Commemoration of Saint Raymond of Penafort, Confessor

   Born in 1175 of a noble Spanish family, Raymond, at the age of twenty, taught philosophy in Barcelona with marvelous success. Ten years later his rare abilities won for him the degree of Doctor in the University of Bologna, accompanied by many high dignities. A tender devotion to our Blessed Lady, which had increased within him from childhood, determined him in his mature years to renounce all his honors and to enter Her Order of Saint Dominic.

   There a vision of the Mother of Mercy instructed him to cooperate with his penitent Saint Peter Nolasco, and with James, King of Aragon, in founding the Order of Our Lady of Ransom for the redemption of captives. He began this great work by preaching a crusade against the Moors, and by rousing to penance the Christians enslaved in both soul and body by the infidels. The king of Aragon, a man of great qualities but governed by a ruling passion, often took Saint Raymond with him on his voyages. On one such occasion, when they were visiting the island of Majorca, he was told by the Saint he must put away at once the cause of his sin. When he delayed, Raymond asked for leave to depart, since he could not live in company with sin. The king refused and under pain of death, forbade his conveyance by any ship. The Saint replied to the sailors, “If a mortal king has given such a command, we will see that the Eternal King has disposed otherwise.” Full of faith, he went out on a rock extending into the sea, and spread his cloak upon the waters. Tying one end of it to his staff as a sail, he made the sign of the cross and fearlessly stepped upon it. In six hours he was borne to Barcelona where, gathering up his cloak, which was dry, he made his way to his monastery.

   The king, vanquished by this miracle, to which many were witness, became a sincere penitent and the disciple of the Saint until his death. In 1230, Pope Gregory IX summoned Raymond to Rome, made him his confessor and grand penitentiary, and directed him to compile “The Decretals,” a collection of the scattered decisions of the Popes and Councils. Having refused the archbishopric of Tarragon, Raymond was in 1238 chosen to be the third General of his Order, which post he again succeeded in resigning, pleading his advanced age. His first act when set free was to resume his labors among the infidels, and in 1256 Raymond, then eighty-one, was able to report that ten thousand Saracens had received Baptism. He died at the age of one hundred years, in 1275. He is considered the patron saint of canon lawyers.

   Saint Emerentiana was the foster-sister of St. Agnes who, after Agnes gave her life rather than being defiled, followed the holy example and gave her life as a bride of Christ in 304. There is a commemoration of her at the Collect, Secret and Postcommunion for today's Holy Mass.

    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
      Dominus vobiscum. R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

      Oremus. Deus qui beatum Raymundum poenitentiae sacramenti insignem ministrum elegisti, et per maris undas mirabiliter traduxisti: concede; ut ejus intercessione dignos poenitentiae fructus facere, et ad aeternae salutis portum pervenire valeamus. Per Dominum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
      Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
      R. Amen.

      Commemoration of St. Emerentiana, Virgin and Martyr
      Indulgentiam nobis quaesumus Domine, beata Emerentiana Virgo et Martyr imploret: quae Tibi grata semper exstitit, et merito castiatis, et tuae professione virtutis. Per Dominum 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. O God, Who didst elect blessed Raymond to be an eminent minister of the sacrament of penance, and didst miraculously guide him through the waves of the sea, grant that by his intercession, we may bring forth worthy fruits of penance, and reach the haven of eternal life. 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. Emerentiana, Virgin and Martyr
      May blessed Emerentiana Thy virgin and martyr, we beseech Thee, O Lord, implore for us Thy forgiveness; for she was ever pleasing unto Thee, both by the merit of her chastity, and by her confession of Thy power. 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 Raymund, 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.

      Commemoration of St. Emerentiana
      Hostias, Domine, quas tibi offerimus, propitious suscipe: et intercedente beata Emerentiana Virgine et Martyre tua, vincula peccatorum nostrorum absole. 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 Raymond 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.

      Commemoration of St. Emerentiana
      Mercifully receive, O Lord, the sacrifice which we offer to Thee; and by the intercession of blessed Emerentiana, Thy virgin and martyr, loose the bonds of our sins. We offer to Thee, O Lord, the gifts of our devotion, that they may be pleasing to Thee in honour of Thy saints, and be made salutary to us through Thy Mercy. 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 Raymund, 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.

      Commemoration of St. Emerentiana
      Refecti cibo potuque Caelesti, Deus noster, Te supplices exoramus: ut in cujus haec commemoratione percepimus, ejus muniamur et precibus. 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 Raymond, 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
      For ever and ever.
      R. Amen.

      Commemoration of St. Emerentiana
      Refreshed with Heavenly food and drink, we humbly beseech Thee, our God, that we may be defended by her prayers, I whose memory we have partaken in these Mysteries. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
      For ever and ever.
      R. Amen.

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Commemoration of St. Raymond of Penafort