Ecce enim Deus adjuvat me, et Dominus susceptor est animae meae. Behold God is my helper, and the Lord is the protector of my soul. Ps. 53:6
NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
God is our Helper, and He will always come to our aid He will open the ears of His mercy to our prayers, and will not allow us to be tempted beyond our strength. Let us obey therefore with joy the precepts of the Lord; let us worthily attend In the temple the mysteries of the holy Mass, and partake of the Body of the Lord, the manna of our souls.
This day’s liturgy puts before us in the Epistle and Gospel, the terrible punishments incurred by the Israelites on account of their immorality and irreligion. Twenty-three thousand Hebrews perished in one day on account of their lust; several were killed by serpents for having tempted God by complaining that they had no other food but manna; many were killed by the destroying angel on account of their murmuring (Epistle), and over a million Jews perished when Jerusalem was destroyed for having rejected the Messiah. They were thrown out of the Kingdom of God as the sellers were driven from the temple which is its figure, for having transformed the house of prayer into a den of thieves (Gospel).
The Gentiles, called in their stead, must therefore be faithful to their vocation and take care not to fall in their turn (Epistle). Let them obey therefore with holy joy the commandments of the Lord (Offertory), let them worthily attend in the temple the Eucharistic mysteries in which the work of our redemption is daily enacted (Secret) and eat the flesh of Jesus which is the true manna of our souls (Communion). Then will God always come to their help (Introit), He will open the ears of His Mercy to their prayers (Collect), and will not allow them to be tempted beyond their strength (Epistle).
Commemoration St. Lawrence
Dom Guéranger The Liturgical Year
“Once the mother of false gods, the Bride of Christ today, this time by Laurent victory endeavors, O Rome, thy name. Victor superb kings thy empire imposed on nations; but thy glory missed, having reduced barbarism, have also tamed unclean idols. Victory of blood, but not more tumultuous, like those of a Camille, a Caesar; fight of faith who immolated herself, and death destroyed death. What voice, what praises celebrate death? On which mode we worthily sing like a martyr? ”
Thus begins the sublime poem where Prudence spent the traditions of his time, yet so close of the great struggle, an incomparable aura surrounding the front of the Roman deacon. It was a time when enchanting eloquence of St. Ambrose repeated it herself meet Sixtus and the Levite path of martyrdom. Before Bee Milan, before the singer Crowns, Damase, Supreme Pontiff, wrote down for posterity in his monumental inscriptions worthy of the majesty of the time of triumph, the victory of Laurent by faith alone that the poet extolled in immortal verses.
Rome multiplied demonstrations in honor of the invincible athlete on the burning grill, prayed for deliverance. Not content to insert his name in the sacred Canon, it surrounded the anniversary of his birth in heaven the same privileges solemnity vigil and octave, that glorious Apostles its founders. Crimson blood on his many other witnesses of Christ, every step of the Levite ground once every Remember Lawrence saw a church arise certifying the special gratitude of the queen city. Among the many sanctuaries in various recalling his blessed memory, who kept the body of the martyr took place following churches Lateran, St. Mary of the Esquiline, Peter at the Vatican, Paul on the road to Ostia Saint Lawrence outside the Walls completed the number of major basilicas are reserved the prerogative of the Roman Pontiff, as the expression of its universal and immediate jurisdiction over all churches as representing the patriarchates of Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, Constantinople, Jerusalem, between which divides the universe. Thus, for Lawrence, the Eternal City finished to show for it is the center of the world and the source of all grace.
As Peter and Paul are the wealth, not only Rome, but of the earth, therefore Rome also saw Laurent hailed as the honor of the world; ennobled by his heroism, regenerated humanity personified in himself the courage of other martyrs. At the beginning of this month, Stephen even got up from where he had lain in death, come to confound his honors Protomartyr with glory deacon of Sixtus II in the community in a single grave. Triumph, as the struggle of all, it seemed to reach the last summit that the persecution had to still have terrible back and multiply for half a century slaughter, the victory of Laurent was considered the blow that knocked paganism the heart; hell had struck to his loss, a more inflexible than its lights Love.
“The demon said Prudence, had pressed into a fierce struggle the witness of God; he himself fell pierced with wounds, and remained for ever floored. This saint’s death athlete was the real death of temples; Vesta then saw desert palladium, without being able to retaliate. All these straights, traditional superstitions that Numa had once instituted, hurry, O Christ, thy courts, and sing hymns to your martyr. Lights senate Luperci Flamines and kiss the threshold of the Apostles and Saints. We see many illustrious families, patricians and noble matrons wish to offer their clarissimus line, guaranteeing cherished hopes. The pontiff, forehead once girded strips, joined under the sign of the Cross; Visit the Vestal Claudia, O Laurent thy sanctuary “.
