June 24th NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
THE COLLECT: O Almighty God, Who didst make this day most worthy of our celebration because of Blessed John, grant unto Thy people the grace of spiritual joys, and direct the minds of all the faithful into the path of eternal salvation. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Thine only begotten Son, Our Lord, Who with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, God, for ages unending. Amen.
THE LESSON: Isaiah 49:1-7
THE GRADUAL: (Jer. 1) Before I formed thee in the womb I knew thee, and before thou wast born I dedicated thee. The Lord extended His hand and touched my mouth, and said unto me; thou child shall be called the prophet of the Most High, and ye shall go before the Lord to prepare His ways. Alleluia.
THE GOSPEL: Luke 1:57-68
THE SECRET: We heap Thine Altar with gifts, O Lord, celebrating the birth of him who announced the coming of the Saviour of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, and made His presence known; Who with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, liveth...
POST-COMMUNION: May Thy Church, O Lord, rejoice at the birth of Blessed John the Baptist, through whom She knew the author of Her own birth, Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with Thee, liveth…