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ST JOHN ROBERTS, PRIEST AND MARTYR

ST JOHN ROBERTS, PRIEST AND MARTYR

ST JOHN ROBERTS, PRIEST AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 10

St John Roberts, born in Trawsfynydd, Wales, converted from Protestantism as a young adult and, after being received into the Catholic Church, first entered the English College at Valladolid in 1598, and, after a year there, made his novitiate at the great Abbey of St Martin at Compostella. His studies completed he was ordained, and set out for England at the end of 1602.

HE HAD A GOVERNMENT SPY ON HIS CASE

Having a spy on his case, he was, over the space of several years, banished, and re-entered England, time and time again. During his undercover spells in England, he ministered to the plague-stricken faithful in London. On 2nd December, 1610, he was arrested while celebrating Holy Mass. He was taken to Newgate in his vestments. He was found guilty of being a Catholic priest and hung, drawn and quartered on 10th December, 1610, at Tyburn.

PRAYER:

Almighty and eternal God,
you gave to blessed John
wisdom in defending the Catholic faith and courage in facing a martyr’s death:
listen to our prayers
and send us an ever greater harvest
of faith, hope and love.
Through our Lord…

 

 

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ST AMBROSE, BISHOP, CONFESSOR, AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

ST AMBROSE, BISHOP, CONFESSOR, AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

ST AMBROSE, BISHOP, CONFESSOR, AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 7

Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, was the son of another Ambrose, a Roman citizen, and received a liberal education at Rome. Under the Prefect Probus, he was made governor of Liguria and Aemilia, and by his command, came with authority to Milan. When the Arian Bishop, Auxentius, died, the most violent disputes arose among the people about a choice of a successor.

“AMBROSE, BISHOP”

Ambrose came to the church in his official capacity, and urged upon the contending factions, in a long and powerful speech, the necessity of keeping the public peace, whereupon a child suddenly cried out “Ambrose, Bishop,” and the whole assembly took it up and unanimously called for his election. Whereupon he was baptised (for he was still a catechumen) and was admitted to sacred orders. Having ascended all the degrees of orders as prescribed by the Church, he was raised to the rank of Bishop.

DEFENDER OF THE TRUTH

In this office he strenuously defended Catholic truth and the Church’s laws, not only by word, but also in his writings. He converted to the true faith many Arians and other heretics, among whom he begot St Augustine in Jesus Christ. Having borne so many labours and cares for the Church of God, he died on the day before the Nones of April in the year 397.

PRAYER:

O God, you who have given blessed Ambrose to your people as a help for eternal salvation, grant, we beseech you, that we may be worthy to have him as our intercessor in heaven whom we have had as a teacher of life on earth.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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ST NICHOLAS, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR

ST NICHOLAS, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR

ST NICHOLAS, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 6

Nicholas was born in the famous city of Patara in Lycia. From infancy, he fasted on Wednesday and Friday. He kept up this custom during the rest of his life. Having lost his parents when he was a young man, he gave all his goods to the poor. A noble example of his charity is seen in the fact that he secretly gave money sufficiently for a marriage dowry for three girls who were in great peril of falling into sin.

HE WENT TO MYRA

After having made a pilgrimage to Palestine, inspired by God, he went to Myra, the metropolis of Lycia, which had lost its bishop by death, and with no dissent but with wondrous concord, he was selected by the provincial bishops.

A MODEL OF EVERY VIRTUE

During his episcopate he proved himself a model of every virtue. Contrary to the edict of Diocletian and Maximian, he had preached the truth of Christian faith, and he was cast into prison where he remained until Constantine became emperor. He took part in the Council of Nicea where the Arian heresy was condemned. After he had returned to his see, he died a most holy death at Myra [ca. A. D. 342]. His body was taken to Bari in Apulia, and is the object of universal veneration in that place.

PRAYER:

O God, you who made the holy Bishop Nicholas renowned for his countless miracles, grant, we beseech you, that by his merits and prayers we may be saved from the fires of hell. Through our Lord…

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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ST BIBIANA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

ST BIBIANA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

ST BIBIANA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 2

Bibiana, a Roman virgin born of distinguished parentage, was raised to greater distinction through the Christian faith. Under Julian the Apostate, her parents, Flavian and Dafrosa, underwent martyrdom. Then Bibiana and her sister Demetria, despoiled of their property and tried with blandishments and threats by Apronian, Praetor of Rome, so that they should swerve from the true faith, prayed incessantly that they might escape the wickedness of the Praetor.

THEY PRAYED INCESSANTLY 

During the ordeal, Demetria suddenly collapsed under the very eyes of Bibiana, and died in the Lord. Bibiana, however, was then handed over to Rufina, a very wicked woman, to be seduced, but having bravely withstood the viles of the woman, she mocked the cunning of the Praetor. At his order, she was cut to pieces by leaden whips until she gave up her life. Her holy body was cast to the dogs for two days, but remained unharmed and divinely protected. A priest named John buried it by night, close to the grave of her mother and sister near the Licinian Palace, where to this day there stands a church dedicated to God under the name St Bibiana.

PRAYER:

O God, giver of all good gifts, who in your servant, Bibiana, joined the flower of virginity with the palm of martyrdom, by her intercession unite our hearts to you in charity so that, saved from all dangers, we may obtain the rewards of eternal life. Through our Lord…

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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ST CHROMATIUS, BISHOP

ST CHROMATIUS, BISHOP
PRAYER:
May the intercession of the blessed Bishop Chromatius commend us to you, O Lord, so that through his merits we may obtain that which we cannot accomplish by our own. Through our Lord…
 

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BL. CHARLES DE FOCAULD

BL. CHARLES DE FOCAULD
BL. CHARLES DE FOCAULD, PRIEST –  MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 1

Blessed Charles Eugene de Focauld, born in 1858, originated from a wealthy French family. He became a Trappist monk, living an ascetic life surrounded by the Tuareg in the Sahara Desert. His spirituality focused on the love and care of Christ. He was murdered in 1916 by fanatical muslim bandits. One of his famous prayers is the Abandonment Prayer:

“Father, I abandon myself into Your hands.

Do with me what You will; whatever You do, I will thank You.

I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only Your will be done in me, as in all Your creatures,

and I’ll ask nothing else, my Lord.

Into Your hands I commend my spirit;

I give it to You with all the love of my heart,

for I love You, Lord, and so need to give myself,

to surrender myself into Your hands with a trust beyond measure, because You are my Father. Amen.”

 

 

 

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BRIGHT BUILDER OF THE HEAVENLY POLES (ADVENT HYMN)

BRIGHT BUILDER OF THE HEAVENLY POLES (ADVENT HYMN)

Bright Builder of the heavenly poles,

Eternal light of faithful souls,

Jesus, Redeemer of mankind,

Our humble prayers vouchsafe to mind:

 

Who, lest the fraud of hell’s mean king

Should all men to destruction bring,

Didst, by an act of generous love,

The fainting world’s physician prove.

 

Thou, that thou mightst our ransom pay

And wash the stains of sin away,

Didst from a Virgin’s womb proceed

And on the Cross a Victim bleed.

 

Thy glorious power, thy saving name

No sooner any voice can frame,

but heaven and earth and hell agree

To honour them with trembling knee.

 

Thee, Christ, who at the latter day

Shalt be our Judge, we humbly pray

Such arms of heavenly grace to send

As may thy Church from foes defend.

 

Be glory given and honour done

To God the Father and the Son

And to the Holy Spirit on high,

From age to age eternally.

Amen.

 

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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