January 17, 2008
Wednesday
vol 19, no. 17

Semi-Double Feast of Pope Saint Marcellus I, Martyr


RED Vestments


   Today is the feast of Pope Saint Marcellus who, as Supreme head of the Church (Introit), Gradual) at the last persecutions of the Roman emperors, bore witness to the divinity of Christ “by losing his life, for His sake: (Gospel). The holy widow Lucina having offered him her house, he transferred it into a church now called St. Marcellus’. Maxentius transferred there certain deer from the public stables and condemned the holy Pope to keep them. His sufferings tempered by divine consolation made him feel all the more for the troubles of his flock (Epistle). Exhausted by ill-treatment, conquered by pain, he died in 309.

   His heroic resistance against which the Caesar’s violence was broken proves that Jesus is God, for “It is His powerful hand that succours His servant, and His arm which strengthens hi so that the enemy shall not get the better of him (Gradual). The divine reign of the Savior will indeed soon be acknowledged and with the Emperor Constantine, the Church of Rome, “Queen of Churches,” as St. Marcellus called her, will be queen of the world, not only in the spiritual order but also in the natural.

   Let us then imitate the courage of the holy Pontiff Marcellus in defending the divine rights of Christ in order that they may be manifested again by the triumph of the Church.

    Resources: We are grateful to Friends of Our Lady of Fatima for providing the Propers for the faithful. Sources: Saint Andrew Daily Missal and the Marian Missal , 1945


Missa "Si diligis Me"

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INTROIT: John 21: 15-17
Si díligis Me, Simon Petre, pasce agnos meos, pasce oves meas. Allelúja, allelúja. (Ps. 29: 1) Exaltábo te, Dómine, quóniam suscepísti me, nec delectásti inimícos meos super me. v. Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancti sicut erat in principio et nunc, et semper, et saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Repeat Si diligis Me...
If thou lovest Me, Simon Peter, feed My lambs; feed My sheep. Alleluia, alleluia. (Ps. 29: 1) I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast upheld me: and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me. 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. Repeat If thou lovest Me...
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COLLECT
Oremus. Precces populi tui, quaesumus, Domine, clementer exaudi: ut beati Marcelli Martyris tui Pontificis meritis adjuvemus, conjus passione laetamus. Per Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum Fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.
Let us pray. Mercifully hear, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the prayers of Thy people; that we who rejoice in the martrydom of blessed Marcellus, Thy martyr and bishop, may be helped by his merits. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
Forever and ever.
R.Amen.

EPISTLE: 1 Peter 5: 1-4, 10-11
Lectio libri Petri. Petrus Apostolus Jesu Christi, electis advenis dispersionis Ponti, Galatiæ, Cappadociæ, Asiæ, et Bithyniæ, secundum præscientiam Dei Patris, in sanctificationem Spiritus, in obedientiam, et aspersionem sanguinis Jesu Christi : Gratia vobis, et pax multiplicetur. Benedictus Deus et Pater Domini nostri Jesu Christi, qui secundum misericordiam suam magnam regeneravit nos in spem vivam, per resurrectionem Jesu Christi ex mortuis in hæreditatem incorruptibilem, et incontaminatam, et immarcescibilem, conservatam in Cælis in vobis. De qua salute exquisierunt, atque scrutati sunt prophetæ, qui de futura in vobis gratia prophetaverunt : scrutantes in quod vel quale tempus significaret in eis Spiritus Christi : prænuntians eas quæ in Christo sunt passiones, et posteriores glorias. Deo Gratias.
Lesson from the First Book of Peter. Dearly beloved, the ancients therefore that are among you, I beseech , who am myself also am ancient, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ : as also a partaker of that glory which is to be revealed in time to come: feed the flock of God which is among you, taking care of it, not by constraint, but willingly, according to God: not for filthy lucre's sake, but voluntarily: neither as lording it over the clergy, but being made a pattern of the flock from the heart. And when the prince of pastors shall appear, you shall receive a never fading crown of glory. But the God of all grace, Who hath called us unto His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, will himself perfect you, and confirm you, and establish you. To Him be glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen. Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL: Psalm 106: 32, 31
Exáltent eum in Ecclésia plebis: et in cáthedra seniórum laudent eum. V. Confiteántur Dómino misericórdiam ejus; et mirabília ejus fíliis hóminum. Allelúja, allelúja. (Matth. 16: 18) Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam. Allelúja. (Ps. 44: 17,18) Constítues eos príncipes super omnem terram: mémores erunt nóminis tui, Dómine. Allelúja.
Let them exalt him in the Church of the people: and praise him in the chair of the ancients. V. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him, and the wonderful works to the children of men. Alleluia, alleluia. (Matth. 16: 18) Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church. Alleluia. (Ps. 44: 17, 18) Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth: they shall remember Thy name through-out all generations. Alleluia.

