Saint Bede

Introit

Ecclesiasticus 15:5

In the midst of the Church the Lord opened his mouth: and filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed him with a robe of glory. (P.T. Alleluia.) Ps. It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy Name, O Most High. Glory be to the Father.

Collect

O God, Who by the learning of blessed Bede, Thy Confessor and Doctor, hast glorified Thy Church: grant that Thy servants may ever be enlightened by his wisdom and helped by his merits. Through our Lord.

Epistle

II Timothy 4:1-8

Dearly beloved, I charge thee before God and Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the living and the dead, by His coming, and His Kingdom. Preach the word: be instant in season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience, and doctrine. For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but according to their own desires they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labor in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober. For I am even now ready to be sacrificed; and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the Faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord, the just Judge, will render to me in that day; and not only to me, but to them also that love His coming.

Gradual

Psalm 36:30-31

The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgment. The law of His God is in his heart: and his steps shall not be supplanted.

Alleluia

Ecclus. 45:1, 9; Osee 14:6

Alleluia, alleluia. V. The Lord loved him and adorned him: He clothed him with a robe of glory. (Alleluia.)

During Eastertide:

Alleluia. The just man shall spring as the lily: and shall flourish forever before the Lord. Alleluia.

Gospel

Matthew 5:13-19

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and be trodden on by men. You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, Who is in heaven. Do not think that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and so shall teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Offertory

Psalm 91:13

The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus. (P.T. Alleluia.)

Secret

May the holy prayer of Bede, Thy Confessor and Doctor, fail us not, O Lord: may it render our offerings acceptable, and ever obtain for us Thy pardon. Through our Lord.

Communion

Luke 12:42

The faithful and wise servant, whom his lord setteth over his family: to give them their measure of wheat in due season. (P.T. Alleluia.)

Postcommunion

May Blessed Bede Thy Confessor and illustrious Doctor intercede for us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that these Thy sacrifices may obtain for us salvation. Through our Lord.

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