Saint Julius I

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Saint Julius I

(† 352)

Saint Julius was by birth a Roman; he was chosen Pope on the 6th of February in 337, and was remarkable for the sanctity of his life and his zeal in strengthening the Christian faith.

The impious heresy of Arius was progressing dangerously everywhere in the East, and many holy bishops were obliged to leave their sees. Saint Julius received them warmly in Rome, Saint Athanasius in particular, and he defended them to the end against their adversaries. He condemned the synods which the Arians had assembled in Tyre and in Antioch, with the intention of abolishing the faith of Nicea. He assembled two councils in Rome, where he heard the exiled bishops and proclaimed their innocence.

By his counsel, the Emperor Constans, the pious prince of the West, influenced his brother Constantius to recall Saint Athanasius from exile.

Saint Julius rejected a deceptive formula of faith, imagined by the Eusebians, who were partisans of Arius at the second council of Antioch. He assembled the second Council of Sardica, composed of both Western and Oriental bishops. His legates presided there, and he saw to it that useful measures for the maintenance of the Catholic faith and the re-establishment of ecclesiastical discipline were drafted and implemented.

He built two basilicas in Rome and adorned them with sacred paintings. He had three cemeteries constructed, on the Flaminian and Aurelian ways, and at Porto. He regulated legal questions concerning the clergy, ordaining that they would plead nowhere but in ecclesiastical courts.

Saint Julius reigned for fifteen years, and died on the 12th of April, 352.

Reflection. The great Popes have all pleased God by their outstanding humility. When the Lord gives the graces of a good administrator to souls, He requires in them more than ordinary virtue, for it is His Authority which they merely share, by His permission. He does not permit that they attribute their success to their own imaginary powers.

Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 4.

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To the Apostles in the Supper Room–

“Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, ‘Peace be to you!’ And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and his side. The disciples therefore rejoiced at the sight of the Lord. He therefore said to them again, ‘Peace be to you! As the Father hath sent Me, I also send you.’ When He had said this, He breathed upon them, and said to them, ‘Receive ye the Holy Ghost; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.'” (Luke 24:36f.)

To Thomas–

“And after eight days, His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being closed, and stood in their midst, and said, ‘Peace be to you!’ Then He said to Thomas, ‘Bring here thy finger, and see My hands; and bring here thy hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.’ Thomas answered and said to Him ‘My Lord and My God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed. Blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed.'” (John 20:26f).

Let us Pray. Pour into our hearts, O Lord, the Spirit of Thy love, that Thou mayest mercifully make to be of one mind, those whom Thou hast nourished with this Paschal Sacrament; through Christ Our Lord. Amen.


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The Church’s Year
Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine

Why is this Sunday called Dominica in Albis or White Sunday?

Because on this day the neophytes laid aside the white dress which, as emblem of their innocence, they received on Holy Saturday, and put on their necks an Agnus Dei, made of white wax, and blessed by the pope, to remind them always of the innocence for which they were given, and of the meekness of the Lamb Jesus. For which reason the Church sings at the Introit:

INTROIT As newborn babes, alleluia: desire the rational milk without guile. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. (I Pet II. 2.) Rejoice to God our helper: sing aloud to the God of Jacob. (Ps. LXXX.) Glory, &c.

COLLECT Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we, who have completed the paschal solemnities may, through Thy merciful bounty, ever retain them in our life and conversation. Through.

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