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St. Gregory Thaumaturgus

Bishop, Confessor

November 17

ST. GREGORY was born in Pontus, of heathen parents. In Palestine, about the year 231, he studied philosophy under the great Origen, who led him from the pursuit of human wisdom to Christ, Who is the Wisdom of God. Not long after, he was made Bishop of Neo Cæsarea in his own country. As he lay awake one night an old man entered his room, and pointed to a lady of superhuman beauty, and radiant with heavenly light. This old man was St. John the Evangelist, and the lady told him to give Gregory the instruction he desired. Thereupon he gave St. Gregory a creed which contained in all its fulness the doctrine of the Trinity. St. Gregory set it in writing, directed all his preaching by it, and handed it down to his successors. Strong in this faith, he subdued demons; he foretold the future. At his word a rock moved from its place, a river changed its course, a lake was dried up. He converted his diocese, and strengthened those under persecution. He struck down a rising heresy; and, when he was gone, this creed preserved his flock from the Arian pest. St. Gregory died in the year 270.

Reflection. —Devotion to the blessed Mother of God is the sure protection of faith in her Divine Son. Every time that we invoke her, we renew our faith in the Incarnate God; we reverse the sin and unbelief of our first parents; we take our part with her who was blessed because she believed.
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. Gory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that the august solemnity of thy blessed confessor and pontiff, Gregory Thaumaturgus, 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.

Lesser Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 109, 4. Thou art a priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedech. Alleluia.




Gospel • Mark 11, 22-24

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Mark. 

[Christ enters into Jerusalem upon an ass. He curses the barren fig tree and drives the buyers and sellers out of the temple.]

At that time, Jesus answering them, said to His disciples, Have the faith of God. Amen I say to you, that whosoever shall say to this mountain, Be thou removed and be cast into the sea, and shall not stagger in his heart, but believe, that whatsoever he saith shall be done; it shall be done unto him. Therefore I say unto you, all things, whatsoever you ask when ye pray, believe that you shall receive; and they shall come unto you.

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, alleluia.)

Secret

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, alleluia.)

Postcommunion

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.