With Christ I am nailed to the cross: but I live, not now I: but Christ liveth in me: I live in the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and delivered Himself for me, alleluia, alleluia. (Psalm) Blessed is he that understandeth concerning the needy and the poor: the Lord will deliver him in the evil day. Glory be to the Father. With Christ…
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, for preaching the mystery of the cross didst endow holy Paul with rare charity, was wast pleased that through him a new family should flourish in Thy Church: grant that through his intercession for us, that we may ever bear in mind on earth the memory of Thy Passion and be accounted worthy to obtain its fruit in heaven: Who livest and reignest.
Epistle – I Corinthians 1:17-25
Brethren, For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not in wisdom of speech, lest the Cross of Christ should be made void. For the word of the Cross, to them indeed that perish, is foolishness; but to them that are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God. For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the prudence of the prudent I will reject. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of our preaching to save them that believe. For both the Jews require signs, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumbling block, and unto the Gentiles foolishness; but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
Alleluia, alleluia. Christ died for all; that they also who live may not now live to themselves, but to Him Who died for them, and rose again.
Alleluia. And if sons, heirs also: heirs indeed of God, and joint heirs with Christ; yet so if we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified with Him. Alleluia.
Gospel – Luke 10:1-9
At that time, the Lord appointed also other seventy-two: and He sent them two and two before His face into every city and place whither He Himself was to come. And He said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He send labourers into His harvest. Go; Behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house: and if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you; and in the same house, remain, eating and drinking such things as they have: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house. And into what city soever you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you; and heal the sick that are therein; and say to them: The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered Himself for us an oblation and a sacrifice to God, for an odor of sweetness. Alleluia.
May these mysteries of Thy passion and death, O Lord, confer upon us that heavenly fervor, with which Saint Paul in celebrating offered his body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing unto Thee: Who livest and reignest.
If you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice, that when His glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. Alleluia.
We have received, O Lord, the divine Sacrament, the abiding memorial of Thy boundless love: grant, we beseech Thee, that through the merits and example of St. Paul, we may draw from Thy fountains water springing up to life eternal, and in our conduct and in our lives keep Thy most holy Passion imprinted in our hearts: Who livest and reignest.