafe unto us to celebrate the heavenly birthday of thy holy Martyrs blessed Pope Sixtus and his Companions: grant us to rejoice in the perpetual felicity of their fellowship in heaven; 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 – Nahum 1:15; 2:2; 3:1-3, 6-7
Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who brings good tidings, who proclaims peace! Keep your feasts, O Judah, fulfil your vows, for never again shall the wicked come against you, he is utterly cut off.
(For the LORD is restoring the majesty of Jacob as the majesty of Israel, for plunderers have stripped them and ruined their branches.)
Woe to the bloody city, all full of lies and booty–no end to the plunder! The crack of whip, and rumble of wheel, galloping horse and bounding chariot! Horsemen charging, flashing sword and glittering spear, hosts of slain, heaps of corpses, dead bodies without end–they stumble over the bodies!
I will throw filth at you and treat you with contempt, and make you a gazingstock. And all who look on you will shrink from you and say, Wasted is Nineveh; who will moan over her? whence shall I seek comforters for her?

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 – Matthew 16:14-28
At that time: Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”

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8 August – St Mary of the Cross, Virgin

Introit Venite, benedicti (Mt 25:34, 36, 40; Ps 96:1)
Come, ye blessed of my Father, saith the Lord; I was sick, and ye visited me: verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
(Ps) O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the whole earth. GLORY. Come, ye…

Collect
O God, the source of all goodness, who hast shown us in Saint Mary a woman of faith living by the power of the Cross: teach us, we pray thee, by her example to live by the Gospel in changing times; and to respect and defend the human dignity of all in our land; 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 – 1 Kings 17:8-16
The word of the LORD came to Elijah, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.”
So he arose and went to Zarephath; and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”
And she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a cruse; and now, I am gathering a couple of sticks, that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”
And Elijah said to her, “Fear not; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make for yourself and your son. For thus says the LORD the God of Israel, ‘The jar of meal shall not be spent, and the cruse of oil shall not fail, until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'”
And she went and did as Elijah said; and she, and he, and her household ate for many days. The jar of meal was not spent, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD which he spoke by Elijah.

Gradual Dilexisti (Ps 45:7)
Thou hast loved righteousness: and hated iniquity.
V. Wherefore God, even thy God: hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness.

The Second Reading – Colossians 3:12-17
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Alleluia Adducentur (Ps 45:14, 15)
Alleluia. Alleluia. The virgins that be her fellows shall bear her company: they shall be brought unto thee with joy and gladness. Alleluia.

Holy Gospel – Matthew 6:24-34
At that time: Jesus said to the crowds, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.”