T. PANTALEON was physician to the Emperor Galerius Maximianus, and a Christian, but, deceived by often hearing the false maxims of the world applauded, was unhappily seduced into an apostasy. But a zealous Christian called Hermolaus awakened his conscience to a sense of his guilt, and brought him again into the fold of the Church. The penitent ardently wished to expiate his crime by martyrdom; and to prepare himself for the conflict, when Diocletian's bloody persecution broke out at Nicomedia, in 303, he distributed all his possessions among the poor. Not long after this action he was taken up, and in his house were also apprehended Hermolaus, Hermippus, and Hermocrates. After suffering many torments, they were all condemned to lose their heads. St. Pantaleon suffered the day after the rest. His relics were translated to Constantinople, and there kept with great honor. The greatest part of them are now shown in the abbey of St. Denys near Paris, but his head is at Lyons.
Reflection. —"With the elect thou shalt be elect, and with the perverse wilt be perverted."
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Ferial Day – Commemoration of St. Pantaleon
Introit • Ps. 46, 2
O clap your hands, all ye nations: shout unto God with the voice of joy. Ps. 46, 3. For the Lord is most high, He is terrible; He is a great king over all the earth. Glory be …
O God, Whose providence faileth not in setting things in order, we, Thy suppliants, beseech Thee, that Thou wouldst remove from us all things harmful and grant us all that makes for our welfare. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of St. Pantaleon
Grant, we beseech thee, O almighty God, that, by the intercession of blessed Pantaleon, Thy martyr, we may be both delivered from all adversities of the body and cleansed from all evil thoughts of the mind. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Rom. 6, 1-23
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans.
[The Christian must die to sin and live to God.]
BRETHREN, I speak a human thing, because of the infirmity of your flesh. For as you have yielded your members to serve uncleanness and iniquity, unto iniquity; so now yield your members to serve justice, unto sanctification. For when you were the servants of sin, you were free men to justice.
What fruit therefore had you then in those things, of which you are now ashamed? For the end of them is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end life everlasting. For the wages of sin is death. But the grace of God, life everlasting, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gradual • Ps. 33, 12, 6
Come, children, harken to me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Come ye to Him and be enlightened: and your faces shall not be confounded.Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 46, 2. O clap your hands, all ye nations; shout unto God with the voice of joy. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 7, 15-21
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[The third part of the sermon on the mount.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.
Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Offertory • Dan. 3, 40
As in holocausts of rams and bullocks, and as in thousands of fat lambs; so let our sacrifice be made in Thy sight this day, that it may please Thee: for there is no confusion to them that trust in Thee, O Lord.
O God, Who hast sanctioned the diversity of offerings by the perfection of one sacrifice, receive the sacrifice offered Thee by Thy devoted servants, and sanctity it as Thou didst sanctify the gifts of Abel, that what each one hath offered to the glory of Thy majesty may profit for the salvation of all. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of St. Pantaleon
May our devotion be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, and may it be rendered salutary for us by the prayer of him for whose festival it is offered. Through our Lord.
Communion • Ps. 30, 3
Bow down Thy ear, make haste to deliver me.
May Thy health-giving operation, O Lord, mercifully rid us of our evil inclinations and unto rightful ways strongly lead us. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of St. Pataleon
Refreshed by participation in the sacred gift, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our God, that, through the intercession of blessed Pataleon, Thy martyr, we may ever experience the effect of the worship we perform. Through our Lord.