Praise and beauty are before Him: holiness and majesty in His sanctuary. (Psalm) Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: sing to the Lord, all the earth. Glory be to the Father. Praise and beauty…
Look down favorable, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon the devotion of Thy people, that they whose bodies are mortified by abstinence, may through the fruit of good works be refreshed in mind. Through our Lord.
Epistle –Ezechiel 55:6-11
In those days the word of the Lord came to me, saying: What is the meaning that you use among you this parable as a proverb in the land of Israel, saying: The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the teeth of the children are set on edge. As I live, saith the Lord God, this parable shall be no more to you a proverb in Israel. Behold all souls are Mine: as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine: the soul that sinneth, the same shall die.
And if a man be just and do judgment and justice, and hath not eaten upon the mountains nor lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel: and hath not defiled his neighbor’ s wife, nor come near to a menstruous woman: and hath not wronged any man, but hath restored the pledge to the debtor: hath taken nothing away by violence: hath given his bread to the hungry and hath covered the naked with a garment: hath not lent upon usury, nor taken any increase: hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity and hath executed true judgment between man and man: hath walked in My commandments and kept My judgments, to do truth: he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God.
Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of Thine eye: protect me under the shadow of Thy wings. Let my judgement come forth from Thy countenance: let Thine eyes behold the things that are equitable.
Gospel – Matthew 15:21-28
At that time Jesus went forth, and retired into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold a woman of Canaan who came out of those coasts, crying out, said to him: Have mercy on me, O Lord, Thou Son of David: my daughter is grieviously troubled by a devil. Who answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying: Send her away, for she crieth after us. And He answering, said: I was not sent but to the sheep that are lost of the house of Israel.HBut she came and adored him, saying: Lord, help me.
Who answering, said: It is not good to take the bread of the children and to cast it to the dogs. But she said: Yea, Lord; for the whelps also eat of the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters. Then Jesus answering, said to her: O woman, great is thy faith: be it done to thee as thou wilt. And her daughter was cured from that hour.
The Angel of the Lord shall encamp round about them that fear Him, and shall deliver them: O taste, and see that the Lord is sweet.
May these sacrificial rites, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the more readily save us, in that they are introduced by healing fasts. Through our Lord.
The bread that I give is My Flesh for the life of the world.
Our of the abundance of Thy gifts, O Lord, sustain us with temporal safeguards, and renew us by those that are eternal. Through our Lord.
Prayer Over the People
Let us pray – Bow down your heads before God.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to all Christian people, that they may understand what they profess, and love the heavenly Gift which they frequent. Through our Lord.