Station: St. Paul's
Introit: Psalm xliii: 23-26
Arise, why sleepest
Thou, O Lord? Arise and cast us off not until the
end. Why turnest Thy face away, and forget our
trouble? Our belly has cleaved to the earth:
arise, O Lord, help us and deliver us. [Ps.]
We have heard, O God, with our ears: our fathers have declared to
us. Glory be.... Arise....
The "Gloria in excelsis" is
not recited in Masses of the season until Holy Thursday.
O God who seest that
we put not our trust in anything we do; mercifully grant
that by the protection of the Doctor of the Gentiles we may be defended against
Collects of the
Epistle: 2 Corinthians xi: 19-33;
A reading from
the epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
Brethren: You gladly put up with the foolish,
because you yourselves are wise. For you bear with it if a man brings you
into bondage, if a man devours you, if a man takes from you, if a
man is arrogant, if a man strikes you on your face! I speak to
my own shame, as though we were weak in this matter. But
wherein any man is bold -- I am speaking
foolishly -- I also am bold. Are they
Hebrews? So am I! Are they Israelites? So am I! Are they
offspring of Abraham? So am I! Are they ministers of Christ? I
-- to speak as a fool -- am more; in manny more labors, in
prisons more frequently, in lashes above measure,
often exposed to death. From the Jews five times I received forty
lashes less one. Thrice I was scourged, once
I was stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a
day I was adrift on the sea; in journeyings often, in
perils from floods, in perils from robbers, in perils from my own
nation, in perils from the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the
wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils from false
brethren; in labor and hardships, in many
sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and
nakedness. Besides those outer things, there was my
daily pressing anxiety, the care of all the
churches! Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who
is made to stumble, and I am not inflamed?
If I must boast, I will boast of the things that concern my
weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed
forevermore, knows that I do not lie. In Damascus
the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of the
Damascenes in order to arrest me, but I was lowered in a basket
through a window in the wall, and escaped his
hands. If I must boast -- it is not indeed expedient to do so -- but
I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a
man in Christ who fourteen years ago -- whether in the body I do not know, or
out of the body I do not know, God knows -- such a one was caught up
to the third heaven. I know such a man -- whether in the body or out
of the body I do not know, God knows -- that he was
caught up into paradise and heard secret words that man may
not repeat. Of such a man I will boast; but of
myself I will glory in nothing save my infirmities; for
I shall be speaking the truth. But I forebear, lest any man should
reckon me beyond what he sees in me or hears from me. And lest the
greatness of the revelations should puff me up, there was given me a
thorn for the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to buffet me.
Concerning this I thrice besought the Lord that it
should be taken away from me. And He said to me,
"My grace is sufficient for thee, for strength is made perfect
in weakness." Gladly, therefore I will glory in my infirmities, that
the strength of Christ may dwell in me.
lxxxii: 19, 14
Let the Gentiles know
that God is Thy name. Thou alone are the most High over all
the earth. O My God, make them like a wheel, and as stubble before the
Tract: Psalm lix: 4, 6
The Tract is omitted in ferial Masses.
hast moved the earth, O Lord, and hast troubled it. Heal
Thou the breaches thereof, for it has been moved. That they may flee
from before the bow. That thine elect may be delivered.
Luke viii: 4-15
+ The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to
At that time, when a very great crowd was
gathering together and men from every town were resorting to
Jesus, He said in a parable: "The sower went out to sow
his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside and
was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air ate it up.
And other seed fell upon the rock, and as soon as
it had sprung up it withered away, because it had no
moisture. And other seed fell among thorns, and the
thorns sprang up with it and choked it. And other seed fell
upon good ground, and sprang up and yielded fruit a
hundredfold." As He said these things, He cried out, "He who has
ears to hear, let him hear!" But His disciples then began to
ask Him what this parable meant. He said to them, "To you it is
given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to the rest in
parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not
Now the parable is
this: the seed is the word of God. And those by the wayside
are they who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away
the word from their heart, that they may not
believe and be saved. Now those upon the rock are
they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these
have no root, but believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall
away. And that which fell among the thorns, these are they who
have heard, and as they go their way, are choked by the cares
and riches and pleasures of this life, and their fruit does not
ripen. But that upon good ground, these are they who, with a right and
good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bear fruit in
Offertory: Psalm xvi: 5, 6-7
Perfect Thou my
goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps be not
moved. Incline Thine ear, and hear my
words. Show forth Thy wonderful mercies;
Thou that savest them that trust in Thee, O Lord.
May the sacrifice
offered unto Thee, O Lord, ever quicken and
Secrets of the
Communion: Psalm xlii: 4
will go into the altar of God, to God who
gives joy to my youth.
We humbly beseech
Thee, almighty God, to grant that they whom Thou
refreshest with Thy Sacraments may serve Thee worthily by a life well
pleasing unto Thee.
Until Holy Saturday, when the Gloria in excelsis is omitted, the
Ite Missa est is replaced by.
V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.