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.
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Our Lady on Saturdays
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. Glory 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.