Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.
Ember Saturday After Pentecost.
Station at Saint Peter's.
Indulgence of 30 Years and 30 Quarantines
Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome.
Photo: 19 September 2015.
Source: Own work.
"The gift of Holy Fear, or The Fear of God, is actually the foundation of all other gifts. It drives sin from the heart, because it fills us with reverence, either for The Justice of God, of, for The Divine Mercy."
After swelling the ranks of her children during the night of Pentecost, The Holy Ghost today is about to supply The Church with the Priests who are to be her Ministers of Grace all over the World, for He will pour out His Spirit upon her servants, as Joel prophesied He would upon The Apostles (First Lesson). Very appropriately, therefore, The Church appointed for The Station this day is the Basilica of Saint Peter, The Pastor of The Fold, and the Gospel tells us of a cure worked by Jesus in the house of Simon.
The Priest, as the Minister of Christ, devotes himself to the healing of Souls consumed by the fever of sinful passions.
As it has already been pointed out, The Mass on The Saturday in Ember Weeks has Five Lessons, with Collect and Tract between the Introit and the Epistle. The Fifth Lesson never varies: It is the record of the miraculous preservation of the three young Hebrew men in the furnace, followed by an extract from their Canticle of Praise and Thanksgiving.
The Collect of The Mass is based upon this Lesson, and beseeches The Divine Goodness that we may not be consumed by The Flame of Vice.
In The Sacrament of Holy Orders, the Priest receives a large outpouring of The Divine Spirit (Epistle) that will enable him to Preach The Kingdom of God (Gospel).
The Second, Third, and Fourth, Lessons, refer to The Harvest, and to the offerings of The First-Fruits of the Earth, for Ember Weeks were instituted with the object of obtaining The Divine Blessing on each of the several Seasons, as they came in.
Having entered The Promised Land, the Israelites offered its First-Fruits to God.
Let us, having entered The Church by Baptism, offer to Almighty God The First-Fruits of all that we do, through the supernatural influx of The Holy Ghost into our Souls. Let us Pray to God that He may increase our Faith in Christ (Epistle and Gospel), and fill our hearts with His Holy Love (Epistle).
Mass: Cáritas Dei.
Sequence: Veni Sancte Spiritus (without the Alleluia at the end).
Preface: For Pentecost.
Communicantes: For Pentecost.
Hanc igitur: For Pentecost.
With the end of The Mass, Paschaltide comes to an end.