Catholic devotions for the 26th 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 Saint Evaristus 

Pope Evaristus (Greek: Ευάριστος) was the bishop of Rome from c. 99 to his death c. 107. He was also known as Aristus and is venerated as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, and Oriental Orthodoxy. It is likely that John the Apostle died during his reign period, marking the end of the Apostolic Age.


According to the Liber Pontificalis, he was a Greek by birth, fathered by a Jew named Judah from the city of Bethlehem. He was elected during the reign of the Roman emperor Trajan, and succeeded Clement I in the See of Rome. He divided titles among the priests in the city of Rome, and ordained seven deacons to assist with the bishop's preaching.

According to the book, The Externals of the Catholic Church, Evaristus decreed that “in accordance with Apostolic tradition marriage should be celebrated publicly and with the blessing of the priest”.

Eusebius, in his Church History IV, I, stated that Evaristus died in the 12th year of the reign of Emperor Trajan after holding the office of bishop of the Romans for eight years.

Liber Pontificalis further describes him as the one "crowned with martyrdom". The same is indicated also by the book "The lives and times of the popes".However, in the Roman Martyrology he is listed without the martyr title, with a feast day on 26 October.

Pope Evaristus is buried near the body of Saint Peter in the Vatican, in the Saint Peter's tomb under the Saint Peter's Basilica.

The Reading from the Martyrology

This Day, the Twenty-Sixth Day of October

At Reggio Emilia (in Italy), Blessed Damian Furcherio of Finario,
(confessor, of the Order of Preachers). To the subjection of the body, he
joined integrity of life. Fired with zeal for preaching, he became a wonderful
herald of Christ, and after death was noted for his miracles. A semi-duplex
At Rome, St. Evaristus, pope and martyr. He enriched the Church of God
with his blood at the time of the Emperor Hadrian.
In Africa, the holy martyrs Rogatian, priest, and Felicissimus. They were
crowned with an illustrious martyrdom in the persecution of Valerian and
Gallienus. St. Cyprian speaks of them in his Epistle to the Confessors.
At Nicomedia, the holy martyrs Lucian, Florius, and their companions.
At Narbonne in Gaul, St. Rusticus, bishop and confessor, who lived in
the reigns of the Emperors Valentinian and Leo.
Near Salerno, St. Gaudiosus, bishop.
At Pavia, St. Fulk, bishop.
Also, St. Quadragesimus, subdeacon, who raised a dead man to life.
Omnes sancti Mártyres, oráte pro nobis
("All ye Holy Martyrs, pray for us", from the Litaniae Sanctorum, the Litany of the Saints)

Saint Gregory writes of Saint Quadragesimus
Not long since in our time, a certain man called Quadragesimus was subdeacon in the church of Buxentin, who in times past kept a flock of sheep in the same country of Aurelia: by whose faithful report I understood a marvellous strange thing, which is this. At such time as he led a shepherd's life, there was an holy man that dwelt in the mountain of Argentario: whose religious conversation and inward virtue was answerable to the habit of a monk, which outwardly he did wear. Every year he travelled from his mountain to the church of St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles: and in the way took this Quadragesimus' house for his lodging, as himself did tell me. Coming upon a day to his house, which was hard by the church, a poor woman's husband died not far off, whom when they had, as the manner is, washed, put on his garments, and made him ready to be buried, yet it was so late, that it could not be done that day: wherefore the desolate widow sat by the dead corpse, weeping all night long, and to satisfy her grief she did continually lament and cry out. The man of God, seeing her so pitifully to weep and never to give over, was much grieved, and said to Quadragesimus the subdeacon: "My soul taketh compassion of this woman's sorrow, arise, I beseech you, and let us pray": and thereupon they went to the church, which, as I said, was hard by, and fell to their devotions. And when they had prayed a good while, the servant of God desired Quadragesimus to conclude their prayer; which being done, he took a little dust from the side of the altar: and so came with Quadragesimus to the dead body; and there he began again to pray, and when he continued so a long time, he desired him not, as he did before, to conclude their prayers, but himself gave the blessing, and so rose up: and because he had the dust in his right hand, with his left he took away the cloth that covered the dead man's face; which the woman seeing, earnestly withstood him, and marvelled much what he meant to do: when the cloth was gone, he rubbed the dead man's face a good while with the dust, which he had taken up; and at length, he that was dead received his soul again, began to open his mouth and his eyes, and to sit up, and as though he had awakened from a deep sleep, marvelled what they did about him; which when the woman, that had wearied herself with crying, beheld, she began then afresh to weep for joy, and cry out far louder than she did before: but the man of God modestly forbad her, saying: "Peace, good woman, and say nothing, and if any demand how this happened, say only, that our Lord Jesus Christ hath vouchsafed to work his pleasure." Thus he spake, and forthwith he departed from Quadragesimus, and never came to his house again. For, desirous to avoid all temporal honour, he so handled the matter, that they which saw him work that miracle, did never see him more so long as he lived.

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary

Devotion to the Rosary for 26th October

''And it came to pass whilst He blessed them, that He departed from them and was carried up into heaven" Luke 24/51.


As we recite this second decade of the Glorious Mysteries let us strive to picture that scene on the hill of Bethania. Jesus instructs and commissions His Apostles and disciples to go into the whole world as witnesses of His words and works ; and He promises them that He will be with them through all time even to" the consummation of the world. He who by His passion and death redeemed the world and by His resurrection proved Himself to be God, now blesses His faithful followers, and while blessing them — ascends-, before their very eyes, — to heaven. And is Mary to accompany Him? No! A new sacrifice is asked of her, the sacrifice of fifteen years of separation from Her Divine Son ; that she may remain to guide and direct by her example and prayer the Infant Church.


''And now the friends of Jesus come
With wistful yearning eyes,
To gaze on their dear Savior's form
Ascending to the skies.

He mounts in robes of light arrayed ;
And Mary stands behind
For fifteen years to teach them all
That upward path to find."

Thursday is the Day dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed on Thursday

"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 26

1 Ubique credimus divinam esse praesentiam et oculos Domini in omni loco speculari bonos et malos, 
2 maxime tamen hoc sine aliqua dubitatione credamus cum ad opus divinum assistimus. 
3 Ideo semper memores simus quod ait propheta: Servite Domino in timore, 
4 et iterum: Psallite sapienter, 
5 et: In conspectu angelorum psallam tibi. 
6 Ergo consideremus qualiter oporteat in conspectu divinitatis et angelorum eius esse, 
7 et sic stemus ad psallendum ut mens nostra concordet voci nostrae.

1 We believe that the Divine Presence is everywhere, and the eyes of the Lord in every place look upon the good and the evil.  (Prov 15:3).  
2 We especially believe this without any doubt when we are assisting at the Work of God. 
3 Therefore let us always remember what the prophet says:  Serve the Lord in fear (Ps 2:11), and again, 
4 Chant psalms wisely (Ps 46:8); 
5 and, In the presence of the angels I will chant psalms to you (Ps 137:1).  
6 Therefore let us consider how we ought to behave in the presence of the Holy One and His angels, 
7 and thus stand to chant psalms in such a way that our mind and voice are in concord with each other.

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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