Double Feast of Pope Saint Pius X, Sovereign Pontiff and Confessor
egarded as the Pope of the Blessed Sacrament, Giuseppe Sarto
was born in 1835 at Riese, Treviso, Venice, Austria (now Italy). The glorious Saint Pius X
died in 1914, at the beginning of the First World War after having been Pope for eleven years. He was truly a chosen soul. There has been no more saintly, courageous or beloved saint of modern times than Pope Saint Pius X. He was the vigorous opponent of all the Liberalism that has been trying in modern times to make its way into the Catholic Church, to water down its dogmas and to tie up Catholics with false brotherhoods that have no relationship to Jesus
or to the Divine Maternity of Mary
. Saínt Pius X was the great Pope of daily Communion for all, and of early Communion for children. No political influences could make him alter his assignment as Vicar of Chríst on earth and the sole ruler of the world
in all things that directly pertain to God. He approached the papacy by every simple step a priest could take. He was the first pope ever to ascend through all the minor and major orders. He had an impoverished childhood as one of eight children of a village cobbler and felt a calling to
the priesthood from his youth; studied at Padua, and was known as an exceptional student; was a curate at Tombolo; a parish priest at Salzano; a canon at Treviso, and a spiritual director of the seminary there; he was Bishop of Mantua; Patriarch of Venice; and Pope of Rome. The only credentials he offered for all he dìd were these: "I am a simple priest."
The holy Pius ssued decrees on early (age 7 instead of 12 or 14 as previously) and frequent communion. He destroyed the last vestiges of Jansenism by advocating frequent and even daily communion; reformed the liturgy, promoted clear and simple homilies, and brought Gregorian chant back to services. He revised the Breviary, and the teaching of the Catechism. His greatest battles were in the fight against Modernism, which he denounced as "the summation of all heresies" in his masterful encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis
. He reorganized the Roman
curia, the administrative elements of the Church, and worked against the modern antagonism of the state against the Church. He initiated the codification of canon law, promoted Bible reading by all the faithful, and supported foreign
missions. His will read: "I was born poor; I lived poor; I wish to die poor."
For more on this great Pontiff of the modern times, see Biography of Pope Saint Pius X
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 Bio: Catholic Encyclopedia 1913 edition
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INTROIT: Psalm 88: 20-22