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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

24th January, St Timothy, Bishop and Martyr

St. Timothy, Bishop and Martyr

St. Timothy, born at Lystra (Asia Minor) of a pagan father and a Jewish mother, was already a Christian when St. Paul came to that town. St. Paul, whose conversion we celebrate to-morrow, was struck by his holiness and took him as a companion in his travels. St. Timothy thereupon gave up everything and became his disciple (Gospel).

St. Paul conferred on him full sacerdotal powers (Introit) and com­mitted to his care the government of the Church of Ephesus. We read in the Epistle a passage of one of the two admirable letters which his master wrote to him. St. Timothy was stoned to death in his episcopal city ( 97).

Let us with Timothy confess the divinity of Christ in this Season after Epiphany, which is its liturgical manifestation.

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)

Deus, qui univérsum mundum beáti Pauli Apóstoli praedicatióne docuísti: da nobis, quaesumus; ut, qui ejus hódie Conversiónem cólimus, per ejus ad te exémpla gradiámur.
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 Timothy Thy martyr and bishop may protect us.

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