THIS Saint was born about the year 120. He was a Grecian, probably a native of Lesser Asia. His parents, who were Christians, placed him under the care of the great St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. It was in so holy a school that he learned that sacred science which rendered him afterward a great ornament of the Church and the terror of her enemies. St. Polycarp cultivated his rising genius, and formed his mind to piety by precepts and example; and the zealous scholar was careful to reap all the advantages which were offered him by the happiness of such a master. Such was his veneration for his tutor's sanctity that he observed every action and whatever be saw in that holy man, the better to copy his example and learn his spirit. He listened to his instructions with an insatiable ardor, and so deeply did he engrave them on his heart that the impressions remained most lively even to his old age. In order to confute the heresies of his age, this father made himself acquainted with the most absurd conceits of their philosophers, by which means he was qualified to trace up every error to its sources and set it in its full light. St. Polycarp sent St. Irenæus into Gaul, in company with some priest; he was himself ordained priest of the Church of Lyons by St. Pothinus. St. Pothinus having glorified God by his happy death, in the year 177, our Saint was chosen the second Bishop of Lyons. By his preaching, he in a short time converted almost that whole country to the Faith. He wrote several works against heresy, and at last, with many others, suffered martyrdom about the year 202, under the Emperor Severus, at Lyons.
Reflection. —Fathers and mothers, and heads of families, spiritual and temporal, should bear in mind that inferiors "will not be corrected by words" alone, but that example is likewise needful.
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Virgil of St. Peter and St. Paul
Introit • John 21, 18, 19
The Lord said to Peter: When thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself, and didst walk where they wouldst: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee and lead thee wither thou wouldst not: and this He said, signifying by what death he should glorify God. Ps. 18, 1. The heavens show forth the glory of God: and the firmament declareth the work of His hands. Glory be …
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that Thou permit us not to be shaken by any fears, whom Thou hast solidly established upon the rock of the apostolic confession. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Act 3, 1-10
Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles.
[The miracle upon the lame man, followed by the conversion of many.]
In those days, Peter and John went up into the temple at the ninth hour of prayer. And a certain man who was lame from his mother's womb, was carried: whom they laid every day at the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful, that he might ask alms of them that went into the temple. He, when he had seen Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked to receive an alms. But Peter with John fastening his eyes upon him, said: Look upon us. But he looked earnestly upon them, hoping that he should receive something of them.
But Peter said: Silver and gold I have none; but what I have, I give thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, arise, and walk. And taking him by the right hand, he lifted him up, and forthwith his feet and soles received strength. And he leaping up, stood, and walked, and went in with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. And they knew him, that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened to him.
Gradual • Ps. 18, 5, 2
Their sound went forth into all the earth: and their words to the ends of the world. The heavens show forth the glory of God: and the firmament declareth the works of His hands.
Gospel • John 21, 15-19
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John.
[Christ manifests himself to his disciples by the sea side and gives Peter the charge of his sheep.]
At that time, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs.
He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved, because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep. Amen, amen I say to thee, when thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself, and didst walk where thou wouldst. But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and lead thee whither thou wouldst not. And this he said, signifying by what death he should glorify God.
Offertory • Ps. 138, 17
To me Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly able; their principality is exceedingly strengthened.
Sanctify the gift of Thy people, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the apostolic intercession, and cleanse us from the stains of our sins. Through our Lord.
Communion • John 21
Simno son of John, lovest thou Me more than these? Lord, Thou knowest all things, Thou knowest, Lord, that I love Thee.
Keep from all adversity, O Lord, by the apostolic intercessions, those whom Thou hast filled with heavenly nourishment. Through our Lord.