Catholic devotions for the 25th October

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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 Saints Crispin and Crispinian

From the Golden Legend
Here followeth of the SS. Crispin and Crispinian.

In the time when the furious persecution of christian men was made under Diocletian and Maximian, together running, Crispin and Crispinian, born at Rome of noble lineage, came with the blessed SS. Quintin, Fustian, and Victorin unto Paris, in France, and they there chose divers places for to preach the faith of Christ. Crispin and Crispinian came to the city of Soissons and chose that city for the place of their pilgrimage, where they followed the steps of S. Paul the apostle, that is to say to labour with their hands for to provide to them necessarily to live, and exercised the craft of making of shoes. In which craft they passed others and took by constraint no reward of no body, wherefore the gentiles and paynims, overcome by the love of them, not only for need of the craft, but also for the love of God, came oft to them, and left the error of the idols, and believed in very God. At the last these holy men being sought of Rictius Varius were founden amending and clouting poor men's shoes, which were taken and bounden with chains and brought unto him. And after many interrogations and questions, they, refusing to sacrifice to the idols, were stretched and bounden unto a tree, and were commanded to be beaten with staves, and after, awls such as shoes be sewed with, were threaden and put under the ongles or nails of their fingers, and lainers or latchets of their skin were cut out of their back. Who among these sharp and strong pains praying, the awls sprang from their ongles and nails, and smote the ministers that pained them and wounded them cruelly. Then Rictius Varius commanded to hang on their necks millstones, and in the winter time, under the ice in the river of Anxion to be drowned, but the water might not drown them ne the stones make them to sink, ne the cold constrain ne hurt them, but as they had bained and washen them in summer time, they throwing away the burthen of stones, arrived and came to that other brink of the river. Which thing Rictius Varius beholding and seeing this miracle, by the instigation of the devil was all araged, and commanded to melt lead in the fire, and the holy martyrs to be cast into it, therein to be drowned and consumed. But these holy men praying and saying: Blessed art thou, Lord God of our fathers, et cetera, a drop of the fervent oil sprang into the eye of Rictius Varius and blinded it cruelly, paining him by grievous torment. But he, yet for all that being wood for anger, commanded to boil pitch, oil, and grease, and to throw the holy men therein for to be drowned and consumed. But the saints, immovable of their hope, and busy in their prayers said: O Lord thou art strong and mighty enough to deliver us from these torments to us showed and done, to the confusion of the devil and of all his servants. And as soon as their prayer was finished an angel led them out without hurt or scathe, which thing when Rictius saw, he sprang and fell down himself in the fire, and there perished by the righteous judgment of God, which had put to death by fire many martyrs of Christ, and descended down to everlasting fire. These holy men seeing this, the next night following they prayed our Lord that he would command them, so delivered by the torments, to come unto him. To whom it was showed that same night that, the next day following they should receive the meed of their reward. and so it was done. For Maximian hearing the death of Rictius, commanded that their heads should be smitten off, and thus they suffered and received the crown of martyrdom the tenth kalends of November. And their bodies were left to be devoured of beasts and fowls, but God suffered them to be kept undefouled, and not to be touched of any beast.

After this the angel of our Lord appeared to a certain old man, commanding him to take up the bodies and bury them in his house, which old man took a cousin of his, an old woman which dwelled with him in his cell, and went to the place where they had been beheaded. And because it was nigh to the river, they might lightly be brought to the cell by water, but they had no ship ne boat ready, ne they couth not the craft of rowing, ne had the strength to bring them against the stream of the river. And when they came to the place, they found the bodies of the saints and a boat ready in the river, ordained by our Lord. Then, they having hope and trust in our Lord, each of them took up a body of the martyrs, and went freely without burthen, in such wise that it seemed to them that they bare no burthen, but that they were borne of the burthens. And they entering with the holy bodies into the little boat, without oars and governail that might be seen, against the strong stream of the flood were brought unto the rivage of his cell, and there buried them in his oratory. And when the persecution of them ceased the honour of them was showed to the people by miracles. In such wise that a great church was afterwards made in the honour of the holy saints, of true christian people. Then let us pray to them that they pray for us, et cetera.

The Reading from the Martyrology

This Day, the Twenty-Fifth Day of October

The Twenty-fifth Day of October
At Rome, the holy martyrs Chrysanthus and his wife Daria. After many
sufferings endured for Christ under the prefect Celerinus, they were
sentenced by the Emperor Numerian to be placed in a sand-pit on the Via
Salaria and to be buried alive with earth and stones.
Also, the birthday of Marcellinus, pope and martyr. In the reign of
Maximian, he, together with Claudius, Cyrinus, and Antoninus, was
beheaded for the faith of Christ. The persecution at that time was so great
that in one month seventeen thousand Christians received the crown of
martyrdom. The feast of St. Marcellinus, together with that of the pope and
martyr St. Cletus, is observed on April 26.
At Perigueux in Gaul, St. Fronto, who was ordained bishop by the
Apostle St. Peter. He converted a great multitude of that people to Christ
with the assistance of a priest named George. Famed for his miracles, he
died a peaceful death.
At Rome, the birthday of forty-six holy soldiers. They were all baptized
together by Pope St. Dionysius, and shortly after, by command of the
Emperor Claudius, they were beheaded and were buried on the Via Salaria.
There also were buried one hundred and twenty-one other martyrs, among
whom were the four soldiers of Christ, Theodosius, Lucius, Mark, and Peter.
At Porto Torres in Sardinia, the holy martyrs Protus, priest, and
Januarius, deacon. They were sent to that island by Pope St. Caius and were
martyred there in the reign of Diocletian under the governor Barbarus.
At Constantinople, the suffering of Ss. Martyrius, subdeacon, and
Marcian, a choir singer. They were slain by heretics in the reign of the
emperor Constantius.
At Soissons in Gaul, the holy martyrs Crispin and Crispinian. In the
persecution of Diocletian, under the governor Rictiovarus, these noble
Romans, after enduring great torments, were butchered by the sword, thus
obtaining the crown of martyrdom. Their bodies were afterward taken to
Rome and buried with honors in the church of St. Lawrence in Panisperna.
A memory.
At Florence, the suffering of Blessed Minias, soldier. He fought bravely
for the faith for Christ in the reign of the Emperor Decius, and was crowned
with a noble martyrdom.
At Brescia, the birthday of St. Gaudentius, bishop. He was remarkable for
his learning and sanctity.
At Gabali in Gaul, St. Hilary, bishop
Omnes sancti Mártyres, oráte pro nobis
("All ye Holy Martyrs, pray for us", from the Litaniae Sanctorum, the Litany of the Saints)

