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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April 19 – Feria Day – II Sunday After Easter – – Good Shepherd Sunday (W), Propers of the Mass – 1962 Missal

Introit

 

The earth is full of the mercy of the Lord, alleluia: by the word  of the Lord the heavens were established, alleluia, alleluia.  (Psalm) Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just; praise becometh the upright.  Glory be to the Father.  The earth…

 

Collect

 

O God, Who, by the humility of Thy Son, didst lift up a fallen world, grant unending happiness to Thy faithful: that those whom Thou hast snatched from the perils of endless death, Thou mayest cause to rejoice in everlasting joys.. Through the same our Lord.

 

Epistle – I Peter 2:21-25

 

Dearly beloved, Christ suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow His steps, Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth. Who when He was reviled, did not revile: when He suffered, He threatened not, but delivered Himself to him that judged Him unjustly: Who His own self bore our sins in His body upon the tree: that we, being dead to sins, should live to justice: by Whose stripes you were healed. For you were as sheep going astray, but you are now converted to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

 

Pascal Alleluia

 

Alleluia, alleluia.  The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of bread.

 

Alleluia.  I am the good Shepherd: and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me.  Alleluia.

 

Gospel – John 10:11-16

 

At that time Jesus said to the Pharisees:  I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd giveth His life for His sheep. But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth and scattereth the sheep: and the hireling fleeth, because he is a hireling and he hath no care for the sheep. I am the good Shepherd: and I know Mine, and Mine know Me, as the Father knoweth Me, and I know the Father: and I lay down My life for My sheep.

 

And other sheep I have that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.

 

Offertory

 

O God, my God, to Thee do I watch break of day: and in Thy name I will lift up my hands; alleluia.

 

Secret

 

May this holy offering, O Lord, always bring to us Thy healing blessing: that what it represents in a mystery, it may accomplish with power. Through our Lord.

 

Communion

 

I am the good Shepherd, alleluia: and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Post Communion

 

Grant unto us, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who receive the grace of new life, may ever glory in Thy gift.  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 17 – Feria Day – II Sunday After Easter, Saint Anicletus, Pope and Martyr (W), Propers of the Mass – 1962 Missal

Introit

 

The earth is full of the mercy of the Lord, alleluia: by the word  of the Lord the heavens were established, alleluia, alleluia.  (Psalm) Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just; praise becometh the upright.  Glory be to the Father.  The earth…

 

Collect

 

O God, Who, by the humility of Thy Son, didst lift up a fallen world, grant unending happiness to Thy faithful: that those whom Thou hast snatched from the perils of endless death, Thou mayest cause to rejoice in everlasting joys.. Through the same our Lord.

 

Commemoration of Saint Anicletus

 

O God, who didst solidly found Thy Church on the apostolic rock and dost shield her from the dreaded gates of hell, grant, we beseech Thee, through the intercession of blessed Anicletus, Thy Martyr and Sovereign Pontiff, that under Thy sure protection she may persevere in Thy truth.  Through our Lord.

 

Epistle – I Peter 2:21-25

 

Dearly beloved, Christ suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow His steps, Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth. Who when He was reviled, did not revile: when He suffered, He threatened not, but delivered Himself to him that judged Him unjustly: Who His own self bore our sins in His body upon the tree: that we, being dead to sins, should live to justice: by Whose stripes you were healed. For you were as sheep going astray, but you are now converted to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

 

Pascal Alleluia

 

Alleluia, alleluia.  The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of bread.

 

Alleluia.  I am the good Shepherd: and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me.  Alleluia.

 

Gospel – John 10:11-16

 

At that time Jesus said to the Pharisees:  I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd giveth His life for His sheep. But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth and scattereth the sheep: and the hireling fleeth, because he is a hireling and he hath no care for the sheep. I am the good Shepherd: and I know Mine, and Mine know Me, as the Father knoweth Me, and I know the Father: and I lay down My life for My sheep.

 

And other sheep I have that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.

 

Offertory

 

O God, my God, to Thee do I watch break of day: and in Thy name I will lift up my hands; alleluia.

 

Secret

 

May this holy offering, O Lord, always bring to us Thy healing blessing: that what it represents in a mystery, it may accomplish with power. Through our Lord.

 

Commemoration of Saint Anicletus

 

Kindly receive, O Lord, the gifts which in our joy we offer Thee: and grant, by the intercession of blessed Anicletus, that Thy Church may rejoice in integrity of faith and delight in quiet days.  Through our Lord.

 

Communion

 

I am the good Shepherd, alleluia: and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Post Communion

 

Grant unto us, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who receive the grace of new life, may ever glory in Thy gift.  Through our Lord.

 

Commemoration of Saint Anicletus

 

Multiply in Thy Church, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the spirit of grace which Thou hast bestowed: so that, by the prayers of blessed Anicletus, Thy Martyr and Supreme Pontiff, neither shall the flock be lacking in obedience to the Shepherd nor the Shepherd be lacking in watchfulness over the flock.  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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