The Four Crowned Martyrs or Four Holy Crowned Ones, refers to nine martyrs. The nine saints are divided into two groups:
Severus (or Secundius), Severian(us), Carpophorus (Carpoforus), Victorinus (Victorius, Vittorinus).
Claudius, Castorius, Symphorian (Simpronian), Nicostratus, and Simplicius.
According to the Golden Legend, the names of the members of the first group were not known at the time of their death “but were learned through the Lord’s revelation after many years had passed.”They were called the “Four Crowned Martyrs” because their names were unknown (“crown” referring to the crown of martyrdom).
Simpronianus, Claudius, Nicostratus, Castorius and Simplicius as the martyrs celebrated on November 8, And the Albano martyrs Secundus, Carpophorus, Victorinus and Severianus as celebrated on 8 August.
Sunday November 8
OCTAVE DAY OF ALL SAINTS
TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
(FROM THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY)
Commemoration of All Saints and Four Crowned Martyrs
SEMI-DOUBLE / GREEN VESTMENTS – MISSA ‘ DICIT DOMINUS’
INTROIT – Jer. 29: 11, 12, 14
Dicit Dóminus: Ego cógito cogitatiónes pacis, et non afflictiónis: invocábitis me, et ego exáudiam vos: et redúcam captivitátem ves-tram de cunctis locis.
Ps. 84: 2 Benedixísti, Dómine, terram tuam: avertísti captivitátem Jacob. Gloria Patri.
The Lord saith: I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction: you shall call upon Me, and I will hear you; and I will bring back your captivity from all places.
Ps. Lord, Thou hast blessed Thy land: Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Glory be to the Father.
COLLECT – FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
In Thine infinite goodness, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to watch over Thy household, that even as it relies solely upon the hope of Thy heavenly grace, so it may ever be defended by Thy protection. Through our Lord.
Second Collect of the Octave of All Saints
Almighty and everlasting God, who hast granted us to venerate the merits of all thy Saints in one solemnity, vouchsafe to us, we beseech thee, through the multitude of our intercessors, that abundance of thy mercy for which we ever have hoped.
Third Collect For Four Crowned Martyrs
Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that we who know how courageously Your holy Martyrs have confessed the faith, may experience their goodness as they intercede for us with You.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
EPISTLE – Colossians 3: 12-17
Brethren: Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience: bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection: and let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by Jesus Christ our Lord.
GRADUAL – Psalm 43: 8-9
Thou hast delivered us, O Lord, from them that afflict us: and hast put them to shame that hate us. V. In God we will glory all the day: and in Thy name we will give praise for ever.
ALLELUIA – Psalm 129: 1-2
Alleluia, alleluia. V. From the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my prayer. Alleluia.
GOSPEL – Matthew 13: 25-30
At that time Jesus spoke this parable to the multitudes: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field. But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat, and went his way. And when the blade was sprung up and had brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle. And the servants of the good man of the house coming, said to him: Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? Whence then hath it cockle? And he said to them: An enemy hath done this. And the servants said to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up? And he said: No, lest perhaps, gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it. Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.
OFFERTORY – Psalm 129: 1-2
From the depths I have cried out to Thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my prayer: from the depths I have cried out to Thee, O Lord.
SECRET – FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
We offer unto Thee, O Lord, the sacrifice of propitiation, that Thou mayest of Thy mercy, absolve us from our sins, and Thyself direct our inconstant hearts. Through our Lord.
Second Secret for the Octave of All Saints
We offer to thee, O Lord, the Gifts of our devotion: may they be well-pleasing to thee in honor of all the just, and likewise through thy mercy, avail us unto salvation.
Third Secret – Four Crowned Martyrs
May Your bountiful blessing descend upon us, O Lord, and by the prayers of Your holy Martyrs may it make our gifts acceptable to You, and make them a sacrament of redemption for us.
PREFACE OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, are one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out with one voice saying:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dóminus Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt cæli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.
COMMUNION – Mark 11: 24
Amen I say to you, whatsoever you ask when you pray, believe that you shall receive, and it shall be done to you.
POSTCOMMUNION – FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
We beseech Thee, almighty God, that we may obtain the effect of that salvation, the pledge of which we have received in these mysteries. Through our Lord.
Post Communion for Octave of All Saints
Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that thy faithful people may ever rejoice in honoring all thy Saints, and may be defended by their unceasing prayers.
Post Communion – Four Crowned Martyrs
We who have been fed with heavenly sacraments and joys, humbly pray You, O Lord, that we may enjoy the protection of those in honor of whose victories we rejoice. Through our Lord.