21 June - Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Confessor (d.) - Gallo-Russo-Byzantine and Anglican-Byzantine Rites

Ps. 36.30-31.  THE mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom and his tongue shall speak judgement: the law of his God is in his heart. Ps. 36.1. Be not emulous of evildoers: nor envy them that work iniquity. Ps. 91.13,14.    The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus in the house of the Lord. James 1.12. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life.

Ps. 111.1-3     Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he shall delight exceedingly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth : the generation of the righteous shall be blessed. Glory and wealth shall be in his house: and his justice remaineth for ever and ever. James 1.12.    Blessed is the man that endureth temptation, for when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life. Ecclus. 45.9. The Lord loved him and adorned him: He clothed him with a robe of glory.


Alleluia. Matt. 24.46-47.  Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord cometh he shall find watching: amen I say to you, he shall place him over all his goods.


O GOD, who dost gladden us by the annual feast of blessed Aloysius, thy Confessor: mercifully grant that we may follow the example of his life, whose heavenly birthday we celebrate. Through.

LESSON Ecclus. 31.8-11.    BLESSED is the man that is found without blemish, and that hath not gone after  gold, nor put his trust in money nor in treasures. Who is he, and we will praise him? For he hath done wonderful things in his life. Who hath been tried thereby, and made perfect, he shall have glory everlasting: he that could have transgressed, and hath not transgressed: and could do evil things, and hath not done them: therefore are his goods established in the Lord, and all the Church of the Saints shall declare his alms.

+ The Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Luke (12.35-40)
AT that time, Jesus said to his disciples: Let your loins be girt, and lamps burning in your hands. And you yourselves like to men who wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh, shall find watching. Amen I say to you, that he will gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and passing will minister unto them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. But this know ye, that if the householder did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open. Be you then also ready: for at what hour you think not, the Son of Man will come.