Feast of St. Jerome – Mass Propers

St. Jerome - Thank God I am hated by the world!

                              St. Jerome

Jerome, born in Dalmatia, A.D. 329, was sent to school at Rome. His boyhood was not free from fault. His thirst for knowledge was excessive, and his love of books a passion. He had studied under the best masters, visited foreign cities, and devoted himself to the pursuit of science. But Christ had need of his strong will and active intellect for the service of His Church. St. Jerome felt and obeyed the call, made a vow of celibacy, fled from Rome to solitude, penance, and prayer a new lesson of divine wisdom. This was his novitiate. The Pope soon summoned him to Rome, and there put upon the now famous Hebrew scholar the task of revising the Latin Bible, which was to be his noblest work. Retiring thence to his beloved Bethlehem, the eloquent hermit poured forth from his solitary cell for thirty years a stream of luminous writings upon the Christian world.

6th sunday after pentecost holy sacrifice of the mass        St. Jerome, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

             Double  – White Vestments

             Missa “In medio Ecclesiae”

                          INTROITUS

In medio Ecclesiae aperuit os ejus: et implevit eum Dominus epiritu sapientiae, et intellectus: stolam gloriae induit eum. Ps. 91: 2 Bonum est confiteri Domino: et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime. Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancti sicut erat in principio et nunc, et semper, et saecula saeculorum. Amen.

                   In medio Ecclesiae…

                 INTROIT: Ps. 36: 30, 31

In the midst of the Church the Lord opened his mouth: and filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed him with a robe of glory. Ps. 91: 2 It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy Name, O Most High. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

       In the midst of the Church…

                         COLLECT

O God, Who didst vouchsafe to provide for Thy Church blessed Jerome, Thy confessor, a great Doctor for the expounding of the Sacred Scriptures, grant, we beseech Thee, that through his merits we may be enabled, by Thine assistance, to practise what both by word and deed he hath taught us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

        EPISTLE: 2 Timothy 4: 1-8

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to Timothy

Dearly beloved, I charge thee before God and Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the living and the dead, by His coming, and His Kingdom. Preach the word: be instant in season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience, and doctrine. For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but according to their own desires they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labor in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober. For I am even now ready to be sacrificed; and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the Faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord, the just Judge, will render to me in that day; and not only to me, but to them also that love His coming.

Four doctors of the Church St. Augustine, St. Gregory the Great, St. Jerome and St. Ambrose.

Four doctors of the Church St. Augustine, St. Gregory the Great, St. Jerome and St. Ambrose.

        GRADUAL: Psalm 36: 30-31

The mouth of the just man shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; and his steps shall not be supplanted.

           ALLELUIA: Ecclus. 45: 9

Alleluia, alleluia. The Lord loved him and adorned him: he clothed with a robe of glory. Alleluia.

         GOSPEL: Matthew 5: 13-19

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples,“You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt lose its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden by men. You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain can not be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house; so let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in Heaven. Do not think that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For, amen I say unto you, till Heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall not pass of the law till all be fulfilled. He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven: but he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven.”

       OFFERTORY: Psalm 88: 25

My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.

                           SECRET

By Thy heavenly gifts, O Lord, grant us, we pray, to serve Thee with untrammeled minds, that the offerings we bring may, by the intercession of blessed Jerome, Thy confessor, effect our healing and our glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God.

               COMMON PREFACE   

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: through Christ our Lord. Through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the Heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say in lowly praise:

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria Tua. Hosanna in excelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.

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        COMMUNION: Luke 12: 42

A faithful and wise steward, whom the Lord set over His family; to give them their measure of wheat in due season.

                POSTCOMMUNION

Filled with Heavenly nourishment, we pray Thee, O Lord, that by the intercession of blessed Jerome, Thy confessor, we may be found worthy to obtain the favor of Thy mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God.

FEAST OF THE DEDICATION OF ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL – MASS PROPERS

ST MICHAEL SEPTEMBER 29

          Feast of the Dedication of

          St. Michael the Archangel 

                        Double

                     First Class

              White vestments

  Missa “Benedicite Dominum”  

              MICHAELMAS DAY

INTROITUS

Benedícite Dóminum, omnes Angeli ejus: poténtes virtúte, qui fácitis verbum ejus, ad audiéndam vocem sermónem ejus. Ps.103: 1 Bénedic, ánima mea, Dómino: et ómnia, quæ intra me sunt, nómini sancto ejus. v. Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancti sicut erat in principio et nunc, et semper, et saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Benedicite Dominum…

INTROIT: Psalm 103: 20

Bless the Lord, all ye His angels: you that are mighty in strength, and execute His word, hearkening to the voice of His ordersPs. 103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that is within me bless His holy name. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Bless the Lord…

COLLECT

O God, Who dost in wonderful order dispose the ministries of angels and men, mercifully grant that our lives be fortified by those who continually stand in Thy presence and minister before Thee in heaven. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God.

