February 18, 2004
Wednesday
vol 15, no. 49

Simple Feast of Saint Simeon, Bishop and Martyr.


RED Vestments

Missa "Sacerdotes Dei"

       Saint Simeon was the son of Cleophas, otherwise called Alpheus, who was father also of Saint James the Lesser, the first bishop of Jerusalem, of Saint Jude the Apostle, and of another son named Joseph. Alpheus, according to tradition, was Saint Josephís brother; thus Saint Simeon was the nephew of Saint Joseph and the cousin of our Lord Jesus Christ.

       We cannot doubt but that he was an early follower of Christ; tradition assigns the familyís residence to Nazareth. He certainly received the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost, with the Blessed Virgin and the Apostles. When the Jews massacred Saint James the Lesser, his brother Simeon reproached them for their atrocious cruelty. After this first bishop of Jerusalem had been put to death in the year 62, that is, twenty-nine years after Our Saviorís Resurrection, the Apostles and disciples met at Jerusalem to appoint a successor, and unanimously chose Saint Simeon, who had probably already assisted his brother in the government of that Church.

       In the year 66 or 67, during which Saints Peter and Paul suffered martyrdom at Rome, civil war broke out in Judea as a result of the hostility of the Jews against the Romans and their seditions. The Christians of Jerusalem were warned by God of the impending destruction of that city. With Saint Simeon at their head, they therefore left it in that year and retired beyond the Jordan to a small city called Pella, before Vespasian, who was Neroís General, later Roman Emperor, entered Judea. After the taking and burning of Jerusalem they returned there once more, still under the leadership of Saint Simeon, and settled amid its ruins.

       The Jerusalem church flourished again for a few years until razed by Adrian, and multitudes of Jews were converted by the great number of prodigies and miracles wrought in its midst. The emperors Vespasian and Domitian had commanded all to be put to death who were of the race of David; but Saint Simeon escaped their searches. When Trajan renewed the same decree, however, certain heretics and Jews accused the Saint before the Roman governor in Palestine, as being both of the race of David and a Christian.

       The holy bishop was condemned to be crucified. He died in the year 107, after having undergone during several days the usual tortures, though he was one hundred and twenty years old. He suffered these torments with so much patience that he won universal admiration. He had governed the Church of Jerusalem for about forty-three years.


    Mass in some places is celebrated for Saint Bernadette Soubirous, Virgin with the Missa "Vultum tuum"

       Born at Lourdes, France, in 1844, Saint Marie Bernadette Soubirous is honored the world over as the recipient of the Blessed Mother's pronouncement: "I am the Immaculate Conception." This supernatural confirmation of the doctrine proclaimed by Pope Pius IX in 1854 occurred on March 25, 1858. Our Lady appeared to the little peasant girl eighteen times during the early part of that year. These apparitions took place in the grotto at Massabielle, where, at the direction the Blessed Virgin, Bernadette uncovered a miraculous spring, the waters of which have been instrumental in the manifestation of many cures and miracles.

       Bernadette was doubted by all, her family, parish priest, townspeople but she steadfastly persevered and became a nun with the Sisters of Notre Dame. She died at the age of 35 at Nevers, France on April 16, 1879 and proof of authenticity, not just in Church approval of Lourdes, but in the visionary herself was manifested in the fact to this day her body remains incorrupt.

      Sources: Saint Andrew Daily Missal and the Marian Missal , 1945 and Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butlerís Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894).


Missa "Sacerdotes Dei"

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INTROIT:    Daniel 3. 84, 87
Sacerdotes Dei, benedicite Dominum: sancti et humiles corde, laudate Deum (Daniel 3. 57 ) Benedicite, omnia opera Domini, Domino: laudate et superexaltate eum in saecula.V. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
RepeatSacerdotes Dei...
O ye priests of the Lord, bless the Lord: O ye holy and humble of heart, praise God. (Daniel 3: 57) All ye works of the Lord, bless the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all for ever v. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
RepeatO ye priests of the Lord...
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COLLECT


Dominus vobiscum. R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Oremus. Deus, qui nos beati Simeoni Martyris tui atque Pontificis annua solemnitate laetificas, concede propitious; ut, cujus natalitia colimus, de ejus dem etiam protectione gaudeamus. Per Dominum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.

The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray. O God, who givest us joy by the annual solemnity of blessed Simeon Thy martyr and bishop, mercifully grant that we may rejoice in his protection whose birthday we celebrate. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
Forever and ever.
R.Amen.


