Pope Saint Linus, the immediate successor of St. Peter, ruled the Church for about twelve years. In the year 79 he suffered martyrdom, and was buried alongside the Prince of Apostles. His name is in the Canon of the Mass.
The virgin Saint Thecla was converted by St. Paul while preaching at Iconium. She left a luxurious home and followed the apostle in his later journeys. She suffered many tortures for the Faith but finally passed her life in solitude in Isauria, and there died a holy death.
Feast of Pope St. Linus, Martyr / Commemoration of Saint Thecla, Virgin and Martyr – Tuesday in the Fifteenth week after Pentecost
Double / Red
Missa “Si diligis Me”
INTROIT: John 21: 15-17
If thou lovest Me, Simon Peter, feed My lambs; feed My sheep. Alleluia, alleluia.
PSALM: 29: 1
I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast upheld me: and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me.
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. Amen.
If thou lovest Me…
Si díligis Me, Simon Petre, pasce agnos meos, pasce oves meas. Allelúja, allelúja.
PSALM: 29: 1
Exaltábo te, Dómine, quóniam suscepísti me, nec delectásti inimícos meos super me.
Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancti sicut erat in principio et nunc, et semper, et saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Si diligis Me…
O Eternal Shepherd, do Thou look favorably upon Thy flock, which we beseech Thee to guard and keep for evermore through the Blessed Linus, Thy Martyr and Supreme Pontiff, whom Thou didst choose to be the chief shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever.
COLLECT Commemoration of St. Thecla, Virgin and Martyr
Let us pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who keep the birthday of blessed Thecla, Thy virgin and martyr, may both rejoice in her yearly festival, and profit by the example of such great faith. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God…
COLLECT for Petitioning the Assistance of All Saints
Defend us, O Lord, we beseech thee, from all dangers both of body and soul: and at the intercession of the blessed and glorious Ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of blessed Joseph, of thy holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all thy Saints, grant us thy saving health and peace; that being defended from all adversities and all false doctrines, thy Church may serve thee in freedom and quietness. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord. Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God…
EPISTLE: 1 Peter 5: 1-4, 10-11
Lesson from the First Book of Peter
Dearly beloved, the ancients therefore that are among you, I beseech , who am myself also am 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. And when the prince of pastors shall appear, you shall receive a never fading crown of glory. But the God of all grace, Who hath called us unto His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, will himself perfect you, and confirm you, and establish you. To Him be glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen.
GRADUAL: Psalm 106: 32, 31
Let them exalt him in the Church of the people: and praise him in the chair of the ancients.
Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him, and the wonderful works to the children of men.
ALLELUIA: Matthew: 16: 18
Alleluia, alleluia. Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church. Alleluia.
GOSPEL: Matthew 16: 13-19
At that time, Jesus came into the quarters of Cæsarea Philippi, and He asked His disciples, saying, “Whom do men say that the Son of man is?” But they said, Some, John the Baptist, and other some, Elias, and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Jesus saith to them, “But whom do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. 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: 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; and to thee I will give the keys of the kingdom of Heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in Heaven; and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in Heaven.”
OFFERTORY: Jerem. 1: 9-10
Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth: See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
In Thy loving kindness, we beseech Thee, Lord, be moved by the offering of our gifts and enlighten Thy Church: that Thy flock may prosper everywhere and the shepherds, under Thy guidance, may be rendered acceptable to Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever.
SECRET Commemoration of St. Thecla, Virgin and Martyr
Graciously receive, O Lord, the gifts which we offer on the solemnity of Thy virgin and martyr, Thecla, by whose patronage we trust to be delivered from all evil. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God…
Third Secret for Petitioning the Assistance of All Saints
Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation, and by the power of the Sacrament defend us from all dangers both of body and soul: granting us in this world the succour of thy grace, and in the world to come life everlasting. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God…
PREFACE of the Apostles
It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, to entreat Thee humbly, O Lord, that Thou woulds not desert Thy flock. O everlasting Shepherd; but through Thy blessed Apostles, wouldst keep it under Thy constant protection; that it may be governed by those same rulers, whom as vicars of Thy work, Thou didst set over it to be its pastors. And therefore with Angels and Archangesl, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of The glory, evermore saying:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dóminus Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt cæli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.
COMMUNION: Matthew 16: 18
Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church. Alleluia.
Since Thy Church has been nourished by the sacred repast, govern her in Thy clemency, we beseech Thee, O Lord, so that under the guidance of Thy mighty rule she may enjoy greater freedom and abiding integrity of religion. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever. R. Amen.
Postcommunion commemoration of St. Thecla, Virgin and Martyr
Let us pray. May the mysteries we have received, help us, O Lord, and, by the intercession of blessed Thecla, Thy virgin and martyr, may they cause us to rejoice in everlasting protection. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
Postcommunion for Petitioning the Assistance of All Saints
Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that the gifts now offered by us in these holy mysteries may evermore cleanse and defend us: that, at the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of blessed Joseph, of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all thy Saints; we may be absolved from all our offences and defended against all adversities. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God…