St. Laurence Propers

The following are the English propers (“the readings”) for this Mass. The English of the fixed, ordinary parts of the Mass are available for a Low Mass, High Mass and Solemn Mass.

Introitus
Ps 95:6
Splendor and majesty go before Him; praise and grandeur are in His sanctuary.
Ps 95:1
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all you lands.
Splendor and majesty go before Him; praise and grandeur are in His sanctuary.

Collect
Let us pray.
Grant us, we beseech You, almighty God, to extinguish the flames of our sins, as You granted St. Lawrence to overcome the fires of his tortures.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
R. Amen.

Lesson
Lesson from the second letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
2 Cor. 9:6-10
Brethren: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Let each one give according as he has determined in his heart, not grudgingly or from compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound in you, so that always having ample means, you may abound in every good work, as it is written, He has scattered abroad and has given to the poor, his justice remains forever. Now He Who provides the sower his seed will both give you bread to eat and will multiply your seed, and will increase the growth of the fruits of your justice.
R. Thanks be to God.

Gradual
Ps 16:3
Though You test my heart, O Lord, searching it in the night.
V. Though You try me with fire, You shall find no malice in me. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. The Levite Lawrence wrought a good work, who by the sign of the Cross, gave sight to the blind. Alleluia.

Gospel
Continuation ✠ of the Holy Gospel according to John
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
John 12:24-26
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, Amen, amen, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it brings forth much fruit. He who loves his life, loses it; and he who hates his life in this world, keeps it unto life everlasting. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am there also shall My servant be. If anyone serves me, My Father will honor him.
R. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
S. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.

Offertorium
Ps 95:6
Splendor and majesty go before Him; praise and grandeur are in His sanctuary.

Secreta
Receive, we beseech You, O Lord, the gifts fully offered to You, and, by the interceding merits of blessed Lawrence, Your Martyr, grant they may further our salvation.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
R. Amen.

Prefatio
Common
It is truly meet and just, and profitable unto salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks to thee, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, eternal God, through Christ, our Lord. Though whom the angels praise thy majesty, the dominions adore it, the powers are in awe. Which the heavens and the hosts of heaven together with the blessed seraphim joyfully do magnify. And do thou command that it be permitted to us join with them in confessing thee, while we say with lowly praise: 

Communio
John 12:26
If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am there also shall My servant be.

Postcommunio
Let us pray.
Filled with Your sacred gifts, we humbly pray You, O Lord, that as we perform this sacred act in duty bound, we may, through the intercession of Your blessed Martyr Lawrence, enjoy an increase of Your saving grace.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
R. Amen.