Feast of St. Jerome Emilliani, Confessor commemoration of St Margaret of Antioch: Missa “Effúsum is”
A careless and irreligious soldier for the city-state of Venice, Jerome was captured in a skirmish at an outpost town and chained in a dungeon. In prison Jerome had a lot of time to think, and he gradually learned how to pray. When he escaped, he returned to Venice where he took charge of the education of his nephews—and began his own studies for the priesthood.
In the years after his ordination, events again called Jerome to a decision and a new lifestyle. Plague and famine swept northern Italy. Jerome began caring for the sick and feeding the hungry at his own expense. While serving the sick and the poor, he soon resolved to devote himself and his property solely to others, particularly to abandoned children. He founded three orphanages, a shelter for penitent prostitutes and a hospital.
Around 1532, Jerome and two other priests established a congregation, the Clerks Regular of Somasca, dedicated to the care of orphans and the education of youth. Jerome died in 1537 from a disease he caught while tending the sick. He was canonized in 1767. In 1928, Pius Xl named him the patron of orphans and abandoned children.
It was related that St. Charles Borromeo when going through Somascha, became aware of the presence of the relics of a saint through the sweet perfume which emanated from his tomb. Asking for a thurible, St. Charles offered incense on the tomb of St Jerome, being thus the first to render public veneration to the saint.
There is a commemoration today of the holy virgin martyr St. Margaret, who was called by the Greeks, Marina. She was martyred at Antioch in Pisidia under the Emperor Diocletian at the end of the Third Century. Devotion to her became very popular in Rome during the Middle Ages, and many chapels and churches were dedicated to her. She is invoked, especially, by those who are about to become mothers
INTROIT Lamentations 2: 11
Poured out upon the earth is my liver, for the destruction of the daughter of my people, when the child and the suckling fainted away in the streets of the city. ( Psalm 112: 1 ) Praise the Lord, ye children: Praise ye the name of the Lord. v. Glory be to the Father and the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Repeat Poured out upon …
God, the Father of mercies, grant, by the intercession of blessed Jerome, whom Thou did not know how to be the helper and father of orphans, which we may faithfully guard the spirit of adoption Thy children. 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.
Commemoration of St. Margaret
Let us pray. May blessed margarita, virgin and martyr, who was ever pleasing to thee by her husband of chastity and by her extolling of Thy power, implores Thy forgiveness for us, we beseech Thee, O Lord. 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.
EPISTLE Isaiah 58: 7-11
Lesson from Isaiah the Prophet.Thus said the Lord: Deal with your hungry, and bring the needy and the harborless into thy house: when thou shalt see one naked, cover him, and despise not thy own flesh. Then shall thy light go forth thy speed, thou thy morning, and thy justice shall go before thy face, and the glory of the Lord shall gather thee up. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall hear: thou shalt cry, and he shall say, here I am. If you want to take a break from the chain of the midst of the When thou shalt for thy soul to the hungry, and shalt satisfy the afflicted soul, then shall thy light rise up in darkness, and thy darkness shall be the noonday. And the Lord will give thee rest continually,
GRADUAL/ALLELUIA Psalm 61: 13,14
Let your fountains be conveyed abroad, and in the streets divide thy waters. V. Acceptable is the man who showeth mercy and lendeth, he is ordereth his words with judgment; because he will not be moved forever. Alleluia, alleluia. V. ( Ps. 111: 5, 6 ) He hath distributed, he bath given to the poor; his justice remaineth forever and ever. Alleluia.
GOSPEL Matthew 19: 13-21
At that time, little children were presented to Him, that He should impose hands upon them, and pray. And the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said to them, “Suffer the little children, and forbid not to come to Me for the kingdom of Heaven is for such.” When He Had Imposed Hands on Them, He departed from thence. And behold one came to Him, and said to Him, “Good master, what good shall I do, that I may have life everlasting?” Who then said to him, “Why do you ask me about good? One is good, God. But you wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, Which? And Jesus said,”Thou shalt do no murder, thou shalt shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness, honor thy father and thy mother, and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” The young man knows to Him, All these things have I kept from my youth; what is still wanting to me? Jesus saith to him, “If thou wilt be perfect, go, sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven: and come, follow Me.”
OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Tobias 12: 12
When thou didst pray with tears, and didst bury the dead, and didst leave thy dinner, and hide the dead in thy house, and bury them by night, I offered thy prayer to the Lord.
Most merciful God ,, Who, having destroyed the old man, did not hesitate to create a blessed life in his life. to Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son for Lord, Who is liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever.
Commemoration of St. Margaret
Graciously accept, O Lord, the sacrifices dedicated to the merits of blessed Margaret, Thy virgin and martyr, and grant them a life on our behalf. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son for Lord, Who is 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 James 1: 27
Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation, and to keep one’s self unspotted from this world.
The Lord, who is joyously celebrating the annual commemoration of blessed Jerome, Thy confessor, may also imitate his example and be enabled to obtain a most abundant reward in Thy kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who is liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God For ever and ever.
Commemoration of St. Margaret
Let us pray. Filled with the bounty of Thy divine gift, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that, by the intercession of the blessed Margaret, Thy virgin and martyr, we may ever live in the partaking. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who is liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God For ever and ever.
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