Sunday, 27 December 2015

Saint John. Apostle And Evangelist. Feast Day, Today, 27 December.


Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint John.
Apostle and Evangelist.
Feast Day 27 December.

Station at Saint Mary Major.

Indulgence of 30 Years and 30 Quarantines.

Double of The Second-Class
   with Simple Octave.

White Vestments.



Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist.
Illustration: LITURGIA LATINA



Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist.
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The Station was held at Saint Mary Major in honour of her to whom Jesus, on The Cross, entrusted Saint John: "Woman, behold thy son".

It is God Whom we Adore at Bethlehem (Editor: In Hebrew, Bethlehem means "House of Bread"] during Christmastide. Thus, it was natural that Saint John, the chief Evangelist of The Divinity of Christ, should be found beside The Crib, to disclose The Greatness of The Infant Who reposes therein.

It is to him that Jesus wishes to entrust His Mother, when Joseph will have passed away. The Liturgy, therefore, loves to show together, beside The Child and His Mother, him whom the Gospel calls the Apostle "The Just Man" ["Joseph, her husband, being a Just Man." (Matt. i. 19.)], and whom The Church today honours with the same Title (Offertory).




The Infant God in The Crib gathers around Him pure Souls: Mary is The Blessed Virgin; Joseph The Chaste Spouse; Saint Stephen The First Martyr who washes his robe in The Blood of The Lamb. Now behold Saint John, The Virgin Apostle. Crowned with the halo of those who knew how to conquer their flesh, for this reason he became "The Disciple whom Jesus loved, and who also leaned on His breast at supper" (Gospel).

Thanks to his Angelic Purity, he imbibed that wholesome wisdom of which the Epistle speaks and which won for him the halo of Doctor. The Introit of his Mass is the one The Church uses in "The Common of Doctors".

It is to Saint John , who wrote a Gospel, three Epistles, and The Apocalypse, that we owe the most beautiful pages on The Divinity of The Word Made Flesh; and it is for this reason that he is symbolised by The Eagle, which soars in the heights.




Finally, he received the halo of Martyr, since he only escaped a violent death by that special protection of which the Gospel speaks and which made many believe that The Beloved Disciple would not die. Actually, he did not depart this life until all the other Apostles had passed away.

His name is mentioned with their names in The Canon of The Mass (First List).

The desire to connect the great Saints with The Feast of The Nativity was the cause of Celebrating on this day, except at Rome, The Feast of Saint James, brother of Saint John, and, on 28 December, that of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

"On this day, wine offered by The Faithful is Blessed in remembrance  and in honour of Saint John, who, without any ill effects, drank a cup of poisoned wine" (Roman Ritual).

Every Parish Priest Celebrates Mass for the people of his Parish.

Mass: In médio Ecclésiae.
Second Collect: Of The Octave of The Nativity of Our Lord.
Preface: For Christmas.
Communicantes: For Christmas.

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