Commemoration of Pope Saint Marcellus I, Martyr


   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


When the Mass of Missa "Si diligis Me" is not celebrated, it is commemorated

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.


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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.


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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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Commemoration of Pope St. Marcellus I