October 30, 2008
vol 19, no. 304

Mass of the Preceding Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Third Sunday after Epiphany)

Missa "Dicit Dóminus"

GREEN Vestments

        In the Gospel for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Third Sunday after Epiphany) it is the faith of a simple soldier that moves Christ just as our faith moves Him when we uncompromisingly trust in Him. We must know He, and He alone is the Divine Physician Who can heal our souls and hearts if we only believe - truly believe. A word from Jesus will cleanse the leper, whose cure will be officially verified by the priests "to serve for a testimony to them" of the divinity of Christ (Gospel).

       As for the Centurion, he testifies with humility and confidence, and in words which the Church daily puts in our mouths at Mass, that Christ is God. He proves it also by his argument, drawn from the nature of his own position of authority, where he declares that Jesus has only to give the order and the sickness would depart. And his faith obtained for him the great miracle he sought.

       Jews and Gentiles will be obliged to recognize the royal divinity of Jesus. The leper, in fact, belongs to the Chosen People of God, and has to submit to the law of Moses. The centurion, on the contrary, is not of the race of Israel, according to the Savior. All the nations, therefore, will take part in the heavenly banquet where the divinity will be the food of their souls. And as in a banquet hall all is warmth and light, the torments of hell, the punishment in store for those who deny the divinity of Christ, are well pictured by the cold and the night that prevail outside, by that "exterior darkness" which is in contrast with the dazzling splendor of the banquet hall.

       Let us make acts of faith in the divinity of Christ; and, that we may enter His kingdom, let us, by our charity, heap coals of fire on the heads of those who hate us (Epistle), that is to say such feelings of confusion as our magnanimity will provoke, which will give them no rest until they have expiated their faults.

      We 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

INTROIT:   Jeremias 29: 11, 12,14
Dicit Dóminus: Ego, cóglto cogitatiónes pacis, et non afflictiónis: invocábitis me, et ego exáudiam vos: et redúcam captivitátem vestram de cunctis locis. (Ps. 84: 2) Benedixísti, Dómine,terram tuam: avertísti captivitátem Jacob. v. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Repeat Dicit Dóminus...
The Lord saith: I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction: you shall call upon Me, and I shall hear you and I will bring back your captivity from all places. (Ps. 84: 2) Lord, Thou hast blessed Thy land: Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. 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 The Lord saith...
Dominus vobiscum. R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Oremus. Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, infirmitátem nostram propítius réspice: atque ad protegéndum nos, déxteram tuæ majestátis exténde. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, 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 almighty and everlasting God, look mercifully upon our weakness: and stretch forth the right hand of Thy Majesty to protect us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
Forever and ever.

EPISTLE:   Romans 12: 16-21
Léctio Epístolæ beáti Pauli Apósto ad Romános. Fratres: nolite esse prudéntes apud vosmetípsos: nulli malum pro malo reddéntes: providéntes bona non tantum coram Deo, sed etiam coram ómnibus homínibus; si fieri potest, quod ex vobis est, cum ómnibus homínibus pacem habéntes: non vosmetípsos defendéntes, caríssimi, sed date locum iræ; scriptum est enim Mihi vindícta, ego retríbuam, dicit Dóminus. Sed si esuríerit inimícus tuus, ciba illum si sitit, potum da illi: hoc enim fáciens, carbónes ignis cóngeres super caput ejus. Noli vinci a malo, sed vince in bono malum.
Deo Gratias.
Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans. Brethren, Be not wise in your own conceits. To no man rendering evil for evil: providing good things not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as is in you, have peace with all men. but give place unto wrath. Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved, but give place unto wrath. For it is written: Revenge is mine: I will repay, saith the Lord. But if thine enemy be hungry, give him to eat if he thirst, give him to drink: for doing this, thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head. Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.
Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL:   Psalm 101: 16-17
Timebunt gentes nomen Tuum, Domine, et omnes reges terrae gloriam Tuam. V. Quoniam aedificavit Dominus Sion: et videbitur in majestate Sua.

