"A QUICK walker, expert at all good works, with never a sour face"—such was the great St. Wilfrid, whose glory it was to secure the happy links which bound England to Rome. He was born about the year 634, and was trained by the Celtic monks at Lindisfarne in the peculiar rites and usages of the British Church. Yet even as a boy Wilfrid longed for perfect conformity in discipline, as in doctrine, with the Holy See, and at the first chance set off himself for Rome. On his return he founded at Ripon a strictly Roman monastery, under the rule of St. Benedict. In the year 664 he was elected Bishop of Lindisfarne, and five years later was transferred to the see of York. He had to combat the passions of wicked kings, the cowardice of worldly prelates, the errors of holy men. He was twice exiled and once imprisoned; yet the battle which he fought was won. He swept away the abuses of many years and a too national system, and substituted instead a vigorous Catholic discipline, modelled and dependent on Rome. He died October 12, 709, and at his death was heard the sweet melody of the angels conducting his soul to Christ.
Reflection. —To look towards Rome is an instinct planted in us for the preservation of the Faith. Trust in the Vicar of Christ necessarily results from the reign of His love in our hearts.
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Introit • Ecclus. 45, 30
The Lord made to him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince; that the dignity of priesthood should be to him forever. (P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.) Ps. 1331, 1. O Lord, remember David, and all his meekness. Glory be …
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that the august solemnity of Thy blessed confessor and pontiff, Saint Wilfrid, may increase our devotion and promote our salvation. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Ecclus. 44, 16-27; 45, 3-20
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.
Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God, and was found just; and in the time of wrath was made a reconciliation. There was not any found like to him, who kept the law of the Most High. Therefore, by an oath the Lord made him increase among his people He gave him the blessing of all nations, and confirmed His covenant upon his head. He acknowledged him in His blessings: He preserved for him His mercy: and he found grace before the eyes of the Lord. He glorified him in the slight of kings, and gave him a crown of glory. He made an everlasting covenant with him; and gave him a great priesthood; and made him blessed in glory. To execute the office of the priesthood and to have praise in his name, and to offer to him worthy incense for an odor of sweetness.
Gradual • Ecclus. 44, 16
Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God. Eccl. 44, 20. There was not any found like to him, who kept the law of the Most High.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 109, 4. Thou art a priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedech. Alleluia.
Gospel • Luke 12:35-40
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples: A man going into a far country, called his servants, and delivered to them his goods. And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey. And he that had received the five talents, went his way, and traded with the same, and gained other five. And in like manner he that had received the two, gained other two. But he that had received the one, going his way digged into the earth, and hid his lord' s money. But after a long time the lord of those servants came, and reckoned with them. And he that had received the five talents coming, brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou didst deliver to me five talents, behold I have gained other five over and above. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. And he also that had received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst two talents to me: behold I have gained other two. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Offertory • Ps. 88, 21-22
I have fund David my servant, with My holy oil I have anointed him: for My hand shall help him, and My arm shall strengthen him. (P.T. alleluia.)
May Thy saints, we beseech Thee, O Lord, everywhere make us joyful, that, while we venerate their merits, we may experience their patronage. Through our Lord.
Communion • Luke 12, 42
A faithful and wise servant, who the Lord hath set over His family, to give them their measure of wheat in due season. (P.T. Alleluia.)
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that, giving thanks for the favors we have received, we may, by the intercession of blessed Wilfrid Thy confessor and bishop, obtain blessing still greater. Through our Lord.