Introit

Introit
Traditional Mass

Friday, January 24, 2014

Saint Timothy

SAINT TIMOTHY


Bishop and Martyr




DOUBLE / RED

Timothy, born in Galatia in Asia Minor, was baptized and later ordained to the priesthood by St. Paul. The young Galatian became Paul's missionary companion and his most beloved spiritual son. Paul showed his trust in this disciple by consecrating him bishop of the great city of Ephesus. During his last imprisonment in Rome, Paul wrote to Timothy to make haste and come from Asia minor. But St. Paul was martyred before an earthly reunion with his son in Christ was possible. Thirty years later, Timothy was stoned to death at Ephesus for having denounced the worship of the goddess Diana.


Mass of a MARTYR BISHOP, except


COLLECT
Almighty God, look upon our weakness and the heavy burden we carry because of our own deeds. Let the prayers of Your blessed martyr bishop Timothy in heaven be our protection. Through Our Lord . . .


EPISTLE I Tim. 6:11-16
Beloved: Pursue justice, godliness, faith, charity, patience, mildness. Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art called and be it confessed a good confession before many witnesses. I charge thee before God who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate, a good confession: That thou keep the commandment without spot, blameless, unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, Which in his times he shall shew, who is the Blessed and only Mighty, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Who only hath immortality and inhabiteth light inaccessible: whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and empire everlasting. Amen.


SECRET
O Lord, graciously accept the gifts we offer You in honor of Your blessed Martyr bishop Timothy and grant us Your unending assistance through these offerings. Through our Lord . . .


POSTCOMMUNION
We are refreshed by the reception of Your sacred gifts, O Lord. May the prayers of Your blessed Martyr bishop Timothy make us feel the benefit of the sacred rite we have performed. Through our Lord . . .