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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

26th October, St Evaristus, Pope and Martyr

St Evaristus, Pope and Martyr

Evaristus, a Greek by birth, was unanimously elected pope at the death of Anacletus I. It was he who first divided Rome into titles, or parishes, appointing to each a priest. He prescribed that seven deacons should surround the bishop when he preached, for the greater honour of the word of God and of the episcopal dignity. He was condemned to death under Trajan, AD 109.

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)

Infirmitátem nostram réspice, omnípotens Deus: et, quia pondus própriae actiónis gravat, beáti Evaristi Martyris tui atque Pontíficis intercéssio gloriósa nos prótegat.
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 Evaristus Thy martyr and bishop may protect us.

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