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Friday, 26 August 2016

26th August, St. Zephyrinus, Pope and Martyr

St. Zephyrinus, Pope and Martyr

St. Zephyrinus succeeded St. Victor on the pontifical throne, and like him was martyred (Gospel). He abolished the use of wooden chalices in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice, and ordered them to be replaced by glass ones. He prescribed that all the faithful should receive Holy Communion on Easter Day.

He had to defend the dogma of the unity of God and the Trinity of persons against the Sabellians. Besides this intestine strife he had to suffer persecution. God always supported him in his trials, in order to enable him to support the flock of Christ (Epistle). He died in A.D. 218 after a pontificate of seventeen years.

Sacerdotes Dei, benedicite Dominum: sancti et humiles corde, laudate Deum. * Benedicite, omnia opera Domini, Domino: laudate et superexaltate eum in saecula.
O ye priests of the Lord, bless the Lord: O ye holy and humble of heart, praise God. * All ye works of the Lord, bless the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
(Daniel 3:84,87,85 from the Introit of Mass)

Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus: ut beati Zephyrini Martyris tui atque Pontificis, cujus gaudemus meritis, instruamur exemplis.
O almighty God, grant, we beseech Thee, to us who rejoice in the merits of blessed Zephyrinus, Thy martyr and bishop, that we may profit by the example of his life.

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