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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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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

18th February, St Simeon, Bishop and Martyr

St Simeon, Bishop and Martyr

St Simeon, son of Cleophas and of Mary, was so closely related to the Blessed Virgin as to be called her sister, "was anointed with holy oil" (Gradual) and became bishop of Jerusalem after St James the Less.

A disciple of Christ, whom he had known, he was for this reason arrested and crucified (Gospel). Although he was 120 years of age, the venerable old man "suffered this cruel punishment with constancy and received the crown of life which God prepares for those who love Him" (Epistle|). His martyrdom took place in 106.

Like St Simeon, let us unite ourselves to Jesus by dying to sin at this holy season of penance.

Statuit ei Dominus testamentum pacis, et principem fecit eum: ut sit illi sacerdotii dignitas in aeternum. * Memento, Domine, David, et omnis mansuetudinis ejus.
The Lord made to him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince: that the dignity of the priesthood should be to him for ever. * O Lord, remember David: and all his meekness.
(Ecclesiasticus 45:30 and Psalm 131:1 from the Introit of Mass)

Be mindful of our weakness, O almighty God, and since the burden of our deeds is grievous to us, grant that the glorious intercession of blessed Simeon Thy martyr and bishop may protect us.
(Collect)

Wikipedia on St Simeon of Jerusalem: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simeon_of_Jerusalem

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