I know, O Lord, that Thy judgements are equity, and in Thy truth Thou hast humbled me: pierce Thou my flesh with Thy fear, I am afraid of Thy judgements. (Psalm) Blessed are the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of the Lord. Glory be to the Father. I know…
O God, Comforter of the sorrowful and salvation of them that hope in Thee, Who didst mercifully receive the devoted tears of blessed Monica for the conversion of her son Augustine: enable us through their joint intercession to bewail our sins and to find merciful grace from Thee. Through our Lord.
Epistle – I Timothy 5:3-10
Dearly beloved: Honor widows that are widows indeed. But if any widow have children, or grandchildren, let her learn first to govern her own house, and to make a return of duty to her parents: for this is acceptable before God. But she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, let her trust in God and continue in supplications and prayers night and day.
For she that liveth in pleasures is dead while she is living. And this give in charge, that they may be blameless. But if any man have not care of his own, and especially of those of his house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. Let a widow be chosen of no less than threescore years of age, who hath been the wife of one husband, having testimony for her good works, if she have brought up children, if she have received to harbor, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have ministered to them that suffer tribulation, if she have diligently followed every good work.
Grace is poured abroad in thy lips: therefore hath God blessed thee for ever. Because of truth, and meekness, and justice: and thy right hand shall conduct thee wonderfully.
Alleluia, alleluia. With thy comeliness and thy beauty set out, proceed prosperously, and reign. Alleluia.
Gospel – Luke 7:11-16
At that time, Jesus went into a city called Naim: and there went with him his disciples, and a great multitude. And when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a great multitude of the city was with her. Whom when the Lord had seen, being moved with mercy towards her, He said to her: Weep not. And He came near and touched the bier. And they that carried it stood still. And He said: Young man, I say to thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He gave him to his mother.
And there came a fear on them all: and they glorified God, saying: A great Prophet is risen up among us, and, God hath visited His people.
Grace is poured abroad in thy lips: therefore hath God blessed thee for ever. Alleluia.
May this sacrifice of Thy dedicated people be accepted by Thee, O Lord, in honor of Thy Saints: to whose merits we attribute the help afforded us in tribulation. Through our Lord.
Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows. Alleluia.
Thou hast filled Thy household, O Lord, with holy gifts: do Thou cherish us always, through the intercession of her whose festival we are keeping. Through our Lord.