Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints
Vigil of All Saints’ Day
INTROIT. Judicant sancti. Wis. 3.
THE Saints shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people: and the Lord their God shall reign for ever. Ps. 33. Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for it becometh well the just to be thankful. V. Glory be
O LORD our God, increase, we pray thee, and multiply upon us the gifts of thy grace: that we, who do prevent the glorious festival of all thy Saints, may of thee be enabled joyfully to follow them in all virtuous and godly living. Through.
For the Epistle. Revelation 5:6-12
6 IN those days: I John beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing, for ever and ever. Amen.
GRADUAL. Ps. 149. Let the saints be joyful with glory, let them rejoice in their beds. V. O sing unto the Lord a new song: let the congregation of Saints praise him.
The Gospel. St Luke 6:17-23a
17 AT that time: Jesus came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;
18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.
19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven.
OFFERTORY. Ps. 149. Let the Saints be joyful with glory, let them rejoice in their beds: let the praises of God be in their mouth.
WE beseech the, O Lord: that the gifts which we do present on thine altar may, by the prayers of all the saints, whose feast we do prevent, be made profitable unto us for our salvation. Through.
COMMUNION. Wis. 3. The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them: in the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: but they are in peace.
O LORD, who hast granted unto us, looking forward to this coming festival, with gladness to accomplish thy holy mysteries: we humbly pray thee; that, like as we have performed the same to the remembrance of all thy Saints, so we may feel the succour of their intercession. Through.