Introit

Introit
Traditional Mass

Saturday, February 23, 2008

SAINT PETER DAMIAN
Bishop and Doctor of the Church

SATURDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT

DOUBLE / WHITE
The tenth century was a dark age for the Church, but an upsurge of faith and morals began soon after the year 1000. One of the foremost apostles of reform was Peter Damian (1007-72), a native of Ravenna, Italy. Seven Popes in succession sought his advice, and St. Peter induced two antipopes to withdraw their pretensions to the Holy See. He often said: "We can never restore primitive discipline when once it is decayed; and if we, by negligence, suffer any diminution in what remains established, future ages will never be able to repair the breach."

Mass of a
DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH, except

COLLECT
O Almighty God, grant that we may follow the teaching and example of Your blessed confessor bishop Peter, and turn away from the things of earth that we may attain the joys of heaven. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SATURDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK IN LENT
O Lord, may our fasting attain its saving effect so that the mortification of our bodies may bring a new life to our souls. Through Our Lord . . .

SECRET
O Lord, let the blessed bishop and doctor Damian always help us, and through his intercession, accept our offering and pardon our sins. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SATURDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK IN LENT
O Lord, be appeased by this Sacrifice. We seek forgiveness for our own sins; let us not be burdened with the sins of others. Through our Lord . . .

POSTCOMMUNION
O Lord, may this Sacrifice bring us closer to our salvation through the intercession of Your blessed bishop and illustrious doctor Damian. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SATURDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK IN LENT
May this sacramental libation of Your Sacrament fill our hearts, O Lord, and impart its own strength to us. Through our Lord . . .