ST. ANICETUS succeeded St. Pius, and sat about eight years, from 165 to 173. If he did not shed his blood for the Faith, he at least purchased the title of martyr by great sufferings and dangers. He received a visit from St. Polycarp, and tolerated the custom of the Asiatics in celebrating Easter on the 14th day of the first moon after the vernal equinox, with the Jews. His vigilance protected his flock from the wiles of the heretics Valentine and Marcion, who sought to corrupt the faith in the capital of the world. The first thirty-six bishops at Rome, down to Liberius, and, this one excepted, all the popes to Symmachus, the fifty-second, in 498, are honored among the Saints; and out of two hundred and forty-eight popes, from St. Peter to Clement XIII. seventy-eight are named in the Roman Martyrology. In the primitive ages, the spirit of fervor and perfect sanctity, which is nowadays so rarely to be found, was conspicuous in most of the faithful, and especially in their pastors. The whole tenor of their lives breathed it in such a manner as to render them the miracles of the world, angels on earth, living copies of their divine Redeemer, the odor of whose virtues and holy law and religion they spread on every side.Reflection. —If, after making the most solemn protestations of inviolable friendship and affection for a fellow-creature, we should the next moment revile and contemn him, without having received any provocation or affront, and this habitually, would not the whole world justly call our protestations hypocrisy, and our pretended friendship a mockery? Let us by this rule judge if our love of God be sovereign, so long as our inconstancy betrays the insincerity of our hearts.
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Monday in Easter Week
Introit • Ex. 13, 5, 9
The Lord hath brought you into a land flowing with milk and honey, alleluia; and that the law of the Lord may be ever in your mouth, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 104, 1. Give glory to the Lord, and call upon His name: declare His deeds among the gentiles. Glory be ...
O God, Who by the paschal solemnity hast blessed the world with remedies, let Thy heavenly gift, we beseech Thee, go with Thy people that it may both be worthy to attain perfect liberty and may profit by the same unto life everlasting. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Acts 10, 37-43
Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles.
[Cornelius is received into the church. Peter's vision.]
In those days, Peter standing in the midst of the people said: Men, you know the word which hath been published through all Judea: for it began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached, Jesus of Nazareth: how God anointed him with the Holy Ghost, and with power, who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things that he did in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed, hanging him upon a tree. Him God raised up the third day, and gave him to be made manifest,
Not to all the people, but to witnesses preordained by God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he arose again from the dead; And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is he who was appointed by God, to be judge of the living and of the dead. To him all the prophets give testimony, that by his name all receive remission of sins, who believe in him.
Gradual • Ps. 117, 24, 2
This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us be glad and rejoice therein. Let Israel now say that He is good, that His mercy endureth forever. Allelluia, alleluia. Matt. 28, 2. An angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and, coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
Gospel • Luke 24, 13-35
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[Christ's resurrection and manifestation of himself to his disciples.]
At that time, two of them went, the same day, to a town which was sixty furlongs from Jerusalem, named Emmaus. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that while they talked and reasoned with themselves, Jesus himself also drawing near, went with them.
But their eyes were held, that they should not know him. And he said to them: What are these discourses that you hold one with another as you walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleophas, answering, said to him: Art thou only a stranger to Jerusalem, and hast not known the things that have been done there in these days? To whom he said: What things? And they said: Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet, mighty in work and word before God and all the people; And how our chief priests and princes delivered him to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and so to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded to them in all the scriptures, the things that were concerning him. And they drew nigh to the town, whither they were going: and he made as though he would go farther. But they constrained him; saying: Stay with us, because it is towards evening, and the day is now far spent. And he went in with them. And it came to pass, whilst he was at table with them, he took bread, and blessed, and brake, and gave to them.
And their eyes were opened, and they knew him: and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to the other: Was not our heart burning within us, whilst he spoke in this way, and opened to us the scriptures? And rising up, the same hour, they went back to Jerusalem: and they found the eleven gathered together, and those that were staying with them, Saying: The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way; and how they knew him in the breaking of the bread.
Offertory • Matt. 28, 2, 5, 6
An angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and said to the women, He whom you seek is risen as He said. Alleluia, alleluia.
Receive, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the prayers of Thy people with the offerings of sacrifices, that the things begun in the paschal mysteries may, by Thy operation, avail us for a healing remedy unto life everlasting. Through our Lord.
Communion • Luke 24, 34
The Lod is risen, and hath appeared to Peter. Alluluia.
Pour upon us, O Lord, the spirit of Thy love, to make us of one mind, whom, by Thy tender mercy, Thou hast filed with the paschal sacrament. Through our Lord.