N015 – Septuagesima

Septuagesima Sunday

The Third Sunday before Lent – 70 Days before Easter

The Collect. O Lord, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people; that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, etc.

The Introit. Ps. 18 (Circumdederunt) The sorrows of death compassed me, the pains of hell came about me: and in my tribulation I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice out of his holy temple. Ps. ibid. I will love thee, O Lord my strength: the Lord is my stony rock, my fortress, and my Saviour.

Epistle.  I Corinthians 9:24-27, 10:1-5 (St. Paul likens the struggle we engage in for spiritual growth to the training of an athlete. If athletes work so hard for an earthly prize, why do we not work hard for a heavenly one: life eternal with God.)

Gradual Ps. 9. A refuge in the time of trouble; they that know thy Name will put their trust in thee: for thou Lord never failest them that seek thee. For the poor shall not always be forgotten; the patient abiding of the meek shall not perish for ever: up Lord and let not man have the upper hand.

Tract. Ps. 130. Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice. O let thine ears consider well the voice of my complaint. If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss: O Lord, who may abide it? For there is mercy with thee: therefore shalt thou be feared.

Gospel. St. Mastthew 20:1-16 (The parable of the man who hires laborers for his vineyard very early, then 4 more times during the day and paid them all the same wage.)

Offertory. Ps.92. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy Name, O most Highest.

Communion. Ps. 31. Show thy servant the light of thy countenance and save me for thy mercies’ sake: let me not be confounded, O Lord, for I have called upon thee.

At the Divine Office – Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

 At 1st  Vespers: The Lord said unto Adam, Of the tree which is in the midst of the garden thou shalt not eat: for in the day that thou eatest thereof, you shalt surely die.

At Matins: The kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard, saith the Lord.

At 2nd Vespers: The householder saith unto the labourers, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. Go ye also into the vineyard, and what soever is right, I will give you.

N014 – 7th Sunday after the Epiphany

Minor Propers

7th Sunday after the Epiphany

The Collect: O God, we beseech thee, absolve thy people from their offences: that through thy bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the bands of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour : Who liveth and reigneth….

The Introit. (Adorate Deum) Ps. 97 Worship God, all ye Angels of his: Sion heard and rejoiced, and the daughters of Judah were glad.   Ps. 97 The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof: yea, the multitude of the isles may be glad thereof.

The Epistle: Col 1:3-12 (St. Paul gives thanks for the faith and spiritual health of the Colossians. He also prays for them without ceasing that they may be filled with grace and walk worthy of the Lord. He concludes by giving thanks to Father again Who has made us partakers of the inheritance of the Saints in light.)

Gradual & Alleluia. Ps 102. The heathen shall fear thy Name, O Lord: and all the kings of the earth thy majesty. When the Lord shall build up Sion, and when his glory shall appear. Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 97. The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof: yea, the multitude of the isles may be glade thereof. Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. Matthew 9:18-26 (A Jewish dignitary ask Jesus to come and heal his daughter. On the way, he encounters the woman who has suffered with an issue of blood for twelve years and heals her. Jesus arrives at the dignitary’s house, sends away the mourners, and restores the young woman to life.)

Offertory. Ps. 118. The right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass, the right hand of the Lord hath exalted me: I shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord.

Communion. St. Luke 4. All wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of the mouth of God.

At the Divine Office – Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

 At 1st  Vespers: God hath holpen his servant Israel, as he promised to Abraham and to his seed: and hath exalted the humble for ever and ever.

At Matins: For she said within herself, if I may but touch the hem of his garment, I shall be whole.

At 2nd  Vespers: This is replaced by 1st Vespers of the following feast:

The Chair of St. Peter at Antioch

February 22nd

At 1stnd Vespers Thou art shepherd of the sheep, and Prince of the Apostles; God hath given unto thee, O Peter, the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

At Matins: Thus said the Lord unto Simon Peter: Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

At 2nd  Vespers: During his pontificate never was he moved by respect of men, but rather went ever gloriously on his way to the kingdom of heaven.