EPISTLE:   2 Corinthians 1: 3-7


Lectio Epistolae beati Pauli Apostoli ad Corinthios. Fratres: Benedictus Deus et Pater Domini nostri Jesu Christi, Pater misericordiarum, et Deus totius consolationis, quji consolatur nos in omni tribulatione nostra: ut possimus et ipsi consolari eos, qui in omni pressura sunt, per exhortationem qua exhortamur et ipsi a Deo, Quoniam sicut abundant passiones Christi in nobis: ita et per Christum abundat consolatio nostra. Sive autem tribulamur pro vestra exhortatione et salute, sive consolatmur pro vestra consolatione, sive exhortamur pro vestra exhortatione et salute, quae operatur tolerantiam earumdem passionum, quas et nos patimur: ut spes nostra firma sit pro vobis: scientes quod sicut socii passionum estis, sic eritis et consolationis: in Christo Jesu Domino nostro.
Deo Gratias.

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians. Brethren: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, Who comforteth us in all our tribulation; that we also may jbe able to comfort them who are in all distress, by the exhortation wherewith we also are in all distress, by the exhortation wherewith we also are exhorted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us: so also by Christ doth our comfort abound. Now whether we be in tribulation, it is for your exhortation and salvation: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation: or whether we be exhorted, it is for your exhortation and salvation, which worketh the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer. That our hope for you may be steadfast: knowing that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so shall you be also of the consolation, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL:   Psalm 8: 6, 7


Gloria et honore coronasti eum. V. Et constituisti eum duper opera manum tuarum. Domine.

Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor. V. And hast set him over the works of Thy hands, O Lord.

TRACT:   Psalm 111: 1-3


Beatus vir, qui timet Dominum: in mandatis ejus cupit nimis. V. Potens in terra erit semen ejus: generatio rectorum benedicetur. V. Gloria et divitiae in domo ejus: et justitia ejus manet in saeculum saeculi.

Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he delighteth exceedingly in His commandments. V. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the righteous shall be blessed. V. Glory and wealth shall be in his house, and his justice remaineth for ever and ever.

GOSPEL:    Matthew: 16. 24-27


Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum Matthaeum.
R.Gloria tibi, Domine

In illo tempore : Dixit Jesus discipulis Suis: 'Si quis vult post Me venire, abneget semetipsum, et tollat crucem suam, set sequatur Me. Qui enim voluerit animam suam salvam facere, perdet eam: qui autem perdiderit animam suam propter Me, inveniet eam. Quid enim prodest homini, si mundum universum lurcretur, animae vero suae detrimentum patiatur? Aut quam dabit homo commutationem pro anima sua? Filius enim hominis venturus est in gloria Patris Suis cum Angelis Suis: et tunc reddet unicuique secundum opera ejus.'
Laus tibi Christe.

The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
R. Glory to Thee, O Lord

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: 'If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For he that will save his life shall lose it : and he that shall lose his life for My sake shall find it. For what doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels: and then will He render to every man according to his works.'
Praise be to Christ

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OFFERTORY:    Psalm 88: 21,22


Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Inveni David servum meum, oleo sancto meo unxi eum: manus enim mea auxiliabitur ei, et brachium meum confortabit eum.

The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

I have found David My servant, with My holy oil I have anointed him; for my hand shall help him, and My arm shall strengthen him.
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SECRET


Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Munera tibi, Domine, dicata sanctifica : et, intercedente beato Simeoni Martyre Tuo atque Pontifice, per eadem nos placates intende. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.

The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Sanctify, O Lord, the offerings devoted to Thee, and appeased by the intercession of blessed Simeon Thy martyr and bishop, and likewise by this sacrifice, look favorably upon us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
Forever and ever.
R.Amen.

PREFACE   Common Preface


Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Sursum corda.
R.Habemus ad Dominum.
Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro.
R. Dignum et justum est.

Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos Tibi simper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: per Christum Dominum nostrum. Per quem majestatem Tuam laudant Angeli, adorant Dominationes, tremunt Potestates, Coeli, Coelorumque Virtutes, ac beata Seraphim socia exultatione concelebrant. Cum quibus et nostras voces, ut admitti, jubeas, supplici confessione dicentes:
SANCTUS, SANCTUS, SANCTUS...

The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
Lift up your hearts.
R.We have lifted them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
R. It is meet and just.

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: through Christ our Lord. Through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the Heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say in lowly praise:
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY...

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COMMUNION:   Psalm 20: 4


Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Posuisti, Domine, in capite ejus coronam de lapide pretioso.

The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Thou has set on his head, O Lord, a crown of precious stones.

POSTCOMMUNION


Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Oremus.
Postcommunion: Refecti participatione muneris sacri, quaesumus, Domine Deus noster : ut, cujus exsequimur cultum, intercedente beato Simeoni Martyre tuo atque Pontifice, sentiamus effectum. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.

The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
Refreshed by the participation in the holy gift, we beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that by the intercession of blessed Simeon Thy martyr and bishop, we may experience the effect of that which we celebrate. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
For ever and ever.
R. Amen.

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Daily Proper of the Mass for February 18