Sts. Marius, Martha, Audifax, and Abachum, Martyrs
Sts. Marius, Martha, Audifax, and Abachum (died 270) four saints of the same family (a husband, his wife, and their two sons). They came from Persia to Rome, and were martyred in 270 for sympathizing with and burying the bodies of Christians.
The family’s assistance to the Christians exposed them to persecution. They were seized and delivered to the judge Muscianus or Marcianus, who, unable to persuade them to abjure their faith, condemned them to various tortures. Despite the torture, the saints refused to abjure. Maris and his two sons were thus beheaded on the Via Cornelia, and their bodies were burnt. Martha meanwhile was killed at a place called in Nimpha or Nymphae Catabassi (later called Santa Ninfa, thirteen miles from Rome. Tradition states that Martha was cast into a well.
ST. CANUTUS (CANUTE) IV, KING AND MARTYR
St. Canutus King of Denmark, was endowed with excellent qualities of both mind and body. It is hard to say whether he excelled more in courage or in conduct and skill in war; but his singular piety eclipsed all his other endowments. He cleared the seas of pirates, and subdued several neighboring provinces which infested Denmark with their incursions. The kingdom of Denmark was elective till the year 1660, and, when the father of Canutus died, his eldest brother, Harold, was called to the throne. Harold died after reigning for two years, and Canutus was chosen to succeed him. He began his reign by a successful war against the troublesome, barbarous enemies of the state, and by planting the faith in the conquered provinces. Amid the glory of his victories he humbly prostrated himself at the foot of the cruciﬁx, laying there his diadem, and offering himself and his kingdom to the King of kings. After having provided for the peace and safety of his country, he married Eltha, daughter of Robert, Earl of Flanders, who proved a spouse worthy of him. His next concern was to reform abuses at home. For this purpose he enacted severe but necessary laws for the strict administration of justice, and repressed the violence and tyranny of the great, without respect to persons. He countenanced and honored holy men, and granted many privileges and immunities to the clergy. His charity and tenderness towards his subjects made him study by all possible ways to make them a happy people. He showed a royal muniﬁcence in building and adorning churches, and gave the crown which he wore, of exceeding great value, to a church in his capital and place of residence, where the kings of Denmark are yet buried. To the virtues which constitute a great king, Cantus added those which prove the great saint. A rebellion having sprung up in his kingdom, the king was surprised at church by the rebels. Perceiving his danger, he confessed his sins at the foot of the altar, and received Holy Communion. Stretching out his arms before the altar, the Saint fervently recommended his soul to his Creator; in this posture he was struck by a javelin thrown through a window, and fell a victim for Christ’s sake.
Tuesday in the Second Week after Epiphany
Ss. Marius, Martha, Audifax, and Abachum, Martyrs – Commemoration: St Canute, King of Denmark and Martyr.
Simple – Red vestments
Missa ‘Justi Epulentur’
INTROIT – Ps 67:4
Justi epuléntur et exsúltent in conspéctu Dei et delecténtur in lætítia.
Ps 67:2 Exsúrgat Deus, et dissipéntur inimíci ejus: et fúgiant qui odérunt eum, a fácie ejus. V. Glória Patri.
The just rejoice and exult before God; they are glad and rejoice. Ps. God arises; His enemies are scattered, and those who hate Him flee before Him. Glory be.
O Lord, hear Your people as they humbly pray in union with the patronal intercession of Your saints, that You would grant us to enjoy peace during our life on earth and to find help for life eternal. Through our Lord.
COMMEMORATION – St. Canute, King and Martyr
O God, Who for the glory of Your Church, have graciously honored blessed King Canute with the palm of martyrdom and glorious miracles, mercifully grant that, as he was an imitator of the Lord’s passion, so may we, walking in his footsteps, be found worthy to enter into everlasting joys.
EPISTLE – Hebrews 10: 32-38
Lesson from the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews
Brethren, call to mind the former days, wherein, being illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions. And on the one hand indeed, by reproaches and tribulations, were made a gazing-stock; and on the other, became companions of them that were used in such sort. For you both had compassion on them that were in bands, and took with joy the being stripped of your own goods, knowing that you have a better and a lasting substance. Do not therefore lose your confidence, which hath a great reward. For patience is necessary for you; that, doing the will of God, you may receive the promise. For yet a little and a very little while, and he that is to come, will come, and will not delay. But my just man liveth by faith.
GRADUAL – WISDOM 3: 1 – 3
The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead: but they are in peace.
ALLELUIA – Ps 67: 36
Alleluia, alleluia. Our God is wonderful in His Saints. Alleluia.
GOSPEL – Matthew 24: 3-13
At that time, as Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying: Tell us, when are these things to happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the world? And in answer Jesus said to them, Take care that no one leads you astray. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. For you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. Take care that you do not be alarmed, for these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be pestilences and famines and earthquakes in various places. But all these things are the beginnings of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and will put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will fall away, and will betray one another, and will hate one another. And many false prophets will arise, and will lead many astray. And because iniquity will abound, the charity of the many will grow cold. But whoever perseveres to the end, he shall be saved.
OFFERTORY – Psalm 123: 7
We were rescued like a bird from the fowlers’ snare; broken was the snare, and we were freed.
Look with favor, O Lord, upon the prayers and offerings of Your faithful, that they may be pleasing to You for the feast of Your saints and may bring us the help of Your mercy.
COMMEMORATION – St. Canute, Martyr
May our sacrifice, O Lord, be acceptable in Your sight and may it bring us salvation through the prayers of him on whose feast it is being offered.
It is truly meet and just, and profitable unto salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks to thee, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, eternal God, through Christ, our Lord. Though whom the angels praise thy majesty, the dominions adore it, the powers are in awe. Which the heavens and the hosts of heaven together with the blessed seraphim joyfully do magnify. And do thou command that it be permitted to us join with them in confessing thee, while we say with lowly praise:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus, Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus, qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.
COMMUNION – Luke 12:4
But I say to you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who persecute you.
Be appeased by the prayers of Your Saints, O Lord, and grant, we beseech You, that the rites we perform in this lifetime may avail for our eternal salvation. Through our Lord.
COMMEMORATION – St. Canute, Martyr
We who have been refreshed by partaking of the sacred gift, beseech You, O Lord our God, that through the intercession of blessed Canute, Your Martyr, we may feel the benefit of the worship we perform.