In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth: and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed him with a robe of glory. (Psalm) It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy name, O Most High. Glory be to the Father. In the midst…
O God, Who didst give blessed Ambrose to Thy people as a minister of eternal salvation: grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who have had him for our teacher of earth, may deserve to have him for our advocate in heaven. Through our Lord.
Epistle – II Timothy 4:1-8
Dearly beloved, I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the living and the dead, by His coming and His kingdom: preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labor in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober.
For I am even now ready to be sacrificed, and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord, the just Judge, will render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love His coming.
Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God. There was not any found like to him, who kept the law of the Most High.
Alleluia, alleluia. The Lord hath sworn, and He will not repent. Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. Alleluia.
Gospel – Matthew 5:13-19
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house.
So let your light shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, Who is in heaven. Do not think that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.
Almighty and everlasting God, do Thou, through the intercession of blessed Ambrose, Thy Confessor and Bishop, make the gifts offered to Thy Majesty profitable to us for our eternal salvation. Through our Lord.
Once have I sworn by My holiness: his seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before Me, and as the moon perfect for ever: and the faithful witness in heaven.
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who receive the Sacraments of our salvation may be aided by the constant prayer of blessed Ambrose, Thy Confessor and Bishop, since it was in his honor that we offered these gifts to Thy Majesty. Through our Lord.