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St. John

Apostle and Evangelist

December 27

ST. JOHN, the youngest of the apostles in age, was called to follow Christ on the banks of the Jordan during the first days of Our Lord's ministry. He was one of the privileged few present at the Transfiguration and the Agony in the garden. At the Last Supper his head rested on the bosom of Jesus, and in the hours of the Passion, when others fled or denied their Master, St. John kept his place by the side of Jesus, and at the last stood by the cross with Mary. From the cross the dying Saviour bequeathed His Mother to the care of the faithful apostle, who "from that hour took her to his own;" thus fitly, as St. Austin says, "to a virgin was the Virgin intrusted." After the Ascension, St. John lived first at Jerusalem, and then at Ephesus. He was thrown by Domitian into a caldron of boiling oil, and is thus reckoned a martyr, though miraculously preserved from hurt. Afterwards he was banished to the isle of Patmos, where he received the heavenly visions described in tine Apocalypse. He died at a great age, in peace, at Ephesus, in the year 100.

Reflection. --St. John is a living example of Our Lord's saying, "Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God." you!  
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Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Introit • Ecclus. 15, 5

In the midst of the church the Lord opened his mouth: and filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed him with a robe of glory. Ps. 91, 2. It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy name, O Most High. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Of Thy loving-kindness, O Lord, shed light upon Thy Church; that, being enlightened by the teachings of blessed John, Thine apostle and evangelist, it may attain to Thine everlasting gifts. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Ecclus. 15, 1-6

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Philippians.

[Wisdom embraceth them that fear God. God is not the author of sin.]

He that feareth God, will do good: and he that possesseth justice, shall lay hold on her, And she will meet him as an honourable mother, and will receive him as a wife married of a virgin. With the bread of life and understanding, she shall feed him, and give him the water of wholesome wisdom to drink: and she shall be made strong in him, and he shall not be moved: And she shall hold him fast, and he shall not be confounded: and she shall exalt him among his neighbours. And in the midst of the church she shall open his mouth, and shall fill him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and shall clothe him with a robe of glory. She shall heap upon him a treasure of joy and gladness, and shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.  

Gradual • John 21, 23, 19

A saying went abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: and Jesus did not say, he should not die. But: So I will have him remain till I come: follow thou Me.

Lesser Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia. This is that disciple who giveth testimony of these things: and we know that his testimony is true. Alleluia.




Gospel • John 21, 19-24

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John. 

[Christ manifests himself to his disciples by the sea side and gives Peter the charge of his sheep.]

At that time, Jesus said to Peter, Follow me. Peter turning about, saw that disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also leaned on his breast at supper, and said: Lord, who is he that shall betray thee?
Him therefore when Peter had seen, he saith to Jesus: Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith to him: So I will have him to remain till I come, what is it to thee? follow thou me. This saying therefore went abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die. And Jesus did not say to him: He should not die; but, So I will have him to remain till I come, what is it to thee? This is that disciple who giveth testimony of these things, and hath written these things; and we know that his testimony is true.  also.

Offertory • Ps. 91, 13

The just man shall flourish, like the palm-tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus.

Secret

Receive, O Lord, the gifts which we bring to Thee on the solemnity of him by whose patronage we trust to be delivered. Through our Lord.

Communion • John 21, 23

A saying went abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: and Jesus did not say, he should not die. But: So I will have him remain till I come.

Postcommunion

Refreshed with heavenly food and drink, we humbly beseech Thee, our God, that as we have partaken of them, so by the prayers of Him Whom we thereby commemorate, we may also be fortified. Through our Lord.