ST. LUCIAN was born at Samosata in Syria. Having lost his parents in his youth, he distributed all his worldly goods, of which he inherited an abundant share, to the poor, and withdrew to Edessa, to live near a holy man named Macarius, who imbued his mind with a knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, and led him to the practice of the Christian virtues. Having become a priest, his time was divided between the external duties of his holy state, the performance of works of charity, and the study of sacred literature. He revised the books of the Old and New Testaments, expunging the errors which had found their way into the text either through the negligence of copyists or the malice of heretics, thus preparing the way for St. Jerome, who shortly after was to give to the world the Latin translation known as "The Vulgate." Having been denounced as a Christian, Lucian was thrown into prison and condemned to the torture, which was protracted for twelve whole days. Some Christian visited him in prison, on the feast of the Epiphany, and brought bread and wine to him; while bound and chained down on his back, he consecrated the divine mysteries upon his own breast, and communicated the faithful who were present. He finished his glorious career in prison, and died with the words, "I am a Christian," on his lips.
Reflection. —If we would keep our faith pure, we must study its holy truths. We cannot detect falsehood till we know and love the truth; and to us the truth is not an abstraction, but a Person, Jesus Christ, God and Man. you!
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Our Lady on Saturdays
Hail holy Mother, who in childbirth didst bring forth the King Who ruleth heaven and earth world without end. Ps. 44, 2. My heart hath uttered a good word; I speak my works to the King. Gory be …
Grant, us, Thy servants, O Lord God, we beseech Thee, to enjoy continual health of mind and body, and, by the glorious intercession of blessed Mary, ever a virgin, to be delivered from present sorrow and partake of the fullness of eternal joy. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Ecclus. 24, 14-16
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.
[Wisdom praiseth herself: her origin, her dwelling, her dignity, and her fruits.]
From the beginning, and before the world, was I created, and unto the world to come I shall not cease to be, and in the holy dwelling place I have ministered before him. And so was I established in Sion, and in the holy city likewise I rested, and my power was in Jerusalem.
And I took root in an honourable people, and in the portion of my God his inheritance, and my abode is in the full assembly of saints.
Blessed and venerable art thou, O Virgin Mary, who with unsullied virginity, wast found to be the Mother of the Saviour. O virgin Mother of God, He Whom the whole world containeth not, becoming man, shut Himself in thy womb.
Alleluia, alleluia. After childbirth thou didst still remain an inviolate virgin; Mother of God, intercede for us. Alleluia.
Gospel • Luke 11, 27-28
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[Christ teaches his disciples to pray. He casts out a dumb devil, confutes the Pharisees, and pronounces woes against them for their hypocrisy.]
At that time, Jesus was speaking to the multitudes, a certain woman from the crowed, lifting up her voice, said to Him; Blessed is the womb that bore Thee, and the breast that gave Thee suck. But He said, Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
By THY clemency, O Lord, and the intercession of blessed Mary, ever a virgin, may this oblation profit us unto eternal and also present well being and peace. Through our Lord.
Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the eternal Father.
Having received the aids of our everlasting salvation, O Lord, we beseech Thee, grant us to be everywhere protected by the patronage of Blessed Mary, ever a virgin, in veneration of who we have made these offerings to Thy majesty. Through our Lord.