I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people, and the voice of weeping shall no more be heard in her, nor the voice of the crying. Mine elect shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth in trouble: for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their posterity with them. (Psalm) We have heard, O God, with our ears: our fathers have declared to us the work Thou hast wrought in their days. Glory be to the Father. I will…
O God, Who didst vouchsafe by the zeal of blessed Boniface, Thy Martyr and Bishop, to call a multitude of peoples to the knowledge of Thy name: grant, in Thy mercy, that as we keep his solemn feast. So we may also enjoy his protection. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Ecclesiasticus 44:1-15
Let us now praise men of renown, and our fathers in their generation. The Lord hath wrought great glory through His magnificence from the beginning. Such as have borne rule in their dominions, men of great power and endued with their wisdom, showing forth in the prophets the dignity of prophets. And ruling over the present people, and by the strength of wisdom instructing the people in most holy words. Such as by their skill sought out musical tunes, and published canticles of the Scriptures.
Rich men in virtues, lovers of beautifulness: living at peace in their houses. All these have gained glory in their generations, and were praised in their days. They that were born of them have left a name behind them, that their praises might be related. And there are some of whom there is no memorial; who are perished, as if they had never been, and are become as if they had never been born, and their children with them. But these were men of mercy, whose godly deeds have not failed.
Good things continue with their seed. Their posterity are a holy inheritance, and their seed hath stood in the covenants. And their children for their sakes remain for ever; their seed and their glory shall not be forsaken. Their bodies are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto generation and generation. Let the people show forth their wisdom, and the Church declare their praise.
Partaking of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice, that when His glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honor, glory, and power of God, and the which is His Spirit resteth upon you.
Alleluia, alleluia. I will bring upon him as it were a river of peace, and as an overflowing torrent the glory. Alleluia.
Gospel – Matthew 5:1-12
At that time Jesus seeing the multitudes, went up into a mountain; and when He was sat down, His disciples came unto Him. And opening His mouth, He taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek; for they shall possess the land. Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart; for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for My sake: be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven.
I will bless the Lord Who hath given me understanding: I set the Lord always in my sight; for He is at my right hand, that I be not moved.
May Thine abundant blessing come down upon these offerings, we beseech Thee, O Lord; may the blessing by Thy mercy work out our sanctification, and make us rejoice in the solemn feast of holy Boniface, Thy Martyr and Bishop. Through our Lord.
To him that shall overcome, I will give to sit with Me in My throne: as I also have overcome, and am set down with My Father in His throne.
We who are sanctified by these saving mysteries beseech Thee, O Lord, that the loving prayer of Saint Boniface, Thy Martyr and Bishop, may not fail us, to whom Thou hast given him for advocate and guide. Through our Lord.