Introit

Introit
Traditional Mass

Monday, March 12, 2007


SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT
Pope and Doctor of the Church

Pope Gregory I (c. 540-604) had founded seven Benedictine monasteries on his ancestral estates, and he himself had become a monk in one of them -- St. Andrew's on the Coelian Hill. In the sixth year of his pontificate, he sent to England forty Benedictine monks of St. Andrew's, with St. Augustine, their prior, as leader of the pioneer mission band. Gregory also dealt courageously with the conquering Lombards, enlightened the whole Church by his teaching, governed both East and West with vigorous humility, and gave to the world a perfect pattern of pastoral rule.

Mass of a Pope, except

PRAYER
O God, You rewarded the soul of Your servant Gregory with eternal happiness. Mercifully relieve us from the oppressive weight of our sins through the intercession of this saint. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of MONDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK IN LENT
O Lord, mercifully fill our hearts with Your grace. We mortify our bodies by abstaining from food; may we also guard our senses from the danger of unbridled pleasures. Through Our Lord . . .

SECRET PRAYER
May this sacrifice, which You offered to wash away the sins of the whole world, O Lord, help us through the intercession of blessed Gregory. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of MONDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK IN LENT
O Lord, transform this gift we offer You in worship into the Sacrament of our salvation. Through Our Lord . . .

POSTCOMMUNION PRAYER
O God, You bestowed the merits of the saints upon the blessed Pope Gregory. May we who celebrate this feast in his memory also follow the example of his life. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of MONDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK IN LENT
Almighty and merciful God, may we cherish with our hearts the Sacrament we have received with our lips. Through Our Lord . . .