April 26 – Saints Cletus and Marcellinus (R), Propers of the Mass – 1962 Missal

 

Introit

 

Simon Peter, if thou lovest Me, feed My lambs, feed My sheep.  (Psalm) I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast upheld me: and hast not made mine enemies to rejoice over me.  Glory be to the Father.  Simon Peter, if…

 

Collect

 

Look forgivingly on Thy flock, Eternal Shepherd, and keep it in Thy constant protection, by the intercession of blessed Cletus and Marcellinus thy Martyrs and Sovereign Pontiffs, whom Thou didst constitute Shepherd of the whole Church.  Through our Lord.

 

Epistle – I Peter 5:1-4,10-11

 

Dearly beloved, The ancients therefore that are among you, I beseech, who am myself also an ancient, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ: as also a partaker of that glory which is to be revealed in time to come: feed the flock of God which is among you, taking care of it, not by constraint, but willingly, according to God: not for filthy lucre’s sake, but voluntarily: neither as lording it over the clergy, but being made a pattern of the flock from the heart. And when the prince of pastors shall appear, you shall receive a never fading crown of glory.

 

But the God of all grace, Who hath called us into His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, will Himself perfect you, and confirm you, and establish you.  To Him be glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Pascal Alleluia

 

Alleluia, alleluia.  Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church.

 

Alleluia.  Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth: they shall remember Thy name, O Lord.  Alleluia.

 

Gospel – Matthew 16:13-19

 

At that time, Jesus came into the quarters of Caesarea Philippi, and He asked His disciples saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is? But they said: Some, John the Baptist, and other some, Elias, and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?

 

Simon Peter answered, and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona, because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but My Father who is in heaven: and I say to thee: That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it; and to thee I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

 

Offertory

 

Behold I have given My words in thy mouth: lo, I have set thee over the nations, and over kingdoms, to root up, and to pull down, and to build, and to plant.

 

Secret

 

We beg Thee, O Lord, through the gifts which we have offered, in Thy kindness enlighten Thy Church: so that everywhere Thy flock may prosper and her Shepherds by Thy guidance be pleasing to Thy name.  Through our Lord.

 

Communion

 

Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church.

 

Post Communion

 

Appeased by this Sacrifice, O Lord, in which Thou hast nourished Thy Church on heavenly food, do Thou so guide her that she may be steered with a firm hand and, while enjoying more liberty, may persist in wholeness of faith.  Through our Lord.

 

Note: I am using the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, the iMass app, and the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible for references.

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April 25 – Saint Mark the Evangelist (R), Propers of the Mass – 1962 Missal

 

Introit

 

Thou hast protected me, O God, from the assembly of the malignant, alleluia: from the multitude of the workers of iniquity, alleluia, alleluia. (Psalm) Hear, O God, my prayer, when I make supplication to Thee: deliver my soul from the fear of the enemy.  Glory be to the Father.  Thou hast…

 

Collect

 

O God, Who didst exalt blessed Mark, Thine Evangelist, by the grace of preaching the Gospel, grant we beseech Thee, that we may ever profit by his teaching and be defended by his prayers. Through our Lord.

 

Epistle – Ezechiel 1:10-14

 

As for the likeness of the faces of the four living creatures, there was the face of a man and the face of a lion on the right side of all the four, and the face of an ox on the left side of all the four; and the face of an eagle over all the four.

 

And their faces and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined, and two covered their bodies: and every one of them went straight forward; whither the impulse of the spirit was to go, thither they went, and they turned not when they went. And as for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like that of burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps. This was the vision running to and fro in the midst of the living creatures, a bright fire, and lightning going forth from the fire. And the living creatures ran and returned like flashes of lightning.

  

Pascal Alleluia

 

Alleluia, alleluia.  The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord: and Thy truth in the Church of the Saints.

 

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

 

Gospel – Luke 10:1-9

 

At that time, the Lord appointed also other seventy-two: and He sent them two and two before His face into every city and place whither He Himself was to come. And He said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He send laborers into His harvest. Go; Behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house: and if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you; and in the same house, remain, eating and drinking such things as they have: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house. And into what city soever you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you; and heal the sick that are therein; and say to them: The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

 

Offertory

 

The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord, and Thy truth in the Church of the Saints, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Secret

 

We who bring Thee our gifts on the solemn feast of blessed Mark, Thine Evangelist, beseech Thee, O Lord, that even as the preaching of the Gospel made him glorious, so his intercession may render us acceptable to Thee, both in word and work. Through our Lord.

