What Catholics Believe

May 25 - St. Gregory VII, Pope & Confessor - St. Urban I, Pope & Martyr

Introit: John xxi. 15-17

    If thou lovest Me, Simon Peter, feed My lambs, feed My sheep. Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast upheld me; and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me. ℣. Glory be. If thou lovest...

Collect

    O God, the strength of all that put their trust in Thee, who for the defense of the liberty of Thy Church didst fill blessed Gregory, Thy confessor and bishop, with the virtue of constancy: grant that, helped by his prayers and example, we, too, may bravely overcome all adversity. Through our Lord.

 

Commemoration of St. Urban I:

Collect

    Eternal Shepherd, look graciously upon Thy flock, and through blessed Urban Thy martyr and supreme Pontiff, whom Thou didst appoint Pastor of the universal Church, keep it under Thy continual protection. Through our Lord.

Epistle: 1 Peter v. 1-4, 10-11

    Lesson from the First Epistle of St. Peter. Dearly beloved, the ancients that are among you I beseech, who am myself also an ancient and a witness of the sufferings of Christ; as also a partaker of that glory which is to be revealed in time to come: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking care of it, not by constraint but willingly, according to God: not for filthy lucre's sake but voluntarily; neither as lording it over the clergy but being made a pattern of the flock from the heart. And when the prince of pastors shall appear, you shall receive a never fading crown of glory. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, will Himself perfect you and confirm you and establish you. To Him be glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen.

First and Second Alleluia: Matthew xvi. 18; Psalms lxiv. 17

    Alleluia, alleluia. ℣. Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church. Alleluia. ℣. Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth; they shall remember Thy name, O Lord. Alleluia.

Gospel: Matthew xvi. 13-19

    + Continuation of the Gospel of St. Matthew. At that time, Jesus came into the quarters of Caesarea Philippi, and He asked His disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is? But they said: Some, John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered, and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona, because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but My Father who is in heaven: and I say to thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it; and I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

Offertory: Jeremias i. 9-10

    Behold I have given My words in thy mouth; lo, I have set thee over the nations and over kingdoms, to root up and to pull down, and to build and to plant. Alleluia.

Secret

    We beseech Thee, O Lord, having offered our gifts, benignly enlighten Thy Church, both that the success of Thy flock may everywhere progress, and under Thy guidance Thy pastors may be pleasing to Thy name. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Urban I:

Secret

    We beseech Thee, O Lord, having offered our gifts, benignly enlighten Thy Church, both that the success of Thy flock may everywhere progress, and under Thy guidance Thy pastors may be pleasing to Thy name. Through our Lord.

Communion: Matthew xvi. 18

    Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church. Alleluia.

Postcommunion

    Be appeased, O Lord, we beseech Thee; that Thy Church, nourished with this holy refreshment, and guided by wise direction, may receive both a growth in freedom and continue steadfast in soundness of religion. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Urban I:

Postcommunion

    Be appeased, O Lord, we beseech Thee; that Thy Church, nourished with this holy refreshment, and guided by wise direction, may receive both a growth in freedom and continue steadfast in soundness of religion. 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