Commemoration the holy martyrs Saint Faustus and Giles


        There is a commemoration today of the blood brothers Saints Faustinus and Jovita Martyrs. Faustinus and Jovita were brothers, nobly born, and were zealous professors of the Christian religion, which they preached without fear in their city of Brescia in Lombardy, during the persecution of Hadrian. Their remarkable zeal excited the fury of the heathens against them, and procured them a glorious death for their faith.

        Faustinus, a priest, and Jovita, a deacon, were preaching the Gospel fearlessly in the region when Julian, a pagan officer, apprehended them. They were commanded to adore the sun, but replied that they adored the living God who created the sun to give light to the world. The statue before which they were standing was brilliant and surrounded with golden rays. Saint Jovita, looking at it, cried out: "Yes, we adore the God reigning in Heaven, who created the sun. And you, vain statue, turn black, to the shame of those who adore you!" At his word, it turned black. The Emperor commanded that it be cleaned, but the pagan priests had hardly begun to touch it when it fell into ashes.

        The two brothers were sent to the amphitheater to be devoured by lions, but four of those came out and lay down at their feet. They were left without food in a dark jail cell, but Angels brought them strength and joy for new combats. The flames of a huge fire respected them, and a large number of spectators were converted at the sight. Finally sentenced to decapitation, they knelt down and received the death blow. The city of Brescia honors them as its chief patrons and possesses their relics, and a very ancient church in that city bears their names.

        The spirit of Christ is ever a spirit of martyrdom. It is always the spirit of the cross. The more we share in the suffering life of Christ, the greater share we inherit of His Spirit, and of the fruits of His death. To souls mortified in their senses and disengaged from earthly things, God gives frequent foretastes of the sweetness of eternal life, and ardent desires of possessing Him in His glory. This is the spirit of martyrdom, which entitles a Christian to a happy resurrection and to the bliss of the life to come.

      Sources: Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894); Lives of the Saints for Every Day of the Year, edited by Rev. Hugo Hoever, S.O. Cist., Ph.D. (Catholic Book Publishing Co.: New York, 1951-1955). We also want to thank the Friends of Our Lady of Fatima for expediting these resources of the Propers. Sources: Saint Andrew Daily Missal and the Marian Missal , 1945


    COLLECT
      Commemoration for Sts. Faustus and Jovita
      Oremus. Deus, Qui nos annus sanctorum Martyrum Tuorum Faustinae et Jovitae solemnitate laetificas: concede propitius; ut , quorum gaudemus meritis, accendamur exemplis. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
      Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
      R. Amen.
      Commemoration for Sts. Faustus and Jovita
      Let us pray. O God, Who dost gladden us by the annual solemnity of Thy holy Martyrs Faustina and Jovita, mercifully grant that we who rejoice in their merits, may be inspired by their examples. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
      Forever and ever.
      R.Amen.

      SECRET
      Commemoration for Sts. Faustus and Jovita
      Adesto, Domine, supplicationibus nostris, quas in sanctorum tuorum commemoratione deferimus : ut, qui nostrae justitiae fiduciam non habemus, eorum qui tibi placuerunt meritis adjuvemur. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Filius tuus Dominus noster, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
      Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
      R. Amen.
      Commemoration for Sts. Faustus and Jovita
      Attend, O Lord, to our supplications, which we offer in remembrance of Thy saints: that we who trust not in our own righteousness, may be helped by the merits of those who have been pleasing to Thee. Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
      Forever and ever.
      R.Amen.

      POSTCOMMUNION
      Commemoration for Sts. Faustus and Jovita
      Oremus. Quaesumus, Domine, salutaribus repleti mysteriis : ut, quorum solemnia celebramus, eorum orationius adjuvemur. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum. Qui vivis et regnas in cum Deo Patri in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, unum Deum.
      Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
      R. Amen.
      Commemoration for Sts. Faustus and Jovita
      Refreshed by these salutary mysteries, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be helped by the prayers of those whose festival we celebrate. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
      Forever and ever.
      R.Amen.
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      Commemoration of the holy Martyrs Saints Faustinus and Jovita