Double Feast of Saint Eustacius and Companion Martyrs
Also commemoration of Vigil of St. Matthew
, or Eustace
, was an officer of the Roman army under Emperor Trajan
. He was burned at the stake for the Faith, with his wife and children, during the reign of Emperor Hadrian
. We pray to him to preserve us from fire, eternal or temporal. In art he is depicted with a stag and hunting equipment.
Today is also the Vigil of Saint Matthew. If this is celebrated the vestments are violet. In accordance with her usual custom the Church appoints a vigil to the feast
of the holy apostle, Matthew. It has been kept in the Church from ancient time and is mentioned in the Martyrology of St. Jerome.
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
Go to the ORDINARY OF THE HOLY MASS THE MASS OF THE CATECHUMENS
INTROIT: Ecclus. 44: 14-15