N013 – 6th Sunday after the Epiphany

Minor Propers

6th Sunday after the Epiphany

The Collect: O God, whose blessed Son was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God, and heirs of eternal life: grant us, we beseech thee, that having this hope, we may purify ourselves, even as he is pure; that when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord: Who liveth and reigneth….

The Introit. (Adorate Deum) Ps. 97 Worship God, all ye Angels of his: Sion heard and rejoiced, and the daughters of Judah were glad.   Ps. 97 The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof: yea, the multitude of the isles may be glade thereof.

The Epistle: 1 John 3:1-8 (St. John tells us that the Father loves us and has bestowed on us that we are to be called the sons of God. Sin is of the devil; the Son of God, Jesus, was manifested to destroy the works of the devil.)

Gradual & Alleluia. Ps 102. The heathen shall fear thy Name, O Lord: and all the kings of the earth thy majesty. When the Lord shall build up Sion, and when his glory shall appear. Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 97. The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof: yea, the multitude of the isles may be glade thereof. Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. Matthew 24:23-35 (Our Lord foretells the end of time and His coming again in great glory to judge the quick and the dead.)

Offertory. Ps. 118. The right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass, the right hand of the Lord hath exalted me: I shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord.

Communion. St. Luke 4. All wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of the mouth of God.

At the Divine Office – Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

 At 1st  Vespers: God hath holpen his servant Israel, as he promised to Abraham and to his seed: and hath exalted the humble for ever and ever.

At Matins: As the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

At 2nd Vespers: Wheresoever the body is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

NOTE: That if in any year there be seven Sundays after the Epiphany, the Propers for the 24th Sunday after Trinity are used on the 7th Sunday after the Epiphany.  Likewise, if there be eight Sundays after the Epiphany, the propers for the 23rd Sunday after Trinity are used on the 7th Sunday after the Epiphany and the propers for the 24th Sunday after Trinity are used on the 8th Sunday after the Epiphany.

N012 – 5th Sunday After Epiphany

Minor Propers

5th Sunday after the Epiphany

The Collect: O Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion: that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace, may evermore be defended by thy mighty power. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord: Who liveth and reigneth….

The Introit. (Adorate Deum) Ps. 97 Worship God, all ye Angels of his: Sion heard and rejoiced, and the daughters of Judah were glad.   Ps. 97 The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof: yea, the multitude of the isles may be glade thereof.

The Epistle: Colossian  3:12-17 (St. Paul urges us to have great charity which is the bond of perfection. Whatever we do, must be done in the Name of Christ.)

Gradual & Alleluia. Ps 102. The heathen shall fear thy Name, O Lord: and all the kings of the earth thy majesty. When the Lord shall build up Sion, and when his glory shall appear. Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 97. The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof: yea, the multitude of the isles may be glade thereof. Alleluia.

The Gospel: St. Matthew 13:24-30 (The Parable of the tares and the wheat: seed sown on various types of ground brings forth fruit accordingly)

Offertory. Ps. 118. The right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass, the right hand of the Lord hath exalted me: I shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord.

Communion. St. Luke 4. All wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of the mouth of God.

At the Divine Office – Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

 At 1st  Vespers: God hath holpen his servant Israel, as he promised to Abraham and to his seed: and hath exalted the humble for ever and ever.

At Matins: Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.

At 2nd Vespers: Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn, saith the Lord.

