Saint Martin of Tours
Ecclesiasticus 45:30; Psalm 131:1
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.
O God, Who knowest that we exist by no power of our own: mercifully grant that, by the intercession of blessed Martin, Thy Confessor and Bishop, we be strengthened against all adversities. 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.
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. That blessed man, St. Martin, the bishop of the city of Tours, hath entered into his rest: to welcome him came forth the Angels and Archangels, the Thrones, the Dominations, and the Virtues. Alleluia.
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: No man lighteth a candle, and putteth it in a hidden place, nor under a bushel: but upon a candlestick, that they that come in may see the light. The light of thy body is thine eye. If thine eye be single, thy whole body will be lightsome; but if it be evil, thy body also will be darksome. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If then thy whole body be lightsome, having no part of darkness, the whole shall be lightsome, and as a bright lamp shall enlighten thee.
My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.
Hallow, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, these gifts, which we offer on the festival of Thy holy Bishop Martin: that through them our life may always be guided both in prosperity and in adversity. Through our Lord.
Blessed is that servant, whom when his Lord shall come he shall find watching: amen I say to you, he shall place him over all his goods.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that through the intercession of the Saints, the Sacraments we have celebrated on their festival may avail us unto salvation. Through our Lord.