Let my mouth be filled with Thy praise, alleluia; that I may sing, alleluia; my lips shall rejoice when I shall sing to Thee, alleluia, alleluia. (Psalm) In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped, let me never be put to confusion: deliver me in Thy justice, and rescue me. Glory be to the Father. Let my mouth…
O merciful God, we beseech Thee that Thy Church, which was gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may nowise be troubled by hostile attack. Through our Lord… in the unity of the same Holy Ghost.
Epistle – Joel 2:23,24,26,27
Thus saith the Lord God: O children of Sion, rejoice and be joyful in the Lord your God: because He hath given you a teacher of justice, and He will make the early and the latter rain to come down to you, as in the beginning. And the floors shall be filled with wheat, and the presses shall overflow with wine and oil.
And you shall eat in plenty and shall be filled: and you shall praise the name of the Lord your God, Who hath done wonders with you: and My people shall not be confounded for ever. And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: and I am the Lord your God, and there is none besides: and My people shall not be confounded for ever: saith the Lord almighty.
Alleluia, alleluia. O how good and sweet is Thy Spirit, O Lord, within us!
Alleluia. (Here all kneel.) Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful: and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
Come, Thou Holy Ghost, come, And from Thy celestial home Shed a ray of light divine.
Come, Thou Father of the poor, Come, Thou source of all our store, Come, within our bosoms shine.
Thou of Comforters the best, Thou the soul’s delightful guest, Sweet refreshment here below.
In our labor rest most sweet, Pleasant coolness in the heat, Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine, Shine within the hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill.
Where Thou art not, man has nought, Nothing good in deed or thought, Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew, On our dryness pour Thy dew, Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will, Melt the frozen, warm the chill, Guide the steps that go astray.
On Thy faithful who adore, And confess Thee evermore, In Thy sevenfold gifts descend.
Give them virtues sure reward, Give them Thy salvation Lord, Give them joys that never end.
Gospel – Luke 5: 17-26
At that time, it came to pass on a certain day that Jesus sat teaching. And there were Pharisees and doctors of the Law sitting by, that were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was to heal them. And behold men brought in a bed a man who had the palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before Him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went up upon the roof, and let him down through the tiles with his bed into the midst before Jesus. Whose faith when He saw, He said: Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
And the scribes and Pharisees began to think, saying: Who is this who speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? And when Jesus knew their thoughts, answering He said to them: What is it you think in your hearts? Which is easier to say: Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins (He saith to the sick of the palsy): I say to thee, arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house. And immediately rising up before them, he took up the bed on which he lay, and he went away to his own house, glorifying God.
And all were astonished; and they glorified God. And they were filled with fear, saying: We have seen wonderful things today.
Praise the Lord, O my soul: in my life I will praise the Lord: I will sing to my God as long as I shall be, alleluia.
May the Sacrifice which we offer up in Thy sight, O Lord, be consumed by that divine fire which, through the Holy Ghost, enkindled the hearts of the disciples of Christ Thy Son. Through the same our Lord… in the unity of the same Holy Ghost.
I will not leave you orphans: I will come to you again, alleluia: and your heart shall rejoice, alleluia.
We have received, O Lord, the gifts of Thy holy mystery, and humbly beseech Thee: that what Thou hast bidden us do in remembrance of Thee may be of avail to us in our weakness: Who livest and reignest.