May 25 - Pentecost Saturday - Ember Day - St. Gregory VII, Pope & Confessor - St. Urban I, Pope & Martyr

Introit: Romans v. 5

    The charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, alleluia: by His Spirit dwelling in us, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that is within me bless His holy name. ℣. Glory be to the Father.


    We beseech Thee, O Lord, mercifully pour into our souls Thy Holy Spirit, by whose wisdom we were created and by whose providence we are governed. Through our Lord... in the unity of the same Holy Ghost.

First Lesson: Joel ii. 28-32

    Lesson from the book of Joel. Thus saith the Lord God: I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy: your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Moreover upon My servants and handmaids in those days I will pour forth My spirit. And I will shew wonders in heaven, and in earth blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon in to blood: before the great and dreadful day of the Lord doth come. And it shall come to pass that every one shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Alleluia: John vi. 64

    Alleluia. ℣. It is the Spirit that quickeneth, but the flesh profiteth nothing.


    May the Holy Spirit, we beseech Thee, O Lord, kindle in us that same fire which our Lord Jesus Christ sent down upon earth, earnestly desiring that it should burn mightily: Who with Thee... in the unity of the same.

Second Lesson: Leviticus xxiii. 9-11, 15-17, 21

    Lesson from the book of Leviticus. In those days the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: When you shall have entered into the land which I will give you, and shall reap your corn, you shall bring sheaves of ears, the first-fruits of your harvest, to the priest: who shall lift up the sheaf before the Lord, the next day after the sabbath, that it may be acceptable for you, and shall sanctify it. You shall count therefore from the morrow after the sabbath, wherein you offered the sheaf of first-fruits, seven full weeks, even unto the morrow after the seventh week be expired, that is to say, fifty days: and so you shall offer a new sacrifice to the Lord out of all your dwellings: two loaves of the first-fruits, of two tenths of flour leavened, which you shall bake for the first-fruits of the Lord. And you shall call this day most solemn and most holy. You shall do no servile work therein. It shall be an everlasting ordinance in all your dwellings and generations, saith the Lord almighty.

Alleluia: Job xxvi. 13

    Alleluia. ℣. His Spirit hath adorned the heavens.


    O God, who for the healing of souls hast ordained the chastisement of our bodies by the devout exercise of fasting, mercifully grant that we may ever be devoted to Thee both in mind and body. Through our Lord.

Third Lesson: Deuteronomy xxvi. 1-3, 7-11

    Lesson from the book of Deuteronomy. In those days Moses said to the children of Israel: Hear, O Israel, the things that I command thee to-day. When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God will thee give to possess, and hast conquered it, and dwellest in it: thou shalt take the first of all thy fruits, and put them in a basket, and shalt go to the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, that His name may be invocated there. And thou shalt go to the priest that shall be in those days, and say to him: I profess this day before the Lord thy God, who heard us, and looked down upon our affliction, and labor and distress; and brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand, and a stretched out arm, with great terror, with signs and wonders: and brought us into this place and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey. And therefore now I offer the first-fruits of the land which the Lord hath given me. And thou shalt leave them in the sight of the Lord thy God, adoring the Lord thy God. And thou shalt feast in all the good things which the Lord thy God hath given thee.

Alleluia: Acts of the Apostles ii. 1

    Alleluia. ℣. When the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all sitting together.


    Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that taught by salutary fasts and abstaining from every vice, we may more readily obtain Thy favor. Through our Lord.

Fourth Lesson: Leviticus xxvi. 3-12

    Lesson from the book of Leviticus. In those days the Lord said to Moses: Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: If you walk in my precepts, and keep My commandments, and do them, I will give you rain in due seasons; and the ground shall bring forth its increase, and the trees shall be filled with fruit. The threshing of your harvest shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land without fear. I will give peace in your coasts: you shall sleep, and there shall be none to make you afraid. I will take away evil beasts, and the sword shall not pass through your quarters. You shall pursue your enemies, and they shall fall before you. Five of yours shall pursue a hundred others, and a hundred of you ten thousand: your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. I will look on you, and make you increase: you shall be multiplied, and I will establish My covenant with you. You shall eat the oldest of the old store, and, new coming on, you shall cast away the old. I will set My tabernacle in the midst of you, and My soul shall not cast you off. I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be My people, saith the Lord almighty.


    Alleluia. ℣. (All kneel). Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful: and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.


    Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that abstaining from carnal feasts, we may also fast from the vices which beset us. Through our Lord.

Fifth Lesson: Daniel iii. 47-51

    Lesson from the book of Daniel. In those days the Angel of the Lord went down with Azarias and his companions into the furnace: and he drove the flame of the fire out of the furnace, and made the midst of the furnace like the blowing of a wind bringing dew. And the flame mounted up above the furnace nine and forty cubits: and it broke forth, and burnt such of the Chaldeans as it found near the furnace, the servants of the king, who were heating it. And the fire touched the three young Hebrews not at all, nor troubled them, nor did them any harm. Then these three as with one mouth praised, and glorified, and blessed God in the furnace, saying:

Alleluia: Daniel iii. 52

    Alleluia. ℣. Blessed art Thou. O Lord the God of our fathers, and worthy to be praised for ever.


