Catholic Devotions for the 24th August 2023

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Saint of the Day
Reading of the Martyrology
Dedication of the Month
Dedication of the Day
Five Wounds Rosary in Latin
Seven Sorrows Rosary in English
Latin Monastic Office
Reading of the Rule of Saint Benedict
Celebration of Mass
Reading from the School of Jesus Crucified

Feast of Saint Bartholomew

The Miracles of Saint Bartholomew

The Vessel of Oil

There was a woman that brought a vessel full of oil for to put in the lamp of St. Bartholomew, and how well she inclined the vessel for to pour out the oil, there would none issue out, how well she touched with her finger the oil clear. And then one cried and said: I trow this oil be not agreeable to the apostle that it should be in his lamp, wherefore they put it in another lamp and it issued anon.

The Emperor Frederick

When that the emperor Frederick destroyed Benevento, and he had commanded that all the churches that there should be destroyed, and enforced them to bear away the goods from that city into another place, there was a man which found men all white shining, and him seemed that they spake together of some secret thing, and he marvelled strongly who they were and demanded them, and then one of them answered and said: This is Bartholomew, the apostle, with the other saints which had churches in this city, that speak and ordain together in what manner and by what pain this emperor should be justified, that hath cast them out of their tabernacles. And they have now confirmed among them by firm sentence that he, without tarrying, shall go to the judgment of God for to answer thereupon. And anon the emperor died an evil death.

St. Bartholomew Sets Riddles for the Devil

It is in a book read of the miracles of saints that, a certain master hallowed solemnly the feast of St. Bartholomew, and the devil in the form of a maid appeared to this master that preached. And when he saw her, he bade her to come and dine with him, and when they were set at the table she enforced her much for to draw him to her love.

And then St. Bartholomew came to the gate and prayed that he might come in for the love of St. Bartholomew, and she would not, but sent him bread, and he would none take, but prayed the master by his message that he should say what thing that he supposed was most proper in a man.

And he answered: To laugh.

And the maid said: Nay, it is sin in which a man is conceived, born and liveth in sin.

And St. Bartholomew answered that he had well said, but she had more profoundly answered.

And the pilgrim demanded after at the master, where the place was containing the space of a foot where had God made greatest miracle.

And he said, the sign of the cross, in which God had made many miracles.

And she said: Nay, it is the head of a man, in which the little world is.

And the apostle allowed the sentence of that one and of that other, and then he demanded the third time: How far it was from the sovereign siege or seat in heaven unto the lowest and deepest place of hell.

And the master said that he wist not; and she said: I know it well, for I fell down from that one to that other, and it behoveth that I show it to thee.

And the devil fell down into hell with a great bruit and howling, and then they sent for the pilgrim, and he was vanished and gone and away and they could not find him. And in like wise nigh according to this is read of St. Andrew.

From the Life of Saint Bartholomew in the Golden Legend 

The Reading from the Martyrology

August is the Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
(Composed by Cardinal Newman)

Lord, have mercy on us
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

Heart of Mary, Pray for us.
Heart of Mary, according to the heart of God, Pray for us.
Heart of Mary, united to the Heart of Jesus, Pray for us.
Heart of Mary, organ of the Holy Ghost, Pray for us
Heart of Mary, sanctuary of the Divine Trinity, Pray for us
Heart of Mary, tabernacle of God Incarnate, Pray for us
Heart of Mary, immaculate from thy creation, Pray for us
Heart of Mary, full of grace, Pray for us
Heart of Mary, blessed among all hearts, Pray for us
Heart of Mary, Throne of glory, Pray for us
Heart of Mary, most humble, Pray for us
Heart of Mary, holocaust of Divine Love, Pray for us
Heart of Mary, fastened to the Cross with Jesus Crucified, Pray for us
Heart of Mary, comfort of the afflicted, Pray for us
Heart of Mary, refuge of sinners, Pray for us
Heart of Mary, hope of the agonizing, Pray for us
Heart of Mary, seat of mercy, Pray for us

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
Immaculate Mary, meek and humble of heart.
Make our hearts according to the Heart of Jesus.

