St Matthias, I Vespers

Prayers before the Office
Open, O Lord, my mouth to bless thy holy Name; cleanse also my heart from all vain, evil, and wandering thoughts; enlighten my understanding and kindle my affections; that I may worthily, attentively, and devoutly say this Office, and so be meet to be heard before the presence of thy divine Majesty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, in union with that divine intention wherewith thou, whilst here on earth, didst render praises unto God, I desire to offer this my Office of prayer unto thee.

OUR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.


V. O God, make speed to save me.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
All: Alleluia (Praise be to thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.)

The Psalter

Antiphon 1. This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Psalm 1 Beatus vir, qui non abii, &c.

  1. BLESSED is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners: and hath not sat in the seat of the scornful.
  2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord: and in his law will he exercise himself day and night.
  3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the water-side: that will bring forth his fruit in due season.
  4. His leaf also shall not wither: and look, whatsoever he doeth, it shall prosper.
  5. As for the ungodly, it is not so with them: but they are like the chaff, which the wind scattereth away from the face of the earth.
  6. Therefore the ungodly shall not be able to stand in the judgment: neither the sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
  7. But the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: and the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Glory be

Psalm 3 Domine, quid multiplicati?

  1. LORD, how are they increased that trouble me: many are they that rise against me.
  2. Many one there be that say of my soul: There is no help for him in his God.
  3. But thou, O Lord, art my defender: thou art my worship, and the lifter up of my head.
  4. I did call upon the Lord with my voice: and he heard me out of his holy hill.
  5. I laid me down and slept, and rose up again: for the Lord sustained me.
  6. I will not be afraid for ten thousands of the people: that have set themselves against me round about.
  7. Up, Lord, and help me, O my God: for thou smitest all mine enemies upon the cheekbone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
  8. Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: and thy blessing is upon thy people.

Glory be.

Antiphon 2. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Psalm 14 Domine, quis habitabit?

  1. LORD, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle: or who shall rest upon thy holy hill?
  2. Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life: and doeth the thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart.
  3. He that hath used no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour: and hath not slandered his neighbour.
  4. He that setteth not by himself, but is lowly in his own eyes: and maketh much of them that fear the Lord.
  5. He that sweareth unto his neighbour, and disappointeth him not: thou it were to his own hindrance.
  6. He that hath not given his money upon usury: nor taken reward against the innocent.
  7. Whoso doeth these things: shall never fall.

Glory be.

Antiphon 3. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you, saith the Lord.

Psalm 18 Caeli enarant.

  1. THE heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament showeth his handiwork.
  2. One day telleth another: and one night certifieth another.
  3. There is neither speech nor language: but their voices are heard among them.
  4. Their sound is gone out into all lands: and their words into the ends of the world.
  5. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun: which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course.
  6. It goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
  7. The law of the Lord is an undefiled law, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, and giveth wisdom unto the simple.
  8. The statutes of the Lord are right, and rejoice the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, and giveth light unto the eyes.
  9. The fear of the Lord is clean, and endureth for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.
  10. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey, and the honey-comb.
  11. Moreover, by them is thy servant taught: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
  12. Who can tell how oft he offendeth: O cleanse thou me from my secret faults.
  13. Keep thy servant also from presumptuous sins, lest they get the dominion over me: so shall I be undefiled, and innocent from the great offence.
  14. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart: be alway acceptable in thy sight,
  15. O Lord: my strength, and my redeemer.

Glory be.

Antiphon 4. In your patience possess ye your souls.

First Lesson: 1 Samuel 16:1 – 13
And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord. And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee. And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice. And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him. But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this. Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this. Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

Hymn

Let heav’n with acclamations ring,
And earth with joy responsive sing:
The Apostles’ deeds and high estate
This festal-tide we celebrate.

O ye who, thron’d in glory dread,
Shall judge the living and the dead,
True lights, the world illumining,
Regard the suppliant pray’r we bring.

The gates of heav’n, at your command,
To all or clos’d or open stand:
May we, at your august decree,
Be loos’d from our iniquity.

The pow’r of old to you convey’d,
Sickness and health alike obey’d;
May ye our ailing souls once more
To strength and holiness restore.

That Christ the unerring Judge of doom,
When he at time’s last end shall come,
May grant us for his mercy’s sake,
Of joys eternal to partake.

