If Thou, O Lord, shalt observe iniquities, Lord, who shall endure it? For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness, O God of Israel. (Psalm) Out of the depths have I cried to Thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice. Glory be to the Father. If Thou…
O God, our refuge and strength, Author of all devotedness, give ear to the devoted prayers of Thy Church, and grant that we may obtain in deed what we ask with faith. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Philippians 1:6-11
Brethren, we are confident in the Lord Jesus that He, Who hath begun a good work in you, will perfect it unto the day of Christ Jesus. As it is meet for me to think this for you all, for that I have you in my heart, and that, in my bands and in the defense and confirmation of the Gospel, you all are partakers of my joy. For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your charity may more and more abound in knowledge and in all understanding; that you may approve the better things; that you may be sincere and without offense unto the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ unto the glory and praise of God.
Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. Like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron.
Alleluia, alleluia. They that fear the Lord, let them hope in Him; He is their helper and protector. Alleluia.
Gospel – Matthew 22:15-21
At that time, the Pharisees went out and consulted among themselves, how to insnare Jesus in His speech.
And they sent to Him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying: Master, we know that Thou art a true speaker, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest Thou for any man: for Thou dost not regard the person of men. Tell us therefore, what dost Thou think? Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? But Jesus knowing their wickedness, said: Why do you tempt Me, ye hypocrites? Show Me the coin of the tribute. And they offered Him a penny. And Jesus saith to them: Whose image and inscription is this?
They say to Him: Caesar’s. Then He saith to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.
Remember me, O Lord, Thou Who rulest above all power; and give a well-ordered speech in my mouth, that my words may be pleasing in the sight of the prince.
Grant, O merciful God, that this saving rite may unremittingly free us from all personal guilt and fend off all misfortune. Through our Lord.
I have cried, for Thou, O God, hast heard me: O incline Thine ear unto me, and hear my words.
We have received, O Lord, the gifts of this sacred mystery, and humbly beseech Thee: that what we do at Thy bidding in memory of Thee, may avail us in our weakness. Who livest and reignest.