GOSPEL:   Matthew 16: 13-19
Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum Matthaeum
R.Gloria tibi, Domine

In illo témpore: Venit Jesus in partes Cæsaréæ Philíppi, et interrogábat di-scípulos suos, dicens: "Quem dicunt hómines esse Fílium hóminis?" At illi dixérunt: Álii Joánnem Baptístam, álii autem Elíam, álii vero Jeremíam aut unum ex prophétis. Dicit illis Jesus: "Vos autem quem me esse dícitis?" Respóndens Simon Petrus, dixit: Tu es Christus, Fílius Dei vivi. Respóndens autem Jesus, dìxit ei: "Beátus es, Simon Bar Jona: quia caro et sanguis non revelávit tibi, sed Pater meus, qui in Cœlis est. Et ego dico tibí, quia tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam, et portæ ínferi non prævalébunt advérsus eam. Et tibi dabo claves regni cælórum. Et quodcúmque ligáveris super terram, erit ligátum et in cœlis: et quodcúmque sólveris super terram, erit solútum et in Cœlis."
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 came into the quarters of Cæsarea Philippi, and He asked His disciples, saying, "Whom do men say that the Son of man is?" But they said, Some, John the Baptist, and other some, Elias, and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Jesus saith to them, "But whom do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered, Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him, "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona, because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but My Father Who is in Heaven: and I say to thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it; and to thee I will give the keys of the kingdom of Heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in Heaven; and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in Heaven."
Praise be to Christ

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OFFERTORY:    Psalm 88: 25
Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Veritas Mea, et misericordia Mea cum ipso: et in nomine Meo exaltabitur cornu ejus.
The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.
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SECRET
Suscipe, quaesumus, Domine, munera dignater oblate: et beati Marcelli Martyris tui atque Pontificis suffagan tibus meretis, ad nostrae salutis, auxilium provenire concede. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.
Graciously receive the offerings made to Thee, O Lord, we beseech Thee; and through the merits of blessed Marcellus, Thy martyr and bishop, grant that they may become a help to our salvation. 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.

PREFACE   of the Apostles
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. Te Domine supplicitur exorare, ut gregem tuum pastor aeterne, non deseras: sed per beatos Apostolos tuos continua protectione custodias. Ut iisdem rectoribus gubernetur, quos operis tui vicarious eidem contulisti praesse pastores. Et ideo cum Angelis et Archangelis, cum Thronis et Dominationibus, cumque omni militia caelestis exercitus, hymnum gloriae tuae canimus, sine fine 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, to entreat Thee humbly, O Lord, that Thou woulds not desert Thy flock. O everlasting Shepherd; but through Thy blessed Apostles, wouldst keep it under Thy constant protection; that it may be governed by those same rulers, whom as vicars of Thy work, Thou didst set over it to be its pastors. And therefore with Angels and Archangesl, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of The glory, evermore saying:
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY...


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COMMUNION:   Matthew 16: 18
Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam Meam. Allelúja.
Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church. Alleluia.

POSTCOMMUNION
Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Oremus.
Satiasti, Domine, familiam tuam munereibus sacris: ejus quacsesmunus, simper interventione nos refoe, cujus solemnia celeramus. 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.
Thou hast fed Thy household, O Lord, with these sacred gifts: do Thou ever comfort us, we beseech Thee, by the intercession of her whose festival 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.
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Daily Proper of the Mass for feast of Pope St. Marcellus I on January 16