Friday of the Second Week of Lent
This Station is made in the basilica, one of the twenty-five Roman parishes, which was dedicated in the fifth century to St. Vitalis by Innocent I. This saint shed his blood at Ravenna. He was the father of the glorious Milanese martyrs SS. Gervasius and Protasius.
The Epistle and Gospel describe to us, the one in figure, the other in parable, the destiny of the heathen and that of the Jews. The catechumens saw in Joseph, Christ denied by His own people transferring to the Church, formed henceforth by all peoples, the abundance of His blessings. They likewise saw in the parable of the rebellious workers in.the vineyard the reprobation of the Jews and the election of the Gentiles. The brothers of Joseph and the unfaithful workers of the vineyard uttered the same death cries: "Come, let us kill him." But, whilst the first repented and obtained the pardon of their victim, the second persisted in rejecting Christ the corner stone and were crushed by it (Gospel).
Let us purify ourselves by the salutary fast of Lent, in order that we may prepare ourselves to celebrate in a holy way the coming Easter festivals (Collect).
Ego autem cum justitia apparebo in conspectu tuo: satiabor dum manifestabitur gloria tua. * Exaudi, Domine, justitiam meam: intende deprecationi meae.
As for me I will appear before Thy sight in justice: I shall be satisfied when Thy glory shall appear. * Hear, O Lord, my justice: attend to my supplication to the Father.
(Psalm 16:15 from the Introit of mass)
Da,quaesumus, omnipotens Deus: ut, sacro nos purificante jejunio, sinceris mentibus ad sancta ventura facias pervenire.
Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that cleansed by this holy fast, we may be brought by Thee with pure hearts to the holy season which is to come. (Collect)