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Friday, 21 October 2016

21st October, St Ursula and her 11,000 Companions, Virgin Martyrs

St Ursula and her Eleven Thousand Companions, Virgin Martyrs

Leaving the heathen Saxons of England, St Ursula and her holy companions travelled to Germany.

"At Cologne," says the Roman Martyrology, "the birth in heaven of St. Ursula and her holy companions, who were massacred by the Huns, out of hatred for the Christian religion and their virginal purity. Several are buried in this city."

Loquebar de testimoniis tuis in conspectu regum, et non confundebar: et meditabar in mandatis tuis, quae dilexi nimis. * Beati immaculati in via, qui ambulant in lege Domini.I spoke of Thy testimonies before kings, and I was not ashamed: I meditated also on Thy commandments, which I loved. * Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord.
(Psalm 118:46-47,1 from the Introit of Mass)

Da nobis, quaesumus, Dómine, Deus noster, sanctárum Vírginum et Mártyrum tuárum Ursulae et Sociárum ejus palmas incessábili devotióne venerári: ut, quas digna mente non póssumus celebráre, humílibus saltem frequentémus obséquiis.Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord our God, to reverence with unceasing devotion the victories of Thy holy virgins and martyrs Ursula and her companions; that those whom we cannot fitting celebrate, we may at least approach with lowly homage.

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