July 31

St. Ignatius of Loyola, Confessor1


3rd Class

   Ignatius, courtier and knight, was wounded at the siege of Pampeluna. During his long convalescence the reading of the lives of the Saints revealed to him that the Church militant needed an army of glorious in her fight with the forces of Satan: pagan, Mohammedans, Protestants, Jansenists, etc. He founded the Society of Jesus and as first General of this new spiritual chivalry he moved to the attack under the motto: "Ad majorem Dei gloriam -- To the greater glory of God!" He died with the Holy Name of Jesus on his lips A.D. 1556.

INTROIT Philippians 2. 10, 11

In nomine Jesu omne genu flectatur, coelestium, terrestrium, et infernorum: et omnis lingua confiteatur, quia Dominus Jesus Christus in gloria est Dei Patris. -- Gloriabuntur in te omnes, qui diligunt nomen tuum: quoniam tu benedices justo. V.: Gloria Patri . . . -- In nomine Jesu . . . In the Name of Jesus let every knee bow, of things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth: and let every tongue confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father. -- (Ps. 5. 12). All they that love Thy name shall glory in Thee: for Thou wilt bless the just. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- In the Name of Jesus . . .


COLLECT.--O God, who to spread the greater glory of Thy Name, didst, by means of blessed Ignatius, strengthen the Church militant with a new army: grant that with his help, and through his example, we may so fight on earth as to become worthy to be crowned with him in heaven. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son . . .


EPISTLE II Timothy 2. 8-10; 3. 10-12
Lesson from the second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy.

[St. Paul exhorts to constancy and patience in suffering.]

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, affliction: 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. 91. 13, 14

Justus et palma florebit: sicut cedrus Libani multiplicabitur in domo Domini. V.: Ad annuntiandum mane misericordiam tuam, et veritatem tuam per noctem.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V.: Beatus vir, qui suffert tentationem: quoniam cum probatus fuerit, accipiet coronam vitae. 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.(James 1. 12). Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life. Alleluia.


GOSPEL Luke 10. 1-9
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

[Christ sends forth and instructs His seventy-two disciples.]

At that time, the Lord appointed also other seventy-two; and He sent them two and two before His face into every city and place whither He Himself was to come. And He said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He send laborers into His harvest. Go, behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house: and if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him: but if not, it shall return to you, and in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they have: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house. And into what city soever you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: and heal the sick that are therein; and say to them: The Kingdom of God is come nigh upon you.


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.--O Lord God, may the loving prayers of Saint Ignatius accompany our oblations, so that these most holy Mysteries, which Thou hast ordained to be the fount of all holiness, may sanctify us likewise in the truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son . . .


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. 49

Ignem veni mittere in terram: et quid volo, nisi ut accendatur? I am come to send fire upon the earth, and what will I but that it be enkindled?


POSTCOMMUNION.--O Lord, may the Sacrifice of praise, which in honor of blessed Ignatius we have thankfully offered up, bring us, by his intercession to, praise Thy Majesty for ever. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ . . .

1 The faithful who shall meditate, or pray, or perform some pious work in honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and this during the two consecutive Sundays preceding immediately the Feast of this Saint or on some other non-interrupted Sundays during the year, can gain: Plenary indulgence, on each of these Sundays; the usual conditions are required. -- P.P.O. n. 459.