February 1

St. Ignatius, Bishop and Martyr

Red 3rd Class

   Like St. Polycarp, Ignatius, the Bishop of Antioch, was a disciple of St. John the Apostle. His letters are precious documents for our Faith. He was sent in chains to Rome and, condemned to the wild beasts, he exclaimed: "I am the wheat of Christ; may I be ground by the fangs of wild beasts and become bread agreeable to my Lord!" A.D. 110.

INTROIT ¤ Gal. 6. 14.
   Mihi autem absit gloriari, nisi in cruce Domini nostri Iesu Christi, per quem mihi mundus crucifixus est, et ego mundo. -- Memento, Domine, David: et omnis mansuetudinis eius. V.: Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. -- Mihi autem absit gloriari, nisi in cruce Domini nostri Iesu Christi, per quem mihi mundus crucifixus est, et ego mundo.    God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. -- (Ps. 131. 1.) O Lord, remember David, and all his meekness. 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. Amen. -- God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world.
 
COLLECT
   Infirmitatem nostram respice, omnipotens Deus: et quia pondus propriae actionis gravat, beati Ignatii Martyris tui atque Pontificis intercessio gloriosa nos protegat. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.    Look down upon our weakness, almighty God; and since the weight of our own deeds bears us down, may the glorious intercession of Blessed Ignatius, Thy Bishop and Martyr, protect us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
 
EPISTLE ¤ Romans 8. 35-39.
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans.
Lectio epistolae beati Pauli Apostoli ad Romanos.
[Description of the Martyr's strong hope and love of God.]
   Fratres: Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi? Tribulatio, an angustia, an fames, an nuditas, an periculum, an persecutio, an gladius? (Sicut scriptum est: Quia propter te mortificamur tota die: aestimati sumus sicut oves occisionis.) Sed in his omnibus superamus propter eum qui dilexit nos. Certus sum enim quia neque mors, neque vita, neque angeli, neque principatus, neque virtutes, neque instantia, neque futura, neque fortitudo, neque altitudo, neque profundum, neque creatura alia poterit nos separare a caritate Dei, quae est in Christo Iesu Domino nostro.    Brethren: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation? or distress? or famine? or nakedness? or danger? or persecution? or the sword? (As it is written: For thy sake we are put to death all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.) But in all these things we overcome, because of Him that hath loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
GRADUAL ¤ Ecclus. 44. 16, 20.
   Ecce sacerdos magnus, qui in diebus suis placuit Deo. V.: Non est inventus similis illi qui conservaret legem Excelsi.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V.: Christo confixus sum cruci: vivo ego, iam non ego, vivit vero in me Christus. Alleluia.
   Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God. V.: There was not any found like to him, who kept the law of the Most High.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V.: (Gal. 2. 19, 20). With Christ I am nailed to the cross: I live, now not I, but Christ liveth in me. Alleluia.
 
   After Septuagesima, the Alleluia and the verse Christo confixus are omitted and the following is said instead.
TRACT ¤ Ps. 20. 3, 4.
   Desiderium animae eius tribuisti ei: et voluntate labiorum eius non fraudasti eum. V.: Quoniam praevenisti eum in benedictionibus dulcedinis. V.: Posuisti in capite eius coronam de lapide pretioso.    Thou hast given him his heart's desire; and hast not withholden from him the will of his lips. V.: For Thou hast prevented him with blessings of sweetness. V.: Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones.
 
GOSPEL ¤ John 12. 24-26.
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.
† Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum Ioannem.
[If the grain of wheat (the Martyr) die, it bringeth forth much fruit.]
   In illo tempore: dixit Iesus discipulis suis: Amen, amen dico vobis, nisi granum frumenti cadens in terram, mortuum fuerit, ipsum solum manet: si autem mortuum fuerit, multum fructum affert. Qui amat animam suam, perdet eam; et qui odit animam suam in hoc mundo, in vitam aeternam custodit eam. Si quis mihi ministrat, me sequatur, et ubi sum ego, illic et minister meus erit. Si quis mihi ministraverit, honorificabit eum Pater meus.    At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Amen, amen I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, itself remaineth alone. But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world, keepeth it unto life eternal. If any man minister to Me, let him follow me; and where I am, there also shall My minister be. If any man minister to Me, him will My Father honour.
 
OFFERTORY ¤ Ps. 8. 6, 7.
   Gloria et honore coronasti eum: et constituisti eum super opera manuum tuarum, Domine.    Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor: and hast set him over the works of Thy hands, O Lord.
 
SECRET
   Hostias tibi, Domine, beati Ignatii Martyris tui atque Pontificis dicatas meritis, benignus assume: et ad perpetuum nobis tribue provenire subsidium. Per Dominum nostrum, Iesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.    Graciously receive, O Lord, the sacrifice offered to Thee by the merits of blessed Ignatius, Thy Martyr and Bishop, and grant that it may be to us an unfailing help. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
 
PREFACE
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 ¤ Words of St. Ignatius.
   Frumentum Christi sum: dentibus bestiarum molar, ut panis mundus inveniar.    I am the wheat of Christ; may I be ground by the teeth of beasts, that I may be found pure bread.
 
POSTCOMMUNION
   Refecti participatione muneris sacri, quaesumus Domine Deus noster: ut cuius exsequimur cultum, intercedente beato Ignatio Martyre tuo atque Pontifice, sentiamus effectum. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.    We, who are refreshed by partaking of Thy holy Gift, beseech Thee, O Lord, our God, that through the intercession of blessed Ignatius, Thy Martyr and Bishop, we may experience fruits of that which we worship. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.