August 4

St. Dominic, Confessor1


Double Major

   Dominic Guzman, born in Spain, opposed the disorders of the Albagenses. He founded the Order of the Friars Preachers, propagated the devotion to the Rosary, and saved the Western Church from the growing power of sinners and heretics. He died A.D. 1221.

INTROIT Ps. 36. 31, 30

Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, et lingua ejus loquetur judicium: lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius. -- Noli aemulari in malignantibus: neque zelaveris facientes iniquitatem. V.: Gloria Patri . . . -- Os justi meditabitur . . . The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgment: the law of his God is in his heart. -- (Ps. 97. 1). Be not emulous of evildoers: nor envy them that work iniquity. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- The mouth of the just . . .


COLLECT.--O God, who hast vouchsafed to make Thy Church illustrious by the merits and teaching of blessed Dominic, Thy Confessor: grant that, through his intercession, she may not be deprived of temporal help, and may ever advance in spiritual increase. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost. . .


EPISTLE II Timothy 4. 1-8
Lesson from the second Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to Timothy.

[St. Paul admonishes Timothy to hold firm the sound doctrine of the Gospel. St. Dominic was also renowned for his orthodoxy and his theological learning.]

Dearly beloved, I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by His coming and His kingdom: preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labor in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober. For I am even now ready to be sacrificed, and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord, the just Judge, will render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love His coming.


GRADUAL Ps. 91. 13, 14

Justus ut palma florebit: sicut cedrus Libani multiplicabitur in domo Domini. V.: Ad annuntiandum mane misericordiam tuam et veritatem tuam per noctem.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V.: Justus germinabit sicut lilium: et florebit in aeternum ante Dominum. Alleluia.
The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus in the house of the Lord. V.: To show forth Thy mercy in the morning, and Thy truth in the night.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V.(Osee 14. 6). The just shall spring as the lily; and shall flourish for ever before the Lord. Alleluia.


GOSPEL Luke 12. 35-40
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

[Christ admonishes all to watch and to be ready for His Coming.]

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Let your loins be girt and lamps burning in your hands, and you yourselves like to men who wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding: that when he cometh, shall find watching: amen I say to you that he will gird himself and make them sit down to meat, and passing will minister unto them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. But this know ye, that if the householder did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open. Be you then also ready, for at what hour you think not the Son of Man will come.


OFFERTORY Ps. 88. 25

Veritas mea, et misericordia mea cum ipso: et in Nomine meo exaltabitur cornu ejus. My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.


SECRET.--Hallow, O Lord, the gifts we offer up to Thee, that through the merits of blessed Dominic, Thy Confessor, they may profit us unto the healing of our souls. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost . . .


The Common Preface

Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: per Christum Dominum nostrum. Per quem majestatem tuam laudant Angeli, adorant Dominationes, tremunt Potestates. Coeli, coelorumque Virtutes, ac beata Seraphim socia exsultatione concelebrant. Cum quibus et nostras voces, ut admitti jubeas, deprecamur, supplici confessione dicentes: 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 Luke 12. 42

Fidelis servus et prudens, quem constituit dominus super familiam suam: ut det illis in tempore tritici mensuram. This is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord setteth over his family: to give them their measure of wheat in due season.


POSTCOMMUNION.--Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we, who are weighed down by the burden of our sins, may find relief in the patronage of blessed Dominic, Thy Confessor. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth . . .

1 The faithful who shall perform some pious work or utter some prayer in honor of St. Dominic, this during 15 consecutive Tuesdays, can gain: Plenary indulgence, on each of these 15 days; the usual conditions are required. -- P.P.O. n. 501.