A little while, and now you shall not see me…
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
Semi-double – White vestments
Missa ‘Jubilate Deo’
St. Anicetus, Pope and Martyr
Anicetus was the Bishop of Rome from 157 to his death in 168. According to the Annuario Pontificio, the start of his papacy may have been 153. His name is Greek for unconquered. According to the Liber Pontificalis, Anicetus was a Syrian from the city of Emesa (modern-day Homs).
According to Irenaeus, it was during his pontificate that the aged Polycarp of Smyrna, a disciple of John the Evangelist, visited Rome to discuss the celebration of Passover with Anicetus. Polycarp and his Church of Smyrna celebrated the crucifixion on the fourteenth day of Nisan, which coincides with Pesach (or Passover) regardless of which day of the week upon this date fell, while the Roman Church celebrated the Pasch on Sunday—the weekday of Jesus’ resurrection. The two did not agree on a common date, but Anicetus conceded to St. Polycarp and the Church of Smyrna the ability to retain the date to which they were accustomed. The controversy was to grow heated in the following centuries.
The Christian historian Hegesippus also visited Rome during Anicetus’s pontificate. This visit is often cited as a sign of the early importance of the Roman See.
According to legend, St. Anicetus suffered martyrdom during the reign of the Roman Co-Emperor Lucius Verus, but there are no historical grounds for this account. 16, 17 and 20 April are all cited as the date of his death, but 20 April is currently celebrated as his feast day. Before Vatican II (Council of Apostasy), the date was 17 April. The Liber Pontificalis states he was buried in the cemetery of Callistus.
INTROITUS – Psalm 65: 1, 2
Jubilate Deo, omnis terra, allelúia: psalmum dícite nómini ejus, allelúia: date glóriam laudi ejus, allelúia, allelúia, allelúia.
Ps. 65: 3. Dícite, Deo, quam terribília sunt ópera tua, Dómine. In multitúdine virtútis tuæ mentiéntur tibi inimíci tui. V. Glória Patri.
INTROIT – Psalm 65: 1, 2
Shout with joy to God, all the earth, alleluia: sing ye a psalm to His name, alleluia: give glory to His praise, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Psalm 65: 3. Say unto God: How terrible are Thy works, O Lord! In the multitude of Thy strength Thine enemies shall lie to Thee. V. Glory be to the Father.
O God, who dost show to them that are in error the light of Thy truth, that they may return into the way of righteousness; grant to all those who profess themselves Christians to reject those things which are contrary to that name, and follow such things as are agreeable to it. Through our Lord.
ST. ANICETUS, Pope and Martyr
O God, Who dost gladden us with the annual solemnity of blessed Anicetus, Thy martyr and bishop mercifully grant, that we who celebrate his heavenly birthday may ever rejoice in his protection. Through our Lord.
EPISTLE – 1 Peter 2: 11-19
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires, which war against the soul, having your conversation good among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by the good works which they shall behold in you, glorify God in the day of visitation. Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God’s sake: whether it be to the king as excelling, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of the good: for so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God. Honour all men: love the brotherhood: fear God: honour the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy before God: in Christ Jesus our Lord.
PASCHAL ALLELUIA – Psalm 110: 9; Luke 24: 46
Alleluia, alleluia. V. The Lord hath sent redemption to His people.
Alleluia. V. It behooved Christ to suffer and to rise again from the dead, and so to enter into His glory. Alleluia.
GOSPEL – John 16: 16-22
At that time Jesus said to His disciples: A little while, and now you shall not see Me: and again a little while, and you shall see Me: because I go to the Father. Then some of His disciples said one to another: What is this that He saith to us: A little while, and you shall not see Me: and again a little while, and you shall see Me, and because I go to the Father? They said therefore: What is this that He saith, A little while? We know not what He speaketh. And Jesus knew that they had a mind to ask Him. And He said to them: Of this do you inquire among yourselves, because I said: A little while, and you shall not see Me: and again a little while, and you shall see Me? Amen, amen, I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labour, hath sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she hath brought forth the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. So also you now indeed have sorrow: but I will see you again and your heart shall rejoice: and your joy no man shall take from you.
OFFERTORY -Psalm 145: 2
Praise the Lord, O my soul; while I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have being, alleluia.
Grant, O Lord, that by these mysteries it may be given us to subdue our worldly desires, and learn to love the things of heaven. Through our Lord.
ST. ANICETUS, Pope and Martyr
Sanctify, O Lord, the gifts we offer to Thee, and appeased by the intercession of blessed Anicetus, Thy martyr and bishop, graciously look down upon us. Through our Lord.
PREFACE FOR EASTER
It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation that at all times, but more especially at this season we should extol Thy glory, O Lord, when Christ our Pasch was sacrificed. For He is the true Lamb that hath taken away the sins of the world. Who by dying hath overcome our death, and by rising again hath restored our life. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the heavenly hosts, we sing a hymn to Thy glory, saying without ceasing.
COMMUNION – John 16: 16
A little while, and you shall not see Me, alleluia; and again a little while, and you shall see Me: because I go to the Father, Alleluia, alleluia.
May the sacraments which we have received, we beseech Thee, O Lord, be a life-giving food for our souls and a safeguard to our bodies. Through our Lord.
ST. ANICETUS, Pope and Martyr
May this communion, O Lord, cleanse us from guilt, and by the intercession of blessed Anicetus, Thy martyr and bishop, make us partakers of a heavenly remedy. Through our Lord.