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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Saint Anthony the Great, First Abbot of Monks, January 17th

INTROIT. Os justi. Ps. 37.THE mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom, and his tongue will be talking of judgement: the law of his God is in his heart (alleluia, alleluia). Ps. ibid. Fret not thyself because of the ungodly: neither be thou envious against the evildoers. V. Glory be.

The Collect.
GRANT, we beseech thee, O Lord, that the prayers of thy holy Abbot, blessed Anthony, may commend us unto thee: that we, who have no power of ourselves to help ourselves, may by his advocacy find favour in thy sight. [Through]

The Epistle. Ecclesiasticus 45:1b-5a
1. He was loved of God and men, whose memorial is blessed.
2 The Lord made him like to the glorious Saints, and magnified him, so that his enemies stood in fear of him.
3 By his words he caused the wonders to cease: he made him glorious in the sight of kings, and gave him a commandment for his people, and shewed him his glory.
4 He sanctified him in his faithfulness and meekness, and chose him out of all men.
5 He made him to hear his voice, and brought him into the dark cloud, and gave him commandments before his face, even the law of life and knowledge.

GRADUAL. Ps. 21. Thou hast prevented him with the blessings of goodness: and hast set a crown of pure gold upon his head. He asked life of thee, and thou gavest him a long life: even for ever and ever.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ps. 92. The righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree: and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus. Alleluia.

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