Sts. Ursula and Her Companions
Virgins and Martyrs
A NUMBER of Christian families had intrusted the education of their children to the care of the pious Ursula, and some persons of the world had in like manner placed themselves under her direction. England being then harassed by the Saxons, Ursula deemed that she ought, after the example of many of her compatriots, to seek an asylum in Gaul. She met with an abiding-place on the borders of the Rhine, not far from Cologne, where she hoped to find undisturbed repose; but a horde of Huns having invaded the country, she was exposed, together with all those who were under her guardianship, to the most shameful outrages. Without wavering, they preferred one and all to meet death rather than incur shame. Ursula herself gave the example, and was, together with her companions, cruelly massacred in the year 453. The name of St. Ursula has from remote ages been held in great honor throughout the Church; she has always been regarded as the patroness of young persons and the model of teachers.
ST. HILARION was born of heathen parents, near Gaza, and was converted while studying grammar in Alexandria. Shortly after, he visited St. Antony, and, still only in his fifteenth year, he became a solitary in the Arabian desert. A multitude of monks, attracted by his sanctity, peopled the desert where he lived. In consequence of this, he fled from one country to another, seeking to escape the praise of men; but everywhere his miracles of mercy betrayed his presence. Even his last retreat at Cyprus was broken by a paralytic, who was cured by St. Hilarion, and then spread the fame of the Saint. He died with the words, "Go forth, my soul; why dost thou doubt? Nigh seventy years hast thou served God, and dost thou fear death?"
Reflection. —In the estimation of the wise man, "the guarding of virtue" is the most important part of the education of youth.
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Our Lady on Saturday
Hail holy Mother, who in childbirth didst bring forth the King Who ruleth heaven and earth world without end. Ps. 44, 2. My heart hath uttered a good word; I speak my works to the King. Gory be …
GRANT us, Thy servants, O Lord God, we beseech Thee, to enjoy continual health of mind and body, and, by the glorious intercession of blessed Mary, ever a virgin, to be delivered from present sorrow and partake of the fullness of eternal joy. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Ecclus. 24, 14-16
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.
[Wisdom praiseth herself: her origin, her dwelling, her dignity, and her fruits.]
From the beginning, and before the world, was I created, and unto the world to come I shall not cease to be, and in the holy dwelling place I have ministered before him. And so was I established in Sion, and in the holy city likewise I rested, and my power was in Jerusalem.
And I took root in an honourable people, and in the portion of my God his inheritance, and my abode is in the full assembly of saints.
Blessed and venerable art thou, O Virgin Mary, who with unsullied virginity, wast found to be the Mother of the Saviour. O virgin Mother of God, He Whom the whole world containeth not, becoming man, shut Himself in thy womb.
Alleluia, alleluia. After childbirth thou didst still remain an inviolate virgin; Mother of God, intercede for us. Alleluia.
Gospel • Luke 11, 27-28
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[Christ teaches his disciples to pray. He casts out a dumb devil, confutes the Pharisees, and pronounces woes against them for their hypocrisy.]
At that time, Jesus was speaking to the multitudes, a certain woman from the crowed, lifting up her voice, said to Him; Blessed is the womb that bore Thee, and the breast that gave Thee suck. But He said, Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
By thy clemency, O Lord, and the intercession of blessed Mary, ever a virgin, may this oblation profit us unto eternal and also present well being and peace. Through our Lord.
Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the eternal Father.
Having received the aids of our everlasting salvation, O Lord, we beseech Thee, grant us to be everywhere protected by the patronage of Blessed Mary, ever a virgin, in veneration of who we have made these offerings to Thy majesty. Through our Lord.