Let us pray: O most merciful God, who for the salvation of sinners and the refuge of the miserable, wast pleased that the Most Pure Heart of Mary should be most like in charity and pity to the Divine Heart of Thy Son, Jesus Christ: grant that we who commemorate this sweet and loving Heart may, by the merits and intercession of the same Blessed Virgin, merit to be found according to the Heart of Jesus. Through the same Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Note: The saintly John Henry Newman, in filial devotion to the Mother of God and of man, composed this litany in honor of the Immaculate (Pure) Heart soon after his reception into the Catholic Church (1845).

Thursday is the Day dedicated to the Most Holy Eucharist

Tantum ergo sacramentum
Veneremur cernui,
et antiquum documentum
novo cedat ritui.
Præstet fides supplementum
sensuum defectui.

Genitori genitoque
laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
sit et benedictio!
Procedenti ab utroque
compar sit laudatio!
℣. Panem de cælis præstitisti eis
℟. Omne delectamentum in se habentem
℣. Oremus: Deus, qui nobis sub sacramento mirabili passionis tuæ memoriam reliquisti: tribue, quæsumus, ita nos corporis et sanguinis tui sacra mysteria venerari, ut redemptionis tuæ fructum in nobis jugiter sentiamus. Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum.
℟. Amen.

Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the Sacred Host we hail,
Lo! o'er ancient forms departing
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith for all defects supplying,Where the feeble senses fail.

To the Everlasting Father,And the Son Who reigns on high
With the Holy Ghost proceeding
Forth from Each eternally,
Be salvation, honour, blessing,
Might, and endless majesty.Amen.
℣. Thou hast given them bread from heaven.
℟. Having within it all sweetness.
℣. Let us pray: O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament left us a memorial of Thy Passion: grant, we implore Thee, that we may so venerate the Sacred Mysteries of Thy Body and Blood, as always to be conscious of the fruit of Thy Redemption. Thou who livest and reignest forever and ever.
℟. Amen.

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed on Thursday
The Rosary in Latin

Chaplet of the Five Holy Wounds of Christ in Latin 

Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady in English

The Reading of the Rule of Saint Benedict for August 24

LXVI. De Ostiariis Monasterii
1 Ad portam monasterii ponatur senex sapiens, qui sciat accipere reponsum et reddere, et cuius maturitas eum non sinat vagari. 
2 Qui portarius cellam debebit habere iuxta portam, ut venientes semper praesentem inveniant a quo responsum accipiant. 
3 Et mox ut aliquis pulsaverit aut pauper clamaverit, Deo gratias respondeat aut Benedic, 
4 et cum omni mansuetudine timoris Dei reddat responsum festinanter cum fervore caritatis. 
5 Qui portarius si indiget solacio iuniorem fratrem accipiat.
6 Monasterium autem, si possit fieri, ita debet constitui ut omnia necessaria, id est aqua, molendinum, hortum, vel artes diversas intra monasterium exerceantur, 
7 ut non sit necessitas monachis vagandi foris, quia omnino non expedit animabus eorum.
8 Hanc autem regulam saepius volumus in congregatione legi, ne quis fratrum se de ignorantia excuset.

Chapter 66. The Monastery Porter
1 At the door of the monastery there should be placed a wise old man who knows how to take a message and give one, and whose maturity keeps him from wandering. 
2 This porter ought to have his room near the door, so that those who arrive will always find someone present to take their message. 
3 As soon as anyone knocks or a poor person calls out he should respond, Thanks be to God, or Please give your blessing; 
4 and with all the gentleness of the fear of God, he is to respond quickly with the fervor of love. 
5 If the porter requires help a younger brother should b given to him.
6 As regards the monastery: if possible it is to be so constituted that all necessities, such as water, mill, garden, and various crafts may be practiced within the monastery 
7 so there will be no necessity for the monks to wander outside; for this is not at all good for their souls.
8 As regards this Rule: we wish it to be frequently read in the community, so that none of the brothers may excuse themselves on account of ignorance.

Today's Celebration of the Mass

Jesu Christi Passio sit semper in cordibus nostris
May the Passion of Jesus Christ be always in our hearts