N011 – The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Candlemas

The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary –  February 2nd

Commonly called Candlemas Day[*]

The Complete Propers and Other Prayers

The Blessing of the Candles. O Lord, holy Father Almighty, everlasting God, who hast created all things out of nothing, and by thy command hast made this liquid through the labours of bees to come to the perfection of was: who didst likewise on this day fulfil the petition of the just man Simeon: we humbly pray thee; that through the invocation of thy most holy Name, and the intercession of blessed Mary ever Virgin, whose festival we this day devoutly celebrate, and through the prayers of all thy Saints, thou wouldest vouchsafe to bless and sanctify these candles for the use of men, and for their protection in body and soul, on land, or on water: and that from thy holy heaven, and from the throne of thy majesty, thou wouldest ;hearken to the voice of this thy people, that seeketh to bear them forth in their hands to thine honour and to sing thy praises: and we beseech thee to have mercy on all that call upon thee, whom thou hast redeemed with the precious Blood of thy Son: who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God: throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, who on this day didst present thine only-begotten Son in thy holy temple, to be received in the arms of Saint Simeon: we humbly implore thy mercy; that thou wouldest vouchsafe to bless, sanctify, and kindle with the light of thy heavenly benediction these candles, which we thy servants, receiving to the glory of thy Name, desire to kindle and bear forth: to the intent that we, being made worthy by offering them unto thee, our Lord and God, and being enkindled with the holy fire of thy most gracious charity, may be found meet to be presented in the holy temple of thy glory. Through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord: Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God: throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

            O Lord Jesu Christ, the true Light, that lightenest every man that cometh into this world: pour forth thy blessing upon these candles, and sanctify them with the light of thy grace, and mercifully grant; that ever as these lights, kindled with visible fire, do scatter the darkness of night; so our hearts, illumined by invisible fire, that is, by the brightness of the Holy Spirit, may be delivered from all blindness of iniquity: that, the eyes of our understanding being enlightened, we may discern such things as are pleasing unto thee and profitable for our salvation; so that finally after the darkness and dangers of this world, we may be found meet to attain unto the light everlasting. Through thee, Christ Jesu, Saviour of the world, who in perfect Trinity livest and reignest, God, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, who through thy servant Moses didst command the purest liquid of oil to be prepared for the lamps to burn continually before thy face: mercifully  pour upon these candles the grace of thy benediction: that as they shed forth  their outward light, so, by thy grace, the light of thy Spirit may continually shine within our souls. Through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord: Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, God: throughout all ages, world without end. Amen

            O Lord Jesu Christ, who on this day, appearing among men in substance of our flesh, wast presented by thy parents in the temple: whom the old man, Simeon, the venerable, illumined by the light of thy Holy Spirit, acknowledged, received, and blessed: mercifully grant; that we, being enlightened and instructed by the grace of the same Holy Spirit, may truly know thee and faithfully love thee: Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, God, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

At the Distribution of the blessed Candles:          

                Antiphon. (Lumen ad revelationem) A Light to lighten the Gentiles: and the glory of thy people Israel.

    Canticle. (Nunc dimittis) Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word. The Antiphon is repeated. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation. Antiphon Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people. Antiphon To be a light to lighten the Gentiles: and to be the glory of thy people Israel. Antiphon Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. Antiphon As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Antiphon

  Antiphon. (Exsurge Domine) O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thy Name’s sake. Ps. 44. O God, we have heard with our ears, and our fathers have declared unto us. The Antiphon is repeated. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Antiphon

Collect. We beseech thee, O Lord, hearken unto thy people: and vouchsafe; that this observance, wherein thou sufferest us to do thee outward honour year by year, may by the light of thy grace bring forth fruit in our souls. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

At the Procession with the blessed Candles:

            Celebrant: Let us proceed in peace.

Answer: In the Name of Christ. Amen.

  Antiphon 1. (Adorna thalamum) Adorn thy chambers, O Sion, and receive therein Christ the King. In love, consider Mary, who is the Gate of heaven: for she beareth the King of glory, the new Light of men. Remaining ever a Virgin, she bringeth in her hands the Son begotten before the day-star: whom Simeon, receiving into his arms, proclaimed to the people to be the Lord of life and death, and the Saviour of the world.

            Antiphon 2. (Responsum accepit) It was revealed unto Simeon by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And when they brought the Child into the temple, then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said: Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace. When his parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, then took he him up in his arms.

