N042 – 1st Sunday after Trinity

1st Sunday after Trinity

The Collect: O God, the strength of all them that put their trust in thee, mercifully accept our prayers: and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace; that in keeping of thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and deed. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord: Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen

The Introit. 13 (v 23-26) (Domine in tua misericordia) O Lord, my trust is in thy mercy: and my heart is joyful in thy salvation: I will sing of the Lord, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me. Ps. 13:1. How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever: How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

The Epistle: 1 John 4:8-21 Love is not that we loved God first, but that He first loved us and sent us His Son as a propitiation for our sins. Therefore, we ought to love one another. There is no room for fear, because perfect love casts out fear. We love God because He first loved us. Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Gradual Ps. 41:4,1. I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul for I have sinned against thee. Blessed is he that considereth the poor and needy: the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble.   

Alleluia. Ps. 5:1. Ponder my words, O Lord: Consider my meditation.  Alleluia.

The Gospel. St. Luke 16:19-31 Jesus tells the parable of the rich man and the beggar Lazarus. By this parable we are forcefully reminded that in our theosis we must be ever open to God’s direction, particularly when it is contrary to our desires.

Offertory. Ps. 5:2 O hearken thou unto the voice of my calling, my King and my God: for unto thee will I make my prayer.

Communion. Ps. 9:1-2. I will speak of all thy marvelous works: I will be glad and rejoice in thee: yea, my songs will I make of thy Name, O thou Most Highest.

At the Divine Office

                The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:










Friday Saturday
Matins Num. 22:2-14 Num. 22:15-40 Num. 23:13-26 Num. 23:27-24:25 Num. 25:1-9 Num. 25:10
Vespers Ezra 5:1-17 Ezra 6:1-12 Ezra 6:13-18 Zech. 7:8 Zech. 8:1-13 Zech. 8:14

 Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: The child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli, and the word of the Lord was precious in his sight.

At Matins: Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue.

At 2nd Vespers: Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things.


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N041 – Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday

The Collect: 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 thou wouldest keep us stedfast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities: who livest and reignest, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Introit. From Tobit 12:6(v 23-26) (Benedicta sit) Blessed be the holy Trinity, and the undivided Unity: we will praise and glorify him, because he hath showed his mercy upon us. Ps. 8:1. O Lord our Governour: how excellent is thy Name in all the world!

The Epistle: Revelation 4:1-11 St. John’s glorious vision of the Throne of God surrounded by all the choirs of angels and all of the saints. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Gradual Daniel 3. Blessed art thou, that beholdest the depths: and sittest upon the Cherubim. Blessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven, and worthy to be praised for evermore.

Alleluia. Daniel 3. Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers: and to be praised for evermore.  Alleluia.

The Gospel. St. John 3:1-15 Nicodemus, a prominent Pharisee, comes to Jesus to test Him. He learns that no one can enter into the Kingdom of God unless he be born again. This second birth is our rebirth in Holy Baptism and Chrismation.

Offertory. From Tobit 12:6 Blessed be God the Father, and the only-begotten Son of God, and the Holy Spirit: because he hath showed his mercy upon us.

Communion. From Tobit 12:6 We bless the God of heaven, and praise him in the sight of all that live: because he hath showed his mercy upon us.

At the Divine Office

            The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:



St. John the Baptist




Saints Peter & Paul*  Eve of Corpus Christi**


Corpus Christi

Friday Saturday
Matins Mal 3:1-6 Num. 16:15-35 Ezekiel 2:1-7* Prov. 9:1-6 Num. 20:1-14 Num. 21:4-9
Vespers Mal 4 Ezekiel Gen. 14:18-20** Exodus 16:14-18 Zech. 1:7-17 Zech. 2

 Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons

At 1st  Vespers: Thanks, O God, be unto thee, thanks be unto thee, one and very Trinity, one and supreme Deity, holy and onely Unity.

At Matins: Blessed be the holy Creator and Governor of all things, the holy and undivided Trinity, both now and ever, and to endless ages of ages.

At 2nd Vespers: Thee, O God, the Father unbegotten; thee O only-begotten Son; thee, O Holy Spirit, the Paraclete; holy and undivided Trinity: with our whole heart and mouth we confess thee, we praise thee and bless thee: to thee be glory for ever and ever.

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N040 – Pentecost


The Collect. O God, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort.  Through the merits of Christ Jesus our Lord, who liveth and reigneth wit thee, in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Introit. Wisdom 1 (v 23-26) (Spiritus Domini) The Spirit of the Lord hath filled the whole world, alleluia: and that which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 68. Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

For the Epistle. Acts 2:1-11  The Holy Spirit descends upon the Apostles and inspires them to preach to the crowds of pilgrims in Jerusalem in the native language of each pilgrim.

Alleluia, alleluia.  Ps 104  O send forth thy Spirit, and they shall be made: and thou shalt renew the face of the earth. Alleluia. Come Holy Ghost, and fill the hearts of thy faithful people: and kindle in them the fire of thy love.

Sequence Hymn. (Veni Sancte Spiritus) Come, thou Holy Spirit, come: and from thy celestial home, shed thy light and brilliancy: Father of the poor, draw near; come, who givest all our store; come, the soul’s true radiancy. Come, of comforters the best, of the soul the sweetest guest, sweetly and refreshingly. Thou in labour rest most sweet, shade and coolness in the heat, comfort in adversity. Thou who are the Light most blest, come fulfil their inmost breast, who believe most faithfully. For without the Godhead’s dower, man hath nothing in his power, save to work iniquity. What is filthy make thou pure, what is wounded work its cure, water what is parched and dry. Gently bend the stubborn will, warm to life the heart that’s chill, guide who goeth erringly. Fill thy faithful who adore, and confess thee evermore, with thy seven fold mystery. Here thy grace and virtue send, grant salvation in the end, and in heaven felicity. Amen. Alleluia.                                

The Gospel. St John 14:15-31. Jesus promises that He will send the Comforter to His disciples. This Comforter shall teach them all things and bring all things to their remembrance.

Offertory. Ps. 63 Stablish the thing, O God, that thou hast wrought in us: for thy temple’s sake at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee, alleluia.

Communion. Acts 2. Suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, where they were sitting, alleluia: and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking the wonderful works of God, alleluia, alleluia.          

At the Divine Office

The Psalms, Lessons and Antiphons for the Magnificat and Benedictus are:

1st Vespers:

Psalms: 48, 68

Old Testament Lesson: Deut. 16:9-12

Magnificat Antiphon: I will not leave you comfortless, alleluia: I go; but I will come to you, alleluia: and your heart shall rejoice, alleluia.

New Testament Lesson: Rom. 8:12-18


Psalms: 102, 103

Old Testament Lesson: Joel 2:28

New Testament Lesson: Rom. 8:1-11

Benedictus Antiphon: Receive ye the Holy Ghost: whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them, alleluia. 

2nd Vespers:

Psalms: 104, 145

Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-9

Magnificat Antiphon: Today are fulfilled the days of Pentecost, alleluia: today the Holy Spirit appeared in fire to the disciples, and bestowed upon them his manifold graces: sending them into all the world, to preach the gospel, and to testify; He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, alleluia.

New Testament Lesson: John 6: 53-69