The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I have understood Thy testimonies, O Lord: I have seen an end of all perfection; Thy commandment is exceeding broad. (Psalm) Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord. Glory be to the Father. The wicked…
May we be helped by the intercession of blessed Mary Magdalen, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Who in answer to her prayers didst raise her brother Lazarus to life after he had been dead four days: Who livest and reignest.
Epistle – Canticles 3:2-5; 8:6-7
I will rise and will go about the city: in the streets and the broad ways I will seek Him Whom my soul loveth: I sought Him, and I found Him not. The watchmen who keep the city found me. Have you seen Him Whom my soul loveth? When I had a little passed by them, I found Him Whom my soul loveth; I held Him, and I will not let Him go, till I bring Him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that bore me. I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes and the harts of the fields, that you stir not up nor awake my beloved till she please.
Put me as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal upon thy arm; for love is strong as death, jealousy as hard as hell; the lamps thereof are lamps of fire and flames. Many waters cannot quench charity, neither can the floods drown it; if a man should give all the substance of his house for love, he shall despise it as nothing.
Thou hast loved justice, and hated iniquity. Therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness.
Alleluia, alleluia. Grace is poured abroad in thy lips: therefore hath God blessed thee for ever. Alleluia.
Gospel – Luke 7:36-50
At that time one of the Pharisees desired Jesus to eat with him. And He went into the house of the Pharisee, and sat down to meat. And behold a woman that was in the city, a sinner, when she knew that He sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment: and standing behind at His feet, she began to wash His feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment. And the Pharisee, who had invited Him, seeing it, spoke within himself, saying: This man, if He were a prophet, would know surely who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him: that she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said to him: Simon, I have somewhat to say to thee. And he said: Master, say it.
A certain creditor had two debtors: the one who owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And whereas they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which therefore of the two loveth him most? Simon answering, said: He, I suppose, to whom he forgave more. And He said to him: Thou hast judged rightly. And turning to the woman, He said unto Simon: Dost thou see this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest Me no water for My feet: but she with tears hath washed My feet, and hath wiped them with her hair. Thou gavest Me no kiss: but she, since she came in, hath not ceased to kiss My feet.
My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but she with ointment hath anointed My feet. Wherefore I say to thee: Many sins are forgiven her, because she hath loved much. But to whom less is forgiven, he loveth less. And He said to her: Thy sins are forgiven thee. And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves: Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And He said to the woman: Thy faith hath saved thee: go in peace.
The daughters of the King are in thine honor, the queen stood on thy right hand in gilded clothing, surrounded with variety.
May our oblations, we beseech Thee, O Lord, find favor in Thy sight, through the glorious merits of blessed Mary Magdalen, whose humble service and homage Thine only-begotten Son did mercifully accept: Who with Thee liveth and reigneth.
I have done judgement and justice, O Lord, give me not up to them that slander me: I was directed to all Thy commandments, I have hated all wicked ways.
Having received Thy precious Body and Blood, the one saving remedy of our souls, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that through intercession of Saint Mary Magdalen, we may be delivered from all evils: Who livest and reignest.