Glorious St. Michael, Defend us in battle…

Glorious St. Michael, Defend us in battle…

EPISTLE: Apocalypse 1: 1-15

Lesson from the Book of the Apocalypse of blessed John the Apostle

In those days: God signified the things which must shortly come to pass, sending by His angel to His servant John, who hath given testimony to the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, what things soever he hath seen. Blessed is he that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy, and keepeth those things which are written in it; for the time is at hand. John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you and peace from Him that is, and that was, and that is to come; and from the seven spirits which are before His throne; and from Jesus Christ, Who is the faithful witness, the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth Who hath loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood.

GRADUAL: Psalm 103: 20, 1

Bless the Lord all ye His angels: you that are mighty in strength, that do His will. O my soul, bless thou the Lord: and all that is within me praise His holy name.

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia. Holy archangel Michael, defend us in battle, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment. Alleluia. The sea was shaken, and the earth trembled, when the archangel Michael descended from Heaven. Alleluia.

St. Michael the Archangel weighing souls

St. Michael the Archangel weighing souls

GOSPEL:   Matthew 18: 1-10

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who, thinkest Thou, is the greater in the kingdom of Heaven? And Jesus calling unto Him a little child, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child he is the greater in the kingdom of Heaven: and he that shall receive one such little child in My name, receiveth Me; but he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals: for it must needs be that scandals come; but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh. And if thy hand, or thy foot, scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee having one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. See that you despise not one of these little ones; for I say to you, that their angels in Heaven always see the face of My Father Who is in Heaven.”

OFFERTORY: Apocalypse 8: 3-4

An angel stood near the altar of the temple, having a golden censer in his hand: and there was given to him much incense: and the smoke of the perfumes ascended before God, alleluia.

SECRET

We offer Thee sacrifices of praise, O Lord, humbly praying that Thou be pleased to receive them, through the angelic intercession in our behalf, and grant that they may avail for, our salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, Forever and ever.

COMMON PREFACE   

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: through Christ our Lord. Through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the Heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say in lowly praise:

St. Michael the Archangel with St. Andrew and St. Francis of Assisi by Adriaen Isenbrant

St. Michael the Archangel with St. Andrew and St. Francis of Assisi by Adriaen Isenbrant

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria Tua. Hosanna in excelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.

COMMUNION: Daniel 3: 58

All ye angels of the Lord, bless the Lord: sing a hymn, and exalt Him above all forever, alleluia.

POSTCOMMUNION

Relying upon the intercession of blessed Michael, Thine archangel, O Lord, we Thy suppliants pray that what we perform with our lips we may attain with our hearts. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God.

St. Wenceslaus – Mass Propers

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                 September 28

             ST. WENCESLAUS

                       Martyr 

Wenceslaus was the son of a Christian Duke of Bohemia, but his mother was a hard and cruel pagan. Through the care of his holy grandmother, Ludmilla, herself a martyr, Wenceslaus was educated in the true faith, and imbibed a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. On the death of his father, his mother, Drahomira, usurped the government and passed a series of persecuting laws. In the interests of the Faith Wencesluas claimed and obtained, through the support of the people, a large portion of the country as his own kingdom. His mother secured the apostasy and alliance of her second son, Boleslas, who became henceforth her ally against the Christians.

Wenceslaus meanwhile ruled as a brave and pious king, provided for all the needs of his people, and when his kingdom was attacked, overcame in single combat, by the sign of the cross, the leader of an invading army. In the service of God he was most constant, and planted with his own hands the wheat and grapes for the Holy Mass, at which he never failed daily to assist. His piety was the occasion of his death. Once, after a banquet at his brother’s palace, to which he had been treacherously invited, he went, as was his wont at night, to pray before the tabernacle. There, at midnight on the feast of the Angels, A.D. 938, he received his crown of martyrdom, his brother dealing him the death-blow.

                  Reflection

St. Wenceslaus teaches us that the safest place to meet the trials of life, or to prepare for the stroke of death, is before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

             MASS PROPERS

            ST WENCESLAUS

         DUKE AND MARTYR

               Semi-Double

              Red vestments

            Missa ‘In virtute’

  INTROITUS – Psalm 20: 2-3

In virtúte tua, Dómine, lætábitur justus: et super salutáre tuum exsultábit veheménter: desidérium ánimæ ejus tribuísti ei. Ps. Quóniam prævenísti eum in benedictiónibus dulcédinis: posuísti in cápite ejus corónam de lápide pretióso. Gloria Patri.

                  INTROIT

In Thy strength, O Lord, the just man shall joy: and in Thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly: Thou hast given him his heart’s desire. Ps. For Thou hast prevented him with blessings of sweetness; Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones. Glory be to the Father.

Martyrdom of St. Wenceslaus

Martyrdom of St. Wenceslaus

                 COLLECT

O God, Who, through the palm of martyrdom, didst transfer blessed Wenceslaus from an earthly principality to Heavenly glory: keep us, by his prayers, from all adversity, and grant us to rejoice in his fellowship. Through our Lord.

