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Saint Nicholas

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O Holy Father Nicholas, the fruit of your good deeds has enlightened and delighted the hearts of the faithful. Who cannot admire your measureless patience and humility? And who cannot wonder at your graciousness to the poor? At your compassion for the afflicted? O Bishop Nicholas, you have divinely taught all things well. And now wearing your unfading crown, you intercede for our souls with Christ, our God.

 

(Vesperal antiphon, Byzantine)

 

Saint Barbara

St Barbara.jpegLoving God, whose service calls forth

Courage in Your
servant’s soul,

We here gathered
sing the praise of

One who bravely
reached heav’n’s goal.

Claiming Christ
as only Savior,

Scorning those
with evil planned,

Now with
white-robed brilliance vested,

Near Your throne
she finds her stand.


Teach us, as You
taught St. Barb’ra,

How to love and
serve Your Name

That our hearts
may not be conquered

By our fears or
love of fame.

As she loved You
to her last breath,

Give us strength
to faithful be,

That our witness
may be fearless

And our lives
unfeigned and free.


Glory be to God,
the Father,

Glory be to God,
the Son,

Glory be to God,
the Spirit:

Glory to the
Three-in-One!

From the virgin
choirs of heaven

And from tempted
saints below,

Endless hymns
and praise unceasing

Shall from all
our hearts e’er flow.

J. Michael Thompson, © copyright.




Saint Andrew, the First Called, martyr

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Saint Andrew, pray for us.
Ask Saint Andrew to ask the Lord for the grace to carry the cross in humility, dignity and in the face of great opposition, opposition found within ourselves and from others. May he ask the Lord to bless the Bishop of Rome, the Patriarch of Constantinople, Scotland, Russia, the Archdiocese of Amalfi and for fish mongers, old maids and singers.

Saint Andrew Dung Lac and companions


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O God, source and origin of all fatherhood, who kept the
Martyrs Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions faithful to the Cross of your
Son, even to the shedding of their blood, grant, through their intercession
that, spreading your love among our brothers and sisters, we may be your
children both in name and in truth.

Saint Andrew and his 117 companions are known as the Martyrs of Vietnam, killed for their faith in Christ between 1745 and 1862, but these people are few in number compared with the vast number of people thought to have been persecuted. Saint Andrew was a secular priest who was killed in 1839. Among the companions there were 8 bishops, 50 priests, 59 lay faithful of Vietnamese, Spanish and French nationalities. Pope John Paul II canonized these saints in 1988.

Pope Saint Clement I

St Clement I.jpgHow blessed and wonderful, beloved, are the gifts of God. Life in immortality! Brightness in righteousness! Truth in full assurance! Faith in confidence! Temperance in holiness! And all this God has subjected to our understandings: What therefore will those things be which he has prepared for them that wait for him? Only the Creator and Father of spirits, the Most Holy, knows both the greatness and beauty of them. Let us therefore strive with all earnestness, that we may be found in the number of those that wait for him, and that we may receive the reward which he has promised. But how, beloved, shall we do this? We must fix our minds by faith towards God, and seek those things that are pleasing and acceptable to him. We must perform those things that are agreeable to his holy will and follow the way of truth, casting off from us all unrighteousness and iniquity, together with all covetousness, strife, evil manners, deceit, whispering, detractions, all hatred of God, pride and boasting, or vain-glory and ambition; For they that do these things are odious to God, and not only they that do them, but also all such as approve of
those that do them. (St Clement I to the Corinthians 17)

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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