Monday, 6 February 2017

Saint Titus. Bishop And Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 6 February.


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

Saint Titus.
Bishop and Confessor.
Feast Day 6 February.

Double.

White Vestments.


Saint Titus.
Святой Апостол Тит Критский
Косово, XIV век. Печь Патриаршия. Церковь св. Николая
Date: 14th-Century.
Author: Unknown.
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Like The Divine Sower mentioned in the Gospel of Sexagesima Sunday, Titus, the well-beloved disciple of Saint Paul, "endured the fatigues of numerous and distant voyages on land and sea to go and sow The Divine Word among Nations of different Countries speaking different tongues" [Matins: Fifth Lesson].

Wherefore, The Church declares that "God had adorned him with the virtues of an Apostle" (Collect), and that he was one of the "husbandmen whom The Master of The Harvest had sent to gather it in" (Gospel.

Employed by Saint Paul in important circumstances [the name of Titus occurs ten times in the Epistles written by Saint Paul to the Corinthians and to Timothy], he landed with him in Crete and was made, by the Apostle, Bishop of the island (Introit, Epistle, Offertory). It was there that he received from his master a Letter included in The New Testament, of which we find extracts in the Epistle of certain Masses.

In today's Mass, we read, as Christ had already said (Communion), that the Bishop is "God's steward", and that "Jesus is The Saviour Who has given Himself to redeem us".

Saint Titus died at the age of ninety-four, towards the year 105 A.D., and his name is highly-praised by Saint John Chrysostom and by Saint Jerome.

Mass: Státuit, of a Confessor Bishop.
Commemoration: Of Saint Dorothy from Mass: Me exspectavérunt.

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