January 25, 2009
SUNDAY
vol 20, no. 25
COMMEMORATIONS FOR OTHER FEASTS ON THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -
Specifically the
DOUBLE MAJOR FEAST OF THE CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL


    So important was the Conversion of the Apostle Paul in the development of the Church that she has set aside a special day to honor this miraculous conversion. Detailed in Acts 9: 1-30 and retold from Paul's point of view in Acts 22:1-21, the story of the Christian persecutor Saul to the zealous and holy instrument of evangelization Paul shows the strength of God's power in our lives and how He canchange anything. One thing Paul always was was sincere. Though a Roman citizen by privilege, he was first and foremost a Jew. Even as a Jew he sincerely felt his cause on behalf of the Jewish Law was just in persecuting Christians. He believed God belonged only to the Jews. The first martyr Saint Stephen was slain at Saul's command. His power and zealousness to put this Christian "fad" down drove him to more frenzied heights. It was his personal mission to round up all the Jews in Damascus who professed their belief in the man Who had been crucified.

    God works in strange and mystical ways. On Saul's journey to Damascus he was struck by a bolt from Heaven as he heard Our Lord say, "Saul, Saul, why doest thou persecute Me?" Because Saul was an honest and sincere man, though misguided in his zeal, God saw in him a tremendous instrument for all that He wanted to accomplish. Once Saul realized the error of his ways, his admission opened the floodgates for powerful interior graces and an infusion of the Holy Spirit which, as we know, Paul used wisely in his mission to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and play a vital role in bringing the "baby" Church from its weaning period into infancy and ultimately the conversion of the world. The lesson here is to remember how important the grace of God is in our lives and that we should cherish this gift always...never taking it for granted, and striving to nourish it daily through using the virtues and gifts of the Holy Ghost to strengthen grace in our souls.


COLLECT
Second Collect: Commemoration of the Conversion of St. Paul
Deus, qui universum mundum beati Pauli Apostoli praedicatione docuisti: da nobis, quaesumus: ut, qui ejus hodie Conversionem colimus, per ejus ad te exempla gradiamur. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.

Commemoration of Saint Peter
Deus, qui beato Petro Apostolo tuo, collatis clavibus regni caelestis, ligandi atque solvendi pontificum tradidisti: concede; ut, intercessionis ejus auxillio, a peccatorum nostrorum nexibus liberemur: Qui Vivis et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.

Second Collect: for the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul
O God, who has taught the whole world by the preaching of blessed Paul the apostle, grant that we, who this day celebrate his conversion, may by following his example, be drawn unto Thee. 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.

Commemoration of Saint Peter
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the venerable solemnity of blessed Peter, Thy confessor and bishop may both increase our devotion and promote our salvation. Who livest and reignest with Thy Son Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
Forever and ever.
R.Amen.

Return to the Epistle for the Third Sunday After Epiphany THE EPISTLE

SECRET
Commemoration of the Conversion of Saint Paul
Ecclesiae tuae, quaesumus, Dominie, preces et Hostias beati Petri Apostoli commendet oratio: ut, quod pro illius gloria celebramus, nobis prosit ad veniam. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.

Commemoration of St. Peter
Apostoli Tui Pauli precibus, Domine, plebis tuae dona sanctifica : ut, quae tibi tuo grata sunt instituto, gratiora fiant patrocinio supplicantis. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Filium tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.

Commemoration of the Conversion of Saint Peter
Sanctify, O Lord, the offerings of Thy people through the prayers of Thy apostle Paul, that this sacrifice which is pleasing to Thee being of Thy institution may become more pleasing by his intercession and support. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
Forever and ever.
R.Amen.

Commemoration of Saint Peter
Sanctify, O Lord, the Offerings of Thy people through the prayers of Thy apostle Paul, that this sacrifice which is pleasing to Thee being of Thy institution, may become more pleasing by his intercession and support. 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.

Return to the Preface of the Most Holy Trinity THE PREFACE
POSTCOMMUNION
Commemoration of the Conversion of Saint Paul
Sanctificati, Domine, salutary mysterio: quaesumus; ut nobis ejus non desit oratio; cujus nos donasti patrocinio gubernari. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.

Commemoration of Saint Peter
Laetificet nos, Domine, munus oblatum: ut, sicut in Apostolo tuo Petro te mirabilem praedicamus, sic per illum tuae suamus indulgentiae largitatem. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.

Commemoration of the Conversion of Saint Paul
Being sanctified, O Lord, by Thy saving mysteries, we beseech Thee, that his prayer may not fail us, by whose patronage Thou hast granted us to be directed. 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.

Commemoration of St. Peter
May our sacrifice fill us with joy, O Lord, that as we proclaim Thee wonderful in Thy apostle Peter, so through him we may receive the fullness of Thy pardon. 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.

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