The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgement: the law of his God is in his heart. (Psalm) Be not emulous of evildoers: nor envy them that work iniquity. Glory be to the Father. The mouth of the just shall…
O God, Who didst raise up the holy Confessor John Baptist to promote the Christian education of the poor and to confirm the young in the way of truth, and through him didst beget a new family within Thy Church: mercifully grant, through his prayers and example, that we may burn with zeal for Thy glory in the salvation of souls, and become worthy to share in his heavenly crown. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Ecclesiasticus 31:8-11
Blessed is the rich man that is found without blemish, and that hath not gone after gold, nor put his trust in money nor in treasures. Who is he, and we will praise him? for he hath done wonderful things in his life. Who hath been tried thereby, and made perfect, he shall have glory everlasting: he that could have transgressed, and hath not transgressed: and could do evil things, and hath not done them: therefore are his goods established in the Lord, and all the Church of the Saints shall declare his alms.
Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation, for when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life.
Alleluia. The Lord loved him and adorned him: He clothed him with a robe of glory. Alleluia.
Gospel – Matthew 18:1-5
At that time, the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who, thinkest Thou, is the greater in the kingdom of heaven? and Jesus calling unto Him a little child, set him in the midst of them, and said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven and he that shall receive one such little child in My name, receiveth Me.
My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted. Alleluia.
In memory of Thy Saints, O Lord, we offer Thee the sacrifice of praise, by which we trust to be freed from both present and future evils. Through our Lord.
Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord shall come he shall find watching: amen I say to you, he shall place him over all his goods. Alleluia.
Refreshed by meat and drink from heaven, O God, we humbly entreat Thee, that we may be protected by the prayers of him in whose memory we have partaken. Through our Lord.