Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (Psalm) My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. Glory be to the Father. Thou hast…
Hear us, O God, our Savior: and as we rejoice in the feast of blessed Lucy, Thy Virgin and Martyr: so may we learn a filial devotion to Thee. Through our Lord.
Epistle – 2 Corinthians 10:17-18,11:1-2
Brethren: He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he who commendeth himself, is approved, but he, whom God commendeth.
Would to God you could bear with some little of my folly: but do bear with me. For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God. For I have espoused you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Thou has loved justice and hated iniquity. Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness.
Alleluia, alleluia. Grace is poured abroad in thy lips, therefore hath God blessed thee for ever. Alleluia.
Gospel – Matthew 13:44-52
At that time, Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls.
Who when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it. Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kind of fishes. Which, when it was filled, they drew out, and sitting by the shore, they chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth. So shall it be at the end of the world. The angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Have ye understood all these things? They say to him: Yes. He said unto them: Therefore every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven, is like to a man that is a householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasure new things and old.
After her shall virgins be brought to the King: her companions shall be brought to Thee with gladness and rejoicing: they shall be brought into the temple of the King.
May this sacrifice of Thy dedicated people be accepted by Thee, O Lord, in honor of Thy Saints: to whose merits we attribute the help afforded us in tribulation. Through our Lord.
Princes have persecuted me without cause, and my heart hath been in awe of Thy words: I will rejoice at Thy words, as one that hath found spoil.
Thou hast filled Thy household, O Lord, with holy gifts: do Thou cherish us always, through the intercession of her whose festival we are keeping. Through our Lord.