Let the sighing of the prisoners come in before Thee, O Lord; render to our neighbors sevenfold in their bosom; revenge the blood of Thy Saints, which hath been shed. (Psalm) O God, the heathens are come into Thine inheritance; they have defiled Thy holy temple: they have made Jerusalem as a place to keep fruit. Glory be to the Father. Let the sighing……
May the blessed martyrdom of Thy saints Nazarius, Celsus, Victor, and Innocent be our defense, and may it graciously win for us help in our weakness. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Wisdom 10:17-20
God rendered to the just the wages of their labors, and conducted them in a wonderful way; and He was to them for a covert by day, and for the light of stars by night; and He brought them through the Red Sea, and carried them over through a great water. But their enemies He drowned in the sea, and from the depth of hell He brought them out. Therefore the just took the spoils of the wicked. And they sung to Thy holy name, O Lord, and they praised with one accord Thy victorious hand, O Lord, our God.
Glorious is God in His Saints, marvelous in majesty, doing wonders. Thy right hand, O Lord, is magnified in strength: Thy right hand hath slain the enemy.
Alleluia, alleluia. The bodies of the Saints are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto generation and generation. Alleluia.
Gospel – Luke 21:9-19
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: When you shall hear of wars and seditions, be not terrified: these things must first come to pass, but the end is not yet presently. Then He said to them: Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
And there shall be great earthquakes in divers places, and pestilences, and famines and terrors from heaven, and there shall be great signs. But before all these things they will lay their hands upon you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and into prisons, dragging you before kings and governors, for My name’s sake. And it shall happen unto you for a testimony. Lay it up therefore into your hearts, not to meditate before how you shall answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to resist and gainsay.
And you shall be betrayed by your parents and brethren and kinsmen and friends; and some of you they will put to death. And you shall be hated by all men for My name’s sake. But a hair of your head shall not perish. In your patience you shall possess your souls.
God is wonderful in His Saints: the God of Israel is He who will give power and strength to His people: blessed be God, alleluia.
Grant, almighty God, that the gifts we bring in honor of Thy saints Nazarius, Celsus, Victor, and Innocent, may when offered placate Thee and when received give us new life. Through our Lord.
And though in the sight of men they suffered torments, God hath tried them: as gold in the furnace He hath proved them, and as a victim of a holocaust He hath received them.
Be appeased, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the intercession of Thy saints Nazarius, Celsus, Victor, and Innocent, and grant that the right which we are now completing may bring us eternal salvation. Through our Lord.