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 this day didst translate blessed Henry, Thy Confessor, from the summit of earthly empire to an eternal kingdom: we humbly beseech Thee, that even as Thou didst prevent him with the fullness of Thy grace, and give him victory over the enticements of this life, so Thou wouldst enable us after his example to shun the blandishments of this world and come to Thee with clean hearts. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Ecclesiasticus 31:8-11
Blessed is the 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.
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 – Luke 12:35-40
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Let your loins be girt and lamps burning in your hands, and you yourselves like to men who wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the lord, when he cometh, shall find watching: amen I say to you that he will gird himself and make them sit down to meat, and passing will minister unto them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
But this know ye, that if the householder did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open. Be you then also ready, for at what hour you think not the Son of man will come.
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.