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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

29th November, The Vigil of St Andrew, Apostle

The Vigil of St Andrew, Apostle

If the feast of St Andrew falls on a Monday, the Mass of the Vigil is said on the previous Saturday, but the commemoration of St Saturninus is made on the Sunday. The same rule holds good for all other vigils, with the exception of that of Christmas. If the feast of St Andrew falls on the first Sunday of Advent, it is transferred to the first free day.

The Gospel tells us that St John the Baptist, whilst fulfilling his mission of preparing souls for the coming of our Lord, pointed out the Messias to his disciple Andrew.

Dóminus secus mare Galilaeae vidit duos fratres, Petrum et Andréam, et vocávit eos: Veníte post me: fáciam vos fíeri piscatóres hóminum. * Coeli enárrant glóriam Dei: et ópera mánuum ejus annúntiat firmaméntum.
The Lord walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Peter and Andrew; and He called them: Come ye after Me, I will make you to be fishers of men. * The heavens show forth the glory of God, and the firmament declareth the works of His hands.
(St Matthew 4:18 and Psalm 18:2 from the Introit of Mass)

Quaesumus, omnípotens Deus: ut beátus Andréas Apóstolus, cujus praevenímus festivitátem, tuum pro nobis implóret auxílium; ut, a nostris reátibus absolúti, a cunctis étiam perículis eruámur.
We beseech Thee, O almighty God, that the blessed apostle Andrew, to whose festival we look forward, may implore Thy help for us; that being absolved from our sins, we may likewise be delivered from all dangers.

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