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Saturday, 3 September 2016

3rd September, St Pius X, Pope

3rd September, St Pius X, Pope

Joseph Sarto was born at Riese, a small village in Venetia, on June 2, 1835, in humble circumstances. He was successively curate, parish priest, Bishop of Mantua, Patriarch of Venice - offices to which his keen intelligence, hard work and great piety caused him to be quickly promoted. He was elected Pope on August 4, 1903, and took the name of Pius X. As chief pastor of the Church he displayed untiring self-sacrifice and great energy. He was an intrepid defender of the purity of Christian doctrine. He realized to the full the value of the liturgy as the prayer of the Church, and the solid basis that it furnishes for the devotion of Christian people. He worked for the restoration of the worship of the Church, especially plainchant, so that Christian people, as he put it, "might find beauty in their public prayer". He spared no effort to propagate the practice, so great an aid to holiness, of early, frequent and daily Communion. He died on August 20, 1914 and was canonized on May 29, 1954. 

Extuli electum de populo, oleo sancto meo unxi eum: ut manus mea sit semper cum eo, et bracchium meum confirm et eum. * Gratias Domini in seternum cantabo: per omnes generationes annuntiabo fidelitatem tuam ore meo.
I have raised up the chosen one from the people; with My holy oil I have anointed him, that My hand may be always with him, and that My arm may make him strong.* The favours of the Lord I will sing forever; through all generations my mouth shall proclaim Thy faithfulness.
(Ps 88:20-22, and 2, from the Introit of Mass)

Deus, qui ad tuéndam cathólicam fidem, et univérsa in Christo instauránda sanctum Pium, Summum Pontíficem, caelésti sapiéntia et apostólica fortitúdine replevísti: concéde propítius; ut, eius institúta et exémpla sectántes, praemia consequámur aetérna.
O God, for the defence of the Catholic faith and to restore all things in Christ, Thou didst fill Saint Pius, the supreme Pontiff, with heavenly wisdom and apostolic strength; mercifully grant, that following his teaching and example, we may attain to our eternal reward.

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