Catholic devotions for the 11th September

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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 Protus and Saint Hyacinth

Saints Hyacinth and Protus were Christian martyrs during the persecution of Emperor Valerian I (257-259 AD)

The day of their annual commemoration is mentioned in the "Depositio Martyrum" on September 11, in the chronographia for the year 354. [Thierry Ruinart, "Acta martyrum," ed. Ratisbon, 632] The chronographia also mentions their graves, in the Coemeterium of Basilla on the Via Salaria, later the Catacomb of St. Hermes. The "Itineraries" and other early authorities likewise give this as their place of burial. [De Rossi, "Roma sotterranea," I, 176-177]


Tradition holds that Protus and Hyacinth were brothers. They served as chamberlains to Saint Eugenia, and were baptized along with her by Helenus, Bishop of Heliopolis. Devoting themselves zealously to the study of Sacred Scripture, they lived with the hermits of Egypt and later accompanied Eugenia to Rome. There, they were arrested for their Christianity by Emperor Gallienus (260-268). Refusing to deny their faith, they were first scourged and then beheaded on September 11.

The Reading from the Martyrology

September is the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows

The Servites have a special devotion to Our Lady's Sorrows

The order was founded in 1233 by "the seven holy founders", each a member of a patrician family of Florence, Italy. These cloth merchants left their city, families, and professions and withdrew to Monte Senario, a mountain outside the city of Florence, for a life of poverty and penance. The seven were: Bonfilius of Florence, born Bonfilius Monaldi (Buonfiglio dei Monaldi); Alexis of Florence, born Alexis Falconieri (Italian: Alessio Falconieri) (1200 – 17 February 1310); Manettus of Florence, born Benedict dell'Antella (Benedetto dell' Antella); Amideus of Florence, born Bartholemew Amidei (died 1266) (also known as Bartolomeo degli Amidei); Hugh of Florence, born Ricovero Uguccioni (Hugh dei Lippi Uggucioni (Ricovero dei Lippi-Ugguccioni)); Sostene of Florence, born Gerardino Sostegni (Gherardino di Sostegno); and Buonagiunta of Florence, born John Manetti (Giovanni di Buonagiunta (Bonajuncta)). They were canonized by Pope Leo XIII on 15 January 1888.

The members of the order dedicated themselves to Mary under her title of Mother of Sorrows (Italian: Madonna Addolorata). Dedicating their devotion to the mother of Jesus, they adopted Mary's virtues of hospitality and compassion as the order's hallmarks. The distinctive spirit of the order is the sanctification of its members by meditation on the Passion of Jesus and the Sorrows of the Virgin Mary, and spreading abroad this devotion.

The Bishop of Florence, Ardengo Trotti (Ardengo Dei Foraboschi), approved the group as a religious order sometime between 1240 and 1247. The Servites, like other new orders before them such as the Trinitarians and the Dominicans, decided to live by the ancient Rule of St. Augustine, and added to the rule further guidelines that were the expression of their own Marian devotion and dedication. By 1250 a number of Servites had been ordained to the priesthood, thus creating an order with priests as well as brothers.

Pope Alexander IV favored a plan for the amalgamation of all orders which followed the Rule of St. Augustine. This was accomplished in March 1256, but about the same time a rescript was issued confirming the Servite Order as a separate body with power to elect a general. Four years later a general chapter was convened at which the order was divided into two provinces, Tuscany and Umbria, the former being governed by Manettus and the latter by Sostene. Within five years two new provinces were added, that of Romagna and that of Lombardy.

Monday is the Day dedicated to the Holy Ghost & the Souls in Purgatory

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed on Monday

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 September 11
II. Qualis debeat esse abbas
11 Ergo, cum aliquis suscipit nomen abbatis, duplici debet doctrina suis praeesse discipulis, 
12 id est omnia bona et sancta factis amplius quam verbis ostendat, ut capacibus discipulis mandata Domini verbis proponere, duris corde vero et simplicioribus factis suis divina praecepta monstrare. 
13 Omnia vero quae discipulis docuerit esse contraria in suis factis indicet non agenda, ne aliis pradicans ipse reprobus inveniatur, 
14 ne quando illi dicat Deus peccanti: Quare tu enarras iustitias meas et adsumis testamentum meum per os tuum? Tu vero odisti disciplinam et proiecisti sermones meos post te, 
15 et: Qui in fratris tui oculo festucam videbas, in tuo trabem non vidisti.

Chapter 2 Qualities the Abbot must have
11 Therefore, when anyone receives the name of abbot he is to govern his disciples by a twofold teaching: 
12 namely, all that is good and holy he must show forth more by deeds than by words; declaring to receptive disciples the commandments of the Lord in words, but to the hard-hearted and the simple-minded demonstrating the divine precepts by the example of his deeds. 
13 And all of the things that he teaches his disciples are contrary [to the divine precepts] - his own deeds should indicate  that these are not to be done, lest while preaching to others, he himself be found reprobate  (I Cor 9:27); 
14 and God say to him in his sin: How can  you recite my justice and declare my covenant with your mouth? For you hated discipline and cast my words behind you (Ps 50:1-17) ? 
15 And also: How could you see a speck in your brother’s eye, and not have noticed the plank in your own (Matt 7:3) ?

Today's Celebration of the Mass

The Council of Trent teaches that the Sacrifice of the Mass is propitiatory both for the living and the dead.

And forasmuch as, in this Divine Sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, that same Christ is contained and immolated in an unbloody manner, who once offered Himself in a bloody manner on the altar of the Cross; the holy Synod teaches, that this sacrifice is truly propitiatory and that by means thereof this is effected, that we obtain mercy, and find grace in seasonable aid, if we draw nigh unto God, contrite and penitent, with a sincere heart and upright faith, with fear and reverence. For the Lord, appeased by the oblation thereof, and granting the grace and gift of penitence, forgives even heinous crimes and sins. For the victim is one and the same, the same now offering by the ministry of priests, who then offered Himself on the cross, the manner alone of offering being different. The fruits indeed of which oblation, of that bloody one to wit, are received most plentifully through this unbloody one; so far is this (latter) from derogating in any way from that (former oblation). Wherefore, not only for the sins, punishments, satisfactions, and other necessities of the faithful who are living, but also for those who are departed in Christ, and who are not as yet fully purified, is it rightly offered, agreeably to a tradition of the apostles.

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