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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

19th May, St Pudentiana, Virgin

 St. Pudentiana, Virgin

St. Pudentiana, in this part of the Cycle, participates in the triumph of Christ over the devil, the flesh and the world. The daughters of Pudens, a Roman senator, she and her sister, Praxedes, consecrated their virginity to Jesus. At the death of her father she distributed all her riches to the poor, in agreement with her sister, and she was barely sixteen years old when she died, in the reign of Emperor Antoninus. Her remains rest in her house which she had converted into a church. Her father had received St. Peter there and she had placed it at the disposal of Pope Pius I, who celebrated the Holy Mysteries there during the persecution. This is the "title-church" of Pudentiana, where the Station is held on the Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent.

Dilexisti justitiam, et odisti iniquitatem: properea unxit te Deus, Deus tuus, oleo laetitiae prae consortibus tuis. * Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea Regi.
Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. * My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King.
(Psalm 44:8,2 from the Introit of Mass)

Hear us, O God our Saviour; that as we rejoice in the festivity of blesses Pudentiana Thy Virgin, so we may be instructed in the affection of pious devotion.

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