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Semi-Double Feast         Purple or Violet Vestments

        Editor's Note: All Scriptural Readings are taken from the Douay-Rheims version of the Latin Vulgate Bible. The preface commentaries are a combination of thoughts from various sources. Red type indicates Our Lord's direct words in Holy Scripture. Italicized Maroon type indicates Latin with priests' refrain and server's response in bold..

        This is the Sunday when the Gospel treats the Transfiguration in which the Church invites us to let the sight of the grandeur of Jesus transfigured prepare us for the contemplation shortly of the humiliation of His Passion.
        The ordinations of the Saturday in Ember Week began in olden days in the evening, and finished on Sunday morning. That is the reason that we have the same Gospel on both days. It shows us the Transfiguration of Christ. It is a model of what the forty days' penance, kept after the example of Christ, of Moses and of Elias, should produce in our souls at the Feast of Easter, when the Church will celebrate the triumph "of the Son of Man risen from the dead."


      Remember, O Lord, Thy bowels of compassion and Thy mercies, which are from the beginning of the world, lest at any time our enemies rule over us: deliver us, O God of Israel, from all our tribulations. To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust; let me not be ashamed. (Psalm 24: 6, 3, 22). Glory be to the Father...Remember, O Lord...

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

      O God, who seest that we are wholly without strength in ourselves: keep us both inwardly and outwardly; that we may be protected from all adversity and made pure in mind from every evil thought. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

      (1 Thessalonians 4: 1-17) Brethren: We pray and beseech you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received of us how you ought to walk and to please God, so also you would walk that you may abound the more. For you know what precepts I have given to you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that you should abstain from fornication; that every one of you should knowhow to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor, not in the passion of lust, like the Gentiles, that know not God; and that no man overreach, nor circumvent his brother in business; because the Lord is the avenger of all these things, as we have told you before, and have testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Deo Gratias.

     (Psalm 24: 17-18)The troubles of my heart are multiplied; deliver me from my necessities, O Lord. V.See my abjection and my labor, and forgive all my sins.

TRACT:     (Psalm 105: 1-4) Give glory to the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.V. Who shall declare the powers of the Lord: Who shall set forth all His praises? V. Blessed are they that keep judgement and do justice at all times.V. Remember us, O Lord, in the favour of Thy people; visit us with Thy salvation.

Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum N...
Gloria tibi, Domine.

      (Matthew 17: 1-9) At that time: Jesus taketh unto Him Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: and He was transfigured before them. And His face did shine as the sun, and His garments became white as snow. And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias, talking with Him, Then Peter answering, said to Jesus: "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias." And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: "This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him." And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face, and were very much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said to them: "Arise and fear not." And they, lifting up their eyes, saw no one, but only Jesus. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: "Tell the vision to no man, till the Son of Man be risen from the dead."
Laus tibi, Christe.

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

     (Psalm 118: 47-48) I will meditate on Thy commandments which I have loved exceedingly: and I will lift up my hands to Thy commandments, which I have loved.

      Favorably regard, we beseech Thee, 0 Lord, these present sacrifices, that they may profit us both unto devotion and salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God... Per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

     (Psalm 5: 2-4) Understand my cry: hearken to the voice of my prayer, O my King and my God: for to Thee will I pray, 0 Lord.

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

      Grant, We humbly beseech Thee, Almighty God, that those whom Thou refreshest with Thy Sacraments may serve Thee worthily by a life well pleasing to Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in unity with the Holy Ghost, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

For the Prayers at the End of the Low Mass, see Leonine Prayers


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