I spoke of Thy testimonies before kings: and I was not ashamed. I meditated also on Thy commandments, which I loved. (Psalm) Praise the Lord, all ye nations, and praise Him, all ye people; for His mercy is confirmed upon us, and the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever. Glory be to the Father. I spoke…
O God, Who by preaching and miracles of blessed Francis, wast pleased to join to Thy Church the nations of the Indies: mercifully grant, that, we who venerate his glorious merits, may likewise follow the example of his virtues. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Romans 10:10-18
Brethren, with the heart we believe unto justice, but with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the Scripture saith: Whosoever believeth in Him shall not be confounded. For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek; for the same is Lord over all, rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe Him of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear, without a preacher? And how shall they preach, unless they be sent? as it is written: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things!
But all do not obey the Gospel. For Isaias saith: Lord, who hath believed our report? Faith, then, cometh by hearing: and hearing by the word of Christ. But I say: Have they not heard? Yea, verily, their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the whole world.
The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus in the house of the Lord. To show forth Thy mercy in the morning, and Thy truth in the night.
Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life. Alleluia.
Gospel – Mark 16:15-18
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be condemned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In My name, they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover.
My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the offering we humbly bring may be pleasing to Thee in honor of Thy Saints, and cleanse us alike in body and in soul. Through our Lord.
Blessed is the servant, whom when his Lord shall come He shall find watching: amen I say to you, He shall place him over all his goods.
We beseech Thee, almighty God, that we, who have received heavenly nourishment, may thereby, at the intercession of blessed Francis, Thy Confessor, be defended against all adversity. Through our Lord.