Readings
for the Memorial of

STS. TIMOTHY AND TITUS
Bishops
January 26


MASS


ENTRANCE ANTIPHON          Ps 96 (95): 3-4
Annuntiate inter gentes gloriam eius, in omnibus populis mirabilia eius; quoniam magnus Dominus et laudabilis nimis.
Tell among the nations his glory,
and his wonders among all the peoples,
for the Lord is great and highly to be praised.


COLLECT
Deus, qui beatos Timotheum et Titum apostolicis virtutibus decorasti, utriusque intercessione concede, ut, iuste et pie viventes in hoc saeculo, ad caelestem mereamur patriam pervenire.
O God, who adorned Saints Timothy and Titus
with apostolic virtues,
grant, through the intercession of them both,
that, living justly and devoutly in this present age,
we may merit to reach our heavenly homeland.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


FIRST READING (1st Option)          2 Tim 1:1-8
Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God
for the promise of life in Christ Jesus,
to Timothy, my dear child:
grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am grateful to God,
whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,
as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.
I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears,
so that I may be filled with joy,
as I recall your sincere faith
that first lived in your grandmother Lois
and in your mother Eunice
and that I am confident lives also in you.

For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame
the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
but bear your share of hardship for the Gospel
with the strength that comes from God.

Or:

FIRST READING (2nd Option)          Titus 1:1-5
Paul, a slave of God and Apostle of Jesus Christ
for the sake of the faith of God’s chosen ones
and the recognition of religious truth,
in the hope of eternal life
that God, who does not lie, promised before time began,
who indeed at the proper time revealed his word
in the proclamation with which I was entrusted
by the command of God our savior,
to Titus, my true child in our common faith:
grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our savior.

For this reason I left you in Crete
so that you might set right what remains to be done
and appoint presbyters in every town, as I directed you.


RESPONSORIAL PSALM          Ps. 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 1
Annuntiate in omnibus populis mirabilia Domini.

R.  (3)  Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all you lands.
Sing to the Lord; bless his name.
R.        Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Announce his salvation, day after day.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
R.        Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Give to the Lord, you families of nations,
give to the Lord glory and praise;
give to the Lord the glory due his name!
R.        Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Say among the nations: The Lord is king.
He has made the world firm, not to be moved;
he governs the peoples with equity.
R.        Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.


ALLELUIA          Luke 4:18
Evangelizare pauperubus misit me Dominus; praedicare captivis remissionem.
The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
and to proclaim liberty to captives.


GOSPEL          Luke 10:1-9
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like Iambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
'Peace to this household.'
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his pay.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
'The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.'"


PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Suscipe, quaesumus, Domine, munera populi tui, pro beatorum tuorum Timothei et Titi festivitate delata, et sincero nos corde perfice benignus acceptos.
Receive, O Lord, we pray, the offerings of your people,
which we bring in celebration of Saints Timothy and Titus,
and, in your kindness, render us fully acceptable
by giving us sincerity of heart.
Through Christ our Lord.


COMMUNION ANTIPHON          Mk 16: 15; Mt 28: 20
Euntes in mundum universum, praedicate Evangelium: ego vobiscum sum omnibus diebus, dicit Dominus.
Go into all the world, and proclaim the Gospel.
I am with you always, says the Lord.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Sacramenta quae sumpsimus, Domine Deus noster, illam nobis fidem innutriant, quam et apostolica docuit praedicatio, et beatorum Timothei et Titi sollicitudo custodivit.
May the Sacrament we have received, O Lord our God,
nourish in us that faith
taught by the preaching of the Apostles
and kept safe by the labors of Saints Timothy and Titus.
Through Christ our Lord.
The Liturgy of the Hours

From the Common of Pastors except as below:

The Office of Readings



From a homily by Saint John Chrysostom , bishop
(Hom. 2 de laudibus sanct Pauli: PG 50, 480-484)

I have fought the good fight

Though housed in a narrow prison, Paul dwelt in heaven. He accepted beatings and wounds more readily than others reach out for rewards. Sufferings he loved as much as prizes; indeed he regarded them as his prizes, and therefore called them a grace or gift. Reflect on what this means. To depart and be with Christ was certainly a reward, while remaining in the flesh meant struggle. Yet such was his longing for Christ that he wanted to defer his reward and remain amid the fight; those were his priorities.

Now, to be separated from the company of Christ meant struggle and pain for Paul; in fact, it was a greater affliction than any struggle or pain would be. On the other hand, to be with Christ was a matchless reward. Yet, for the sake of Christ, Paul chose the separation.

But, you may say: “Because of Christ, Paul found all this pleasant.” I cannot deny that, for he derived intense pleasure from what saddens us. I need not think only of perils and hardships. It was true even of the intense sorrow that made him cry out: Who is weak that I do not share the weakness? Who is scandalised that I am not consumed with indignation?

I urge you not simply to admire but also to imitate this splendid example of virtue, for, if we do, we can share his crown as well.

Are you surprised at my saying that if you have Paul’s merits, you will share that same reward? Then listen to Paul himself: I have fought the good fight, I have run the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth a crown of justice awaits me, and the Lord, who is a just judge, will give it to me on that day – and not to me alone, but to those who desire his coming. You see how he calls all to share the same glory?

Now, since the same crown of glory is offered to all, let us eagerly strive to become worthy of these promised blessings.

In thinking of Paul we should not consider only his noble and lofty virtues or the strong and ready will that disposed him for such great graces. We should also realise that he shares our nature in every respect. If we do, then even what is very difficult will seem to us easy and light; we shall work hard during the short time we have on earth and someday we shall wear the incorruptible, immortal crown. This we shall do by the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom all glory and power belongs now and always through endless ages. Amen.


RESPONSORY          1 Timothy 6:11-12; Titus 2:1
Man of God, you must strive for holiness, goodness, fidelity,
love, patience and gentleness.
 - Fight the good fight of faith,
and win the prize of eternal life.

Preach nothing but sound doctrine.
 - Fight the good fight of faith,
and win the prize of eternal life.


COLLECT
O God, who adorned Saints Timothy and Titus
with apostolic virtues,
grant, through the intercession of them both,
that, living justly and devoutly in this present age,
we may merit to reach our heavenly homeland.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Morning Prayer



BENEDICTUS (Canticle of Zechariah)
Antiphon: Proclaim the message, insist on it in season and out of season, refute falsehood, correct error, call to obedience, but do all with patience and sound doctrine.


COLLECT
O God, who adorned Saints Timothy and Titus
with apostolic virtues,
grant, through the intercession of them both,
that, living justly and devoutly in this present age,
we may merit to reach our heavenly homeland.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Evening Prayer



MAGNIFICAT (Canticle of Mary)
Antiphon: Let us live holy and upright lives, as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.


COLLECT
O God, who adorned Saints Timothy and Titus
with apostolic virtues,
grant, through the intercession of them both,
that, living justly and devoutly in this present age,
we may merit to reach our heavenly homeland.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.



The English translation of Psalm Responses, Alleluia Verses, Gospel Verses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); the English translation of Antiphons, Invitatories, Responsories, Intercessions, Psalm 95, the Canticle of the Lamb, Psalm Prayers, Non-Biblical Readings from The Liturgy of the Hours © 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

 
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