ST. STEPHEN, THE FIRST MARTYR.
Mass and Sermon of St. Fulgentius
Apértæ sunt iánuæ cæli beáto Stéphano, qui in número Mártyrum invéntus est primus, et ídeo triúmphat in cælis coronátus.
The gates of heaven were opened for blessed Stephen, who was found to be first among the number of the Martyrs and therefore is crowned triumphant in heaven.
The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is said.
Grant, Lord, we pray, that we may imitate what we worship, and so learn to love even our enemies, for we celebrate the heavenly birthday of a man who knew how to pray even for his persecutors. Through our Lord.
In manus tuas, Dómine, comméndo spíritum meum.
a stronghold to give me safety.
You are my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me. R.
you will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God.
I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy. R.
Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your kindness. R.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; the Lord God shines upon us.
May these offerings of our devotion today, be acceptable to you, we pray, O Lord, for they are prompted by the glorious commemoration of Saint Stephen the Martyr. Through Christ our Lord.
[–» Eucharistic Prayer]
[–» Preface of the Nativity of the Lord]
Lapidábant Stéphanum, invocántem et dicéntem: Dómine Iesu, súscipe spíritum meum.
As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
For the many mercies which surround us we give thanks to you, O Lord, who save us through the Nativity of your Son and gladden us with the celebration of the blessed Martyr Stephen. Through Christ our Lord.
[–» Concluding Rite]
The armour of love