Saint Polycarp

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Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

Amidst the sweetness he is enjoying from the contemplation of the Word made Flesh, John, the Beloved Disciple, beholds coming towards him his dear Polycarp, the Angel of the Church of Smyrna (Apoc. ii. 8), all resplendent with the glory of martyrdom. This venerable Saint has on his soul the fervent love that made him say, in the amphitheatre, when asked by the Proconsul to curse his Divine Master: “Six-and-eighty years have I served Him, and He has never done me any wrong–nay, He has laden me with kindness. How could I blaspheme my King, who has saved me?” After having suffered fire and the sword, he was admitted into the presence of this King, his Saviour, in reward for the eighty-six years of his faithful service, for the labours he had gone through in order to maintain faith and charity among his flock, and for the cruel death he endured. Continue reading

Saint John Chrysostom

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Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and
Doctor of the Church

Before our Emmanuel came upon this our earth, men were as sheep without a shepherd; the flock was scattered, and the human race was hastening on to perdition. Jesus would, therefore, not only be the Lamb that was to be slain for our sins; He made himself, moreover, a Shepherd, that so he might bring us all back to the divine fold. But, as he had to leave us when He ascended into heaven, He has provided for the wants of His sheep, by providing us with a succession of Pastors, who should, in His name, feed the flock, even to the end of the world. Now, instruction, which is the light of life, is what the flock of Christ needs above all other things; and therefore our Emmanuel required that the Pastors of His Church should also be Doctors of sacred science. The Pastor owes two things to his people; namely, the Word of God, and the Sacraments. He is under the obligation of dispensing, personally, and unceasingly, this twofold nourishment to his flock, and of laymg down his very life, if needed, in the fulfilment of a duty, on which rests the whole work of the world’s salvation. Continue reading

Today’s Introit: Adoráte Deum

Dominica III Post Epiphaniam ~ II. classis

Ps 96:7-8
Adoráte Deum, omnes Angeli eius: audívit, et lætáta est Sion: et exsultavérunt fíliæ Iudæ.
Ps 96:1
Dóminus regnávit, exsúltet terra: læténtur ínsulæ multæ.
V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto.
R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculórum. Amen
Adoráte Deum, omnes Angeli eius: audívit, et lætáta est Sion: et exsultavérunt fíliæ Iudæ.

Ps 96:7-8
Adore God, all you His angels: Sion hears and is glad, and the cities of Juda rejoice.
Ps 96:1
The Lord is King; let the earth rejoice; let the many isles be glad.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Adore God, all you His angels: Sion hears and is glad, and the cities of Juda rejoice.


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The Church’s Year
By Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine

INTROIT Adore God, all ye His angels: Sion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Juda rejoiced. The Lord hath reigned; let the earth rejoice; let the many islands be glad. (Ps. XCVI. 1.) Glory be to the Father, etc.

COLLECT Almighty everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmity, and stretch forth the right hand of Thy majesty for our protection. Through our protection. Through our etc.

EPISTLE (Rom. XII. 16-21.) Brethren, be not wise in your own conceits. To no man rendering evil for evil: providing good things not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as is in you, having peace with all men; not revenging yourselves, my dearly beloved but give place unto wrath; for it is written: Revenge is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. But if thy enemy be hungry, give him to eat; if he thirst, give him to drink; for doing this, thou shaft heap coals of fire upon his head. Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good. Continue reading