Saint Gregory the Wonderworker
The Lord made to him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince: that the dignity of priesthood should be to him for ever. Ps. O Lord, remember David: and all his meekness. Glory be to the Father.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that the august solemnity of Thy blessed Confessor and Pontiff, Gregory, may increase our devotion and promote our salvation. Through our Lord.
Ecclesiasticus 44:16-27; 45:3-20
Behold, a great priest, who in his days pleased God, and was found just; and in the time of wrath he was made a reconciliation. There was not found the like to him who kept the law of the most High. Therefore by an oath the Lord made him to increase among his people He gave him the blessing of all nations, and confirmed His covenant upon his head. He acknowledged him in His blessings; He preserved for him His mercy; and he found grace before the eyes of the Lord. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him a crown of glory. He made an everlasting covenant with him, and gave him a great priesthood: and made him blessed in glory. To execute the office of the priesthood, and to have praised in His name, and to offer him a worthy incense for an odour of sweetness.
Ecclesiasticus 44:16, 20
Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God. There was not found the like to him, who kept the law of the Most High.
Alleluia, alleluia. Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedech.
At that time, Jesus answering, said to His disciples: Have the faith of God. Amen, I say to you, that whosoever shall say to this mountain, Be thou removed and be cast into the sea, and shall not stagger in his heart, but believe that whatsoever he hath said shall be done, it shall be done unto him. Therefore I say unto you, all things whatsoever you ask when ye pray, believe that you shall receive, and they shall come unto you.
I have found David My servant, with My holy oil I have anointed him: for My hand shall help him, and My arm shall strengthen him. Alleluia.
May Thy Saints, we beseech Thee, O Lord, in all places bring us joy; that while we recall their merits, we may experience their patronage. Through our Lord.
This is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord setteth over his family: to give them their measure of wheat in due season. Alleluia.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that, giving thanks for the favours we have received, we may, by the intercession of blessed Gregory, Thy Confessor and Bishop, obtain blessings still greater. Through our Lord.