My liver is poured out upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people, when the child and the suckling fainted away in the streets of the city. (Psalm) Praise the Lord, ye children: praise ye the name of the Lord. Glory be to the Father. My liver…
O God, the Father of mercies, grant, that by the merits and intercession of blessed Jerome, whom Thou wast pleased to make a helper and father of orphans, we may faithfully keep the spirit of adoption whereby we are Thy sons both in name and in deed. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Isaias 58:7-11
The Lord says: Deal thy bread to the hungry, and bring the needy and the harborless into thy house: when thou shalt see one naked, cover him, and despise not thy own flesh. Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health shall speedily arise, and thy justice shall go before thy face, and the glory of the Lord shall gather thee up. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall hear: thou shalt cry, and He shall say, Here I am. If thou wilt take away the chain out of the midst of thee, and cease to stretch out the finger, and to speak that which profiteth not. When thou shalt pour out thy soul to the hungry, and shalt satisfy the afflicted soul, then shall thy light rise up in darkness, and thy darkness shall be as the noonday.
And the Lord will give thee rest continually, and will fill thy soul with brightness, and deliver thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a fountain of water whose waters shall not fail.
Let thy fountains be conveyed abroad, and in the streets divide thy waters. Acceptable is the man that showeth mercy and lendeth, he ordereth his words with judgement; because he shall not be moved for ever.
Alleluia, alleluia. He hath distributed, he hath given to the poor; his justice remaineth for ever and ever. Alleluia.
Gospel – Matthew 19:13-21
At that time: Little children were presented to Jesus, that He should impose hands upon them, and pray. And the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said to them: Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come to Me; for the kingdom of heaven is for such. And when He had imposed hands upon them, He departed from thence.
And behold one came and said to Him, and said to Him, Good master, what good shall I do, that I may have life everlasting? Who said to him: Why asketh thou Me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He said to Him: Which? And Jesus said: Thou shalt do no murder, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness, honor thy father and thy mother, and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. The young man saith to Him: All these I have kept from my youth; what is yet wanting to me?
Jesus saith to him: If thou wilt be perfect, go, sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come follow Me.
When thou didst pray with tears, and didst bury the dead, and didst leave thy dinner, and hide the dead in thy house, and bury them by night, I offered thy prayer to the Lord.
O Most merciful God, Who didst vouchsafe to destroy the old man in blessed Jerome, and renew him after Thine own image: grant that through his merits we, too, in like manner may be renewed in spirit, and may offer up this sacrifice of atonement as a sweet smelling savor before Thee. Through our Lord.
Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation, and to keep one’s self unspotted from this world.
O Lord, we who have been refreshed with the bread of Angels, humbly beseech Thee, that even as we rejoice in keeping the yearly memorial of blessed Jerome, Thy Confessor, so we may also follow his example and be able to obtain a reward exceeding great in Thy kingdom. Through our Lord.