Alleluia, alleluia. V. (Ps 96: 1) (Ps. 96: 1) Dominus regnavit , exsultet terra: laetentur insulae multae. Alleluia.

The Gentiles shall fear Thy name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth Thy glory. V. For the Lord hath built up Sion: and He shall be seen in His glory.

Alleluia, alleluia. V. (Ps. 96: 1) The Lord hath reigned, let the earth rejoice: let many islands be glad. Alleluia.

GOSPEL:   Matthew 8: 1-13
Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum Matthaeum.
R.Gloria tibi, Domine

In illo témpore: Cum descendísset Jesus de monte, secútæ sunt eum turbæ multæ; et ecce leprósus véniens, adorábat eum dicens: Dómine, si vis, potes me mundáre. Et exténdens Jesus manum, tétigit eum dicens: Volo, mundáre. Et conféstim mundáta est lepra ejus. Et ait illi Jesus: Vide, némini dixéris sed vade; osténde te sacerdóti et offer munus, quod præcépit Móyses, in testimónium illis. Cum autem introísset Caphárnaum, accéssit ad eum centúrio, rogans eum et dicens: Dómine, puer meus jacet in domo paralytícus et male torquétur. Et ait illi Jesus: Ego véniam et curábo eum. Et respóndens centúrio, ait: Dómine, non sum dignus ut intres sub tectum meum sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur puer meus. Nam et ego homo sum sub potestáte constitútus habens sub me mílites, et dico huic: Vade, et vadit: et álii: Veni, et venit; et servo meo: Fac hoc, et facit. Audiens autem Jesus, mirátus est, et sequéntibus se dixit: Amen dico vobis, non invéni tantam fidem in Israël. Dico autem vobis, quod multi ab Oriénte et Occidénte vénient, et recúmbent cum Abraham et Isaac et Jacob in regno cælórum; fílii autem regni ejiciéntur in ténebras exteriores: ibi erit fletus et stridor déntium. Et dixit Jesus centurióni: Vade, et sicut credidísti, fiat tibi. Et sanátus est puer in illa hora.
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, when Jesus was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him: and behold a leper came and adored Him, saying: Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, stretching forth His hand, touched him, saying: I will. Be thou be made clean. And forthwith his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus saith to him: See, thou tell no man: but go, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. And when He had entered into Capharnaum, there came to Him a centurion, beseeching Him, and saying: Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is grievously tormented. And Jesus saith to him: I will come and heal him. And the centurion making answer said: Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof but only say the word and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers and I say to this: Go, and he goeth and to another Come, and he cometh and to my servant: Do this, and he doeth it. And Jesus hearing this marveled, and said to them that followed Him: Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Isræl. And I say to you, that many shall come from east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven: but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said to the centurion: Go, as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee. And the servant was healed at the same hour.
Praise be to Christ

OFFERTORY:    Psalm 117: 16-17
Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Dextera Domini fecit virtutem: dextera Domini exaltavit me: non moriar, sed vivam, et narrabo opera Domini.
The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

The right hand of the Lord hath wrought strength: the right hand of the Lord hath exalted me: I shall not die, but live, and shall declare the works of the Lord.
Hæc hostia, Dómine, quæsumus, emúndet nostra delícta: et sacrifícium celebrándum subditórum tibi córpora, mentésque sanctíficet 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.
May these offerings, we beseech Thee, O Lord, cleanse us from our sins, and sanctify the bodies and minds of Thy servants for the celebration of this Sacrifice. 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.

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:
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:

COMMUNION:    Luke 4: 22
Mirabantur omnes de his, quae procedebant de ore Dei.
All wondered at these things which proceeded from the mouth of God.

Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Quos tantis, Dómine, largíris, uti mystériis; quæsumus ut efféctibus nos eórum veráciter aptáre dignéris. 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.
The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, we beseech Thee, to make us, who of Thy bounty frequent such great mysteries, truly disposed to obtain the benefits of the same. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
For ever and ever.
R. Amen.

Daily Proper of the Mass for the Feria
for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost

(from the Third Sunday after Epiphany)