St. Placidus and His Commpanions
ST. PLACID was born in Rome, in the year 515, of a patrician family, and at seven years of age was taken by his father to the monastery of Subiaco. At thirteen years of age he followed St. Benedict to the new foundation at Monte Casino, where he grew up in the practice of a wonderful austerity and innocence of life. He had scarcely completed his twenty-first year when he was selected to establish a monastery in Sicily upon some estates which had been given by his father to St. Benedict. He spent four years in building his monastery, and the fifth had not elapsed before an inroad of barbarians burned everything to the ground, and put to a lingering death not only St. Placid and thirty monks who had joined him, but also his two brothers, Eutychius and Victorinus, and his holy sister Flavia, who had come to visit him. The monastery was rebuilt, and still stands under his invocation.
Reflection. —Adversity is the touchstone of the soul, because it discovers the character of the virtue which it possesses. One act of thanksgiving when matters go wrong with us is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclinations.
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Introit • Ps. 36, 39
The salvation of the just is from the Lord: and He is their protector in the time of trouble. Ps. 36, 1. Be not emulous of evil-doers: nor envy them that work iniquity. Glory be …
O God, Who dost permit us to celebrate the birthday of Thy holy martyrs, Saint Placidus and his Companions, grant us to enjoy their companionship in everlasting beatitude. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Hebrews 10:32-38
Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews.>
[The Apostle exhorts the persecuted to perseverance in faith, and to constancy under their crosses.]
Brethren, Call to mind the former days, wherein, being illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions. And on the one hand indeed, by reproaches and tribulations, were made a gazing-stock; and on the other, became companions of them that were used in such sort. For you both had compassion on them that were in bands, and took with joy the being stripped of your own goods, knowing that you have a better and a lasting substance.
Do not therefore lose your confidence, which hath a great reward. For patience is necessary for you; that, doing the will of God, you may receive the promise. For yet a little and a very little while, and He that is to come will come, and will not delay. But my just man liveth by faith.
Gradual • Ps. 33, 18, 19
The just cried, and the Lord heard them, and delivered them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart; and He will save the humble of spirit.
Alleluia, alleluia. The white-robed army of martyrs praiseth Thee, O Lord. Alleluia.
Gospel • Luke 12:1-8
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
[Christ warns us against the fear of the world, and covetousness: and admonishes all to watch.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed: nor hidden that shall not be known. For whatsoever things you have spoken in darkness shall be published in the light: and that which you have spoken in the ear in the chambers, shall be preached on the housetops.
And I say to you, My friends: Be not afraid of them who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you shall fear: Fear ye him who, after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you: Fear him.
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? Yea, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows.
And I say to you: Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of Man also confess before the Angels of God.
Offertory • Wis. 3, 1-3
The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of malice shall not touch them: in the sight of the unwise thy seemed to die, but they are in peace, alleluia.
We offer Thee, O Lord, the gifts of our devotion; may they be rendered both pleasing unto Thee, for the honor of Thy just ones, and to us, through Thy mercy, helpful to salvation. Through our Lord.
Communion • Matt. 10, 2, 7
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.
Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the intercession of Thy holy martyrs, Saint Placidus and his Companions, that what we touch with our lips we may receive with a pure heart. Through our Lord.