January 14

St. Felix of Nola, Confessor and Martyr

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   This Mass is only said in places where the Feast of St. Felix of Nola is kept as a third class feast or higher. Otherwise, the Mass "In Medio Ecclesiae" of St. Hilary is said.

INTROIT ¤ Ps. 73. 11.
   Laetabitur iustus in Domino, et sperabit in eo: et laudabuntur omnes recti corde. -- Exaudi, Domine, orationem meam cum deprecor: a timore inimici eripe animam meam. V.: Gloria Patri et Filii et Spiritu Sancti. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. Laetabitur iustus in Domino, et sperabit in eo: et laudabuntur omnes recti corde.    The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in Him: and all the upright in heart shall be praised. -- (Ps. 73. 2). Hear, O God, my prayer when I make supplications to Thee: deliver my soul from the fear of the enemy. 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. The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in Him: and all the upright in heart shall be praised.
 
COLLECT
   Concede, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus: ut ad meliorem vitam sanctorum tuorum exempla nos provocent; quatenus quorum solemnia agimus, etiam actus imitemur. Per Dominum nostrum, Iesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.    Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that the examples of Thy Saints may stir us up to a better life, so that we may also imitate the good deeds of those whose festivals we celebrate. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
   Commemoration of St. Hilary.
   Deus, qui populo tuo aeternae salutis beatum Hilarium ministrum tribuisti: praesta, quaesumus; ut quem Doctorem vitae habuimus in terris, intercessorem habere mereamur in caelis. Per Dominum nostrum, Iesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.    O God, who didst give blessed Hilary as a minister of eternal salvation to Thy people: grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who have had him for our teacher on earth, may deserve to have him for our advocation in heaven. 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 ¤ 2 Tim. 2. 8-10; 3. 10-12.
Lesson from the second Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to Timothy.
Lectio Epistolae beati Pauli Apostoli ad Timotheum.
[St. Paul exhorts to constancy and patience in suffering.]
   Carissime: Memor esto Dominum Iesum Christum resurrexisse a mortuis ex semine David, secundum Evangelium meum, in quo laboro usque ad vincula, quasi male operans: sed verbum Dei non est alligatum. Ideo omnia sustineo propter electos, ut et ipsi salutem consequantur, quae est in Christo Iesu, cum gloria caelesti. Tu autem assecutus es meam doctrinam, institutionem, propositum, fidem, longanimitatem, dilectionem, patientiam, persecutiones, passiones: qualia mihi facta sunt Antiochiae, Iconii, et Lystris: quales persecutiones sustinui, et ex omnibus eripuit me Dominus. Et omnes, qui pie volunt vivere in Christo Iesu, persecutionem patientur.    Dearly beloved: Be mindful that the Lord Jesus Christ is risen again from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my gospel. Wherein I labor even unto bands, as an evildoer; but the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, with heavenly glory. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, patience, persecutions, afflictions: such as came upon me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra: what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord delivered me. And all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution.
 
GRADUAL ¤ Ps. 36. 24, 26.
   Iustus cum ceciderit, non collidetur: quia Dominus supponit manum suam. V.: Tota die miseretur, et commodat: et semen eius in benedictione erit.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V.: Qui sequitur me, non ambulat in tenebris: sed habebit lumen vitae aeternae. Alleluia.
   When the just man shall fall, he shall not be bruised: for the Lord putteth His hand under him. V.: He showed mercy and lendeth all the day long: and his seed shall be in blessing.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V.: (John 8. 12). He that followeth Me walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life eternal. Alleluia.
 
GOSPEL ¤ Matthew 10. 26-32.
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
† Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum Matthaeum.
[The followers of Christ must not fear persecution, for God guards us in all our tribulations]
   In illo tempore: Dixit Iesus discipulis suis: Nihil est opertum, quod non revelabitur: et occultum, quod non scietur. Quod dico vobis in tenebris, dicite in lumine: et quod in aure auditis, praedicate super tecta. Et nolite timere eos qui occidunt corpus, animam autem non possunt occidere: sed potius timete eum, qui potest et animam et corpus perdere in gehennam. Nonne duo passeres asse veneunt? Et unus ex illis non cadet super terram sine Patre vestro. Vestri autem capilli capitis omnes numerati sunt. Nolite ergo timere: multis passeribus meliores estis vos. Omnis ergo qui confitebitur me coram hominibus, confitebor et ego eum coram Patre meo, qui in caelis est.    At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: nothing is covered that shall not be revealed: nor hid, that shall not be known. That which I tell you in the dark, speak ye in the light: and that which you hear in the ear, preach ye upon the housetops. And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: better are you than many sparrows. Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven.
 
OFFERTORY ¤ Ps. 20. 4, 5.
   Posuisti, Domine, in capite eius coronam de lapide pretioso: vitam petiit a te, et tribuisti ei, alleluia.    O Lord, Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones: he asked life of Thee, and Thou hast given it to him, alleluia.
 
SECRET
   Hostias tibi, Domine, beati Felicis Martyris tui 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.    O Lord, gracious accept the offerings consecrated unto Thee, through the merits of Thy blessed Martyr Felix: and grant that they may be to us an abiding source of 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.
   Commemoration of St. Hilary.
   Sancti Hilarii Pontificis tui atque Doctoris nobis, Domine, pia non desit oratio: quae et munera nostra conciliet; et tuam nobis indulgentiam semper obtineat. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.    May the holy prayer of St. Hilary, Thy Bishop and Doctor, fail us not, O Lord: may it render our offerings accetable, and ever obtain for us Thy pardon. 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 ¤ John 12. 26.
   Qui mihi ministrat me sequatur: et ubi sum ego, illic et minister meus erit.    If any man minister to Me, let him follow Me: and where I am, there also shall My minister be.
 
POSTCOMMUNION
   Quaesumus, Domine, salutaribus repleti mysteriis: ut beati Felicis Martyris tui, cuius solemnia celebramus, orationibus adiuvemur. Per Dominum nostrum, Iesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.    We beseech Thee, O Lord, that we, who have been fed with these Mysteries of our salvation, may be aided by the prayers of blessed Felix Thy Martyr, whose festival we celebrate. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
   Commemoration of St. Hilary.
   Ut nobis, Domine, tua sacrificia dent salutem: beatus Hilarius Pontifex tuus, et Doctor egregius, quaesumus, precator accedat. Per Dominum nostrum, Iesum Christum, Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.    We beseech Thee, O Lord, that blessed Hilary, Thy Bishop and illustrious Doctor, may approach to pray for us, that these Thy sacrifices may bring us salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.