10 March: Forty Martyrs of Sebaste


For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven who despised worldly living: who have won the rewards of the kingdom, and have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb.

V. Be glad, O ye righteous, and rejoice in the Lord.
R. And be joyful all ye that are true of heart.


Even the very hairs of your head * are all numbered; fear not therefore ; ye are of more value than many sparrows.

V. Let the Saints be joyful with glory.
R. Let them rejoice in their beds.


Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God : that, like as we have known thy glorious Martyrs to be constant in their confession of thy Faith ; so we may feel the succour of their loving intercession. Through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost ever one God, world without end. Amen.