ST. SOTER was raised to the papacy upon the death of St. Anicetus, in 173. By the sweetness of his discourses he comforted all persons with the tenderness of a father, and assisted the indigent with liberal alms, especially those who suffered for the faith. He liberally extended his charities, according to the custom of his predecessors, to remote churches, particularly to that of Corinth, to which he addressed an excellent letter, as St. Dionysius of Corinth testifies in his letter of thanks, who adds that his letter was found worthy to be read for their edification on Sundays at their assemblies to celebrate the divine mysteries, together with the letter of St. Clement, pope. St. Soter vigorously opposed the heresy of Montanus, and governed the Church to the year 177.
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Saturday in Easter Week (White)
Introit • Ps. 104, 43
The Lord brought forth His people with joy, alleluia: and His chosen with gladness, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 104, 1. Give glory to the Lord, and call upon His name: declare His deeds among the gentiles. Glory be …
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we, who have kept the Easter festivities with veneration, may by them be found worthy to come unto eternal joys. Through our Lord.
Epistle • 1 Peter 2, 1-10
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Peter the Apostle.
[We are to lay aside all guile and go to Christ the living stone, and, as being now his people, walk worthily of him, with submission to superiors and patience under sufferings.]
Dearly beloved, laying away all malice, and all guile, and dissimulations, and envies, and all detractions, As newborn babes, desire the rational milk without guile, that thereby you may grow unto salvation: If so be you have tasted that the Lord is sweet. Unto whom coming, as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen and made honourable by God: Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Wherefore it is said in the scripture: Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious. And he that shall believe in him, shall not be confounded. To you therefore that believe, he is honour: but to them that believe not, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is made the head of the corner: And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of scandal, to them who stumble at the word, neither do believe, whereunto also they are set. But you are a chosen generation, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people: that you may declare his virtues, who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Who in time past were not a people: but are now the people of God. Who had not obtained mercy; but now have obtained mercy.
Allulia, alleluia. Ps, 117, 24. This is the day which the Lord hath made, let us be glad and rejoice therein, alleluia. Ps. 112, 1. Praise the Lord ye children, praise the name of the Lord.
Gospel • John 20, 1-9
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John.
[Christ's resurrection and manifestation to his disciples.]
At that time, on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalen cometh early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre; and she saw the stone taken away from the sepulchre. She ran, therefore, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and saith to them: They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went out, and that other disciple, and they came to the sepulchre. And they both ran together, and that other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And when he stooped down, he saw the linen cloths lying; but yet he went not in.
Then cometh Simon Peter, following him, and went into the sepulchre, and saw the linen cloths lying, And the napkin that had been about his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but apart, wrapped up into one place. Then that other disciple also went in, who came first to the sepulchre: and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
Offertory • Ps. 117, 26, 27
Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord: the Lord is God, and He hath shone upon us, alleluia, alleluia.
Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, ever to rejoice through these Easter mysteries, that the continual working out of our redemption may become unto us the cause of never-ending gladness. Through our Lord.
Communion • Gal. 3, 27
All you who have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ, alleluia.
Quickened by the gift of our redemption, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that the true faith may ever profit by this help of eternal salvation. Through our Lord.