 EPISTLE – Wisdom 10: 10-14

The Lord conducted the just through the right ways, and showed him the kingdom of God, and gave him the knowledge of the holy things; made him honourable in his labours, and accomplished his labours. In the deceit of them that overreached him, He stood by him, and made him honourable. He kept him safe from his enemies, and defended him from seducers, and gave him a strong conflict, that he might overcome, and know that wisdom is mightier than all. She forsook not the just when he was sold, but delivered him from sinners: she went down with him into the pit, and in bands she left him not, till she brought him the sceptre of the kingdom and power against those that oppressed him; and showed them to be liars that had accused him: and the Lord our God gave him everlasting glory.

 GRADUAL – Psalm 111: 1-2

Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; he delighteth exceedingly in His commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the righteous shall be blessed.

     ALLELUIA – Psalm 20: 4

Alleluia, alleluia. O Lord, Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones. Alleluia.

St. Wenceslas and his grandmother St. Ludmilla

St. Wenceslaus and his grandmother St. Ludmilla

GOSPEL – Matthew 10: 34-42

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law: and a man’s enemies shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than Me, is not worthy of Me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me, is not worthy of Me; and he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth Me, is not worthy of Me. He that findeth his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for Me, shall find it. He that receiveth you, receiveth Me; and he that receiveth Me, receiveth Him that sent Me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet, shall receive the reward of a prophet; and he that receiveth a just man in the name of a just man, shall receive the reward of a just man. And whosoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward. 

  OFFERTORY – Psalm 8: 6-7

Thou hast crowned him with glory, and honor; and hast set him over the works of Thy hands, O Lord.

                 SECRET

Accept, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our offerings and prayers; both cleanse us by these Heavenly mysteries and graciously hear us. Through our Lord.

     COMMON PREFACE

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, eternal God: through Christ our Lord. through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, Dominations worship, Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the Heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say in lowly praise:

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COMMUNION – Matthew 16: 24

If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

      POSTCOMMUNION

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our God, that we, who in this life joyfully assist in the commemoration of Thy Saints, may hereafter rejoice in beholding them forever in Heaven. Through our Lord.

St. Cosmas and St. Damian – Mass Propers

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St. Cosmas and St. Damian   

Ss. Cosmas and Damian were brothers, and born in Arabia, but studied the sciences in Syria, and became eminent for their skill in physic. Being Christians, and full of that holy temper of charity in which the spirit of our divine religion consists, they practiced their profession with great application and wonderful success, but never took any fee. They were loved and. respected by the people on account of the good offices received from their charity, and for their zeal for the Christian faith, which they took every opportunity to propagate. When the persecution of Diocletian began to rage, it was impossible for persons of so distinguished a character to lie concealed. They were therefore apprehended by the order of Lysias, Governor of Cilicia, and after various torments were bound hand and foot and thrown into the sea.

                Reflection

We may sanctify our labor or industry, if actuated by the motive of charity toward others, even whilst we fulfill the obligation we owe to ourselves and our families of procuring an honest and necessary subsistence, which of itself is no less noble a virtue, if founded in motives equally pure and perfect.

Lives of the Saints by Rev. Alban Butler

Prayer to Ss. Cosmas and Damian

Oh glorious martyrs of Christ, Saints Cosmas and Damian, you gave your lives for the love of God, benefiting your fellow man, and crowning your martyrdom with an open and loyal profession of your faith. You taught us to love God above all things, and to love our fellow man as ourselves, professing always, and without fear, the religion of Jesus. Augmenting amongst the faithful populace many miracles, you are glorious indeed. Through your intercession, which brings about deliverance of these miracles, we pray to you for your aid in all things. May your patronage never be far from us in the illness of our body and soul. Oh great protectors, Saints Cosmas and Damian, assist us with your love and free us from all evils. Amen.

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St. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

               Semi-double

             Red vestments

        Missa ‘Sapientiam’

               INTROITUS

   Ecclus. 44: 14-15; Ps. 32: 1

Sapientiam sanctórum narrent pópuli, et laudes eórum núntiet Ecclésia: nómina autem eórum vivent in sæculum, sæculi. Ps. Exsultáte, justi, in Dómino: rectos decet collaudátio. Gloria Patri.                               

              INTROIT

Let the people show forth the wisdom of the saints, and the church declare their praise; and their names shall live unto generation and generation. Ps. Rejoice in the Lord, ye just: praise becometh the upright. Glory be to the Father.        

             COLLECT         

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who celebrate the feast day of Thy holy Martyrs, Cosmas and Damian, by their intercession may be delivered from all dangers that threaten us. Through our Lord.

               EPISTLE

       Wisdom 5: 16-20

But the just shall live for evermore, and their reward is with the Lord, and the care of them with the Most High. Therefore shall they receive a kingdom of glory, and a crown of beauty at the hand of the Lord: for with His right hand He will cover them, and with His holy arm He will defend them; and His zeal will take armour, and He will arm the creature for the revenge of His enemies. He will put on justice as a breastplate, and will take true judgment instead of a helmet; He will take equity for an invincible shield.   

