Introit

Introit
Traditional Mass

Sunday, August 02, 2009




Saint Alphonsus Mary Liguori

Saint Stephen I

NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

SAINT ALPHONSUS MARY DE LIGUORI
Bishop and Doctor of the Church

SAINT STEPHEN I
Pope and Martyr

DOUBLE / GREEN


INTROIT Ps. 53:6-7
Behold, God is my helper, and the Lord is the support of my soul. Turn back the evils upon my enemies, and in Your faithfulness to us disperse them, O Lord my protector.
Ps. 53:3. O God, by Your name save me, and by Your might deliver me.
V. Glory be . . .

COLLECT
O Lord, let mercy attune Your ear to the prayers of Your people calling upon You. May they ask only what is pleasing to You, so that their requests may always be heard. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of
 SAINT LIGUORI

After a brief but successful career as a lawyer, Alphonsus de Liguori (1696-1787), a member of a noble Neapolitan family, laid his sword on Our Lady's altar at the age of 27, and soon afterward was ordained to the priesthood. As a priest he devoted himself to the most neglected souls, founding for their care the missionary Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer -- the Redemptorists. Later, and much against his will, he was made a bishop. He died at the age of 91, after having suffered persecutions and long illness for Christ's sake.

O God, the burning zeal for souls which You kindled in the blessed confessor bishop Alphonsus Mary gave birth to a new congregation in the Church. May we learn from his helpful teaching and take courage from his example, so that with Your help we may come to You. 

Commemoration of SAINT STEPHEN I
Pope Stephen I reigned during the vicious persecutions of Valerian and Gallienus, and was forced even to conduct his Church councils in the martyrs' crypts. In 257, as he was finishing his mass, his persecutors seized him and put him to death.

O Eternal Shepherd, who appointed blessed Stephen I shepherd of the whole Church, let the prayers of this martyr and supreme pontiff move You to look with favor upon Your flock and to keep it under Your continual protection. Through our Lord . . .

EPISTLE I Cor. 10:6-13
Brethren: These things were done in a figure of us, that we should not covet evil things, as they also coveted. Neither become ye idolaters, as some of them, as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play." Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them that committed fornication: and there fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them tempted and perished by the serpent. Neither do you murmur, as some of them murmured and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them in figure: and they are written for our correction, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore, he that thinketh himself to stand, let him take heed lest he fall. Let no temptation take hold on you, but such as is human. And God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able: but will make also with temptation issue, that you may be able to bear it.

GRADUAL Ps. 8:2
O Lord our Lord, how glorious is Your name over all the earth!
V. For Your splendor is exalted above the heavens.

Alleluia, alleluia! V. Ps. 58:2
Rescue me from my enemies, O my God, and defend me from my adversaries. Alleluia!

GOSPEL Luke 19:41-47
At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jerusalem, seeing the city, he wept over it, saying: "If thou also hadst known, and that in this thy day, the things that are to thy peace: but now they are hidden from thy eyes. For the days shall come upon thee: and thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee and compass thee round and straiten thee on every side, And beat thee flat to the ground, and thy children who are in thee. And they shall not leave in thee a stone upon a stone: because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation." And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein and them that bought. Saying to them: "It is written: 'My house is the house of prayer.' But you have made it a den of thieves." And he was teaching daily in the temple.

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps. 18:9, 10, 11, 12
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart, and His judgments are sweeter than honey and the honeycomb; for Your servant observes them.

SECRET 
May we celebrate these sacred rites worthily, O Lord, for each offering of this memorial Sacrifice carries on the work of our redemption. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT LIGUORI

Let our hearts be consumed by the flame of this sacrifice of heaven so that they may be a sweet fragrance to You, O Lord Jesus Christ, just as You enabled blessed Alphonsus to offer himself as a holy victim in the celebration of these sacred mysteries.

Commemoration of SAINT STEPHEN
We have offered our gifts to You, O Lord. Let Your light graciously shine upon Your Church, so that this flock may everywhere prosper, and its pastors, under Your guidance, may be truly pleasing to You. Through our Lord . . .

COMMUNION ANTIPHON John 6:57
"He who eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, abides in Me and I in him," said the Lord.

POSTCOMMUNION 
O Lord, may the reception of Your Blessed Sacrament cleanse us from sin and unite us all in You. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration of SAINT LIGUORI


O God, You made the blessed confessor bishop Alphonsus Mary a faithful minister and preacher of this Divine Sacrament. May his merits and prayers win for the faithful the grace to receive it frequently and join with him in singing its ceaseless praise. 

Commemoration of SAINT STEPHEN
O Lord, govern the Church, which You have been pleased to nourish with Your Heavenly Food. Guide her by Your powerful direction, so that she may enjoy greater freedom and remain unshaken in the fullness of faith. Through our Lord . . .