THIS saint was born at Antioch in 512, and retired, when yet a child, into the monastery of Thaumistore, or the Admirable Mountain, situated in the deserts of Syria, near Antioch. For several years he served a holy hermit who was a monk of the same place, and lived not far from the community upon a pillar. Simeon laboured with his whole strength to be a faithful imitator of all his virtues. Meeting one day with a young leopard, and not knowing what it was, he put a rope about its neck, and thus brought it to his master, saying he had found a cat. The good hermit, seeing the furious beast tamely obeying a child, began to conceive greater thoughts of him: and not long after, in 526, having had sufficient experience of his fervour, ordered him to make a pillar, and to live upon it. The youth obeyed, as if it had been the voice of God, and lived successively upon two pillars, within the inclosure of the monastery, threescore and eight years in great austerity, and in the exercises of assiduous contemplation. God manifested his sanctity by a great number of miracles, which he performed chiefly in curing the sick, foretelling things to come, and knowing the most secret thoughts of others. Evagrius, the historian, was an eye-witness to many, and assures us that he had experienced his knowledge of the thoughts of others in himself when he visited him for spiritual advice. A great concourse of people of all nations, as well Romans as Barbarians, resorted to this eminent servant of God, who was honoured by the whole world, particularly by the emperor Mauritius. When the Samaritans effaced the holy images that were in the churches, St. Simeon wrote to the emperor Justin in defence of the respect which is due to them. This letter is quoted by St. John Damascen, and by the second council of Nice. The saint fell ill about the year 592, and Gregory, the patriarch of Antioch, being informed that he was at the point of death, went in all haste to assist at his last moments; but, before he arrived, St. Simeon had departed to the Lord. He is honoured by the Greeks on the 24th of May, and by the Latins on the 3rd of September.
The fervour of the saints in bewailing their sins, in singing the divine praises, and in sighing after the glorious society of the heavenly spirits, made them seem to forget all concerns of the world. In these heavenly exercises they found the greatest delights and the most holy and pure joy. The great St. Antony having spent the whole night in prayer, when the morning called him to other duties was heard to lament that the rising sun interrupted the sweet entertainment of his soul with God: though by recollection and frequent aspirations at his manual labour and other employments, he in some measure continued his prayer the whole day. What a reproach is the holy ardour of the saints to our sloth, delicacy, and self-love! How loudly does the pillar of St. Simeon condemn our indolence! Nature, it is true, is weak, and stands in need of some relief: but if a lazy, unwilling mind is to be judged of its want of strength, the judgment will be partial in favour of our passions.
INTROIT Ecclesiasticus 45: 30
The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgment: the law of his God is in his heart.. (Ps. 36: 30-31) Be not emulous of evildoers: nor envy them that work iniquity. v. Glory be…etc
May the intercession of the blessed Simeon, we beseech Thee, O Lord, commend us unto Thee, that what we can not hae through our own merits, we may obtain through his patronage. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, Forever and ever.
EPISTLE 1 Timothy 6:6-12
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul, the Apostle to Timothy. Dearly beloved: Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and certainly we can carry nothing out. But having food, and wherewith to be covered, with these we are content. For they that will become rich, fall into temptation, and into the snare of the devil, and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For covetousness is the root of all evils; which some desiring have erred from the Faith and have entangled themselves in many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, fly these things; and pursue justice, godliness, faith, charity, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith; Iay hold on eternal life.
GRADUAL/ALLELUIA Psalm 61: 13,14
The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Lebanon in the house of the Lord. V. (Psalm 61: 3) To show forth Thy mercy in the morning, and Thy truth in the night. Alleluia. Alleluia. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life. Alleluia.
GOSPEL Matthew 19. 27-29
At that time, Peter said to Jesus: ‘Behold we have left all things and have followed Thee: what therefore shall we have? And Jesus said to them: ‘Amen I say to you, that you, who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit on the seat of His majesty, you also shall sit on twelve seats, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold and shall possess life everlasting.’
OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Psalm 20: 3-4
Thou hast given him his hearts desire, O Lord, and hast not withholden from him the will of his lips: Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones.
May Thy holy confessor we beseech Thee, O Lord, obtain for us that the victims placed upon Thy holy altar may avail us unto salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever.
PREFACE of the Common
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, everlasting God: through Christ our Lord. Through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the Heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say in lowly praise:
COMMUNION ANTIPHON Matthew 24: 47
The faithful and wise servant, whom his lord setteth over his family, to give them their measure of wheat in due season.
May the reception of Thy sacrament, and the intercession of blessed Simeon, protect us, O Lord; that we may put into practice the virtues of his life, and receive the help of his intercession. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God For ever and ever.