Introit

Introit
Traditional Mass

Monday, May 09, 2016

SAINT GREGORY NAZIANZEN (389 A.D.)

Português: Gregório de Nazianzo em Chora.
Português: Gregório de Nazianzo em Chora. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SAINT GREGORY NAZIANZEN
Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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DOUBLE / WHITE
Gregory, the chosen friend of St. Basil the Great, was born in Cappadocia about the year 325, and was made bishop of Nazianzus, his native town. When Gregory was 50 years old, he was chosen patriarch of Constantinople, where the Church was being desolated by various heresies. He rekindled the torch of the Faith in Constantinople, but then his enemies banded together against him. Hoping to restore peace to the city, Gregory resigned his see and retired to Nazianzus. Because of his profound knowledge of the sacred sciences and his inspired exposition of the mystery of the Trinity, he is called "The Theologian."

Mass of a DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH, except


Introit
Eccli 15:5
In the midst of the assembly he opened his mouth; and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding; He clothed him with a robe of glory.
Ps 91:2
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to Your name, Most High.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
In the midst of the assembly he opened his mouth; and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding; He clothed him with a robe of glory.
 


COLLECT
O God, may blessed Gregory intercede for us in heaven as he once instructed Your faithful on earth and directed them in the way of eternal salvation. Through Our Lord . . .

LESSON Eccli. 39:6-14 [Sirach]
The just will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and he will pray in the sight of the most High. He will open his mouth in prayer, and will make supplication for his sins. For if it shall please the great Lord, he will fill him with the spirit of understanding: And he will pour forth the words of his wisdom as showers, and in his prayer he will confess to the Lord. And he shall direct his counsel, and his knowledge, and in his secrets shall he meditate. He shall shew forth the discipline he hath learned, and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord. Many shall praise his wisdom, and it shall never be forgotten. The memory of him shall not depart away, and his name shall be in request from generation to generation. Nations shall declare his wisdom, and the church shall shew forth his praise.


Alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia.
Eccli 45:9
V. The Lord loved him and adorned him; He clothed him with a robe of glory. Alleluia.
Osee 14:6
V. The just man shall blossom like the lily; and shall flourish forever before the Lord. Alleluia.


GOSPEL
Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Matt 5:13-19
At that time Jesus said to His disciples: "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its strength, what shall it be salted with? It is no longer of any use but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a lamp and put it under the measure, but upon the lampstand, so as to give light to all in the house. Even so let your light shine before men, in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall be lost from the Law till all things have been accomplished. Therefore whoever does away with one of these least commandments, and so teaches men, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever carries them out and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.


 SECRET
O Lord, let the blessed Bishop and Doctor Gregory always help us, and through his intercession accept our offering and pardon our sins. Through our Lord . . .

POSTCOMMUNION
O Lord, may this Sacrifice bring us closer to our salvation through the intercession of Your blessed Bishop and illustrious Doctor Gregory. Through our Lord . . .