Introit

Introit
Traditional Mass

Monday, August 13, 2007

Dieric Bouts the Elder

The Torture of St. Hippolyte

after 1468
Oil on wood
, 90 x 89.2 cm
St Salvator Cathedral, Bruges


SAINTS HIPPOLYTUS AND CASSIAN
Martyrs

SIMPLE / RED
Hippolytus was a prominent priest of the church of Rome at the beginning of the third century. Together with the Pope St. Pontian he was exiled to Sardinia, and his sufferings ended in martyrdom A.D. 235.
In about the year 320, officials at Imola, Italy, arrested Cassian, a Christian schoolmaster. The governor ordered him to be tortured by his own pagan pupils. After making barbarous sport of Cassian in various ways, the pagan boys stabbed their former teacher to death with their stilettos.

Mass of SEVERAL MARTYRS, except

PRAYER
O Almighty God, grant that our solemn celebration of the feast of your holy martyrs Hippolytus and Cassian may increase our devotion and bring us closer to our salvation. Through our Lord . . .

SECRET PRAYER
Look kindly upon the gifts Your people offer on this feast day of Your saints. May the testimony that these saints gave to th etruth help us toward salvation. Through our Lord . . .

POSTCOMMUNION PRAYER
O Lord, may the reception of Your Sacraments save us and confirm us in the light of Your truth. Through our Lord . . .