Commemoration of Saint Anthony of the Desert, Abbot


   After St. Paul the Hermit, father of the Anchorites or hermits, the Christmas Cycle honors Saint Antony, father of the Cenobites, who live in common.

   When he was 18, he retired into the Egyptian desert and led the life of a hermit. The devil, in order to frighten him and drive him from the solitude would appear to him in the most hideous shapes; but the Lord made him formidable to his foes: one word from his mouth reduced these prodigies to nothingness (Epistle).

   His holiness soon attracted souls desirous to see the divine Kingship of Christ more perfectly confirmed in themselves. As a new lawgiver, he gave them the doctrine and rule of life that he had received from God in prayer (Epistle).

   St. Antony, the first of Abbots, instituted the monastic life in community by which are formed noble souls always ready, like their Father in God, to receive the Lord when He shall come to take them from this world (Gospel). Wherefore today's Mass is that of the Commons of Abbots, who honored him with his friendship, he successfully defended the dogma of the divinity of Christ. He died in 356 at the age of 105 years.

    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 "Os justi" is not celebrated, it is commemorated

COLLECT
Oremus. Intercessio nos, quaesumus, Domine, beati Antonis Abbatis commendet: ut, quod nostris meritis non valemus, ejuspatrocinio asequamur. Per Dominum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.
Let us pray. May the intercession of the blessed abbot Antony, we beseech Thee, O Lord, commend us unto Thee, that what we can not hae through our own merits, we may obtain through his patronage. 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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SECRET
Sacris altaribus , Domine, hostias superpositas sanctus Antonus Abbas, quaesumus, in salutem nobis provenire deposcat. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.
May Thy holy abbot Antony we beseech Thee, O Lord, obtain for us that the victims placed upon Thy holy altar may avail us unto salvation.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.


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POSTCOMMUNION
Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Oremus.
Protegat nos, Domine, cum tui perceptione sacramentibeatus Antonis Abbas, pro nobis intercedendo: ut, et conversationis ejus experiamur insignia, et intercessionis percipiamus suffragia. 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.
May the reception of Thy sacrament, and the intercession of blessed Antony Thy abbot, protect us, O Lord; that we may put into practice the virtues of his life, and receive the help of his intercession. 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 St. Anthony the Abbot