The martyrdom of Saints Cosmas and Damian by Fra Angelico

The martyrdom of Saints Cosmas and Damian by Fra Angelico

              GRADUAL

         Psalm 33: 18-19

The just cried, and the Lord heard them: and delivered them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto those who are troubled in heart, and the humble in spirit shall be saved.

              ALLELUIA         

Alleluia, alleluia. This is the true brotherhood that overcometh the wickedness of the world; it hath followed Christ, holding fast to the glorious heavenly kingdom.

Ecce merces vestra multa est in caelo. Behold, your reward is very great in heaven.

Ecce merces vestra multa est in caelo. Behold, your reward is very great in heaven.

                 GOSPEL

           Luke 6: 17-23

At that time, Jesus coming down from the mountain stood in a plain place, and the company of His disciples, and a very great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and the seacoast both of Tyre and Sidon, who were come to hear Him, and to be healed of their diseases. And they that were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the multitude sought to touch Him, for virtue went out from Him, and healed all. And He, lifting up his eyes on His disciples, said, Blessed are ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh. Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Be glad in that day and rejoice, for behold, your reward is great in Heaven.            

              OFFERTORY

             Psalm 5: 12-13

All they that love Thy name shall glory in Thee: for Thou, O Lord, wilt bless the just: O Lord, Thou hast crowned us with the shield of Thy good will.

                SECRET

May the loving prayers of Thy Saints not be wanting to us, O Lord, to win us Thy gifts and ever to obtain us Thy pardon. Through our Lord.

       COMMON PREFACE

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, eternal God: through Christ our Lord. through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, Dominations worship, Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the Heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say in lowly praise:

Thursday III of Lent - The Apse of the Church of SS. Cosmas and Damian, Rome, 7th century - Paul and Peter present the martyrs to Christ.

             COMMUNION

             Psalm 78: 2, 11

They have given the dead bodies of Thy servants, O Lord, to be meat for the fowls of the air, the flesh of Thy saints to the beasts of the earth: according to the greatness of Thy arm take possession of the children of them that have been punished by death.

            POSTCOMMUNION

May Thy people, we beseech Thee, O Lord, be protected by the privilege of participation in the heavenly banquet and by the prayer of the saints made in their behalf. Through our Lord.

Feast of the North American Martyrs – Mass Propers

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                  September 26

Feast of the North American Martyrs

Sts. Isaac Jogues, Anthony Daniel, John de Brebeuf, Charles Garnier, Noel Chabanel, Gabriel Lalemant, Priests and Martyrs, and Sts. Rene Goupil and John de Lalande, religious lay brothers and Martyrs

          Commemoration of

  Sts. Cyprian and Justina, Martyrs

                      Double

              Second Class

                        Red

 Missa “Hi sunt qui venérunt”

The eight North American Martyrs (1642-1649) were six priests and two lay brothers. They were heroic members of the Society of Jesus who were martyred in North America to bring the Faith that is necessary for salvation to the Huron, the Iroquois and the Mohawk Indians. Five of the eight North American martyrs were put to death in what is now Canada, and three of them in New York State. There is a shrine to the United States’ martyrs at Auriesville in New York. There is a shrine to the Canadian martyrs at Fort Saint Mary near Midland, Ontario. They are Saint Rene Goupil, a lay brother martyred in 1642 in New York State; Saint Isaac Jogues, a priest, and Saint John de Lalande, a lay brother, martyred in 1646 in New York State; Saint Anthony Daniel, a priest, martyred in Canada in 1648; Saint John de Brebeuf, Saint Charles Garnier, Saint Noel Chabanel and Saint Gabriel Lalemant, all priests, and all martyred in Canada in 1649.

Saint Isaac Jogues, after thirteen months’ imprisonment by the Mohawks, had several fingers cut off his hand. He went back to Europe, but returned again to North America and was killed by tomahawk blows at Ossernenon, now called Auriesville, in New York State. Saint John de Brebeuf declared before he died, “I have a strong desire to suffer for Jesus Christ.” He was tortured terribly, and a burning torch was put into his mouth, which strangled him. Saint René Goupil said, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!” as he died.

This is also the feast of Saints Cyprian and Justina, Martyrs and there is a commemoration at Holy Mass for these holy martyrs. St. Cyprian was converted to the Christian Faith by the holy virgin St. Justina, and with her suffered martyrdom. They were both beheaded in the year 304 at Nicomedia, the residence of Emperor Diocletian. Devotion to Sts. Cyprian and Justina, was introduced into Rome during the Middle Ages, when tradition asserted that their relics were preserved near the Lateran Basilica.

