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
Sts. Cyprian and Justina, Martyrs
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.
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…
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. As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so also by Christ doth our comfort abound. Alleluia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.