St. Fedelis of Sigmaringen

Martyr

April 24

FIDELIS was born at Sigmaringen in 1577, of noble parents. In his youth he frequently approached the sacraments, visited the sick and the poor, and spent moreover many hours before the altar. For a time he followed the legal profession, and was remarkable for his advocacy of the poor and his respectful language towards his opponents. Finding it difficult to become both a rich lawyer and a good Christian, Fidelis entered the Capuchin. Order, and embraced a life of austerity and prayer. Hair shirts, iron-pointed girdles, and disciplines were penances too light for his fervor; and being filled with a desire of martyrdom, he rejoiced at being sent to Switzerland by the newly-founded Congregation of Propaganda, and braved every peril to rescue souls from the diabolical heresy of Calvin. When preaching at Sevis he was fired at by a Calvinist, but the fear of death could not deter him from proclaiming divine truth. After his sermon he was waylaid by a body of Protestants headed by a minister, who attacked him and tried to force him to embrace their so-called. reform. But he said, "I came to refute your errors, not to embrace them; I will never renounce Catholic doctrine, which is the truth of all ages, and I fear not death." On this they fell upon him with their poignards, and the first martyr of Propaganda went to receive his palm.

Reflection. —We delight in decorating the altars of God with flowers, lights, and jewels, and it is right to do so; but if we wish to offer to God gifts of higher value, let us, in imitation of St. Fidelis, save the souls who but for us would be lost; for so we shall offer Him, as it were, the jewels of paradise.

Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk




Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

(Octave of Easter) (Red)

Introit • 1 Pet. 2, 2

As newborn babes, alleluia, desire the rational milk without guile, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 80, 2. Rejoice to God our helper: sing aloud to the God of Jacob. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who have completed the observance of the paschal festival, may keep it, by Thy bounty, in our life and behavior.. Through our Lord.

Epistle • 1 John 5, 4-10

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed John the Apostle.
[Of them that are born of God, and of true charity. Faith overcomes the world. Three that bear witness to Christ. Of faith in his name and of sin that is and is not to death.]

Dearly beloved, whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is he that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ: not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit which testifieth, that Christ is the truth. And there are three who give testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. And these three are one. And there are three that give testimony on earth: the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three are one. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater. For this is the testimony of God, which is greater, because he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth in the Son of God, hath the testimony of God in himself. He that believeth not the Son, maketh him a liar: because he believeth not in the testimony which God hath testified of his Son. He that believeth in the Son of God hath the testimony of God in himself.
Alleluia, alleluia. Matt. 28, 7. In the day of My resurrection, saith the Lord, I will go before you into Galilee. Alleluia. John 20, 26. Eight days after, the doors being shut, Jesus stood in the midst of His disciples and said, Peace be unto you Alleluia.




Gospel • John 20, 19-31

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John. 

[Christ's resurrection and manifestation to his disciples.]

At that time,  when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.
He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him: We have seen the Lord. But he said to them: Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.
And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said: Peace be to you. Then he saith to Thomas: Put in thy finger hither, and see my hands; and bring hither thy hand, and put it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing. Thomas answered, and said to him: My Lord, and my God. Jesus saith to him: Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed. Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book.
But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his name. 

Offertory • Matt. 28, 2, 5, 6

An angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and said to the women: He Whom you seek is risen as He said, alleluia.

Secret

Receive, we pray Thee, O Lord, the gifts of Thine exultant Church, and, as Thou hast afforded her cause for such great joy, grant her the fruit of unending gladness. Through our Lord.

Communion • John 20, 27

Put in thy hand, and know the place of the nails, alleluia; and be not incredulous, but believing, alleluia, alleluia.

Postcommunion

We beseech, O Lord our God, that Thou make the sacred mysteries which Thou hast given for the bulwark of our redemption, to be unto us a healing both in the present and in the future. Through our Lord.