Introit: Psalms lxix. 2-3
O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me: let my enemies be confounded and ashamed that seek my soul. Ps. Let them be turned backward, and blush for shame: that desire evils to me. ℣. Glory be to the Father.
Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the help of Thy grace: that being duly intent on fasts and prayers, we may be delivered from enemies of soul and body. Through our Lord.
Epistle: Jeremias xvii. 5-10
Lesson from the book of Jeremias. Thus saith the Lord God: Cursed be the man that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like tamaric in the desert, and he shall not see when good shall come: but he shall dwell in dryness in the desert, in a salt land, and not inhabited. Blessed be the man that trusteth in the Lord, and the Lord shall be his confidence. And he shall be as a tree that is planted by the waters, that spreadeth out its roots towards moisture: and it shall not fear when the heat cometh. And the leaf thereof shall be green, and in the time of drought it shall not be solicitous, neither shall it cease at any time to bring forth fruit. The heart is perverse above all things, and unsearchable: who can know it? I am the Lord who search the heart, and prove the reins: who give to every one according to his way, and according to the fruit of his devices: saith the Lord almighty.
Gradual: Psalms lxxviii. 9, 10
Forgive us our sins, O Lord, lest the Gentiles should say: Where is their God? ℣. Help us, o God, our Savior: and for the honor of Thy name, O Lord, deliver us.
Gospel: Luke xvi. 19-31
+ The continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke. At that time Jesus said to the Pharisees: There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and feasted sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores, desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table, and no one did give him: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. And the rich man also died, and he was buried in hell. And lifting up his eyes when he was in torments, he saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom, and he cried and said: Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame. And Abraham said to him: Son, remember that thou didst receive good things in thy lifetime, and likewise Lazarus evil things : but now he is comforted and thou art tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is fixed a great chaos: so that they who would pass from hence to you cannot, nor from thence come hither. And he said: Then, father, I beseech thee that thou wouldst send him to my father's house, for I have five brethren, that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torments. And Abraham said to him: They have Moses and the prophets: let them hear them. But he said: No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will do penance. And he said to him: If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe if one rise again from the dead.
Offertory: Exodus xxxii. 11, 13-14
Moses prayed in the sight of the Lord his God, and said: Why, O Lord, art Thou angry with Thy people? let the anger of Thy soul be appeased: remember Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to whom Thou sworest that Thou wouldst give the land flowing with milk and honey. And the Lord was appeased from the evil, which He had threatened to do to His people.
May the fast devoted to Thy name, O Lord, sanctify us by means of this sacrifice that what our observance professes externally, it may effectually perform within us. Through our Lord.
Communion: John vi. 57
He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, abideth in Me, and I in him, saith the Lord.
Let not Thy grace forsake us, O Lord, we beseech Thee: but may it render us devoted to Thy holy service, and ever procure for us Thy assistance. 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