Sts. Vitus, Crescentia and Modestus
VITUS was a child nobly born, who had the happiness to instructed in the Faith, and inspired with the most perfect sentiments of his religion, by his Christian nurse, named Crescentia, and her faithful husband, Modestus. His father, Hylas, was extremely incensed when he discovered the child's invincible aversion to idolatry; and finding him not to be overcome by stripes and such like chastisements, he delivered him up to Valerian, the governor, who in vain tried all his arts to work him into compliance with his father's will and the emperor's edicts. He escaped out of their hands, and, together with Crescentia and Modestus, fled into Italy. They there met with the crown of martyrdom in Lucania, in the persecution of Diocletian. The heroic spirit of martyrdom which we admire in St. Vitus was owing to the early impressions of piety which he received from the lessons and example of a virtuous nurse. Of such infinite importance is the choice of virtuous preceptors, nurses, and servants about children.
Reflection. —What happiness for an infant to be formed naturally to all virtue, and for the spirit of simplicity, meekness, goodness, and
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piety to be moulded in its tender frame! Such a foundation being well laid, further graces are abundantly communicated, and a soul improves daily these seeds, and rises to the height of Christian virtue often without experiencing severe conflicts of the passions.
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Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Feast of Corpus Christi
Introit • Ps. 80, 17
He fed them with the fat of wheat, alleluia; and filled them with honey out of the rock, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 80, 3. Rejoice to God our helper; sing aloud to the God of Jacob. Glory be …
O God, Who in this wonderful sacrament hast left us a memorial of Thy passion, grant us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Thy body and blood that we may constantly experience in ourselves the fruit of Thy redemption. Who livest.
Epistle • 1 Cor. 11, 23-29
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
[Women must have a covering over their heads. He blameth the abuses of their love feasts and upon that occasion treats of the Blessed Sacrament.]
Brethren, I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread. And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me. In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me.
For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.
Gradual • Ps. 144, 15, 16
The eyes of all hope in Thee, O Lord, and Thou givest them meat in due season. Thour openest Thy hand, and fillest ever living creature with Thy blessing. Alleluia, alleluia. John 6, 56, 57. My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed: He that eatheth My flesh and drinketh My blood, abideth in Me, and I in him.
Gospel • John 6, 56-59
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John.
[Christ feeds five thousand with five loaves. He walks upon the sea and discourses of the bread of life.]
At that time, Jesus said to the multitudes of Jews: My flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead. He that eateth this bread, shall live for ever.
Offertory • Lev. 21, 6
The priests of the Lord offer incense and loaves to God, and therefore they shall be holy to their God, ad shall not defile His name. Alleluia.
Of thy goodness, we beseech Thee, O Lord, grant to Thy Church the gifts of unity and peace which are mystically represented under the gifts we offer. Through our Lord.
Communion • 1 Cor. 11, 26, 27
As often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall show forth the death of the Lord, until He come; therefore whosoever shall eat this bread or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. Alleluia.
Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to be filed with the everlasting enjoyment of Thy divinity, which the temporal partaking of Thy precious body and blood doth foreshow. Who lives.