St. Peter Nolasco
St. Peter was born of a noble family in Languedoc, about 1189. He founded the Order for the Redemption of Captives, and for twenty-five years toiled to release Christian captives from Turkish slavery. Worn out by his labors he died on Christmas Day, 1256.
According to some, St. Agnes appeared to her parents eight days after her martyrdom. The ancient sacramentaries show clearly that this day celebrates the actual earthly birthday of St. Agnes; the nativity of John the Baptist and of the Blessed Virgin are thus celebrated because they were free from original sin; the earthly birth of St. Agnes is celebrated because her whole life abounded in diving grace.
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Introit • Ps. 91, 13, 14
The just shall flourish like the palm-tree; he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus: planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of God. (P.T.) Alleluia, alleluia.) Ps. 91, 2. It is good to give praise to the Lord; and to sing to Thy name, O Most High. Glory be …
O God, Who, as a token of Thy loving-kindness, didst inspire holy Peter to enrich Thy Church with a new progeny devoted to the redemption of the faithful, grant that, being delivered through his intercession from the servitude of sin, we may know the joys of eternal freedom in heaven, our native land. Who livest.
Commemoration St. Agnes
O God, Who dost gladden us with the yearly solemnity of blessed Agnes, virgin and Martyr, grant us, we beseech Thee, to follow the example of pious living set by her whom we venerate in our devotions. Through our Lord.
Epistle • 1 Cor. 4, 10-14
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
[God's ministers are not to be judged. He reprehends their boasting of their preachers and describes the treatment the apostles every where met with.]
BRETHREN, we are made a spectacle to the world and angels and men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ: we are weak, but you are strong; you are honourable, but we without honour.
Even unto this hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no fixed abode; And we labour, working with our own hands: we are reviled, and we bless; we are persecuted, and we suffer it. We are blasphemed, and we entreat; we are made as the refuse of this world, the offscouring of all even until now. I write not these things to confound you; but I admonish you as my dearest children in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gradual • Ps. 36, 30, 31
The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgment. The law of his God is in his heart: and his steps shall not be supplanted.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 111, 1. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: in His commandments he hath great delight. Alleluia.
Gospel • Luke 12, 32-34
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[Christ warns us against hypocrisy, the fear of the world and covetousness. He admonishes all to watch.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom. Sell what you possess, and give alms. Make to yourselves bags which grow not old, a treasure in heaven which faileth not: Where no thief approacheth, nor moth corrupteth: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Offertory • Ps. 20, 2, 3
In thy strength. O Lord, the just shall joy, and in Thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly: Thou hast given him his heart’s desire. (P.T. alleluia.)
We offer Thee, O Lord, sacrifices of praise in commemoration of Thy saints, by whom we trust to be delivered from evils both present and future. Through our Lord.
Communion • Matt. 19, 28-29
Amen I say to you, that you who have left all things and followed Me, shall receive a hundred-fold, and possess life everlasting. (P.T. Alleluia.)
We thy suppliants, who are refreshed with heavenly food and drink, beseech Thee, O our God, that we may be fortified by the prayers of him in whose commemoration we have partaken of these gifts. Through our Lord.