INTROITUS

Hi sunt qui venérunt de tribulatióne magna, et lavérunt stolas suas, et dealbavérunt eas in sánguine Agni. Ps. 11: 1 Laudáte Dóminum, omnes gentes; laudáte eum omnes pópuli. Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancti sicut erat in principio et nunc, et semper, et saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Hi sunt qui venérunt…

INTROIT: Apocalypse 7: 14

These are they who are come out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Ps. 11: 1

O praise the Lord, all ye nations; praise Him, all ye people. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

These are they who are come out…

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COLLECT

O God, Who didst consecrate the first-fruits of the faith in the northern regions of America by the preaching and blood of Thy blessed Martyrs Isaac, John, and their Companions: vouchsafe unto us, we beseech Thee, that through their intercession the fruitful harvest of Christians may everywhere daily receive an increase. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God.

Collect for Sts. Cyprian and Justina, Martyrs

Let us pray. May the continual protection of the blessed martyrs, Cyprian and Justina, comfort us, O Lord; for Thou dost not cease to behold with favor those whom Thou hast granted the grace of such assistance. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever. R.Amen.

EPISTLE: 2 Corinthians 12: 11-15

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians. Brethren; I ought to have been commended by you: for I have no way come short of them that are above measure apostles, although I be nothing. Yet the signs of my apostleship have been wrought on you, in all patience, in signs, in wonders, and mighty deeds. For what is there that you have had less than the other churches, but that I myself was not burdensome to you? Pardon me this injury. Behold now the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome, unto you. For I seek not the things that are yours, but you. For neither ought the children to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. But I most gladly will spend and be spent myself for your souls; although loving you more, I be loved less.

GRADUAL: Psalm 123: 7, 8

Our soul hath been delivered, as a sparrow, out of the snare of the fowlers. The snare is broken, and we are delivered: our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made Heaven and earth.

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia.  As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so also by Christ doth our comfort abound. Alleluia.

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GOSPEL: Luke 6: 17-23

At that time, Jesus coming down from the mountain stood in a plain place, and the company of His disciples, and a very great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and the seacoast both of Tyre and Sidon, who were come to hear Him, and to be healed of their diseases. And they that were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the multitude sought to touch Him, for virtue went out from Him, and healed all. And He, lifting up his eyes on His disciples, said, “Blessed are ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake: be glad in that day and rejoice, for behold, your reward is great in Heaven.”

OFFERTORY: Wisdom 3: 6

As gold in the furnace He hath proved them, and as a victim of a holocaust He hath received them.

SECRET

O Lord, grant that we may offer to Thee with pure minds the immaculate Host which a spotless purity of life and continual desire for mortification rendered to Thy blessed Martyrs a most delightful banquet. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God.

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Secret Prayer for Sts. Cyprian and Justina

We offer Thee, O Lord, the gifts of our devotion; may they, through Thy mercy, be rendered both pleasing unto Thee, for the honor of Thy just ones, and profitable for our salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God.

COMMON PREFACE   

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: through Christ our Lord. Through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the Heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say in lowly praise:

SANCTUS

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria Tua. Hosanna in excelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.

HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS - WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF PENTECOST

COMMUNION: Philippians 1: 20-21

Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death: for to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

POSTCOMMUNION

Refreshed by the Bread of the strong, grant unto us, O almighty God, that as Thy blessed martyrs Isaac, John, and their Companions, strengthened by it, did not hesitate to give their lives for their brethren; so may we also, bearing one another’s burdens, love our neighbors in deed and in truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever.

Postcommunion for Sts. Cyprian and Justina

Let us pray. Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the intercession of Thy holy martyrs, Cyprian and Justina that what we touch with our lips we may receive with a pure heart. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God.

NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – MASS PROPERS

How camest thou in hither, not having on a wedding garment?

How camest thou in hither not having on a wedding garment?

NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

               Semi-Double

          Green Vestments

           Missa ‘Salus populi’

                   INTROIT

                Psalm 77: 1

Salus pópuli ego sum, dicit Dóminus: de quacúmque tribulatióne clamáverint ad me, exáudiam eos: et ero illórum Dóminus in perpétuum. Ps. Atténdite, pópule meus, legem meam: inclinàte aurem vestram in verba oris mei. Glória Patri.

I am the salvation of the people, saith the Lord: in whatever tribulation they shall cry to Me, I will hear them; and I will be their Lord for ever. Ps. Attend, O My people, to My law; incline your ears to the words of My mouth. Glory be to the Father.

                COLLECT

Almighty and merciful God, in Thy goodness keep us, we beseech Thee, from all things hurtful; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may accomplish those things which belong to Thy service.  Through our Lord.

                  EPISTLE

Lesson is taken from the epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians

         Ephesians 4: 23-28

Brethren: Be ye renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth. Wherefore, putting away lying, speak ye the truth every man with his neighbour, for we are members one of another. Be angry, and sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Give not place to the devil. He that stole, let him now steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have something to give to him that suffereth need.

                GRADUAL

                 Ps 140: 2

Let my prayer be directed as incense in Thy sight, O Lord. The lifting up of my hands as evening sacrifice.

              ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia. Give glory to the Lord, and call upon His name: declare His deeds among the nations. Alleluia.