 

Communion

 

The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in Him: and all the upright in heart shall be praised, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Post Communion

 

O Lord, we beseech Thee, may Thy holy mysteries afford us continual protection: by which, through the prayers of blessed Mark, Thine Evangelist, Thou mayest ever defend us from all adversities.  Through our Lord.

 

Note: I am using the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, the iMass app, and the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible for references.


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April 24 – Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr (R), Propers of the Mass – 1962 Missal

 

Introit

 

Thou hast protected me, O God, from the assembly of the malignant, alleluia: from the multitude of the workers of iniquity, alleluia, alleluia. (Psalm) Hear, O God, my prayer, when I make supplication to Thee: deliver my soul from the fear of the enemy.  Glory be to the Father.  Thou hast…

 

Collect

 

O God, Who didst vouchsafe to inflame the heart of blessed Fidelis with seraphic ardor and to adorn him with the palm of martyrdom and with glorious miracles in spreading the truth Faith: we beseech Thee, by his merits and intercession, so to strengthen us in faith and in charity by the might of Thy grace, that we may deserve to be found faithful in Thy service even unto death. Through our Lord.

 

Epistle – Wisdom 5:1-5

 

Then shall the just stand with great constancy against those that have afflicted them and taken away their labors. These seeing it, shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the suddenness of their unexpected salvation, saying within themselves, repenting, and groaning for anguish of spirit: These are they whom we had some time in derision and for a parable of reproach. We fools esteemed their life madness and their end without honor; behold how they are numbered among the children of God, and their lot is among the Saints.

 

Pascal Alleluia

 

Alleluia, alleluia.  The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord: and Thy truth in the Church of the Saints.

 

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

 

Gospel – John 15:1-7

 

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: I am the true vine: and My Father is the husbandman. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit, He will take away: and every one that beareth fruit, He will purge it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now you are clean, by reason of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me: and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing.

 

If any one abide not in Me, he shall be cast forth as a branch and shall wither, and they shall gather him up and cast him into the fire: and he burneth. If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you.

 

Offertory

 

The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord, and Thy truth in the Church of the Saints, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Secret

 

Receive our gifts and our prayers, we beseech Thee, O Lord; cleanse us by the heavenly mysteries and mercifully hear us.  Through our Lord.

 

Communion

 

The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in Him: and all the upright in heart shall be praised, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Post Communion

 

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our God: that as we rejoice on earth in keeping the memory of Thy saints, so also may we enjoy their company for evermore.  Through our Lord.

 

Note: I am using the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, the iMass app, and the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible for references.


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Short History of Saint George

Saint George (April 23)

 

Saint George was born in Palestine of Christian parents: towards the close of the third century.  In early youth he chose a soldier’s life, and soon obtained the favor of Diocletian, who advanced him to the grade of tribune.  But when the emperor began to persecute the Christians, George rebuked him at once for his cruelty, sternly and openly, and announced his resignation.  Having foreseen that the words he would say might bring about his death, he had first distributed his wealth and clothing to the poor.

 

“Young man,” Diocletian said to him, “think of your future!”

 

“I am a Christian,” George replied, “and nothing in this world is the object either of my ambition or my regret. Nothing can shake my faith.”

 

He was subjected to a long series of torments, and finally beheaded.

 

Pious legend tells us that Silene in Libya was plagued by a venom-spewing dragon dwelling in a nearby pond, poisoning the countryside.  To prevent it from affecting the city itself, the people offered it two sheep daily, then a man and a sheep, and finally their children an youths, chosen by lottery.

 

One time the lot fell on the king’s daughter.  The king offered all his gold and silver to have his daughter spared; the people refused.  The daughter was sent out to the lake, dressed as a bride, to be fed to the dragon.  Saint George by chance arrived at the spot.  The dragon emerged from the pond, Saint George made the Sing of the Cross and charged it on horseback, seriously wounded it with his lance.  He then called to the princess to throw him her girdle, and he put it around the dragon’s neck.  

 

The princess and Saint George led the dragon back to the city, where it terrified the populace.  Saint George consented to kill the dragon if they consented to become Christians and be baptized.  Fifteen thousand men including the king of Silene converted.  George then killed the dragon, beheading it with his sword.

 

Devotion to Saint George is very ancient and widespread in the Church.  He is the patron saint of England.