    O God, who didst allay the flames of fire for the three young men, mercifully grant that we, Thy servants, may not be consumed by the flame of vice. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Gregory:


    O God, the strength of all that put their trust in Thee, who for the defense of the liberty of Thy Church didst fill blessed Gregory, Thy confessor and bishop, with the virtue of constancy: grant that, helped by his prayers and example, we, too, may bravely overcome all adversity. Through our Lord.


Commemoration of St. Urban:


    Eternal Shepherd, look graciously upon Thy flock, and through blessed Urban Thy martyr and supreme Pontiff, whom Thou didst appoint Pastor of the universal Church, keep it under Thy continual protection. Through our Lord.

Epistle: Romans v. 1-5

     Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans. Brethren, being justified by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access through faith into this grace wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God. And not only so, but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience trial, and trial hope; and hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.

Tract: Psalms cxvi. 1-2

    O praise the Lord, all ye nations: and praise Him together, all ye people. ℣. For His mercy is confirmed upon us: and the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever.

Sequence: Veni Sancte Spiritus

    Come, Holy Ghost, send down those beams, / Which sweetly flow in silent streams / From Thy bright throne above. / O, come, Thou Father of the poor, / O, come, Thou source of all our store, / Come fill our hearts with love. / O Thou of comforters the best, / O Thou the soul's delightful guest, / The pilgrim's sweet relief. / Rest art Thou in our toil, most sweet / Refreshment in the noonday heat, / And solace in our grief. O blessed Light of Life Thou art, / Fill with Thy Light the inmost hearts / Of those that hope in Thee. / Without Thy Godhead nothing can / Have any price or worth in man, / Nothing can harmless be. / Lord, wash our sinful stains away, / Water from heaven our barren clay, / Our wounds and bruises heal. / To Thy sweet yoke our stiff necks bow, / Warm with Thy love our hearts of snow, / Our wandering feet recall. / Grant to Thy faithful, dearest Lord, / Whose only hope is in Thy Word, / Thy sevenfold gift of grace. / Grant us in life Thy grace, that we / In peace may die and ever be In joy before Thy face. Amen.

Gospel: Luke iv. 38-44

    + Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke. At that time Jesus, rising up out of the synagogue, went into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever: and they besought Him for her. And standing over her, He commanded the fever: and it left her. And immediately rising, she ministered to them. And when the sun was down, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them to Him. But He, laying His hands on every one of them, healed them. And devils went out from many, crying out, and saying: Thou art the Son of God. And rebuking them, He suffered them not to speak, for they knew that He was Christ. And when it was day, going out He went into a desert place, and the multitudes sought Him, and came unto Him: and they stayed Him that He should not depart from them. To whom He said: To other cities also I must preach the kingdom of God, for therefore am I sent. And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.

Offertory: Psalms lxxxvii. 2-3

    O Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried in the day and in the night before Thee. Let my prayer come in before Thee, O Lord, alleluia.


    That our fasts may be acceptable to Thee, O Lord, grant, we beseech Thee, that by the oblation of this sacrifice, we may offer up to Thee a purified heart. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Gregory:


    Kindly receive, O Lord, the gifts which we offer Thee with joyfulness and give us, by the intercession of blessed Gregory, that Thy Church may rejoice in the integrity of the faith and delight in quiet days. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Urban:


    We beseech Thee, O Lord, having offered our gifts, benignly enlighten Thy Church, both that the success of Thy flock may everywhere progress, and under Thy guidance Thy pastors may be pleasing to Thy name. Through our Lord.

Communion: John iii. 8

    The Spirit breatheth where He will, and thou hearest His voice, alleluia, alleluia; but thou knowest not whence He cometh, nor whither He goeth, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


    May Thy holy mysteries, o Lord, inspire us with a divine fervor, that may make us delight both in their celebration and in their fruits. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Gregory:


    We pray Thee, O Lord, multiply in Thy Church the spirit of grace which Thou hast given it, in order that, by the prayer of blessed Gregory sovereign Pontiff, neither the obedience of the flock nor the watchfulness of the shepherd over the flock. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Urban:


    Be appeased, O Lord, we beseech Thee; that Thy Church, nourished with this holy refreshment, and guided by wise direction, may receive both a growth in freedom and continue steadfast in soundness of religion. Through our Lord.

+ Taken from St. Andrew Daily Missal, by Dom Gaspar Lefebvre, O.S.B., Imprimi Potest 11-18-1945 P. Joannes Delacroix, O.S.B., Imprimatur 11-22-1945 Joseph Van Der Meersch