Catechism Series on the Basics of the Catholic Faith

Feast of Sts. Vitus, Crescentia, and Modestus

Introit • Psalms 33: 20-21, 2

Many are the afflictions of the just, and out of all these the Lord hath delivered them: the Lord keepeth all their bones; not one of them shall be broken. (Ps. 33:2) I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall be always in my mouth. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Grant to Thy Church, O Lord, we beseech Thee, through the intercession of Thy holy Martyrs Vitus, Modestus, and Crescentia, not to be highminded, but to advance in that humility which is pleasing in Thy sight, that despising evil, she may practice with overflowing charity whatsoever things are right. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

Epistle • Wisdom 3: 1-8

Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.

The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure was taken for misery: and their going away from us, for utter destruction: but they are in peace. And though in the sight of men they suffered torments, their hope is full of immortality. Afflicted in few things, in many they shall be well rewarded: because God hath tried them, and found them worthy of Himself. As gold in the furnace He hath proved them, and as a victim of a holocaust He hath received them, and in time there shall be respect had to them. The just shall shine, and shall run to and fro like sparks among the reeds. They shall judge nations, and rule over people, and their Lord shall reign for ever.

Gradual • Exodus 15: 11, 6

Glorious is God in His Saints, marvelous in majesty, doing wonders. Thy right hand, O Lord, is magnified in strength: Thy right hand hath slain the enemy.

Lesser Alleluia • Ecclesiasticus 44: 14

Alleluia, alleluia. The bodies of the saints are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto generation and generation. Alleluia.


 

Gospel • Luke 21: 9-19

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke. 

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: When you shall hear of wars and seditions, be not terrified: these things must first come to pass; but the end is not yet presently. Then he said to them: Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there shall be great earthquakes in divers places, and pestilences, and famines, and terrors from heaven; and there shall be great signs. But before all these things, they will lay their hands upon you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and into prisons, dragging you before kings and governors, for my name’s sake. And it shall happen unto you for a testimony. Lay it up therefore into your hearts, not to meditate before how you shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to resist and gainsay. And you shall be betrayed by your parents and brethren, and kinsmen and friends; and some of you they will put to death. And you shall be hated by all men for my name’s sake. But a hair of your head shall not perish. In your patience you shall possess your souls.

Offertory • Ps. 67: 36

God is wonderful in His Saints: the God of Israel is He who will give power and strength to His people: blessed be God.

Secret

As the gifts, we offer in honor of thy Saints, O Lord, bear witness to the glory of they divine power; so may they win for us the benefits of thy salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

Communion • Wisdom 3: 1-3

The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure was taken for misery: and their going away from us, for utter destruction: but they are in peace.

Postcommunion

We, who have been filled with Thy solemn blessing, ask, O Lord, that, through the intercession of Thy holy Martyrs Vitus, Modestus, and Crescentia, this healing sacrament may benefit both our bodies and our souls. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

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