As they enter the church, the following is said:

            Responsory. (Obtulerunt) They offered for him unto the Lord a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons: As it is written in the law of the Lord. When the days of Mary’s purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought Jesus to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord: as it is written in the law of the Lord. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it is written in the law of the Lord.

The Mass of Candlemas Day:

The Collect: Almighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy majesty: that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh; so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts.  Through the same Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord: Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unit of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Introit. (Suscepimus) Ps. 48 We wait for thy loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple: O God, according to thy Name, so is thy praise unto the world’s end: thy right hand is full of righteousness.    Ps. 48 Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, in the city of our God, even yupon his holy hill.

For The Epistle: Malachi 3:1-5 (The coming of the Messiah is prophesied, but, asks the Prophet, Who may abide his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? He shall sit as a refiner and purifier and purify his people from their sins.)

Gradual & Alleluia. Ps 68. We wait for thy loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple: O God, according to thy Name, so is thy praise unto the world’s end. Like as we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of our God, even upon his holy hill. Alleluia, Alleluia The old man carried the Child: but the Child was the old man’s King. Alleluia. 

The Gospel: St. Luke 2:22-40 (Mary and Joseph bring the Child Jesus to the temple 40 days after his birth in accordance with the Law. They encounter there Simeon and Anna. They bless the Child and prophesy about Him.)

Offertory. Ps. 45. Full of grace are thy lips: because God hath blessed thee for ever, and world without end.

Communion. St. Luke 2. It was revealed unto Simeon by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

At the Divine Office –Antiphons[†]

 At 1st  Vespers

For Psalms 8, 19, 24 & 45:

Ant. 1 O Wondrous interchange! The Creator of mankind, taking upon him a living body, vouchsafed to be born of a Virgin: and proceeding forth as Man, without seed, hath made us partakers of his Divinity.

Ant. 2 When thou wast born ineffably of a Virgin, then were the scriptures fulfilled: thou camest down like the rain into a fleece of wool, to bring salvation unto all mankind: we praise thee, O our God.

Ant. 3 In the bush which Moses saw unconsumed, we acknowledge the preservation of thy glorious virginity: holy Mother of God, intercede for thy children.

Ant. 4 Lo, Mary hath brought forth to us the Saviour; whom when John beheld, he cried saying: Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world, alleluia.

For the Magnificat:

Ant. The ancient carried the Infant, but the Infant governed the ancient: he whom a virgin bare, and after bearing, remained virgin, the same was worshipped by her who bare him.

At Matins:

For Psalms 46, 48, 85 & 87:      

Ant. 1 Simeon, a just and devout man, awaited the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

Ant. 2 It was revealed unto Simeon by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord.

Ant. 3 Simeon took the Child up in his arms; and giving thanks, he blessed the Lord.

Ant. 4 And they offered for him to the Lord a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons.

For the Benedictus:

Ant. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, then Simeon took him up in his arms, and blessed God, saying: Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace.

At 2nd  Vespers

For Psalms 93, 113, 131 & 134:

Ant. 1 Simeon, a just and devout man, awaited the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

Ant. 2 It was revealed unto Simeon by the holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord.

Ant. 3 Simeon took the Child up in his arms; and giving thanks, he blessed the Lord.

Ant. 4 And they offered for him to the Lord a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons.

For the Magnificat:

Ant. Today the blessed Virgin Mary presented the Child Jesus in the temple; and Simeon, filled with the Holy Spirit, received him into his arms, and blessed God for ever.

[*] The Book of Common Prayer, 2009, pp. 659-665.

[†] Because of the importance of this feast, the Office is completely proper. Specific psalms are assigned to be said at each of the hours along with special Antiphons for each psalm. The Antiphons are found in The Monastic Diurnal, pp 468 – 471.

The psalms for 1st Vespers and Matins are from Psalms for S. Mary the Virgin as given in the Monastic Breviary Matins, pp 26* – 28*

The Psalms for 2nd Vespers are from The Monastic Diurnal