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St. Peter of Alexandria

Bishop, Martyr

November 26

ST. PETER governed the Church of Alexandria during the persecution of Diocletian. The sentence of excommunication that he was the first to pronounce against the schismatics, Melitius and Arius, and which, despite the united efforts of powerful partisans, he strenuously upheld, proves that he possessed as much sagacity as zeal and firmness. But his most constant care was employed in guarding his flocks from the dangers arising out of persecution. He never ceased repeating to them that, in order not to fear death, it was needful to begin by dying to self, renouncing our will, and detaching ourselves from all things. St. Peter gave an example of such detachment by undergoing martyrdom in the year 311.

Reflection. —"How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!" says Our Saviour; because they are bound to earth by the strong ties of their riches. you!  
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk

St. Sylvester

Abbot

The feast of this holy Abbot of Monte Fano near Fabriano was introduced into the Calendar by Leo XIII, who in doing so paid him the honor rendered by the Church to the founders of Religious Orders. In the Thirteenth Century, when many Benedictine monasteries in Italy had lost much of their former holiness and learning, St. Sylvester succeeded in infusing new vitality into the ancient Order, by founding a monastic family which by the blessing of God transformed several Religious houses, and was distinguished by the sanctity of its members. His Order is called the Silvestrines; it numbered twenty-five houses in Italy when its founder died in 1267 at the age of ninety.




Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Introit • Ps. 36, 30, 31

The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom and his tongue shall speak judgement: the law of his God is in his heart (P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.) Ps. 36, 1. Be not emulous of evil-doers; nor envy them that work iniquity. Gory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O most merciful God, Who, when the holy abbot Sylvester was piously pondering over the vanity of earthly things whilst he stood by an open grave, didst vouchsafe to call him to the desert, we supplicated Thee that, despising earthly things, after his examples, we may forever enjoy thy presence. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of St. Peter of Alexandria.

Collect (Prayer)

Look upon our infirmity, O almighty God, and, because the weight of our own evil deeds beareth us down, may the glorious intercession of blessed Peter, Thy martyr and bishop, protect us. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Ecclus. 45, 1-6

Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.

[The praises of Moses, of Aaron, and of Phinees.]

He was beloved of God, and men: whose memory is in benediction; He made him like the saints in glory, and magnified him in the fear of his enemies; and with his words he made prodigies to cease. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him commandments in the sight of his people, and shewed him his glory; He sanctified him in his faith, and meekness, and chose him out of all flesh; for He heard him, and his voice, and brought him into a cloud; and He gave him commandments before his face, and a law of life and instructions.

Gradual • Ps. 20, 4, 5

O Lord, Thou hast prevented him with blessings of sweetness; Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones. He asked life of Thee, and Thou hast given him length of days for ever and ever.

Lesser Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 91, 13. The just shall flourish like the palm-tree; he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus. Alleluia.




Gospel • Matt. 19, 27-29

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew. 

[Christ declares matrimony to be indissoluble: he recommends the making one's self an eunuch for the kingdom of heaven; and parting with all things for him. He shews the danger of riches, and the reward of leaving all to follow him.]

 

At THAT time, Peter said to Jesus, Behold we have left all things, and have followed thee: what therefore shall we have? And Jesus said to them, Amen, I say to you, that you, who have followed Me, in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit on the seat of His majesty, you also shall sit on twelve seats judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for My name' s sake, shall receive an hundred-fold, and shall possess life everlasting.

Offertory • Ps. 20, 4, 3

Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, O Lord, and hast not withholden from him the will of his lips; Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones. (P.T. alleluia.)

Secret

We beseech Thee, O Lord, that, while we reverently offer these gifts to Thy divine majesty we may by pious preparation of soul and purity of heart, following his example of blessed abbot Sylvester, become worthy to partake holily of the body and blood of Thy Son. Who with Thee.
Commemoration of St. Peter of Alexandria.

Secret

Graciously receive, O Lord, the sacrifices dedicated to the merits of Thy blessed martyr and bishop, Peter, and grant they may be for us an everlasting help. Through our Lord.

Communion • Luke 12, 42

A faithful and wise steward, whom the Lord hath set over His family; to give them their measure of wheat in due season. (P.T. Alleluia.)

Postcommunion

We pray Thee, O Lord, that Thou grant unto us, refreshed with the divine banquet, to follow closely the foot-steps of the holy abbot Sylvester, that we may have an abundant reward with the saints in the kingdom of Thy glory. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of St. Peter of Alexandria.

 

Postcommunion

Refreshed by participation in the sacred gift, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our God, that, through the intercession of blessed Peter, Thy martyr and bishop, we may ever experience the effect of the worship we offer. Through our Lord.