Traditional Mass

Monday, July 03, 2017

SAINT LEO II Pope and Confessor

Pope and Confessor


Leo II, a native of Sicily, was pope only for 18 months, dying on July 3, 683. In a period when heresy was widespread, Pope Leo used his apostolic authority fearlessly to defend and preserve the integrity of Catholic doctrine. He was zealous as a teacher and preacher, eloquent in spreading the word of God, musically gifted, a lover of poverty, and continually concerned for the needy and those suffering in body or soul.

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If thou lovest me, Simon Peter, feed my lambs, feed my sheep. Ps. I will extol you, O Lord, for you have upheld me, and have not let my enemies rejoice over me. V. Glory be . . . 

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

LESSON (1 Peter 5:1-4; 10-11

The ancients therefore that are among you, I beseech, who am myself also an ancient, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ: as also a partaker of that glory which is to be revealed in time to come:
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking care of it, not by constraint, but willingly, according to God: not for filthy lucre's sake, but voluntarily:
Neither as lording it over the clergy, but being made a pattern of the flock from the heart.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us into his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, will himself perfect you, and confirm you, and establish you.
11 To him be glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen.

Alleluia, alleluia (Matt. 16:18)
V. Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church. Alleluia!

GOSPEL (Matt. 16:13-19)
13 And Jesus came into the quarters of Caesarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is?
14 But they said: Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?
16 Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.
18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

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 . . .

Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.

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 . . .