Saturday, 9 August 2008
THE VIGIL OF ST. LAURENCE, Martyr (II)
“St. Laurence, Deacon, is one of the most famous Martyrs of the innumerable Roman persecutions Uniquely among feasts of the second class he has a vigil Mass which follows:”
Collect: O Lord, give ear to our prayers, and by the intercession of blessed Laurence, Thy Martyr, whose festival we anticipate, graciously bestow upon us Thine everlasting mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end.
ST. ROMANUS, Martyr (Comm.)
“St. Romanus, a Roman soldier, converted by St. Laurence, was cruelly beaten, and beheaded A.D. 261.”
Second Collect of St. Romanus: Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God: that through the intercession of blessed Romanus, Thy Martyr, we may be delivered from all harm to the body and all uncleanness of mind. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end.
Lesson: From the Book of Ecclesiasticus, 51:1-8, 12.
[The Church, in union with the Virgin martyrs offers to the Lord praise and thanksgiving.]
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, 16:24-27.
[All the followers of Christ must, like the martyrs, deny themselves.]
Remarks are abstracted from The Daily Missal and Liturgical Manual, from Editio Typica of the Roman Missal and Breviary, 1962 (Baronius Press Limited, London, 2004, in conjunction with the Fraternal Society of St. Peter, www.baroniuspress.com)