St. Nicasius, and his Companions
IN the fifth century an army of barbarians from Germany ravaging part of Gaul, plundered the city of Rheims. Nicasius, the holy bishop, had foretold this calamity to his flock. When he saw the enemy at the gates and in the streets, forgetting himself, and solicitous only for his spiritual children, he went from door to door encouraging all to patience and constancy, and awaking in every breast the most heroic sentiments of piety and religion. In endeavoring to save the lives of his flock he exposed himself to the swords of the infidels, who, after a thousand insults and indignities, cut off his head. Florens, his deacon, and Jocond, his lector, were massacred by his side. His sister Eutropia, a virtuous virgin, fearing she might be reserved for a fate worse than death, boldly cried out to the infidels that it was her unalterable resolution rather to sacrifice her life than her faith or her integrity and virtue. Upon which they despatched her with their cutlasses.
Reflection. —Bear patiently and sweetly bodily sufferings, and prepare for the day of trial by the courageous endurance of the daily crosses incident to your state.
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Wednesday in Ember-Week
Introit • Is. 45, 8
Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened, and bud forth a Savious. Ps. 18, 2. The heavens show forth the glory of God, and the firmament declareth the work of His hands. Glory be…
Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that the coming solemnity of our redemption may both bring us help for our present life and bestow on us the rewards of everlasting blessedness. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Is. 1, 2-5
Lesson from Isaias the Prophet.
[All nations shall flow to the church of Christ. The Jews shall be rejected for their sins. Idolatry shall be destroyed.]
In those days, the prophet Isaias said: in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be prepared on the top of mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go, and say: Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall come forth from Sion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge the Gentiles, and rebuke many people: and they shall turn their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into sickles: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they be exercised any more to war. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord our God.
Gradual • Ps. 23, 7, 3, 4
Lift up your gates, O ye princes: and be ye lifted up, O eternal gates, and the King of glory shall enter in. Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord, or who shall stand in His holy place: the innocent in hands and clean of heart.
Hasten, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and delay not; and bestow upon us the help of Thy heavenly power, that they who trust in Thy goodness may be helped by the consolations of Thy coming. Who livest.
Epistle • Is. 7, 10-15
Lesson from Isaias the Prophet.
[The prophet assures king Achaz that the two kings his enemies shall not take Jerusalem. A virgin shall conceive and bear a son.]
In those days: the Lord spoke to Achaz, saying: Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God either unto the depth of hell, or unto the height above. And Achaz said: I will not ask, and I will not tempt the Lord. And he said: Hear ye therefore, O house of David: Is it a small thing for you to be grievous to men, that you are grievous to my God also? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel. He shall eat butter and honey, that he may know to refuse the evil, and to choose the good.
Gospel • Luke 1, 26-38
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[Gospel of the Annunciation by the Angel to the Blessed Virgin Mary.]
At that time the Angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the Angel being come in, said unto Her: Hail, full of grace: the Lord is with Thee: blessed art Thou among women.
Who having heard, was troubled at his saying: and thought with Herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the Angel said to Her: Fear not, Mary, for Thou hast found grace with God: behold Thou shalt conceive in Thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son, and Thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father: and He shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end.
And Mary said to the Angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the Angel answering, said to Her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon Thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow Thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of Thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold Thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren: because no word shall be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to Me according to thy word.
Offertory • Is. 35, 4
Take courage, and feat not: for behold our God will being the revenge of recompense: he Himself will come and will save us.
May our fasting, we beseech Thee, O Lord, be acceptable to Thee, so that by expiation thy may make us worthy of Thy grace and bring us to eternal joys according to Thy promises. Through our Lord.
Communion • Is. 7, 14
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bring forth a son: and His name shall be called Emmanuel.
Filled with the bounty of Thy salvation, O Lord, we humbly beseech Thee, that we may be renewed by the effect of that of which we rejoice to partake. Through our Lord.