The Damned Being Cast into Hell - Abandon All Hope ye who enter here. - Dante

The Damned Being Cast into Hell – Abandon All Hope ye who enter here. – Dante

 

                   GOSPEL

The Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew

              Matthew 22: 1-14

At that time: Jesus spoke to the chief priests and the Pharisees in parables, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son; and he sent his servants, to call them that were invited to the marriage, and they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying: Tell them that were invited: Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my beeves and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready; come ye to the marriage. But they neglected: and went their ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise; and the rest laid hands on his servants, and having treated them contumeliously, put them to death. But when the king had heard of it, he was angry; and sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city. Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready, but they that were invited were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage. And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together all that they found, both bad and good; and the marriage was filled with guests. And the king went in to see the guests; and he saw there a man who had not a wedding garment: and he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither, not having on a wedding garment? but he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.

              OFFERTORY

                  Ps. 137: 7

If I shall walk in the midst of tribulation, Thou wilt quicken me, O Lord; and Thou wilt stretch forth Thy hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Thy right hand shall save me.

                  SECRET

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that these gifts, which we offer in the sight of Thy majesty, may be unto us for salvation. Through our Lord.

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, ever-lasting 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...

           THE SANCTUS

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria Tua. Hosanna in excelsis.  Benedictus qui venit in nómine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.

            COMMUNION

           Psalm 118: 4-5

Thou hast commanded Thy commandments to be kept most diligently: O that my ways may be directed to keep Thy justifications.

         POSTCOMMUNION

May the healing power of Thy grace, O Lord, mercifully rid us of all perversity of heart, and make us ever cleave to Thy commandments. Through the same Lord.

St. Francis of Assisi Novena

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     Novena to St. Francis of Assisi 

          September 25 – October 3

Glorious Saint Francis, who voluntarily renounced all the comforts and riches of your home to follow more perfectly the life of poverty of Jesus Christ: Obtain for us, we pray, a generous contempt of all things in this world, that we may secure the true and eternal things of heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,  and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who during the whole course of your life continually wept over the passion of the Redeemer, and labored most zealously for the salvation of souls: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace of weeping continually over those sins by which we have crucified afresh Our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may attain to be of the number of those who shall eternally bless His supreme mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.  

O glorious Saint Francis, who, loving above all things suffering and the Cross, merited to bear in your body the miraculous stigmata, by which you became a living image of Jesus Christ crucified: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace to bear in our bodies the mortifications of Christ, that we may merit one day to receive the consolations which are infallibly promised to all those who now weep.

“If we be dead with Christ Jesus, we shall live also with Him,” says the Apostle; “if we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.”

Pray for us, Saint Francis, that we may obtain the graces and favors we ask for in this novena; pray for us, especially, that we may obtain the grace of perseverance; of a holy death and a happy eternity.

Our Father (5x)

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary (5x)

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Glory be (5x) 

Glory be, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

 

 

 

GUARDIAN ANGEL NOVENA

Guardian Angel by Pietro da Cortona, 1656

      Novena to our Guardian Angel

     In  preparation for Feast of  the

              Holy Guardian Angels

          September 23 – October 1

O Holy Angel, whom God, by the effect of His goodness and His tender regard for my spiritual welfare, has charged with the care of my conduct, and who assists me in all my wants and comforts me in all my afflictions, who supports me when I am discouraged and continually obtains for me new favors, I return thee profound thanks, and I earnestly beseech thee, O most amiable Protector, to continue thy charitable care and defense of me against the malignant attacks of all my enemies. Keep me away from all occasions of sin. Obtain for me the grace of listening attentively to thy holy inspirations and of faithfully putting them into practice. In particular, I implore thee to obtain for me the petition which I humbly ask for by this novena.

              (Mention intentions here)

Protect me in all the temptations and trials of this life, but more especially at the hour of my death, and do not leave me until thou hast conducted me into the Divine Presence of my Creator in the Mansions of everlasting happiness. Amen.

O most faithful companion, appointed by God to be my Guardian, and who never leaves my side, how shall I thank you for your faithfulness and love and for the benefits which you have obtained for me!

You watch over me when I sleep; you comfort me when I am sad; you avert the dangers that threaten me and warn me of those to come; you withdraw me from sin and inspire me to good; you exhort me to penance when I fall and reconcile me to God. I beg you not to leave me.

Comfort me in adversity, restrain me in prosperity, defend me in danger, and assist me in temptations, lest at any time I fall beneath them. Offer up in the sight of the Divine Majesty my prayers and petitions, and all my works of piety, and help me to persevere in grace until I come to everlasting life. Amen.

EMBER DAYS IN SEPTEMBER – ABBOT DOM GUERANGER

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 THE EMBER-DAYS OF SEPTEMBER

                  The Liturgical Year  

     Abbot Dom Guéranger, O.S.B. 

For the fourth time in her year, holy Church comes claiming from her children the tribute of Penance, which, from the earliest ages of Christianity, was looked upon as a solemn consecration of the seasons. The historical details relative to the institution of the Ember-days, will be found on the Wednesdays of the third week of Advent and of the first week of Lent; and on those same two days, we have spoken of the intentions which Christians should have in the fulfilment of this demand made upon their yearly service.

