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The Saints Who Pray with Us in the Mass

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The eminent author of the book, Archbishop Cicognani, answers this question in his chapter, "Heavenly Assistance" which explains the value of invoking the intercession of the Saints:

The Saints unite themselves with us in the Mass, while we pray and implore. How could the Church Militant pray if alone it approached God? Those of the Church Triumphant always see the Lord in eternal glory, and the priest invokes their intercession.

Other Saints accompany us every day, so to speak, in the celebration of the Mass and are recalled in the Canon. Names from many centuries are found there. Chosen and assigned to assist the celebrating priest, they implore together with us that we too may be able to attain through their merits the ends of the Mass those which our Lord had in instituting it, and also those which they have who celebrate it.

In addition to a brief sketch of each Saint who join us daily at our Masses, there are short chapters on The Sacrifice of Praise, The Altar, The Value of the Mass, and on Jesus Christ, who as the author states is "the principal offerer or celebrant of the Holy Sacrifice" and the "first intercessor who prays with us and for us."

Originally published in 1958 as a short booklet dedicated to priests, this reprint edition has been expanded in several ways to amplify the book's contents. The additions include an:  

  • Author's biography  
  • Entries for St. Joseph (not inserted into the Roman Canon until 1962) and the Prophet Isaias (apparently overlooked in the original edition)
  • 15 pictures
  • Latin-English texts of the Roman Missal wherein the Saints are mentioned
  • Extracts from the Roman Martytrology for each Saint

This easy-to-read book is perfect for any Catholic who would like to gain a better appreciation and devotion to the Saints who pray with us during the Mass!

74 pp. Softcover. Illustrated. 


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St. Agnes of Rome

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/21
Tridentine Calendar - 01/21


Patron Of: Betrothed Couples, Chastity, Crops, Girl Scouts

Also known as

    * Ines
    * Ines del Campo
    * Ynez

Memorial

    * 21 January
    * for many years there was a second feast on 28 January

Profile

    Foster-sister of Saint Emerentiana. At age 12 or 13 Agnes was ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods and lose her virginity by rape. She was taken to a Roman temple to Minerva (Athena), and when led to the altar, she made the Sign of the Cross. She was threatened, then tortured when she refused to turn against God. Several young men presented themselves, offering to marry her, whether from lust or pity is not known. She said that to do so would be an insult to her heavenly Spouse, that she would keep her consecrated virginity intact, accept death, and see Christ. Martyr. Mentioned in first Eucharistic prayer. On her feast day two lambs are blessed at her church in Rome, Italy and then their wool is woven into the palliums (bands of white wool) which the pope confers on archbishops as symbol of their jurisdiction.

Died

    * beheaded and burned, or tortured and stabbed to death, or stabbed in the throat (sources vary) on 21 January 254 or 304 (sources vary) at Rome, Italy
    * buried beside the Via Nomentana in Rome

Name Meaning

    * chaste; lamb; pure one

Patronage

    * affianced couples
    * betrothed couples
    * bodily purity
    * chastity
    * Children of Mary
    * Colegio Capranica of Rome
    * crops
    * engaged couples
    * gardeners
    * Girl Scouts
    * girls
    * Manresa, Spain
    * rape victims
    * Rockville Centre, New York, diocese of
    * virgins

Representation

    * butcher
    * crown of thorns
    * lamb
    * woman with long hair and a lamb, sometimes with a sword at her throat
    * woman with a dove which holds a ring in its beak
    * woman with a lamb at her side

 



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Jerome

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/30


Patron Of: Librarians, Libraries, Archeologists, Archivists

Also Known As
    Eusebius Hieronymus Sophronius
    Girolamo
    Hieronymus
    Man of the Bible
Memorial
    30 September
Profile
    Born to a rich pagan family, he led a misspent youth. Studied in Rome. Lawyer. Converted in theory, and baptised in 365, he began his study of theology, and had a true conversion. Monk. Lived for years as a hermit in the Syrian deserts. Reported to have drawn a thorn from a lion's paw; the animal stayed loyally at his side for years. Priest. Student of Saint Gregory of Nazianzen. Secretary to Pope Damasus I who commissioned him to revise the Latin text of the Bible. The result of his 30 years of work was the Vulgate translation, which is still in use. Friend and teacher of Saint Paula, Saint Marcella, and Saint Eustochium, an association that led to so much gossip, Jerome left Rome to return to the desert solitude. Lived his last 34 years in the Holy Land as a semi-recluse. Wrote translations of Origen, histories, biographies, and much more. Doctor of the Church, Father of the Church. Since his own time, he has been associated in the popular mind with scrolls, writing, cataloging, translating, etc. This led to those who work in such fields taking him as their patron - a man who knew their lives and problems.
Born
    347 at Strido, Dalmatia
Died
    419; relics at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, Italy



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Peter

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/02


Memorial
    2 June

Profile
    Exorcist in Rome. Noted for his piety. Martyred with Saint Marcellinus in the persecutions of Diocletian. His name is mentioned in the first Eucharistic prayer.

Born
    Roman citizen

Died
    martyred in 304 in the Silva Nigra just outside Rome, Italy
    buried in the Saint Peter and Peter cemetery on the Lavican Road by Lucilla and Firmina
    Constantine built a basilica over their tomb
    relics later taken to Selgenstadt abbey by Einhard, Charlemagne's secretary

Canonized
    Pre-Congregation



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St. Sixtus II

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/07


Memorial
    7 August
    formerly 6 August

Profile
    Philosopher and adult convert to Christianity. Deacon in Rome. Pope for less than a year.

    He dealt with the controversy concerning Baptism by heretics. He believed that anyone who was baptised with a desire to be a Christian, even if the Baptism was performed by a heretic, was truly baptised into the faith, and that the validity of his faith was based on his own desire and actions, not the errors of the person who performed the sacrament.

    While celebrating Mass at the tomb of Saint Callistus, he was arrested as part of the persecutions of Valerian. He was beheaded with six deacons and sub-deacons, and was buried in the same catacomb where he had been celebrating Mass when he was arrested; his name occurs in the prayer Communicantes in the Canon of the Mass. Martyr.

Born
    Greek

Papal Ascension
    30 August 257

Died
    beheaded on 6 August 258 in a cemetery on the Appian Way, Rome, Italy

Name Meaning
    sixth (Latin)

Canonized
    Pre-Congregation



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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