Sts Nazarius, Celsus, Victor I, and Innocent I
T. NAZARIUS's father was a heathen, and held a considerable post in the Roman army. His mother, Perpetua, was a zealous Christian, and was instructed by St. Peter, or his disciples, in the most perfect maxims of our holy faith. Nazarius embraced it with so much ardor that he copied in his life all the great virtues he saw in his teachers; and out of zeal for the salvation of others, he left Rome, his native city, and preached the Faith in many places with a fervor and disinterestedness becoming a disciple of the apostles. Arriving at Milan, he was there beheaded for the Faith, together with Celsus, a youth whom he carried with him to assist him in his travels. These martyrs suffered soon after Nero had raised the first persecution. Their bodies were buried separately in a garden without the city, where they were discovered and taken up by St. Ambrose, in 395. In the tomb of St. Nazarius, a vial of the Saint's blood was found as fresh and red as if it had been spilt that day. The faithful stained handkerchiefs with some drops, and also formed a certain paste with it, a portion of which St. Ambrose sent to St. Gaudentius, Bishop of Brescia. St. Ambrose conveyed the bodies of the two martyrs into the new church of the apostles, which he had just built. A woman was delivered of an evil spirit in their presence. St. Ambrose sent some of these relics to St. Paulinus of Nola, who received them with great respect, as a most valuable present, as he testifies.
Reflection. —The martyrs died as the outcasts of the world, but are crowned by God with immortal honor. The glory of the world is false and transitory, and an empty bubble or shadow, but that of virtue is true, solid, and permanent, even in the eyes of men.
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Introit • Ps. 63, 11
The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in Him: and all the upright in heart shall be praised. Ps. 63, 2. Hear, O God, my prayer when I make supplication to Thee: deliver my soul from the fear of the enemy. Glory be …
May the confession of Thy saints, Nazarius Celsus, Victor, and Innocent, fortify us, O Lord, and may it, for the sake of their merits, obtain help for our frailty. Through our Lord.
Lesson. Wis. 10, 17-20
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.
[What wisdom did for Adam, Noe, Abraham, Lot, Jacob, Joseph, and the people of Israel.]
God And she rendered to the just the wages of their labours, and conducted them in a wonderful way: and she was to them for a covert by day, and for the light of stars by night: And she brought them through the Red Sea, and carried them over through a great water. But their enemies she drowned in the sea, and from the depth of hell she brought them out. Therefore the just took the spoils of the wicked. And they sung to thy holy name, O Lord, and they praised with one accord thy victorious hand, O Lord, our God.
Gradual • Ps. 36, 24
When the just man shall fall, he shall not be bruised: for the Lord putteth His hand under him. Ps. 36, 26. He showeth mercy and lendeth all the day long: and his seed shall be in blessing.
Alleluia, alleluia. John 8, 12. He that followeth Me, walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life eternal. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 10, 26-32
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[Christ sends out his twelve apostles, with the power of miracles. The lessons he gives them.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, nothing is covered that shall not be revealed: nor hid, that shall not be known. That which I tell you in the dark, speak ye in the light: and that which you hear in the ear, preach ye upon the housetops. And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear not therefore: better are you than many sparrows. Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven.
Offertory • Ps. 20, 4, 5
O Lord Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones: he asked life of Thee, and Thou hast given it to him. Alleluia.
Grant us, O almighty God, that we may both please Thee with the offering and be vivified by the receiving of these gifts which we bring in honor of Thy saints, Nazarius Celsus, Victor, and Innocent. Through our Lord.
Communion • John 12, 26
If any man minister to Me, let him follow Me; and where I am there also shall My minister be.
Being appeased by the intercession of Sts. Nazarius Celsus, Victor, and Innocent, grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that what we celebrate by a temporal service we may receive for our eternal salvation. Through our Lord.