The beginnings of the Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters, were sanctified by abstinence and fasting, and, each of them, in turn, has witnessed heaven’s blessing falling upon their respective three months; and, now, Autumn is harvesting the fruits, which divine mercy, appeased by the satisfactions made by sinful man, has vouchsafed to bring forth from the bosom of the earth, notwithstanding the curse that still hangs over her. The precious seed of wheat, on which man’s life mainly depends, was confided to the soil in the season of the early frosts, and, with the first fine days, peeped above the ground; at the approach of glorious Easter, it carpeted our fields with its velvet of green, making them ready to share in the universal joy of Jesus’ resurrection; then, turning into a lovely image of what our souls ought to have been in the season of Pentecost, its stem grew up under the action of the hot sun; the golden ear promised a hundred-fold to its master; the harvest made the reapers glad; and, now that September has come, it calls on man to fix his heart on that good God, who gave him all this store. Let him not think of saying, as that rich man of the Gospel did, after a plentiful harvest of fruits: My soul! thou hast much goods laid up for many years! take thy rest! eat! drink! make good cheer! And God said to that man: Thou fool! this night, do they require thy soul of thee! and whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? Surely, there is too much of the Christian among us, to allow us to be senseless in that way. If we would be truly rich with God, if we would draw down his blessing on the preservation, as well as on the production, of the fruits of the earth, let us, at the beginning of this last quarter of the year, have recourse to those penitential exercises, whose beneficial effects we have always experienced in the past. The Church gives us the commandment to do so, by obliging us, under penalty of grievous sin, to abstain and fast on these three days, unless we be lawfully dispensed. We have already spoken on the necessity of private penance, for the Christian who is at all desirous to make progress in the path of salvation. But, in this, as in all spiritual exercises, a private work of devotion has neither the merit nor the efficacy of one that is done in company with the Church, and in communion with her public act; for the Church, as Bride of Christ, has an exceptional worth and power in all she does; and these qualities are communicated by her, to works of penance done, in her name, in the unity of the social body. St. Leo the Great is very strong on this fundamental principle of Christian virtue; and we find him insisting on it, in the sermons he preached to the faithful of Rome, on occasion of this fast, of what was then called, the fast of the seventh month. Although, says he, it be lawful for each one of us to chastise his body, by self-imposed punishments, and restrain, with more or less severity, the concupiscences of the flesh, which war against the spirit, yet need is that, on certain days, there be celebrated a general fast by all. Devotion is all the more efficacious and holy, when, in works of piety, the whole Church is engaged in them, with one spirit and one soul. Everything, in fact, that is of a public character, is, to be preferred to what is private; and it is plain, that so much the greater is the interest at stake, when the earnestness of all is engaged upon it. As for individual efforts, let each one keep up his fervour in them; let each one, imploring the aid of divine  protection, take to his own self the heavenly armour, wherewith to resist the snares laid by the spirits of wickedness; but, the soldier of the Church, (the soldier that has the spirit of the Church, ecclesiasticus miles,) though he may act bravely in his own private combats, (specialibus  praeliis,) yet will he fight, more safely, and more successfully, when he shall confront the enemy in a public engagement; for in that public engagement, he has not only his own valour to trust to, but, under the leadership of a King who can never be conquered, he is in the battle fought by all his  fellow-soldiers, and, by being in their company and ranks, he has a fellowship of mutual aid.

Another year, when preaching for the same occasion, this eloquent pontiff, and doctor of the Church, was even more energetic and lengthy, in putting these great truths before the people; would to God the words of such a Pope, as Leo the Great, could make themselves heard by our present generation, and induce us Christians to mistrust the individualistic tendencies of what is called the piety suited to the age we live in. Fortunately, the words of the Saint exist, and in all their ‘pontifical eloquence’; we invite our readers to peruse his sermons; all we have space for, is a short selection from his third Sermon on the Fast of the seventh month (our September Ember Days).

God has sanctioned this privilege, that, what is celebrated in virtue of a public law, is more sacred than that which depends on a private regulation. The exercise of self-restraint which an individual Christian practises by his own will, is for the advantage of that single member; but, a fast, undertaken by the Church at large, includes every one in the general purification. God’s people never is so powerful, as when the hearts of all the Faithful join together in the unity of holy obedience, and when, in the Christian camp, there is one and the same preparation made by all, and one and the same bulwark protects all… See, most dearly beloved, here is the solemn fast of the seventh month urging us to profit by this invincible unity… Let us raise up our hearts, withdraw from worldly occupations, and steal some time for furthering our eternal welfare.  . . . . The plenary remission of sin is obtained, when the whole Church unites in the like prayer and the like confession; for, if the Lord promises, that when two or three shall, with a holy and pious unanimity, agree to ask Him anything whatsoever, it shall be granted to them, what is there, that can be refused to a people of many thousands, who are all alike engaged in observing one and the same practice of religion, and are, with one  common accord, praying with one and the same spirit? In the eyes of God, my dearly beloved, it is a great and precious sight, when all Christ’s people are earnest at the same Offices; and when, without any distinction, men and women of every grade and order, are all working together with one heart. To depart from evil and do good that is the one and same determination of them all. They all give glory to God for the works he achieves in his servants. They all unite in returning hearty thanks to the loving Giver of all blessings. The hungry are fed; the naked are clad; the sick are visited; and no one seeketh his own profit, but that of others… By this grace of God, who worketh all in all, the fruit is common, and the merit is common; for the affection of all may be the same, although all are not equally rich; and those who have less to bestow can rejoice in the liberality of others. There is nothing inordinate in such a people as that; there are no variances; for all the members of the whole body are alike in the energy of the same piety. . .  The beauty of the whole becomes the excellence of each member. . .  Let us, then, embrace this blessed solidity of holy unity, and with the same resolution and the same good will, let us enter upon this solemn fast.

