The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I have understood Thy testimonies, O Lord: I have seen an end of all perfection; Thy commandment is exceeding broad. (P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.) (Psalm) Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord. Glory be to the Father. The wicked…
Almighty and everlasting God, Who dost choose the weak things of the world to confound the strong: mercifully grant that we who keep the solemn feast of blessed Agnes, Thy Virgin and Martyr, may experience her advocacy with Thee. Through our Lord.
Epistle –Ecclesiasticus 51:1-8, 12
I will give glory to Thee, O Lord, O King, and I will praise Thee, O God my Savior. I will give glory to Thy name: for Thou hast been a helper and protector to me, and hast preserved my body from destruction, from the snare of an unjust tongue, and from the lips of them that forge lies; and in the sight of them that stood by Thou hast been my helper. And Thou hast delivered me, according to the multitude of the mercy of thy name, from them that did roar, prepared to devour; out of the hands of them that sought my life, and from the gates of afflictions which compassed me about:
from the oppression of the flame which surrounded me, and in the midst of the fire I was not burnt: from the depth of the belly of hell, and from an unclean tongue, and from lying words, from an unjust king, and from a slanderous tongue. My soul shall praise the Lord even to death:
because Thou, O Lord our God, deliverest them that wait for Thee, and savest them out of the hands of the nations.
Grace is poured abroad in thy lips: therefore hath God blessed thee for ever. Because of truth, and meekness, and justice: and thy right hand shall conduct thee wonderfully.
Alleluia, alleluia. The five wise virgins took oil in their vessels with the lamps; but at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet Christ our Lord. Alleluia.
Gospel – Matthew 25:1-13
At that time, Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: The kingdom of heaven shall be like to ten virgins, who taking their lamps went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride. And five of them were foolish, and five wise; but the five foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with the lamps. And the bridegroom tarrying, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet him. Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out. The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. Now, whilst they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.
But at last come also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answering, said: Amen I say to you, I know you not. Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour.
After her shall virgins be brought to the King: her companions shall be brought to Thee with gladness and rejoicing: they shall be brought unto the temple of the King, the Lord. (P.T. Alleluia.)
O Lord, graciously receive the oblations which we offer Thee: and by the intercession of blessed Agnes, Thy Virgin and Martyr, loose the bonds of our sins. Through our Lord.
The five wise virgins took oil in their vessels with the lamps and at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh: go ye forth to meet Christ the Lord.
We who have been refreshed with heavenly food and drink humbly entreat Thee, O our God, that the Saint in whose memory we have partaken may defend us by her prayers. Through our Lord.