Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (Psalm) My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. Glory be to the Father. Thou hast…
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who commemorate the heavenly birthday of blessed Catherine, Thy Virgin, may rejoice in her yearly festival and profit by her example of great virtue. Through our Lord.
Epistle – II Corinthians 10:17-18; 11:1-2
Brethren, he that glorieth let him glory in the Lord. For not he who commendeth himself is approved: but he whom God commendeth.
Would to God you could bear with some little of my folly, but do bear with me: for I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God. For I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
With thy comeliness and thy beauty set out, proceed prosperously, and reign. Because of truth, and meekness, and justice: and thy right hand shall conduct thee wonderfully.
Alleluia, alleluia. After her shall virgins be brought to the King: her companions shall be brought to Thee with gladness.
Gospel – Matthew 25:1-13
At that time, Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: The kingdom of heaven shall be like to ten virgins, who taking their lamps went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride. And five of them were foolish, and five wise; but the five foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with the lamps. And the bridegroom tarrying, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet him. Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out. The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. Now, whilst they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.
But at last come also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answering, said: Amen I say to you, I know you not. Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour.
The daughters of kings are in thine honor, the queen stood on thy right hand in gilded clothing, surrounded with variety.
May our prayers and this saving Victim, fragrant with virginal sweetness, which we offer Thee on this festival of blessed Catherine, ascend unto Thee, O Lord. Through our Lord.
The five wise virgins took oil in their vessels with the lamps: and at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the Bridegroom cometh: go ye forth to meet Christ the Lord.
O Lord, may the heavenly banquet of which we have partaken confer on us everlasting life: even as the blessed virgin Catherine found in it food even for her mortal life. Through our Lord.