Traditional Mass

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

VIGIL OF SAINT LAWRENCE, Deacon and Martyr; SAINT ROMANUS, Martyr (258 A.D.)



During the third century a certain prefect of Rome determined to seize the treasures of the Church. Lawrence, the chief deacon of the Christians, assembled a great number of the poor to whom he ministered and said to the astonished magistrate, "Here is the Church's treasure."

Ps 111:9
Lavishly he gives to the poor; his generosity shall endure forever; his horn shall be exalted in glory.
Ps 111:1
Happy the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commands.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Lavishly he gives to the poor; his generosity shall endure forever; his horn shall be exalted in glory.


Hear our prayers, O Lord, and graciously grant us your lasting mercy through the intercession of Your blessed martyr Lawrence, whose feast we are preparing to celebrate.

Commemoration of SAINT ROMANUS, MARTYR
Romanus, a soldier, was drawn to Christ by the ardent charity of St. Lawrence. He was baptized by St. Lawrence, and in his turn obtained the everlasting crown of martyrdom.

O Almighty God, through the intercession of Your blessed martyr Romanus, shield us from bodily harm and purify our minds from evil thoughts. Through our Lord . . .

Lesson from the book of Ecclesiasticus
Ecclus 51:1-8, 12.
I will give You thanks, O Lord, O King; I will praise You, O God my Savior! I will make known Your name; for You have been my helper and protector, and have preserved my body from destruction, from the scourge of a slanderous tongue, and from lips that went over to falsehood; and in the sight of those who stood by You have been my helper. And You have delivered me, according to the multitude of the mercy of Your name, from those who did roar, prepared to devour; from the power of those who sought my life, and from the gates of afflictions which compassed me about; from the oppression of the flames which hemmed me in on every side, and in the midst of the fire I was not burnt; from the deep belly of the nether world, and from an unclean tongue, and from lying words, from an unjust king, and from dishonest tongues. My soul shall praise the Lord even to death; because You, O Lord our God, save those who take refuge in You, and rescue them out of the hands of the nations.

Ps 111:9, 2.
Lavishly he gives to the poor; his generosity shall endure forever.
V. His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth; the upright generation shall be blessed.

Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Matt. 16:24-27
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For he who would save his life will lose it; but he who loses his life for My sake will find it. For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will render to everyone according to His conduct.

O Lord, look with favor upon the Sacrifice we offer You. May this holy exchange of gifts free us from the bondage of our sins through the intercession of Your blessed martyr Lawrence.

Commemoration of SAINT ROMANUS
Accept our offerings and prayers, O Lord. Cleanse us by this heavenly rite, and in Your mercy hear our petitions. Through our Lord . . .

O Lord our God, may we who now joyfully commemorate Your blessed martyr Lawrence on earth rejoice one day with him in heaven.

Commemoration of SAINT ROMANUS
Almighty God, we pray that the reception of this Bread of Heaven may strengthen us against all adversity through the intercession of Your blessed martyr Romanus. Through our Lord . . .