Today’s Station: St. Praxedes
Missa: JUDICA Domine
INTROIT: Psalm Psalm 34: 1-2
Judge Thou, O Lord, them that wrong me: overthrow them that fight against me. Take hold of arms and shield: and rise up to help me. (ibid. 3) Bring out the sword, and shut up the way against them that persecute me: say to my soul: I am thy salvation.
REPEAT: Judge Thou, O Lord..
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who ail through infirmity in our many difficulties, may be relieved through the merits of the passion of Thine only-begotten Son. Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen
2nd COLLECT: Against the persecutors of Holy Mother Church
We beseech Thee, O Lord, mercifully to receive the prayers of Thy Church : that, all adversity and error being destroyed, she may serve Thee in security and freedom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen
EPISTLE: Isaias 50: 5-10
in those days Isaias said, The Lord God hath opened my ear, and I do not resist: I have not gone back. I have given my body to the strikers, and my cheeks to them that plucked them: I have not turned away my face from them that rebuked me, and spit upon me. The Lord God is my helper, therefore am I not confounded: therefore have I set my face as a most hard rock, and I know that I shall not be confounded. He is near that justifieth me, who will contend with me? let us stand together, who is my adversary? let him come near to me. Behold the Lord God is my helper: who is he that shall condemn me? Lo, they shall all be destroyed as a garment, the moth shall eat them up. Who is there among you that feareth the Lord, that heareth the voice of his servant, that hath walked in darkness, and hath no light? let him hope in the name of the Lord, and lean upon his God.
GRADUAL: Psalm 34: 24,3
Arise, and be attentive to my judgment: to my cause, my God, and my Lord. V. Bring out the sword, and shut up the way against them that persecute me: say to my soul: I am thy salvation.
TRACT: Psalm 102:10
He hath not dealt with us according to our sins: nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. V. (Psalm 78. 8, 9) Remember not our former iniquities: let thy mercies speedily prevent us, for we are become exceeding poor. Help us, O God, our saviour: and for the glory of thy name, O Lord, deliver us: and forgive us our sins for thy name’s sake
Help us, O God, our savior : and for the glory of Thy Name, O Lord, deliver us : and forgive us our sins for Thy Name’s sake.
GOSPEL: John 12:1-9
Six days before the pasch Jesus came to Bethania, where Lazarus had been dead, whom Jesus raised to life. And they made Him a supper there: and Martha served. But Lazarus was one of them that were at table with him. Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of right spikenard, of great price, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, he that was about to betray Him, said: “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence and given to the poor?” Now he said this not because he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief and, having the purse, carried the things that were put therein. Jesus therefore said: “Let her alone, that she may keep it against the day of My burial. For the poor you have always with you: but Me you have not always.” A great multitude therefore of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.
A Homily on the Gospel Passage From Matins for the Day
by St. Augustine the Bishop
Lest men should deem that it was but by an ocular delusion that they had seen him arise from the dead, Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table. He lived therefore, spake, and ate ; to the manifestation of the truth, and the confusion of the unbelieving Jews. Jesus, then, sat down to meat with Lazarus and others, and Martha, being one of Lazarus’ sisters, served. But Mary, Lazarus’ other sister, took a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair ; and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. We have now heard that which was done ; let us search out the mystic meaning thereof.
Whosoever thou art that wilt be a faithful soul, seek with Mary to anoint the feet of the Lord with costly ointment. This ointment was a figure of justice, and therefore is said to have been a pound thereof. The word Pistikes used by the Evangelist as the name of this ointment, we must believe to be that of some place, from which this costly perfume was imported. Neither is this name meaningless for us, but agreeth well with our mystic interpretation, since Pístis is the Greek word which signifieth Faith, and whosoever will do justice must know that the just shall live by faith. Anoint therefore, the feet of Jesus by thy good life, following in the marks which those feet of the Lord have traced. Wipe his feet likewise with thy hair ; that is, if thou have aught which is not needful to thee, give it to the poor ; and then thou hast wiped the feet of Jesus with thy hair, that is, with that which thou needest not, and which is therefore to thee as is hair, being a needless out-growth to the body. Here thou hast what to do with that which thou needest not. To thee it is needless, but the Lord’s feet have need of it ; yea, the feet which the Lord hath on earth are sorely needy.
For of whom save of his members, will he say at the latter day : Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. That is, ye have spent nothing save that which ye needed not, but ye have ministered unto my feet. And the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. That is, the fragrance of your good example filleth the world ; for this odour is a figure of reputation. They which are called Christians, and yet live bad lives, cast a slur on Christ : and it is even such as they unto whom it is said : The Name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you. But if, through such, the Name of God be blasphemed, through the godly is praise ascribed to the Same his Holy Name, as the Apostle doth likewise say : In every place we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ.
OFFERTORY: Psalm 142: 9-10
Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord : to Thee have I fled, teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God.
Grant, O almighty God, that being purified by the powerful virtue of these sacrifices, we may comes with greater purity to their divine source. Protect us, O Lord, who assist at Thy mysteries ; that, fixed upon things divine we may serve Thee in both body and mind. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen
2nd SECRET: Against the persecutors of Holy Mother Church
Protect us, O Lord, who assist at Thy mysteries ; that, fixed upon things divine we may serve Thee in both body and mind. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen
PREFACE OF THE HOLY CROSS
It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God : Who didst establish the salvation of mankind on the tree of the Cross: that whence death came thence also life might arise again, and that he, Who overcame by the tree, by the tree also might be overcome: Through Christ our Lord. Through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the Heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it.
COMMUNION: Psalm 34: 26
Let them blush: and be ashamed together, who rejoice at my evils. Let them be clothed with confusion and shame, who speak great things against me.
May Thy holy mysteries, O Lord, inspire us with divine fervor, that we may both delight in their celebration and in their fruit. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen
2nd POSTCOMMUNION Against the persecutors of Holy Mother Church
We beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that Thou wouldst not suffer to be exposed to human dangers those to whom Thou givest to rejoice in this divine banquet. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen
PRAYER OVER THE PEOPLE:
Help us, O God of our salvation, and grant that we may celebrate with joy the memory of those mercies whereby Thou hast graciously restored us to a new life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen.