Introduction

This blog contains regular postings relating to the Traditional Latin Liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. It includes regular commentary on the saints days and the liturgical cycle, with brief background and extracts from the liturgy both in Latin and English. Much of the material has been extracted from the 'St Andrew's Daily Missal', Dom Gueranger's 'Liturgical Year', or similar sources.

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Sunday, 3 January 2016

3rd January, Octave of St John, Apostle and Evangelist

Octave of St John, Apostle and Evangelist

In medio Ecclesiae aperuit os ejus; et implevit eum Dominus Spiritu sapientiae et intellectus; stolam gloriae induit eum. * Bonum est confiteri Domino, et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime.
He opened his mouth in the midst of the Church, and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom: he clad him with a robe of glory. * It is good to give praise to the Lord, and to sing to thy name, O Most High.
(Ecclus. 15:5 and Psalm 91:2 from the Introit of Mass)

Ecclesiam tuam, Domine, benignus illustra: ut beati Joannis, Apostoli tui et Evangelistae illuminata doctrinis, ad dona perveniat sempiterna.
Mercifully, O Lord, enlighten thy Church: that being taught by blessed John, thine Apostle and Evangelist, she may come to thy eternal rewards.
(Collect)

From the Treatise on St. John by the Bishop St. Augustine.
Of the four Gospels (or rather of the four books of the one Gospel) that of the Apostle Saint John is not unfitly compared, in point of spiritual discernment, to an eagle.  For in his preaching he hath taken a higher flight than the other three, and hath soared aloft much more sublimely.  Now in this sublime uplifting he must needs lift up our hearts likewise.  The other three Evangelists did walk with the Lord like as man might walk, as it were on earth, for of the Godhead they told but little.  Whereas the Evangelist John doth seem as if he scorned to tread the earth.  Even in the very opening words of his discourse doth he thunder upon us, and soareth not  only above earth and air and sky, but above the hosts of the Angels also, and all the array of the invisible Powers.  Yea, through them he doth pass to the very Maker of them all, saying  : In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(Tract 36)


The Catholic Encyclopaedia on St John: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08492a.htm

Reference for the translation of St Augustine: http://www.breviary.net/propseason/christmas/propseasonchri0103.htm

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