God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: by Whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. (Psalm) O Lord, remember David, and all his meekness. Glory be to the Father. God forbid…
Look down upon our weakness, almighty God; and since the weight of our own deeds bears us down, may the glorious intercession of Blessed Ignatius, Thy Bishop and Martyr, protect us. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Romans 8:35-39
Brethren, who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation? or distress? or famine? or nakedness? or danger? or persecution? or the sword? (As it is written: For thy sake we are put to death all the day long: we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.) But in all these things we overcome because of Him that hath loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God. There was not any found like to him, who kept the law of the Most High.
Thou hast given him his heart’s desire; and hast not withholder from him the will of his lips. For Thou hast prevented him with blessings of sweetness. Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones.
Gospel – John 12:24-26
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Amen, amen, I say to you unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground, die, itself remaineth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life, shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world, keepeth it unto life eternal.
If any man minister to Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there also shall My minister be. If any man minister to Me, him will my Father honor.
Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor: and hast set him over the works of Thy hands, O Lord.
Graciously accept, O Lord, the offerings consecrated to Thee, through the merits of blessed Ignatius Thy Martyr and Bishop: and grant that they may be for us and abiding source of strength. Through our Lord.
I am the wheat of Christ; may I be ground by the teeth of beasts, that I may be found pure bread.
Refreshed by partaking of Thy holy Gift, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our God, that through the intercession of Blessed Ignatius, Thy Martyr and Bishop, we may perceive the fruit of the rite which we celebrate. Through our Lord.