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 Masses in Honor of Saint Francis - 351 

Third Mass

1. Introit

Beloved by God and humanity, his memory is held in benediction. See, he departs for the heavenly kingdoms; for, tried in virtue, he was found faithful in his words; therefore, his heritage lasts for ever. Psalm: For his loyalty and gentleness God sanctified him, and chose him out of all humankind. Sir 45:4
v/. Glory be . . .

2. Prayer [Collect] (See First Mass)

3. Epistle (See First Mass)

4. Gradual

Christ took away his sins and exalted his power and gave him the covenant of life and a throne of glory on high. Sir 47:13
v/. In the multitude of the elect he will have praise, and among the blessed he shall be blessed for ever.

Alleluia, alleluia.

v/. True light, enlightening all humanity, Christ our God, at the prayers of Saint Francis, pour into our hearts the light of your truth. Rejoice, Jerusalem our mother, founded on sapphires and crowned with roses.

Alleluia.

5. Gospel (See First Mass)

6. Offertory

My servant, see, I have made of you a witness to the peoples, a leader and a master of the nations. Is 55:4 My Spirit that is in you and the words I have placed in your heart, shall not depart from your lips nor from the lips of your descendants, says the Lord, now and for ever. Alleluia.

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