S. Antonii Mariæ Zaccaria Confessoris Com. VII die infra Octavam Ss. Petri et Pauli Missa “Sermo meus”
Saint Anthony Maria Zaccaria was born at Cremona, Italy, in 1502, of noble parents. His father died when very young, and his eighteen-year-old mother was left to bring up her only son in the love of God and tenderness for the poor. As a child he gave his coat to a poor beggar who was shivering with cold. He studied philosophy and medicine at the Universities of Pavia and Padua and became a licensed physician in 1524, but was striving more earnestly to care for souls than to heal their material envelope. Sometimes when he was traveling as a doctor and found abandoned children, he assembled them to teach them their Christian duties. He desired a more perfect life and wider possibilities for the apostolate of a Christian. He therefore studied theology, and was twenty-six years old when ordained in 1528.
Those present at the first Mass of Saint Anthony Maria saw him surrounded with an extraordinary light and a crown of Angels. He himself seemed to be an Angel on earth. By his preaching and example, Cremona was renewed, and then the young apostle went to Milan. To remedy disorders of every kind resulting from the war, he founded there the Order of Regular Clerics of Saint Paul, since called Barnabites because they were entrusted with the church of Saint Barnabas. He had a great devotion to Saint Paul and desired that his religious imitate the glorious Apostle. He also established a community of Sisters, called the Angelicals, and a confraternity for fathers of families. He animated all of his followers with his great love for God.
Despite opposition of various kinds, in 1532 the Constitutions of his two communities were approved by Pope Clement VII. Their founder defended his religious with persevering gentleness in all the difficulties they encountered, and recommended to them to spend their free moments in conversation with Jesus crucified. God favored him with exceptional gifts; he read in hearts and saw the future. He died when only 36 years old, in 1539, and was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1897.
Le Calendrier catholique, by Calvet and Martin
INTROIT 1 Cor. 2:4
My speech and my preaching were not in the persuasive words of human wisdom, but in the demonstration of the Spirit and of the power. Ps 110:1 I will give thanks to You, O Lord, with all my heart; in the company and assembly of the just. 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. R.. Amen Repeat My speech and my preaching were not in the persuasive words of human wisdom, but in the demonstration of the Spirit and of the power.
Grant us, O Lord God, to learn in the spirit of Paul the Apostle that excelling knowledge of Jesus Christ, by which St. Anthony Mary, himself wondrously learned, gathered together in Your Church new families of clerics and virgins. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
Octave of SS Peter Paul
O God, Who made this day holy by the martyrdom of Your Apostle Peter and Paul, grant Your Church to follow in all things the teaching of those from whom she first received the faith. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
EPISTLE 1 Tim. 4:8-16
Lesson from the first letter of St. Paul the Apostle to Timothy. Dearly beloved: Godliness is profitable in all respects, since it has the promise of the present life as well as of that which is to come. This saying is true and worthy of entire acceptance; for we work and are reviled for this reason, that we hope in the living God, Who is the Saviour of all men, especially of believers. Command and teach these things. Let no man despise your youth, but be an example to the faithful in speech, in conduct, in charity, in faith, in chastity. Until I come, be diligent in reading, in exhortation and in teaching. Do not neglect the grace that is in you, granted to you by reason of prophecy with the laying on of hands of the presbyterate. Meditate on these things, give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be manifest to all. Take heed to yourself and to your teaching, be earnest in them. For in so doing you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
GRADUAL Phil 1:8-11
God is my witness how I long after you all in the heart of Christ Jesus. And this I pray, that your charity may more and more abound in knowledge and all discernment. V. That you may approve the better things, that you may be upright and without offense to the day of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia. Phil 1:11 Filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Alleluia.
GOSPEL Mark 10:15-21
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God as a little child will not enter into it. And He put His arms about the children, and laying His hands upon them, He began to bless them. And as He was going forth on His journey, a certain man running up fell upon his knees before Him, and asked Him, Good Master, what shall I do to gain eternal life? But Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me good? No one is good but only God. You know the commandments: You shall not commit adultery. You shall not kill. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness. You shall not defraud. Honour your father and mother. And he answered and said, Master, all these I have kept ever since I was a child. And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and said to him, One thing is lacking to you; go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.
OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps 137:1-2
In the presence of the angels I will sing Your praise; I will worship at Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name.
May we bring to the table of the heavenly banquet, O Lord, that purity of mind and body with which St. Anthony Mary was so wondrously imbued and in which he excelled when he offered these sacrificial gifts. 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, world without end. R. Amen.
Octave SS Peter & Paul
May the prayers of Your holy Apostles, O Lord, accompany the sacrificial gifts which we offer to be hallowed in Your name, so that we may obtain pardon and protection. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R. Amen.
PREFACE of the Common
It is truly meet and just, and profitable unto salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks to thee, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, eternal God, through Christ, our Lord. Though whom the angels praise thy majesty, the dominions adore it, the powers are in awe. Which the heavens and the hosts of heaven together with the blessed seraphim joyfully do magnify. And do thou command that it be permitted to us join with them in confessing thee, while we say with lowly praise: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth!
COMMUNION ANTIPHON Hebr. 9: 28
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many: and to them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
May the heavenly banquet at which we have been fed, O Lord Jesus Christ, set our hearts aflame with that fire of love with which St. Anthony Mary bore the banner of the saving Victim to victory against the enemies of Your Church. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
Octave of SS Peter & Paul
O Lord, by the prayer of Your Apostles, protect from all harm those whom You have fed with heavenly food. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R. Amen.