All laud to God the Father be;
All praise, eternal Son, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

V. Their sound is gone out into all lands.
R. And their words into the ends of the world.

Magnificat. St. Luke 1:46-55

Antiphon: They will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; and ye shall be brought before governours and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

  1. My soul doth magnify the Lord, * and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
  2. For he hath regarded * the lowliness of his handmaiden.
  3. For behold, from henceforth * all generations shall call me blessed.
  4. For he that is mighty hath magnified me; * and holy is his Name.
  5. And his mercy is on them that fear him * throughout all generations.
  6. He hath showed strength with his arm; * he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
  7. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, * and hath exalted the humble and meek;.
  8. He hath filled the hungry with good things; * and the rich he hath sent empty away.
  9. He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel; * as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.

Glory be.

Antiphon: They will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; and ye shall be brought before governours and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

Second Lesson: 1 John 2:15 – End
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

Nunc dimittis. St. Luke 2:29-32

Antiphon: Save us, O Lord, while waking and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

  1. LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, * according to thy word.
  2. For mine eyes have seen * thy salvation,
  3. Which thou hast prepared * before the face of all people;
  4. To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, * and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be.

Antiphon: Save us, O Lord, while waking and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

A reading from the works of St. Augustine the Bishop:
Come unto me, all ye that labour. And wherefore labour we all, but because we are frail, sickly, mortal men, burdened with earthen vessels which distress us? But if these fleshly vessels be distressful, let the open expanse of love be free and wide. Come unto me, all ye that labour. And why? That we may labour no more. His promise is an instant promise, for he calleth such as are labouring. Perchance they will ask him what shall be their reward? And I, saith he, will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me. And he doth not say, Learn of me how to make the world; or how to create all things visibile and invisible ; or even how to work wonders on earth, and raise the dead. Rather, he saith, Learn of me for this reason; because I am meek and humble of heart.

Wilt thou be great? Begin by being little. Dost thou think to raise up a lofty building? Think first how lowly and deep the foundation must be. For the greater soever, and the more massive, the building is planned to be, so much the deeper must the foundation be placed. When the structure is finished, it towereth heavenward. But he that laid the foundation, first went down very low into the earth. The building must therefore be low before it is high. Yea, it can be crowned with its lofty roof only because it had a beginning deep downward.

From the Roman Breviary for today.

¶ Then follows,

The Apostles’ Creed.
I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: The Resurrection of the body: And the Life everlasting. Amen.

V. The Lord be with you (or O Lord, Hear my prayer.)
R. And with thy spirit. (or And let my cry come unto Thee.)

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

OUR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. Amen.

V. O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
R. And grant us thy salvation.
V. O Lord, save our governours.
R. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
V. Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
R. And make thy chosen people joyful.
V. O Lord, save thy people.
R. And bless thine inheritance.
V. Give peace in our time, O Lord.
R. Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.
V. O God, make clean our hearts within us.
R. And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

Collect
O ALMIGHTY God, who into the place of the traitor Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles; Grant that thy Church, being alway preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the Unity of the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

A Collect for Peace.
O GOD, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

A Collect for Aid against Perils.
LIGHTEN our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

V. The Lord be with you (or O Lord, Hear my prayer.)
R. And with thy spirit. (or And let my cry come unto Thee.)
V. Let us bless the Lord (alleluia, alleluia).
R. Thanks be to God (alleluia, alleluia).
V. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.

¶ When the Litany or Mass is to be said, the following prayers are omitted, save only the Grace and the Final Antiphon.

A General Thanksgiving.
ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men; [particularly to those who desire now to offer up their praises and thanksgivings for thy late mercies vouchsafed unto them.] We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we shew forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end.

A Prayer for The President of the United States, and all in Civil Authority.
Almighty God, whose kingdom is everlasting and power infinite; Have mercy upon this whole land; and so rule the hearts of thy servants THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, The Governor of this State, and all others in authority, that they, knowing whose ministers they are, may above all things seek thy honour and glory; and that we and all the People, duly considering whose authority they bear, may faithfully and obediently honour them, according to thy blessed Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer for the Clergy and People.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels: Send down upon our Bishops and other clergy, and all Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Grace
The grace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father and the Communion of the Holy Ghost be with us all, evermore.  Amen.

¶ Here shall be added the Final Antiphon of the Virgin Mary according to season.

After the Purification, that is, from Compline of February 2nd, whether the Feast of the Purification be transferred or not, through Compline of Wednesday in Holy Week: Ave, Regina cælorum