Thou last protected me, O God, from the assembly of the malignant, alleluia: from the multitude of the workers of iniquity. [P.T. Alleluia. alleluia.] Ps. Hear, O God, my prayers, when I make supplication to Thee: deliver my soul from the fear of the enemy Glory be to the Father.
O God, Who didst teach blessed Hermenegild, Thy Martyr, to choose a heavenly kingdom rather than an earthly one, grant us, we beseech Thee, to despise fleeting things, after his example, and to pursue those that are eternal. Through our Lord.
Then shall the just stand with great constancy against those that have afflicted them and taken away their labours. These seeing it, shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the suddenness of their unexpected salvation, saying within themselves, repenting, and groaning for anguish of spirit: These are they whom we had some time in derision and for a parable of reproach. We fools esteemed their life madness and their end without honour; behold how they are numbered among the children of God, and their lot is among the Saints.
I have found David My servant, with My holy oil I have anointed him: for My hand shall help him, and Mine arm shall strengthen him. The enemy shall have no advantage over him nor the son of iniquity have power to hurt him.
Psalm 88:6; Psalm 20:4
Alleluia, alleluia. the heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord; and Thy truth in the Church of the saints.
Alleluia. O Lord, Thou halt set on his head a crown of precious stones. Alleluia.
Thou hast given him his heart’s desire; and hast not withholden from him the will of his lips. For Thou hast prevented him with blessings of sweetness. Thou has set on his head a crown of precious stones.
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: If any man come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, He cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after Me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you having a mind to build a tower, doth not first sit down, and reckon the charges that are necessary, whether he have wherewithal to finish it: lest, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that see it begin to mock him, saying: This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, about to go to make war against another king, doth not first sit down, and think whether he be able, with ten thousand, to meet him that, with twenty thousand, cometh against him? Or else, whilst the other is yet afar off, sending an embassy, he desireth conditions of peace. So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he possesseth, cannot be My disciple.
The Heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord, and Thy truth in the church of the saints. [P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.]
Receive, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our offerings and prayers: cleanse us by virtue of these heavenly mysteries and graciously hear us. Through our Lord.
The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in Him: and all the upright in heart shall be praised. [P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our strength renewed from having shared in Thy sacred gift, we beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that by the intercession of blessed Hermenegild, Thy Martyr, we may ever feel the mighty power of the sacrament we worship. Through our Lord.