Let us not, in our prayers and fasts, forget the new priests and other ministers of the Church, who, on Saturday next, are to receive the imposition of hands. The September ordination is not, usually, the most numerous of those given by the bishop during the year. The sublime function, to which the faithful owe their fathers and guides in the spiritual life, has, however, a special interest, at this period of the year, which, more than any other, is in keeping with the present state of the world, which is one of rapid decline towards ruin. Our year, too, is on the fall, as we say. The sun, which, we beheld rising at Christmas, as a giant who would burst the bonds of frost asunder, and restrain the tyranny of darkness, now, as though he had grown wearied, is drooping towards the horizon; each day, we see him gradually leaving that glorious zenith, where we admired his dazzling splendour, on the day of our Emmanuel’s Ascension; his fire has lost its might; and though he still holds half the day as his, his disc is growing pale. All this foretells the approach of those long nights, when nature, stripped of all her loveliness by angry storms, seems as though she would bury her self, for ever, in the frozen shroud which is to bind her. So is it with our world. Illumined as it was by the light of Christ, and glowing with the fire of the Holy Ghost, it sees, in these our days, that charity is growing cold, and that the light and glow it had from the Sun of Justice, are on the wane. Each revolution takes from the Church some jewel or other, which does not come back to her when the storm is over; tempests are so frequent, that tumult is becoming the normal state of the times. Error predominates, and lays down the law. Iniquity abounds. It is our Lord himself who said: When the Son of Man cometh, shall he find, think ye, Faith on earth.

Lift up, then, your heads, ye children of God! for your redemption is at hand. But, from now, until that time shall come, when heaven and earth are to be made new for the reign that is to be eternal, and shall bloom in the light of the Lamb, the Conqueror, days far worse than these, must dawn upon this world of ours, when the elect themselves would be deceived, if that were possible! How important is it not, in these miserable times, that the pastors of the flock of Christ be equal to their perilous and sublime vocation; let us then fast and pray; and how numerous soever may be the losses sustained in the Christian ranks, of those who once were faithful in the practices of penance, let us not lose courage. Few as we may be, let us group ourselves closely round the Church, and implore of Jesus, who is her Spouse, that He vouchsafe to multiply His gifts, in those whom He is calling to the now more than ever, dread honour of the Priesthood; that he infuse into them his divine prudence, whereby they may be able to disconcert the plans of the impious; His untiring zeal for the conversion of ungrateful souls; His perseverance even unto death, in maintaining, with out reticence or compromise, the plenitude of that truth, which He has destined for the world, and the unviolated custody of which, is to be, on the last day, the solemn testimony of the bride’s fidelity.

EMBER DAYS IN SEPTEMBER

Prayer and Penance - St. Jerome Mortifying the Flesh

Prayer and Penance – St. Jerome Mortifying the Flesh

                 Prayer and Penance   

                         Ember Days

Preparation for Ember Wednesday a time for Prayer and Fasting

Ember Days were instituted 1. To consecrate by penance each of the four seasons of the year; 2. To pray to God for the preservation of the fruits of the earth, and to give Him thanks for those already received; 3. To beg of God worthy pastors for the Church, and to implore His blessing on those who are promoted to Holy Orders.

Prayer

We beseech Thee, O Lord, mercifully to regard the devotion of Thy people, that mortifying their bodies by fasting, their minds may be refreshed by good works. Through Christ our Lord. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all He hath done for thee. Receive, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the offerings of our homage, and mercifully sanctify Thy own gifts. Bless and preserve, O Lord, the fruits of the earth. Enable us, by Thy grace, so to enjoy these and all other temporal blessings, that we may not lose those which are eternal. Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst institute in Thy Church a sacred hierarchy, to be perpetuated without interruption to the end of the world, by the Sacrament of Holy Orders, hear the prayers which we humbly offer up to Thee, for those who are to be ordained at this time, that, strengthened by Thy grace and directed by Thy Spirit, they may please Thee to Whom they engage themselves, and by word and example, contribute to the salvation of souls, redeemed by Thy blood. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.