Do not be surprised if the top of the seven hills, the solemnity of the day immediately fills the universe echoes of his triumphant joy. “While it would be impossible for Rome to keep hidden, proclaimed St. Augustine, as it is the crown of Lawrence escapes the eyes”. In both East and West, Byzantium and Rome peoples and princes founded temples in his honor. In return, the testimony of the Bishop of Hippo, “its benefits could not count, showing what his merit who prayed, without being granted?”
Therefore we also, we conclude with Maximus of Turin, “concurring in this devotion throughout the world celebrating the triumph of the blessed Lawrence, understand that this is a holy thing, and it pleases God that we honor in the fervor of our souls birth to heaven one whose radiant flame spread today on the Universal Church of Christ shine victory. For his badge purity of soul that made him Levite, to the fullness of faith which earned him the dignity of martyrdom, it is precisely because we exalt as almost the equal of the Apostles “.
NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST / COMMEMORATION OF ST LAWRENCE
Semi-Double/ II Class/Red Missa “Ecce Deus ádjuvat me”
INTROIT: Psalm 53: 6-7
Behold God is my helper, and the Lord is the protector of my soul: turn back the evils upon my enemies, and cut them off in Thy truth, O Lord my protector. (Ps. 53: 3) Save me, 0 God, by Thy Name, and deliver me in Thy strength. v. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.
Let Thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Thy suppliant people: and that Thou mayest grant their desire to those that seek, make them to ask such things as shall please Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, Forever and ever.
COMMEMORATION OF ST LAWRENCE
. Grant us, we beseech Thee O almighty God, to extinguish the flames of our evil dispositions, as Thou didst grant blessed Lawrence to overcome the fires of his torments. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God…
Collect for the Intercession of the Saints
Defend us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all dangers of mind and body: and through the intercession of the blessed and glorious Mary, ever Virgin, mother of God, of St Joseph, of Thy holy apostles, Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy loving-kindness grant us safety and peace; that, all adversities and errors being overcome, Thy Church may serve Thee in security and freedom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God…
EPISTLE: I Corinthians 10. 6-13
Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
Brethren, let us not covet evil things, as they also coveted: Neither become ye idolaters, as some of them: as it is written “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed fornication, and there fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them tempted, and perished by the serpents. Neither do you murmur, as some of them murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them in figure, and they are written for our correction, upon whom the ends of the world are to come. Wherefore he that thinketh himself to stand, let him take heed lest he fall. Let no temptation take hold on you, but such as is human: and God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able but will make also with temptation issue, that you may be able to bear it.
GRADUAL: Psalm 8: 2
O Lord, our Lord, how admirable is Thy Name in the whole earth. V. For Thy magnificence is elevated above the Heavens. Alleluia, alleluia. V. (Ps. 58: 3) Deliver me from my enemies, O my God: and defend me from them that rise up against me. Alleluia.
GOSPEL: Luke 16: 41-47
At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jerusalem, seeing the city, He wept over it, saying: If thou also hadst known, and that in this thy day, the things that are to thy peace: but now they are hidden from thy eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, and thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee on every side and beat thee flat to the ground, and thy children who are in thee; and they shall not leave in thee a stone upon a stone, because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation.” And entering into the temple, He began to cast out them that sold therein, and them, that bought, saying to them: “It is written, ‘My house is the house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves’.” And He was teaching daily in the temple.
OFFERTORY: Psalm 18: 9-12
The justices of the Lord are right, rejoicing hearts, and His judgments sweeter than honey and the honeycomb: for Thy servant keepeth them.
Grant to us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may worthily frequent these Mysteries: for as often as the memorial of this Victim is celebrated, the work of our redemption is wrought. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
COMMEMORATION OF ST LAWRENCE
Accept, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gifts offered Thee, and, by the interceding merits of blessed Lawrence, grant that they may be to as a help unto our salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God,
Secret for the Intercession of the Saints
Graciously hear us, O God our Saviour, and, by virtue of this Sacrament, defend us from all enemies of soul and body, bestowing upon us Thy grace here and Thy glory hereafter. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God…
PREFACE of the Most Holy Trinity
It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, ever-lasting God: Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, are one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out with one voice saying:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus, Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus, qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis
COMMUNION: John 6: 57
He that eateth My Flesh, and drinketh My Blood, abideth in Me, and I in him, saith the Lord.
May the communion of Thy Sacrament, we beseech Thee, O Lord, bring to us cleansing and grant us unity. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
COMMEMORATION OF ST LAWRENCE
Filled with Thy sacred gift, we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord, that what we celebrate with our homage duly given by the intercession of Thy blessed martyr Lawrence, we may also know as an increase of Thy saving grace within us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God,
for the Intercession of the Saints
Let us pray. May the gift of this Divine Sacrament which we have offered, cleanse us and defend us, we beseech Thee, O Lord; and through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God, of St. Joseph, of Thy holy apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, free us from all iniquity and deliver us from all adversity. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God…
Source: Daily Catholic