The Church attaches great importance to the feasts of the Apostles, which are preceded by a Vigil (Collect).
Saint Matthias, elected by the will of God (Gospel) received Judas’ share in the inheritance of the Church which was figured by the Promised Land divided into twelve tribes (Epistle). The Church applies to the apostles that which, the author of the Book of Ecclesiasticus said of Isaac, Jacob, Moses and Aaron.
Called “to give his life” (Gospel), like Jesus, to crown his apostolic career, he suffered martyrdom and was “clothed by God in resplendent glory” (Communion).
Let us ask God to prepare us to celebrate piously the feast of His Apostle, St. Matthias.
INTROIT Wisdom 51: 10, 11
But I, as a fruitful olive-tree in the house of the Lord have hoped in the mercy of my God : and I will wait on Thy name, for it is good in the sight of Thy saints. (Psalm 51: 3) Why dost thou glory in malice, thou that art mighty in iniquity? v. 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. Repeat But I…
Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the worshipful Feast of thy blessed Apostle Matthias on the eve whereof we now stand, may avail us to the increase both of godliness toward thee, and of health to our own souls. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever. R.Amen.
Second Collect for the Intercession of the Saints
Defend us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all dangers of mind and body; that through the intercession of the blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, together with blessed Joseph, Thy blessed apostles Peter and Paul, and blessed N. (Here mention the titular saint of the church), and all the saints, mercifully grant us safety and peace; that all adversities and errors being overcome, Thy Church may serve Thee in security and freedom.
For the Church
Graciously accept the prayers of Thy Church, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that, overcoming all hostility and error, She may serve Thee in safety and freedom. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever. R. Amen
EPISTLE Ecclesiasticus 64. 25-27; 2-4, 6-9
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom. The blessing of the Lord was upon the head of the just man. Therefore the Lord gave him an inheritance and divided him his portion in twelve tribes; and he found grace in the eyes of all flesh. He magnified him in the fear of his enemies, and with his words he made prodigies to cease. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him commandments in the sight of his people, and showed him his glory. He sanctified him in his faith and meekness, and chose him out of all flesh. And he gave him commandments before his face, and a law of life and instruction, and he exalted him. He made an everlasting covenant with him, and girded him about with a girdle of justice: and the Lord crowned him with a crown of glory.
GRADUAL Psalm 91: 13, 14
The just man shall flourish like the palm tree : like the cedar of Libanus shall he be multiplied in the house of the Lord. V. To show forth Thy mercy in the morning, and Thy truth in the night.
GOSPEL John 15: 12-16
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples : ‘This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do the things that I command you. I will not now call you servants : for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth. But I have called you friends : because all things whatsoever I have heard of My Father, I have made known to you. You have not chosen Me : but I have chosen you, and have appointed you, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain; that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it to you.’
OFFERTORY Psalm 8: 6-7
Thou hast crowned him with glory and honour, and hast set him over the works of Thy hands, O Lord.
Offering to thee these holy mysteries with reverence for the high dignity of the Apostleship, we beseech thee, O Lord that through the prayers of blessed Matthias, thy Apostle, to whose feast we look forward, thy people ever may set forth their desires before thee and gain what they seek. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son. Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever. R.Amen.
Second Secret to implore the Intercession of the Saints
Graciously hear us, O God our Savior, and by the virtue of this sacrament protect us from all enemies of soul and body, bestowing on us both grace in this life and glory hereafter.
For the Church
Protect us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, who assist at Thy mysteries, that holding fast to things divine, we may serve Thee both in body and soul. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever. R. Amen
PREFACE of the Apostles
It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, to entreat Thee humbly, O Lord, that Thou woulds not desert Thy flock. O everlasting Shepherd; but through Thy blessed Apostles, wouldst keep it under Thy constant protection; that it may be governed by those same rulers, whom as vicars of Thy work, Thou didst set over it to be its pastors. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of The glory, evermore saying: HOLY, HOLY, HOLY…
COMMUNION Psalm 20: 6
His glory is great in Thy salvation : glory and great beauty shalt Thou lay upon him, O Lord.
Be appease, we beseech thee, O Lord, by the prayers of thy holy Apostle Matthias, and grant us pardon and unfailing remedies. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God For ever and ever. R. Amen.
Second Postcommunion to implore the Intercession of the Saints
May the oblation of this divine sacrament cleanse and defend us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and, through the intercession of the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, Thy blessed apostles Peter and Paul, blessed N. (here mention the titular saint of the church), and all the saints, purify us from all our sins and deliver us from all adversity.
For the Church
We beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that Thou wouldst not allow to be exposed to human perils, those whom Thou hast been pleased to make sharers of these divine mysteries. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever. R. Amen