PROPER OF THE MASS (feb12pom.htm)

February 12, 2009
vol 20, no. 43

Double Feast of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servites
White Vestments

Missa "Justi decantaverunt"

   There were seven concilors of Florence who founded the Servants of Mary or Servites in 1233. The best known were Saint Buonfiglio dei Monaldi and Saint Alessio de' Falconieri, who served as a lay brother all his life.The other five were also from influential families in Florence and were all members of the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through this association, they grew spiritually and longed for something more. Thus, under the direction and advice of their bishop, the majority became priests, forming the Servants of Mary or Servites.

   They adopted the Rule of Saint Augustine, wore black cassocks and strove to emulate the mendicant friars like the Franciscans and Dominicans. Their Order was officially approved by Pope Innocent IV in 1259; canonically approved by Blessed Pope Benedict XI in 1304; and canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1888. Their feast is celebrated in Church Liturgy on February 17th. There was also a contemplative order of Servite nuns founded by two penitents of Saint Philip Benezi and a Third Order of nuns dedicating to treating the poor and sick as well as educating children. This was founded by a relative of St. Alessio's, Saint Juliana Falconieri in 1306.

    Dom Prosper Gueranger continues his reflections on Septuagesima Week: "The guilty pair appear before the great God, whom they have offended; and instead of acknowledging their guilt, they seek to palliate and excuse it. But divine justice pronounces their condemnation, and the sentence will be felt by their posterity, even to the last generation. The two beings, that had committed the heinous crime, had been enriched with every gift of nature and grace. It was not with the, as it is with us. Concupiscence which gives us a inclination for what is wrong; ignorance and forgetfulness which cloud the intellect of fallen man, these miseries had nothing whatever to do with the fall of our first parents. They sinned through sheer ingratitude. They began by weighing the proposal of revolt, when they ought to have spurned it with indignation and conquered by flight. Then, by degrees, the proposed crime seemed no great harm, because, though God would lose their obedience, they would gain by the disobedience! And at length, the love of God was made to give place to the love of self, and they declared their independence! Yet God had mercy on them, because of their posterity.

    "The angels were all created at one and the same instant, and each of them was subjected to the trial, which was to decide his eternal future. Each angel depended on his own act, on his own choice between fidelity to his Creator and rebellion against Him; so that they who rebelled drew on themselves the eternity of God's chastisement. The human race, on the contrary, existed not save as represented in its two first parents, and was plunged by and with them into the abyss of God's reprobation: therefore, God, who spared not the angels, mercifully spared the human race.

    "But let us listen to the three sentences pronounced by God after the fall of man. The first is against the serpent, and is the severest. The curse, which is already upon him is deepened, and the pardon, which is about to be promised to the human race, is to be given in the form of an anathema against that wicked spirit, that has dared to war with God in the work of His hands.

    "'I will put enmities between thee and the woman; she shall crush thy head.' (1)-{Gen. iii. 15} Thus does God avenge Himself on His enemy. The victory won over the woman is made to turn against the proud conqueror, and become his humiliation and his defeat. In his fiendish craft, he had directed his first attack, not against the man, but against the woman. She, by nature, was weaker and more credulous; and if he conquered her, he hoped-too well, alas!-that Adam would be led to turn against his Creator, in order not to displease the creature. All happened as he willed it: bur now, see how God uses the woman to foil and punish him. He enkindles in her heart an implacable hatred against His and our enemy. This cruel serpent may raise his proud head and, her and there, find men that will adore him: the day will come, when a woman's foot shall crush this head, which refused to bend before God. This daughter of Eve, whom all generations are to call blessed, (2)-{St. Luke i. 48} shall be prefigured by other women: by Deborah, Judith, Esther, and others, all celebrated for their victories over the serpent. She shall be followed, until the end of time, by an uninterrupted succession of Christian virgins and matrons, who, with all their weakness, shall be powerful in cooperating with God's designs, and, as the apostle says, 'the unbelieving husband shall be sanctified by the believing wife.'(3)-{1 Cor. Vii. 14}

    "Thus will God punish the serpent's pride. Before pronouncing upon our first parents the sentence they have deserved, He promises to bless their posterity, and pours into their own hearts a ray of hope."

