Thou hast protected me, O God, from the assembly of the malignant, alleluia: from the multitude of the workers of iniquity, alleluia, alleluia. (Psalm) Hear, O God, my prayer, when I make supplication to Thee: deliver my soul from the fear of the enemy. Glory be to the Father. Thou hast…
O God, Who hast hallowed this day by the triumph of Thy blessed Martyr Venantius: graciously hear the prayers of Thy people; and grant that we who venerate his merits, may also imitate the constancy of his faith. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Wisdom 5:1-5
Then shall the just stand with great constancy against those that have afflicted them and taken away their labors. These seeing it, shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the suddenness of their unexpected salvation, saying within themselves, repenting, and groaning for anguish of spirit: These are they whom we had some time in derision and for a parable of reproach. We fools esteemed their life madness and their end without honor; behold how they are numbered among the children of God, and their lot is among the Saints.
Alleluia, alleluia. The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord: and Thy truth in the Church of the Saints.
Alleluia. Thou hast set on his head, O Lord, a crown of precious stones. Alleluia.
Gospel – John 15:1-7
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: I am the true vine: and My Father is the husbandman. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit, He will take away: and every one that beareth fruit, He will purge it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now you are clean, by reason of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me: and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing.
If any one abide not in Me, he shall be cast forth as a branch and shall wither, and they shall gather him up and cast him into the fire: and he burneth. If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you.
The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord, and Thy truth in the Church of the Saints, alleluia, alleluia.
May the merits of blessed Venantius, O almighty God, render this offering acceptable to Thee: so that, helped by his prayers, we may come to share in his glory. Through our Lord.
The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in Him: and all the upright in heart shall be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
O Lord, we have received the Sacrament of eternal life, and humbly beseech Thee, that through the intercession of blessed Venantius, Thy Martyr, it may obtain for us pardon and grace. Through our Lord.