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Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas

Martyr

March

St. Perpetua had just become a mother and St. Felicitas was on the point of becoming one, when they were thrown into prison at Cathage during the persecution of Serverus. Thy prayed that they might become martyrs and were filled with joy at their condemnation. They were put to death in the Amphitheatre in 202. They were the first saints to be included from outside Rome in the Roman Calendar of the Fourth Century. They are name in the Canon of the Mass.




Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Tuesday, Third Week of Lent

Introit • Ps. 16, 6, 8

I have cried, for Thou, O God, hast heard me: O incline Thine ear and hear my words: keep me, O Lord, as the apple of Thy eye: protect me under the shadow of Thy wings. Ps. 16, 1. Hear, O Lord my justice: attend to my prayer. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Harken unto us, O almighty and merciful God, and favorable grant us the gifts of saving self-denial. Through our Lord.

Epistle • 4 Kings 4, 1-7

Lesson from the Book of Kings.
[Miracles of Eliseus. He raiseth a dead child to life.]

In those days, a certain woman of the wives of the prophets cried to Eliseus, saying: Thy servant my husband is dead, and thou knowest that thy servant was one that feared God, and behold the creditor is come to take away my two sons to serve him. And Eliseus said to her: What wilt thou have me to do for thee? Tell me, what hast thou in thy house? And she answered: I thy handmaid have nothing in my house but a little oil, to anoint me. And he said to her: Go, borrow of all thy neighbours empty vessels not a few. And go in, and shut thy door, when thou art within, and thy sons: and pour out thereof into all those vessels: and when they are full take them away. So the woman went, and shut the door upon her, and upon her sons: they brought her the vessels, and she poured in.
And when the vessels were full, she said to her son: Bring me yet a vessel. And he answered: I have no more. And the oil stood. And she came, and told the man of God. And he said: Go, sell the oil, and pay thy creditor: and thou and thy sons live of the rest.

Gradual • Ps. 18, 13, 14

From my secret sins cleanse me, O Lord; and from those of others spare Thy servant. If they shall have no dominion over me, then shall I be without spot; and I shall be cleansed from the greatest sin.




Gospel • Matt. 18, 15-22

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew. 

[Christ teaches humility, to beware of scandal, and to flee the occasions of sin: to denounce to the church incorrigible sinners, and to look upon such as refuse to hear the church as heathens. He promises to his disciples the power of binding and loosing: and that he will be in the midst of their assemblies. No forgiveness for them that will not forgive.]

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, if thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and rebuke him between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother.
And if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more: that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand. And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican. Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you shall consent upon earth, concerning any thing whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done to them by my Father who is in heaven. For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Then came Peter unto him and said: Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith to him: I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times. 

Offertory • Ps. 117, 16, 17

The right hand of the Lord hath wrought strength, the right hand of the Lord hath exalted me: I shall not die, but live, and shall declare the works of the Lord.

Secret

Through this sacrament, we beg Thee, O Lord, may the effect of our redemption come, ever to withdraw us from human excesses, and to lead us on the gifts of salvation. Through our Lord.

Communion • Ps. 14, 1, 2

Lord, who shall dwell in Thy tabernacle? Or who shall rest in Thy holy hill? He that walketh without blemish, and worketh justice.

Postcommunion

Purified by these sacred mysteries, O Lord, we ask that we may obtain pardon and grace. Through our Lord.