Feast of All Holy Pontiffs 

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Feast of All Holy Pontiffs

Propers for the Mass of All Holy Pontiffs

INTROIT Ps. 49: 5-7 
Gather ye together His saints to Him, who have set His Covenant before sacrifices. And the heavens shall declare His justice, because I am thy God.
Ps. 49:1. The God of gods, the Lord, hath spoken and hath called the earth.
V. Glory be . . .

COLLECT
O God, Who bountifully providest for Thy people, and lovingly rulest over them, do Thou, through the interceding merits of the Chief Bishops of Thy Church, give the Spirit of Wisdom to those unto whom Thou hast given the control of its discipline, that the good advance of their holy flocks may be to the Shepherds a source of everlasting joy. Through our Lord . . .

EPISTLE Heb. 13:7-17
Remember your prelates who have spoken the word of God to you: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation, Jesus Christ, yesterday, and today: and the same for ever. Be not led away with various and strange doctrines. For it is best that the heart be established with grace, not with meats: which have not profited those that walk in them. We have an altar whereof they have no power to eat who serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts whose blood is brought into the holies by the high priest for sin are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For, we have not here a lasting city: but we seek one that is to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise always to God, that is to say, the fruit of lips confessing to his name. And do not forget to do good and to impart: for by such sacrifices God’s favour is obtained. Obey your prelates and be subject to them. For they watch as being to render an account of your souls: that they may do this with joy and not with grief. For this is not expedient for you.

GRADUAL Ps. 8:6, 7
Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor. And hast set him over the works of Thy hands, O Lord. Alleluia, alleluia! This is the priest whom the Lord hath crowned. Alleluia!

GOSPEL Matt. 16:13-19
At that time, Jesus came into the quarters of Cesarea 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 I will give to thee 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 ANTIPHON Ps. 88:21-22
I have found David My servant, with My holy oil I have anointed him, for My hand shall help him, and Mine arm shall strengthen him.

SECRET
May the spotless sacrifice of Thine only-begotten Son which we offer unto Thee, O God, the Father Almighty, in honor of the holy Pontiffs, help us to obtain the spiritual remedy. Through our Lord . . .

Preface of the Apostles
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, suppliantly to entreat you, Lord, that you, eternal Shepherd, do not desert your flock, but that through your blessed Apostles you watch over it and protect it always, so that it may be governed by those you have appointed shepherds to lead it in the name of {as representatives in/substitutes for} your work. And so, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions, and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven, as we sing the hymn of your glory without end we acclaim.

COMMUNION ANTIPHON Ps. 88:25
My truth and My mercy shall be with him; and in My name shall his horn be exalted.

POSTCOMMUNION
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that Thy faithful people may ever find joy in the veneration of Thy holy Pontiffs, and be protected by their unceasing prayer. Through our Lord . . .

Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

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Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

Instituted by Benedict XV on 9 November 1921, Pope Benedict XV instituted the feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus to be celebrated on the Thursday within the Octave of the Sacred Heart with a Proper Mass and Office. The feast continues to be celebrated in some places and by some communities, notably by the Redemptorists who maintain it in their Proper Calendar. In instituting the feast, Pope Benedict XV wrote:

The chief reason of this feast is to commemorate the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the mystery of the Eucharist. By this means the Church wishes more and more to excite the faithful to approach this sacred mystery with confidence, and to inflame their hearts with that divine charity which consumed the Sacred Heart of Jesus when in His infinite love He instituted the Most Holy Eucharist, wherein the Divine Heart guards and loves them by living with them, as they live and abide in Him. For in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist He offers and gives Himself to us as victim, companion, nourishment, viaticum, and pledge of our future glory.

PRAYER TO THE EUCHARISTIC HEART OF JESUS

O Eucharistic Heart, sovereign Love of our Lord Jesus, Thou hast instituted the Blessed Sacrament in order to dwell here below with us and to give to our souls Thy Flesh as food and Thy Blood as heavenly drink. We confidently trust, O Lord Jesus, in the supreme Love which instituted the most holy Eucharist; it is just that we should adore, confess, and exalt this love, as the great storehouse of the life of Thy Church.Engrave deeply our souls the firm determination to respond faithfully to this invitation. Give us devotion and reverence whereby we may be able to honor and worthily receive the gift of Thy supreme love, and of Thine Eucharistic Heart. Grant that we may thus be able, with Thy grace, to celebrate profitably the remembrance of Thy Passion, to make reparation for our offenses and our coldness, to nourish and increase our love for Thee, and to keep ever living within our hearts this seed of a blessed immortality. Amen.