St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Confessor
Following the example of his holy patron, although only seven years old, he fasted several times a week. Listening one day to a sermon by a preacher of the Order of Hermits of St. Augustine, on contempt of the world, he determined to give up all he possessed (Gospel) and to enter that Order. He is represented holding a lily, because he was always a model of innocence and purity. He died in 1308.
Justus ut palma florebit: sicut cedrus Libani multiplicabitur: plantatus in domo Domini: in atriis domus Dei nostri. * Bonum est confiteri Domino: et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime.
The just shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus: planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.
(Psalm 91:13-14,2 from the Introit of Mass)
Adesto, Domine, supplicationibus nostris, quas in beati Nicolai Confessoris tui sollemnitate deferimus: ut, qui nostrae justitiae fiduciam non habemus, ejus, qui tibi placuit, precibus adjuvemur.
Attend, O Lord, unto our supplications, which we offer to Thee on the solemnity of blessed Nicholas Thy confessor; that we who trust not in our own justice, may be helped by the prayers of him who pleased Thee.
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