Sunday, 9 October 2016
9th October, St Dionysius, Bishop, and SS. Rusticus and Eleutherius, Martyrs
(Ecclesiasticus 44:15 and Ps 32:1 from the Introit of Mass)
Deus, qui hodierna die beatum Dionysium, Martyrem tuum at que Pontlficem, virtute constantiae in passione roborasti, quique illi, ad praedicandum gentibus gloriam tuam, Rusticum et Eleutherium sociare dignatus es: tribue nobis, quaesumus; eorum imitatione, pro amore tuo prospera mundi despicere, et nulla ejus adversa formidare.
O God, who for the enduring of his passion, didst on this day endow blessed Dionysius, Thy martyr and bishop, with the virtue of constancy, and who for the preaching of Thy glory to the heathen didst vouchsafe to appoint Rusticus and Eleutherius to be his fellow-workers; grant, we beseech Thee, that we may follow their example by despising the good things of this world for the sake of Thy love and by not fearing any of its adversities.
Istorum est enim regnum caelorum, qui contempserunt vitam mundi, et pervenerunt ad praemia regni, et laverunt stolas suas in sanguine Agni.
Blessed are they who have despised earthly pleasure, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven: they have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb, and have won the heavenly great reward.
(Magnificat Antiphon from 1st Vespers)
From the Catholic Encyclopaedia: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04721a.htm