Devotion to the Rosary for 25th October

"And behold there was a great earthquake. For an Angel of the Lord descended from heaven ; and coming rolled back the stone, and sat upon it" — "And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men" Matt. 28/2, 4.


The ''sword of grief" has been plucked out; the balm of unutterable consolation has been poured in ; the wound of Mary's heart is healed, and no scar or spot remains ! Jesus her Son is risen and before the Angel has completed the rolling back of the stone, Jesus is with Mary consoling her as only such a Son can comfort such a mother! Truly "The Lord is with thee," Mary, — not now in the concealment of the Angel's message, but in the might and triumph of Llis glorious resurrection. The atonement is accomplished: and the Sacred Redeemer meets, embraces and glorifies the Co-Redemptrix of our fallen race. What raptures of love pass between them it is not given us to witness. Even the Holy Scriptures are silent on this ! Let us cease striving to penetrate that sacred scene, and bow our heads in humblest prayer of gratitude and faith.


"The day of days has dawned at last 
And white robed angels say. 
The Lord has left His cold dark grave, 
The stone is rolled away.

O Mary Magdalen be glad !
O loving saint rejoice
Though blinded by your tears you know
Your risen Master's voice"

Wednesday is the Day dedicated to Saint Joseph

This commemoration was once recited at the end of Vespers from the Third Sunday after Epiphany to the Fourth Sunday of Lent; and from the Third Sunday to the Last Sunday after Pentecost inclusively, except on Doubles and within Octaves.

ECCE fidelis servus et prudens, quem constituit Dominus super familiam suam.
BEHOLD a faithful and wise servant, whom the Lord hath set over His household.
V. Gloria et divitiae in domo eius.
R. Et iustitia eius manet in saeculum saeculi.
V. Glory and riches shall be in his house.
R. And his justice shall endureth for ever and ever.
Deus, qui ineffabili providentia beatum Ioseph sanctissimae Genetricis tuae sponsum eligere dignatus es: praesta quaesumus, ut quem protectorem veneramur in terris, intercessorem habere mereamur in caelis. Qui vivis et regnas... Amen. Let us pray:
O God, who by Thine unspeakable Providence didst vouchsafe to choose Blessed Joseph to be the Spouse of Thy most holy Mother: mercifully grant that as we venerate him for our Protector on earth, we may be found worthy to be aided by his intercession in heaven. Thou who livest and reignest... Amen.

On Wednesdays, many Catholics make a special devotion to St. Joseph by going to Mass on the first Wednesdays of nine consecutive months and offering their Communions in his honor and for the salvation of the dying.

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed on Wednesday

"I would like to remind you that the Rosary is a biblical prayer, all filled with the Holy Scriptures." It is a prayer from the heart, in which the repetition of the Ave Maria directs the thought and affection towards Christ, and thus is made a confident prayer to Him and our Mother. It is a prayer that helps to meditate on the Word of God and assimilate the Eucharistic Communion, on the model of Mary who kept in her heart everything Jesus did and said and even His Presence. " Pope Benedict XVI

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 October 25

20 Disposito ordine psalmodiae diurnae, reliqui omnes psalmi qui supersunt aequaliter dividantur in septem noctium vigilias, 
21 partiendo scilicet qui inter eos prolixiores sunt psalmi et duodecim per unamquamque constituens noctem.
22 Hoc praecipue commonentes ut, si cui forte haec distributio psalmorum displicuerit, ordinet si melius aliter iudicaverit, 
23 dum omnimodis id adtendat ut omni hebdomada psalterium ex integro  numero centum quinquaginta psalmorum psallantur, et dominico die semper a caput reprehendatur ad vigilias. 
24 Quia nimis inertem devotionis suae servitium ostendunt monachi qui minus a psalterio cum canticis consuetudinariis per septimanae circulum psallunt, 
25 dum quando legamus sanctos patres nostros uno die hoc strenue implesse, quod nos tepidi utinam septimana integra persolvamus.

20 The order of psalmody at the day hours being thus disposed, all the remaining psalms are to be equally divided into seven nocturnal Vigils 
21 by spltting the longer psalms in two and assigning twelve to each night. 
22 Above all we emphasize that if this distribution of the psalms is displeasing, one may order things differently as he judges better, 
23 but by all means taking care that every week the psalter in its integral number of 150 psalms is sung, and that on Sunday the cycle always begins anew at Vigils.  
24 For those monks show themselves sluggish in devotion to their service who sing less than the psalter with the customary canticles in the course of a week: 
25 thus we read that our holy Fathers strenuously achieved in a single day what we, tepid as we are, take a whole week to render.

Today's Celebration of the Mass

Jesus XPI Passio sit semper in cordibus nostris

May the Passion of Jesus Christ be always in our hearts


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