Feast days of the week 16-22 November, A.D. 2008 (1962 liturgical calendar).
Saturday, 22 November 2008
ST. CECILIA, Virgin, Martyr (III)
“St. Cecilia (or Cecily), of an illustrious Roman family, converted her husband, Valerius, and her brother-in-law Tiburtius, preserved her virginity, and was beheaded during the pontificate of St. Urban I A.D. 230.”
Collect: O God, who dost gladden us with the yearly festival of blessed Cecily, Thy Virgin and Martyr, grant that we who honour her by this solemn rite, may follow the example of her godly life. 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, 51:13-17.
[Utterance of praise and thanksgiving.]
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, 25:1-13.
[The parable of the ten virgins. They that were ready went in with the heavenly Bridegroom to the Eternal Banquet.]
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)