St. Apollinaris, The Apologist
CLAUDIUS APOLLINARIS, Bishop of Hierapolis in Phrygia, was one of the most illustrious prelates of the second age. Notwithstanding the great encomiums bestowed on him by Eusebius, St. Jerome, Theodoret, and ethers, but little is known of his actions; and his writings, which then were held in great esteem, seem now to be all lost. He wrote many able treatises against the heretics, and pointed out, as St. Jerome testifies, from what philosophical sect each heresy derived its errors. Nothing rendered his name so illustrious, however, as his noble apology for the Christian religion which he addressed to the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, about the year 175, soon after the miraculous victory that prince had obtained over the Quadi by the prayers of the Christians. St. Apollinaris reminded the emperor of the benefit he had received from God through the prayers of his Christian subjects, and implored protection for them against the persecution of the pagans. Marcus Aurelius published an edict in which he forbade any one, under pain of death, to accuse a Christian on account of his religion; by a strange inconsistency, he had not the courage to abolish the laws then in force against the Christians, and, as a consequence, many of them suffered martyrdom, though their accusers were also put to death. The date of St. Apollinaris' death is not known; the Roman Martyrology mentions him on the 8th of January.
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Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
The Holy Family, Jesus, Mary, Joseph
Introit • Prov. 23, 24, 25
Let the father of the Just rejoice greatly; let thy father thy mother be joyful, and let her rejoice that bore thee. Ps. 82, 2, 3. How lovely are Thy tabernacles O Lord of hosts; my soul longeth and fainteh for the courts of the Lord. Glory be …
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, in the days of Thy subjection to Mary and Joseph, didst consecrate home life by ineffable acts of virtue; by the intercession of Ty holy Mother and of Thy foster-Father, make us so to profit by the example thy with Thee have set us, that we may be counted members of Thy household for evermore. Who livest.
Epistle • Col. 3, 12-17
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Colossians.
[He exhorts them to put off the old man, and to put on the new. The duties of wives and husbands, children and servants.]
Brethren, put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience: Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection: And let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do ye things, do ye in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Gradual • Ps. 26, 4
One thing I have asked of the Lord: this will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. Ps. 83, 5. Blessed are thy who dwell in Thy house, O Lord; thy shall praise Thee for ever and ever.
Alleluia, alleluia. Isaias 45, 15. Truly Thou art a hidden King, the God of Israel, the Saviour. Alleluia.
Gospel • Luke 2, 42-52
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[The birth of Christ. His presentation in the temple. Simeon's prophecy. Christ at twelve years of age, is found amongst the doctors.]
And when he was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast, And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not. And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day' s journey, and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance. And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him.
And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers. And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about my father' s business? And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them.
And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men. also.
Offertory • Luke, 2, 22
The parents of Jesus carried Him to the temple, to present Him to the Lord.
To appease Thee, O Lord, we offer the Victim of Salvation, humbly beseeching Thee that, through the prayers of the Virgin Mother of God and St. Joseph, Thou wouldst establish our households in Thy peace and favor. Through the same.
Communion • Luke 2, 51
Jesus went down with them. And came to Nazareth and was subject to them.
Do thou, O Lord, bring us whom Thou hast refreshed with heavenly mysteries to imitate the example of Thy holy Family, that at the hour of our death, with the Virgin Mother and blessed Joseph at hand, we may be receiving by Thee into our everlasting home. Who livest.