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Friday, 2 December 2016

2nd December, St Bibiana, Virgin and Martyr

St Bibiana, Virgin and Martyr

Saint Bibiana was born in Rome of a noble Christian family. When delivered to the caresses and flattery fo her jailer Rufinus, who strove to pervert her, she called upon the Lord, who saved her from destruction (Epistle). Rufinus then had recourse to violence, but with no greater success. Seeing which, the enraged governor of Rome ordered that Bibiana should be tied to a column, and beaten to death with thongs loaded with lead (AD 363). The Basilica of St Mary Major was built over her tomb.

Me exspectaverunt peccatores, ut perderent me: testimonia tua, Domine, intellexi: omnis consummationis vidi finem: latum mandatum tuum nimis. * Beati immaculati in via: qui ambulant in lege Domini.
The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I have understood Thy testimonies, O Lord: I have seen an end of all perfection: The commandment is exceeding broad. Ps. Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord.
(Psalm 118:95-96,1 from the Introit of Mass)

Deus, ómnium largítor bonórum, qui in fámula tua Bibiána cum virginitátis flore martýrii palmam conjunxísti: mentes nostras ejus intercessióne tibi caritáte conjúnge; ut, amótis perículis, praemia consequámur aetérna.
O God, the giver of all good gifts, who didst unite in Thy servant Bibiana the flower of virginity with the palm of martyrdom, deign to unite through her intercession our souls by charity to Thee, that dangers being removed, we may obtain the eternal reward.

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