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November 29 - Vigil of St. Andrew - St. Saturninus, Martyr

Introit: Matthew iv. 18, 19

    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. Ps. The heavens show forth the glory of God, and the firmament declareth the works of His hands. ℣. Glory be.


    We beseech Thee, 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. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Saturninus:


    O God, who grantest us to rejoice in the feast of Thy blessed martyr Saturninus, grant that we may be helped by his merits. Through our Lord.

Epistle: Ecclesiasticus xliv. 25-27; xlv. 2-4, 6-9

    Lesson from the book of Ecclesiasticus. The blessing of the Lord was upon the head of the just man. Therefore the Lord gave him an inheritance and divided him his portion in twelve tribes; and he found grace in the eyes of all flesh. He magnified him in the fear of his enemies, and with his words he made prodigies to cease. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him commandments in the sight of his people, and showed him in his faith and meekness, and chose him our of all flesh. And he gave him commandments before his face, and a law of life and instruction, and he exalted him. He made an everlasting covenant with him, and girded him about with a girdle of justice: and the Lord crowned him with a crown of glory.

Gradual: Psalms cxxxviii. 17-18

    Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honorable; their principality is exceedingly strengthened. ℣. I shall number them, and they shall be multiplied above the sand.

Gospel: John i. 35-51

    + The continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John. At that time, John stood, and two of his disciples; and beholding Jesus walking, he saith: Behold the Lamb of God. And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. And Jesus turning, and seeing them following Him, saith to them: What seek you? Who said to Him: Rabbi (which is to say, being interpreted, Master), where dwellest you? He saith to them: Come, and see. They came, and saw where He abode; and they stayed with Him that day: now it was about the tenth hour. And Andrew the brother of Simon Peter was one of the two who had heard of John, and followed Him. He findeth first his brother Simon, and saith to him: We have found the Messias: (which is, being interpreted, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus; and Jesus, looking upon him, said: Thou art Simon, the son of Jona; thou shalt be called Cephas, which is interpreted, Peter. On the following day, He would go forth into Galilee; and He findeth Philip. And Jesus saith to him: Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith to him: We have found Him of whom Moses in the law and the prophets did write, Jesus the son of Joseph of Nazareth. And Nathanael saith to him: Can any thing of good come from Nazareth? Philip saith to him: Come, and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him; and He saith to Him: Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile. Nathanael saith to Him: Whence knowest Thou me? Jesus answered, and said to him: Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig-tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered Him, and said: Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God, Thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said to him: Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig-tree, thou believest; greater things than these shalt thou see. And He saith to him: Amen, amen I say to you, you shall see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.


Offertory: Psalms viii. 6-7

    Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor; and hast set him over the works of Thy hands, O Lord.


    We offer Thee, O Lord,an offering to be consecrated; and commemorating the solemn feast of blessed Andrew the apostle, we implore also the purification of our souls. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Saturninus:


    Sanctify, O Lord, the offerings devoted to Thee, and by the intercession of Thy blessed martyr Saturninus, mayest Thou be appeased by them, and look down in mercy upon us. Through.

Communion: John i. 41, 42

    Andrew saith to Simon his brother: We have found the Messias, who is called Christ; and he brought him to Jesus.


    Having received Thy sacraments, O Lord, we humbly beseech Thee, that by the intercession of Thy blessed apostle Andrew, the sacrifice offered in honor of his sufferings, may be a remedy for us. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Saturninus:


    May the reception of Thy sacrament sanctify us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and by the intercession of Thy saints, make us pleasing in Thy sight. Through our Lord.

+ Taken from St. Andrew Daily Missal, by Dom Gaspar Lefebvre, O.S.B., Imprimi Potest 11-18-1945 P. Joannes Delacroix, O.S.B., Imprimatur 11-22-1945 Joseph Van Der Meersch