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April 23 – Saint George, Martyr (R), Propers of the Mass – 1962 Missal

 

Introit

 

Thou hast protected me, O God, from the assembly of the malignant, alleluia: from the multitude of the workers of iniquity, alleluia, alleluia. (Psalm) Hear, O God, my prayer, when I make supplication to Thee: deliver my soul from the fear of the enemy.  Glory be to the Father.  Thou hast…

 

Collect

 

O God, Who dost gladden us by the merits and intercession of blessed George, Thy Martyr, mercifully grant that we, who ask for Thy blessings through him, may obtain them by the gift of Thy grace. Through our Lord.

 

Epistle – II Timothy 2:8-10, 3:10-12

 

Dearly beloved, be mindful that the Lord Jesus Christ is risen again from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my gospel: wherein I labor even unto bands, as an evildoer: but the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with heavenly glory.

 

But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, patience, persecutions, afflictions: such as came upon me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra: what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord delivered me. And all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution.

 

Pascal Alleluia

 

Alleluia, alleluia.  The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord: and Thy truth in the Church of the Saints.

 

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

 

Gospel – John 15:1-7

 

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: I am the true vine: and My Father is the husbandman. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit, He will take away: and every one that beareth fruit, He will purge it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now you are clean, by reason of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me: and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing.

 

If any one abide not in Me, he shall be cast forth as a branch and shall wither, and they shall gather him up and cast him into the fire: and he burneth. If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you.

 

Offertory

 

The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord, and Thy truth in the Church of the Saints, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Secret

 

Hallow, O Lord, the gifts which we offer, and by the intercession of blessed George, Thy Martyr, cleanse us by means of them from the stains of our sins. Through our Lord.

 

Communion

 

The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in Him: and all the upright in heart shall be praised, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Post Communion

 

We humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, that Thou wouldst graciously vouchsafe to grant, that we whom Thou hast refreshed with Thy Sacraments, may be able, through the intercession of blessed George, Thy Martyr, to serve Thee by a life well pleasing to Thee.  Through our Lord.

 

Note: I am using the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, the iMass app, and the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible for references.


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April 22 – III Sunday After Easter – (W), Propers of the Mass – 1962 Missal

 

Introit

 

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) Say unto God: How terrible are Thy works, O Lord!  In the multitude of Thy strength Thine enemies shall lie to Thee.  Glory be to the Father.  Shout with joy…

 

Collect

 

O God, Who to those that go astray dost show the light of Thy truth, that they may return to the path of justice: grant that all who are enrolled in the Christian faith may both spurn all that is hostile to that name and follow after what is fitting to it. Through our Lord.

 

Epistle – I 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. Honor all men: love the brotherhood: fear God: honor 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.

 

Pascal Alleluia

 

Alleluia, alleluia.  The Lord hath sent redemption to His people.

 

Alleluia.  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 labor, 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

 

Praise the Lord, O my soul: in my life I will praise the Lord: I will sing to my God as long as I shall be, alleluia.

 

Secret

 

Grant, O Lord, by these mysteries, that checking our earthly longings, we may learn to love heavenly things. Through our Lord.

 

Communion

 

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.

 

Post Communion

 

May the Sacraments which we have received, we beseech Thee, O Lord, renew us with spiritual refreshment and defend us with bodily help.  Through our Lord.

 

Note: I am using the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, the iMass app, and the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible for references.


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April 21 – Saint Anselm, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor (W) – Propers of the Mass – 1962 Missal

 

Introit

 

In the midst of the Church the Lord opened his mouth: and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed him with a robe of glory. (Psalm) It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy name, O Most High. Glory be to the Father.  In the midst…

 

Collect

 

O God, Who didst give blessed Anselm to Thy people as a minister of eternal salvation: grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who have had him for our teacher on earth, may deserve to have him for our advocate in heaven.  Through our Lord.

 

Epistle – II Timothy 4:1-8

 

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, out of 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.

 

 

Pascal Alleluia

 

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

 

Alleluia.  The just man shall spring as the lily: and shall flourish for ever before the Lord.

 

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 on by men. You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot 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

 

The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall be multiplied like the cedar that is in Libanus.

 

Secret

 

May the holy prayer of Saint Anselm, Thy Bishop and Doctor, fail us not, O Lord: may it render our offerings acceptable, and ever obtain for us Thy pardon.  Through our Lord.

 

Communion

 

The faithful and wise servant, whom his lord setteth over his family: to give them their measure of wheat in due season.

 

Post Communion

 

We beseech Thee, O Lord, that blessed Anselm, Thy Bishop and illustrious Doctor may join his prayers to ours that this Thy sacrifice may bring us salvation.  Through our Lord.

 

Note: I am using the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, the iMass app, and the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible for references.


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