Thou hast proved me and known me; Thou hast known my sitting down and my rising up.
V. The great Saint Paul, vessel of election, is indeed worthy to be glorified,
R. For he also deserved to possess the twelfth throne.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us. Queen conceived without Original Sin, pray for us. Saint Paul,etc. Apostle of the Gentiles, Vessel of election, St. Paul, who wast rapt to the third heaven, St. Paul, who heard things not given to man to utter, St. Paul, who knew nothing but Christ and Him crucified, St. Paul, whose love for Christ was stronger than death, St. Paul, who wished to be dissolved and to be with Christ, St. Paul, whose zeal knew no bounds, St. Paul, who made thyself all to all, to gain all to Christ, St. Paul, who called thyself prisoner of Christ for us, St. Paul, who wast jealous of us with the jealousy of God, St. Paul, who gloried only in the Cross of Christ, 162 St. Paul, who bore in thy body the mortification of Christ, St. Paul, who exclaimed: "With Christ I am nailed to the cross!" St. Paul, that we may awake and sin no more, That we may not receive the grace of God in vain, That we may walk in newness of life, That we may work out our salvation with fear and trembling, That we may put on the armor of God, That we may stand against the deceits of the wicked one, That we may stand fast to the last, That we may press forward to the mark, That we may win the crown,
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
Let Us Pray
O God, Who hast taught the whole world by the preaching of blessed Paul the Apostle, grant that we who celebrate his memory may, by following his example, be drawn unto Thee, Through Our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles.- Originally named Saul of Tarsus, Paul was a Jewish persecutor of Christians until, on his way to Damascus, he was thrown from his horse and struck blind by lightning from Heaven. He became a Christian and made several great missionary journeys in western Asia Minor and Greece, and wrote many of the books of the New Testament. St. Paul was martyred in Rome around 65 A.D.