The Proper Prayers of the Church for the propagation of true Faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Introit. Ps. 66,2,3
God be merciful unto us, and bless us: may He cause the light of His countenance to shine upon us, and be merciful to us. That we may know Thy way upon earth: Thy salvation in all nations. Ps.66,4. Let the people Praise Thee, O God: let all the people give praise to Thee. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
O God, Who willest that all men should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, send, we beseech Thee, laborers to Thy harvest, and give them to speak Thy word with all confidence, that Thy message may run and may be made plain, and that all peoples may know Thee, the only true God, and Him Whom Thou hast sent, Jesus Christ our Lord. Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
Lesson. Ecclus. 36, 1-19
Lesson from the book of Wisdom
Have mercy upon us, God of all, and behold us, and show us the light of Thy mercies: and send Thy fear upon the nations that have not sought after Thee: that they may know that there is no God beside Thee, and that they may show forth Thy wonders. Lift up Thy hand over the strange nations, that they may see Thy power. For as Thou hast been sanctified in us in their sight, so Thou shalt be magnified among them in our presence, that they may know Thee, as we also have known Thee, that there is no god beside Thee, O Lord. Renew Thy signs, and work new miracles. Glorify Thy hand, and Thy right arm. Raise up indignation, and pour out wrath. Take away the adversary, and crush the enemy. Hasten the time, and remember the end, that they may declare Thy wonderful works. Give testimony to them that are Thy creatures from the beginning, and raise up the prophecies which the former prophets spoke in Thy name. Reward them that patiently wait for Thee, that Thy prophets may be found faithful: and hear the prayers of Thy servants, according to the blessing of Aaron over Thy people, and direct us into the way of justice, and let all know that dwell upon the earth, that Thou art God, the beholder of all ages.
Epistle. 1 Tim. 2,1-7
Lesson from the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy.
I desire first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men: for kings, and for all that are in high stations: that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all piety and chastity. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus: Who gave Himself a redemption for all, a testimony in due times, whereunto I am appointed a preacher and an apostle (I say the truth, I lie not), a teacher of the gentiles in faith and truth.
Gradual. Ps. 66,6-8
Let the people praise Thee, O God, let all people give praise to Thee: the earth hath yielded her fruit. May God, our God, bless us, may God bless us: and all the ends of the earth fear Him.
Alleluia, alleluia. O sing joyfully unto God, all the earth, serve ye the Lord with gladness: come into His presence with exceeding joy. Alleluia.
Tract. Ps 95,3,5
Tell forth the glory of the Lord among the gentiles: His wonders among all peoples. for great is the Lord, and exceedingly to be praised: He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the heathen are devils: but the Lord made the heavens.
Alleluia, alleluia. O sing joyfully unto God, all the earth, serve ye the Lord with gladness: come into His presence with exceeding Joy. Alleluia. Know ye, that the Lord He is God: He made us, and not we ourselves. Alleluia.
Gospel. Matt. 9, 35-38
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
At that time: Jesus went about all the cities, and towns, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity. And seeing the multitudes, He had compassion on them: because they were distressed and lying like sheep that have no shepherd. Then saith He to His disciples: The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He send forth laborers into His harvest.
Bring unto the Lord, O ye kindred of the gentiles, bring unto the Lord glory and honor, bring unto the Lord glory unto His name: bring sacrifices and come into His court, adore ye the Lord in His holy court.
Behold, O God, our protector, and look upon the face of Thy Christ, who gave Himself a redemption for all, and cause that, from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof, Thy name be magnified among the gentiles, and that in every place a clean offering be sacrificed to Thy name. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
Communion. Ps. 116,1,2
Praise the Lord all ye nations: praise Him all ye people: for His mercy is confirmed upon us: and the truth of the Lord remaineth forever.
Strengthened by the gift of our redemption we beseech Thee, O Lord, that by this aid of everlasting salvation our faith may ever increase. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.