ST. FRUMENTIUS was yet a child when his uncle, Meropins of Tyre, took him and his brother Edesius on a voyage to Ethiopia. In the course of their voyage the vessel touched at a certain port, and the barbarians of that country put the crew and all the passengers to the sword, except the two children. They were carried to the king, at Axuma, who, charmed with the wit and sprightliness of the two boys, took special care of their education; and, not long after made Edesius his cup-bearer, and Frumentius, who was the elder, his treasurer and secretary of state; on his death-bed he thanked them for their services, and in recompense gave them their liberty. After his death the queen begged them to remain a court, and assist her in the government of the state until the young king carne of age. Edesius went back to Tyre, but St. Athanasius ordained Frumentius Bishop of the Ethiopians, and vested with this sacred character he gained great numbers to the Faith, and continued to feed and defend his flock until it pleased the Supreme Pastor to recompense his fidelity and labors.
Reflection. —"The soul that journeys in the light and the truths of the Faith is safe against all error." f sixty-three.
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Vigil of Sts. Simon and Jude
Introit • Ps. 78, 11, 13, 10
Let the sighing of the prisoners come in before Thee, O Lord; render to our neighbors sevenfold in their bosom; revenge the blood of Thy saints which hath been shed. Ps. 78, 1. O God, the heathen are come into Thy inheritance; they have defiled Thy holy temple; they have made Jerusalem as a place to keep fruit. Glory be …
GRANT, We beseech Thee, O almighty God, that, as we approach the glorious natal day of Thy holy apostles, Simon and Jude, so they, imploring Thy majesty, may win Thy benefits for us. Through our Lord.
Epistle • 1 Cor. 4, 9-14
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
[God's ministers are not to be judged. He reprehends their boasting of their preachers and describes the treatment the apostles every where met with.]
BRETHREN, we are made a spectacle to the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ' s sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honourable, but we without honour. Even unto this hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no fixed abode; And we labour, working with our own hands: we are reviled, and we bless; we are persecuted, and we suffer it. We are blasphemed, and we entreat; we are made as the refuse of this world, the offscouring of all even until now. I write not these things to confound you; but I admonish you as my dearest children in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gradual • Ps. 78, 102
Revenge, O Lord, the blood of Thy saints, which hath been shed. They have given the dead bodies of Thy servants, O Lord, to be meat for the fowls of the air: the flesh of Thy saints to the beasts of the earth.
Gospel • John 15, 1-7
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John.
[A continuation of Christ's discourse to his disciples.]
At THAT time, Jesus said to His disciples, I am the true vine; and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me, that beareth not fruit, he will take away: and every one that beareth fruit, he will purge it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now you are clean by reason of the word, which I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine: you the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.
If any one abide not in me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up, and cast him into the fire, and he burneth. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you.
Offertory • Ps. 149, 516
The saints shall rejoice in glory, thy shall be joyful in their beds; the high praises of God shall be in their mouths.
WITH our gifts, O Lord, we anticipate the feast of Thy apostles, Simon and Jude, and humbly beseech Thee that since these offerings are not acceptable to Thee, because of our sins, thy may be rendered pleasing in Thy sight, through the merits of these Thy saints. Through our Lord.
Communion • Ps 78, 2, 11
They have given the dead bodies of Thy servants, O Lord, to be meat for the fowls of the air, the flesh of Thy saints to the beasts of the earth: according to the greatness of Thy arm take possession of the children of those who have been punished with death.
HAVING received Thy sacraments, O Lord, we Thy supplicants, humbly beseech Thee, that, by the intercession of Thy blessed apostles, Simon and Jude, we may receive in eternal life that which we celebrate in this life. Through our Lord.