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The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 22

Devotion of Mary’s Heart always flourished in the Church, but its first official approval did not come till the beginning of the 19th century when Pius VI approved, for certain religious organizations, a Feast for the Most Pure Heart of Mary. The devotion was approved for the universal Church when Pius XII dedicated all mankind to the Heart of Mary in December, 1942, following this by the institution of new Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the B.V. M.

Sts. Timothy, Hippolytus and Symphorian

Martyrs

St. Timothy of Antioch was martyred at Rome in the Fourth Century. He was buried in a special grave in the gardens of Theona, not far from the cemetery of St. Paul. This was a recognition of fact that he bore the same name as the great disciple of St. Paul.
St. Hippolytus (not the rival of Pope Callixtus) was a martyr of Porto. His history is wrapped in obscurity.
St. Symphorian is a celebrated martyr of Autun, beheaded under the reign of Aurelian about 180. When he was being led to martyrdom his pious mother called to him: “My son, my son, look up to heaven and behold Him Who reigns there. You are not being led to death, but to a better life.”




Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Commemoration of Sts. Timothy, Hippolytus and Symphorian

Introit • Heb. 4, 16

Let us go with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace in seasonable aid. Ps. 44, 2. My heart that uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Almighty, everlasting God, who didst prepare in the Heart of the Virgin Mary a worthy dwelling-place for the Holy Ghost; mercifully grant that we, devoutly contemplating the festivity of the same Immaculate Heart, may be enabled to live according to Thy heart. Through our Lord … in union with the same…

Collect (Prayer)

Be appeased, O Lord, and bestow Thine assistance upon us, we beseech Thee, and by the intercession of Thy blessed martyrs, Timothy, Hippolytus, and Symphorian, stretch forth upon us the right hand of Thy forgiveness. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Ecclus. 24, 23-31

Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.

As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits; for my spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above honey and the honeycomb. My memory is unto everlasting generations. They that eat me, shall yet hunger; and they that drink me, shall yet thirst. He that harkeneth to me shall not be confounded, and they that work by me shall not sin. They that explain me shall have life everlasting.

Gradual • Ps. 12, 6

My heart shall rejoice in thy salvation: I will sing to the Lord, who giveth me good things: yea I will sing to the name of the Lord the most high. Ps. 44, 18. They shall remember thy name throughout all generations. Therefore shall people praise thee for ever: yea, for ever and ever.


Alleluia, alleluia. Luke 1, 46, 47. My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Alleluia.


Gospel • John 19, 25-27

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John. 

[The continuation of the history of the Passion of Christ.]

At that time, there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own God.

Offertory • Luke 1, 46, 49

My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour; because He that is mighty hath done great things to me: and holy is His name.

Secret

Offering the Immaculate Lamb to Thy Majesty, O Lord, we beg that the divine fire which ineffably inflamed the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary may be lighted in our hearts. Through the same…

Secret

May the offering of Thy consecrated people be acceptable to Thee, O Lord, for the honor of Thy saints, by whose merits it knoweth that it hath received help from tribulation. Through our Lord.

Communion • John 19, 27

Jesus said to His mother: Women, behold thy son: Then He said to the disciples: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.

Postcommunion

Refreshed by divine gifts we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord, that, by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the solemnity of whose Immaculate Heart we have just venerated, we may be freed from present dangers and may attain to the joys of eternal life. Through the Lord…

Postcommunion

Filled with the abundance of the divine offering, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our God, that, by the intercession of Thy holy martyrs, Timothy, Hippolytus, and Symphorian, we may ever live by the partaking of the same. Through our Lord.