    We want to thank the Friends of Our Lady of Fatima for expediting these resources of the Propers. Sources: The Liturgical Year,Saint Andrew Daily Missal and the Marian Missal , 1945

Missa "Justi decantaverunt"

INTROIT:   Psalm 44: 8
Justi decantaverunt, Domine, nomen sanctum tuum, et victricem manum tuam laudaverunt partier : quoniam sapientia aperuit os mutum, et linguas inflantiumfecit disertas. (Ps. 8: 2 ) Domine Dominus noster, quam admirabile est nomen tuum in universa terra: V. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
RepeatJusti decantaverunt...
The just sang to Thy holy name, O Lord, they praised with one accord Thy victorious hand. For wisdom opened the mouth of the dumb, and made the tongues of infants eloquent. (Ps. 8: 2) O Lord our Lord, how admirable is Thy name in the whole earth. v. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
RepeatThe just sang to ...
Dominus vobiscum. R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Oremus. Domine Jesu Christe, qui ad recolendam memoriam dolorum sanctissimae Genitricis tuae, per septem beatos Patres nova Servorum ejus familia Ecclesiam tuam foecundasti : concede propitus ; ita nos eorum consociari fletibus, ut perfruamur et gaudiis : Qui vivis et regnis Deo Patris 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 Lord Jesus Christ Who, in order to renew the memory of the sorrows of Thy most holy Mother, hast through the seven blessed fathers enriched Thy Church with the new Order of Servites; mercifully grant that we may be so united in their sorrows as to share in their joys. Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
Forever and ever.

EPISTLE:   Ecclus. 44. 1-15
Lectio libri Sapientiae Laudemus viros gloriosis, et parentes nostros in generatione sua. Multam gloriam fecit Dominus magnificentis sua a saeculo, Dominantes in potestatibus suis, homines magni virtute, et prudentia sua praediti, nuntiantes in prophetis dignitatem prophetarum, et imperantes in praesenti populo, et virtute prudentiae populis sanctissima verba. In peritia sua requirentes modos musicos, et narrantes carmina scripturarum. Homines divites in virtute, pulchritudinis stadium habentes: pacificantes in domibus suis. Omnes isti in generationibus gentis suae gloriam adepti sunt, et in diebus suis habentur in laudibus. Qui de illis nati sunt, reliquerunt nomen narrandi laudes eorum. Et sunt quorum non est memoria : perierunt quasi qui non fuerint : et nati sunt, quasi non natim, et filii ipsorum cum pisis. Sed illi viri misericordiae sunt, quorum pietates non defuerunt : cum semine eorum permanent bona, hereditas sancta nepotes eorum, et in testamentis stetit semen eorum : et in aeternum manent: : semen eorum et gloria eorum non derelinquetur. Corpora ipsorum in pace sepulta sunt, et nomen eorum vivit in generationem et generationem. Sapientiam ipsorum narrent popli, et laudem eorum nuntiet Ecclesia.
Deo Gratias.
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom. Let us now praise men or renown, and our fathers in their generation. The Lord hath wrought great glory through His magnificence from the beginning. Such as have borne rule in their dominions, men of great power and endued with their wisdom, showing forth in the prophets the dignity of prophets, and ruling over the present people, and by the strength of wisdom instructing the people in most holy words. Such as by their skill sought out musical tunes, and published canticles of the Scriptures. Rich men in virtues, lovers of beautifulness : living at peace in their houses. All these have gained glory in their generations, and were praised in their days. They that were born of them have left a name behind them, that their praises might be related. And there are some of whom there is no memorial ; who are perished, as if they had never been, and are born as if they had never been born, and their children with them. But these were men of mercy, whose godly deeds have not failed. Good things continue with their seed. Their posterity are a holy inheritance, and their seed hath stood in the covenants. And their children for their sakes remain for ever ; their seed and their glory shall not be forsaken. Their bodies are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto generation and generation. Let the people show forth their wisdom, and the Church declare their praise.
Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL:   Isaias 65: 23
Electi mei non laborabunt frustra neque germinabunt in contrurbatione : quia semen benedictorum Domini est et nepotes eorum cum eis. V. (Eccles. 44. 14). Corpora ipsorum in pace sepulta sunt, et nomen eorum vivit in generationem et generationem.
My elect shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth in trouble for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their posterity with them. V. (Eccles. 44. 14). Their bodies are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto generation and generation.

