St. Josaphat 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

Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a feast-day in honor of the Blessed Martyr Josaphat, at whose martyrdom the angels rejoice, and give praise to the Son of God.
Ps 32:1
Exult, you just, in the Lord; praise from the upright is fitting.
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.
Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a feast-day in honor of the Blessed Martyr Josaphat, at whose martyrdom the angels rejoice, and give praise to the Son

Collect
Let us pray.

Arouse in Your Church, O Lord, the spirit with which blessed Josaphat, Your Martyr and Bishop, was filled when he laid down his life for his flock; so that, by his intercession, we, also moved and strengthened by the same spirit, may not fear to lay down our lives for our brethren.
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 letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews
Heb 5:1-6
Brethren: Every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in the things pertaining to God, that he may offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to have compassion on the ignorant and erring, because he himself also is beset with weakness, and by reason thereof is obliged to offer for sins, as on behalf of the people so also for himself. And no man takes the honor to himself; he takes it who is called by God, as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify Himself with the high priesthood, but He Who spoke to Him, “You are My Son, I this day have Begotten You.” As He says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedec.”
R. Thanks be to God.

Gradual

Ps 88:21-23
I have found David, My servant; with My holy oil I have anointed him, that My hand may be always with him, and that My arm may make him strong.
V. No enemy shall deceive him, nor shall the wicked afflict him. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. This is the priest whom the Lord has crowned. Alleluia.

Gospel

Continuation ✠ of the Holy Gospel according to John
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
John 10:11-16
At that time, Jesus said to the Pharisees: I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. But the hireling, who is not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees. And the wolf snatches and scatters the sheep; but the hireling flees because he is a hireling, and has no concern for the sheep. I am the Good Shepherd, and I know Mine and Mine know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for My sheep. And other sheep I have that are not of this fold. Them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one fold and one Shepherd.
R. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
S. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.

Offertorium

John 15:13
Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends.

Secreta
Most merciful God, shower these offerings with Your blessing and strengthen us in the faith which St. Josaphat, Your Martyr and Bishop, upheld by the shedding of his blood.
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. Through 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 us to join with them in confessing Thee, while we say with lowly praise:

Communio

John 10:14
I am the Good Shepherd, and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me.

Postcommunio

Let us pray.
May this heavenly food, O Lord, impart to us that spirit of strength which unfailingly sustained the life of blessed Josaphat, Your Martyr and Bishop, unto victory for the honor of Your Church.
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.