St. Isidore was the last of the ancient Christian Philosophers, as he was the last of the great Latin Fathers. He was undoubtedly the most learned man of his age and exercised a far-reaching and immeasurable influence on the educational life of the Middle Ages.
He died April 4, 636.
O God, may blessed Isidore intercede for us in heaven as he once instructed Your faithful on earth and directed them in the way of eternal salvation. Through our Lord . . .
LESSON III Kings 3:16-28 [I King 3:16-28]
GRADUAL Ps. 30:3; 70:1
TRACT Ps. 102:10; 78:8-9
O Lord, repay us not according to the sins we have committed, nor according to our iniquities.
V. O Lord, remember not our iniquities of the past; let Your mercy come quickly to us, for we are being brought very low. (All kneel.)
V. Help us, O God our Savior, and for the glory of Your name, O Lord, deliver us; and pardon us our sins for Your names sake.
GOSPEL John 2:13-25
At that time, the pasch of the Jews was at hand: and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
And he found in the temple them that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting. And when he had made, as it were, a scourge of little cords, he drove them all out of the temple, the sheep also and the oxen: and the money of the changers he poured out, and the tables he overthrew. And to them that sold doves he said: "Take these things hence, and make not the house of my Father a house of traffic." And his disciples remembered, that it was written: 'The zeal of thy house hath eaten me up.'
The Jews, therefore, answered, and said to him: "What sign dost thou shew unto us, seeing thou dost these things?" Jesus answered and said to them: "Destroy this temple; and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews then said: "Six and forty years was this temple in building; and wilt thou raise it up in three days?" But he spoke of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen again from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this: and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had said.
Now when he was at Jerusalem, at the pasch, upon the festival day, many believed in his name, seeing his signs which he did. But Jesus did not trust himself unto them: for that he knew all men, And because he needed not that any should give testimony of man: for he knew what was in man.
OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps. 99:1-2
Sing joyfully to God all the earth; serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful song, for the Lord is God.
May the Sacrifice that we offer You, O Lord, always bring us new life and keep us from harm. Through our Lord . . .
O Lord, let the blessed bishop and doctor Isidore always help us, and through his intercession accept our offering and pardon our sins. Through our Lord . . .
COMMUNION ANTIPHON Ps. 18:13-14
Cleanse me from my hidden faults, O Lord, and spare Your servants from those of others.
O Lord, may the reception of Your Sacrament bring us ever nearer to our eternal redemption. Through our Lord . . .
PRAYER OVER THE PEOPLE
O Lord, graciously hear our prayers. Protect those who depend upon You even for the desire to ask for help. Through our Lord . . .