TRACT:   Psalm 125: 5-7
Qui seminant in lacrimis, in exsultatione metent. V. Euntes ibant et flebant, mittentes semina sua. V. Venientes autem venient cum exsultatione, portantes manipulos suos.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. V. Going they went and wept, casting their seeds. V. But coming they shall come with joyfulness, carrying their sheaves.

GOSPEL:    Matthew 19. 27-29
Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum Matthaeum.
R.Gloria tibi, Domine

In illo tempore : Dixit Petrus ad Jesum: 'Ecce nos reliquimus omnia, et securi sumus Te: quid ergo erit nobis?' Jesus autem dixit illis : 'Amen dico vobis, quod vos, qui secuti estis Me, in regeneratione, cum sederit Filius hominis in sede majestatis Suae, sedebitis et vos super sedes duodecim, judicantes duodecim tribus Israel. Et omnis, qui reliquerit domum, vel fratres, aut sorores, aut patrem, aut matrem, aut uxorem, aut filios, aut agros, propter nomen Meum, centuplum accipiet, et vitam aeternam possidebit.'
Laus tibi Christe.

The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
R. Glory to Thee, O Lord

At that time, Peter said to Jesus: 'Behold we have left all things and have followed Thee: what therefore shall we have? And Jesus said to them: 'Amen I say to you, that you, who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit on the seat of His majesty, you also shall sit on twelve seats, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold and shall possess life everlasting.'
Praise be to Christ

OFFERTORY:    Isaias 56: 7
Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Adducam eos in montem sanctum meum, et laetificabo eos in domo orationis meae: holocausta eorum, et victimae eorum placebunt mihi super altare meum.
The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

I will bring them into My holy mount, and I will make them joyful in My house of prayer; their holocausts and their victims shall please Me upon My altar.
Accipe, quaesumus, Domine, hostias quas tibi offerimus : et praesta; ut, intercedentibus Sanctis tuis, libera tibi mente serviamus, et perdolentis Virginis Genitricis Filii tui amore inflammemur. Per eumdem Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.
Graciously receive, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the sacrifice we offer up to Thee, and do Thou grant that, through the prayers of Thy Saints, being inflamed with love for the sorrowing Virgin, Mother of Thy Son, we may serve Thee with a free mind. Through the same Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
Forever and ever.

PREFACE   Common Preface
Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Sursum corda.
R.Habemus ad Dominum.
Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro.
R. Dignum et justum est.

Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos Tibi simper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: per Christum Dominum nostrum. Per quem majestatem Tuam laudant Angeli, adorant Dominationes, tremunt Potestates, Coeli, Coelorumque Virtutes, ac beata Seraphim socia exultatione concelebrant. Cum quibus et nostras voces, ut admitti, jubeas, supplici confessione dicentes:
The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
Lift up your hearts.
R.We have lifted them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
R. It is meet and just.

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: through Christ our Lord. Through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the Heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say in lowly praise:

COMMUNION:   John 15: 16
Ego vos elegi de mundo, ut eatis, et fructum afferatis : et fructus vester maneat.
I have chosen you from the world that you should go and bring forth fruit, and your fruit should remain.

Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Caelestibus Refecti mysteriis te, Domine, deprecaur : ut quorum festa percolimus imitantes exempla; juxta crucem Jesu cum Maria Matre ejus fideliter adstemus, et ejusdem redemptionis fructum percipere, mereamur. Per eumdem 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.
Quickened anew by the heavenly mysteries, we beseech Thee O Lord, that following the example of the saints whose feast we are keeping, we may steadfastly abide at the foot of the cross of Jesus with Mary His mother, and merit to partake in the fruits of His redemption. Through same 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.

Daily Proper of the Mass for February 12
on the Feast of the Seven Servite Founders