[STATION AT ST. MARY MAJOR'S]
St. John is the virgin Apostle, crowned with the halo of those who knew hot to conquer their flesh: for this reason, he became 'the disciple whome Jesus loved.' Thanks to his angelic purity, he imbibed that wholesome wisdom of which the Epistle of the Mass speaks and which has given to him the halo of the Doctors. Finally he received the halo of the Martyrs, since he barely escaped a violent death. It is to St. John, who wrote a Gospel, three Epistles and the Apocalypse, that we owe the most beautiful pages on the Divinity of the Word made flesh, and it is for this reason that the virgin Apostle is symbolized by the eagle. His name is mentioned with the other Apostles's names in the Canon of the Mass. St. John the Evangelist depared this life at Ephesus in 101.
INTROIT ¤ Eccl. 15. 5
|In medio Ecclesiae aperuit os ejus: et implevit eum Dominus epiritu sapientiae, et intellectus: stolam gloriae induit eum. -- Bonum est confiteri DOmino: et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime. V.: Gloria Patri . . . -- In medio Ecclesiae . . .||In the midst of the Church the Lord opened his mouth: and filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed him with a robe of glory. -- (Ps. 91. 2). It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy Name, O Most High. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . In the midst of the Church . . .|
|COLLECT.--Of Thy goodness, O Lord, shine upon Thy Church, that, enlightened by the teachings of blessed John, Thy Apostle and Evangelist, she may attain to everlasting gifts. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth . . .|
| Commemoration of
2nd COLLECT.--Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the new birth of Thine only-begotten Son in the flesh may set us free, who are held by the old bondage under the yoke of sin. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God . . .
EPISTLE ¤ Eccl. 15. 1-6
Lesson from the book of Wisdom.
[St. John, the virgin Apostle, obtained, thanks to his angelic purity, that wholesome wisdom, of which this lesson speaks, and which has given to him the halo of the Doctors.]
|He that feareth God will do good: and he that possesseth justice shall lay hold on her, and she will meet him as an honorable mother. With the bread of life and understanding she shall feed him and give him the water of wholesome wisdom to drink: and she shall be made strong in him, and he shall not be moved: and she shall hold him fast, and he shall not be confounded: and she shall exalt him among his neighbors, and in the midst of the Church she shall open his mouth, and shall fill him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and shall clothe him with a robe of glory. The Lord our God shall heap upon him a treasure of joy and gladness, and shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.|
GRADUAL ¤ John 21. 23, 19
| Exiit sermo inter fratres, quod
discipulus ille non moritur. Et non dixit Jesus: No moritur. V.: Sed: Sic eum
volo manere, donec veniam: tu me sequere.
Alleluia, alleluia. V.: Hic est dicipulus ille, qui testamonium perhibet de his: et scimus, quia verum est testimonium ejus. Alleluia.
| This saying therefore went abroad
among the brethren, that that disciple should not die. And Jesus did not say:
He should not die. V.: But: So I will have him to remain until I come: follow
Alleluia, alleluia. V.(John 21. 24). This is that disciple who giveth testimony of these things: and we know that his testimony is true. Alleluia.
GOSPEL ¤ John. 21. 19-24.
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.
[St. John is the virgin Apostle who knew how to conquer his flesh: for this reason he became the disciple whom Jesus loved, and who also leaned on His breast at supper.]
|At that time Jesus said to Peter: Follow Me. Peter turning about saw that disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also leaned on His breast at supper and said: Lord, who is he that shall betray Thee? Him therefore when Peter had seen, he saith to Jesus: Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith to him: So I will have him to remain till I come, what is it to thee? Follow thou Me. This saying therefore went abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die. And Jesus did not say to him: He should not die; but: So I will have him to remain till I come: what is it to thee? This is that disciple who giveth testimony of these things, and hath written these things: and we know that he testimony is true.|
OFFERTORY ¤ Ps. 91. 13
|Justus ut palma florebit: sicut cedrus, quae in Libano est, multiplicabitur.||The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall be multiplied like the cedar that is in Libanus.|
|SECRET.--Receive, O Lord, the gifts we bring to Thee on the feast of him, by whose pleading we hope to be delivered. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity . . .|
| Commemoration of
2nd SECRET.--Sanctify, O Lord, the gifts offered to Thee, by the new birth of Thine Only-begotten Son: and cleanse us from the stains of our sins. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God . . .
Preface of the Nativity
|Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: Quia per incarnati Verbi mysterium nova mentis nostrae oculis lux tuae claritatis infulsit: ut, dum visibiliter Deum cognoscimus, per hunc in invisibilum amorem rapiamur. Et ideo cum Angelis et Archangelis, cum Thronis et Dominationibus, cumque omni militai coelestis exercitus, hymnum gloriae tuae canimus sine fine 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, for through the Mystery of the Word made flesh, the new light of Thy glory hath shone upon the eyes of our mind, so that while we acknowledge God in visible form, we may through Him be drawn to the love of things invisible. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Throne and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying:|
SPECIAL FORM OF COMMUNICANTES
Communicantes for Christmas
|Communicantes, et diem sacratissimum celebrantes, quo beatae Mariae intemerata virginitas huic mundo edidit Salvatorem: sed et memoriam venerantes, in primis ejusdem gloriosae semper Virginis Mariae, Genetricis ejusdem Dei et Domini nostri Jesu Christi: sed et . . .||Communicating, and keeping this most holy day, on which the spotless virginity of blessed Mary brought forth a Savior to this world; and also reverencing the memory first of the same glorious Mary, ever Virgin, Mother of the same our God and Lord Jesus Christ: as also . . .|
COMMUNION ¤ John 21. 23
|Exiit sermo inter fratres, quod discipulus ille non moritur. Et non dixit Jesus: No moritur; sed: Sic eum volo manere, donec veniam.||This saying therefore went abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die. And Jesus did not say: He should not die; but: So I will have him to remain until I come.|
|POSTCOMMUNION.--We who have been refreshed by heavenly food and drink, humbly entreat Thee, O our God, that we may be strengthened also by the prayers of him, in whose commemoration we have received them. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost . . .|
| Commemoration of
2nd POSTCOMMUNION.--Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that as the Savior of the world, born on this day, is the Author of our heavenly birth, so He may also be to us the Giver of immortality. Who with Thee . . .