St. Peter Celestine

Pope, Confessor

May 19

AS a child, Peter had visions of our blessed Lady, and of the angels and saints. They encouraged him in his prayer, and chided him when he fell into any fault. His mother, though only a poor widow, put him to school, feeling sure that he would one day be a Saint. At the age of twenty, he left his home in Apulia to live in a mountain solitude. Here he passed three years, assaulted by the evil spirits and beset with temptations of the flesh, but consoled by angels’ visits. After this his seclusion was invaded by disciples, who refused to be sent away; and the rule of life which he gave them formed the foundation of the Celestine Order. Angels assisted in the church which Peter built; unseen bells rang peals of surpassing sweetness, and heavenly music filled the sanctuary when he offered the Holy Sacrifice. Suddenly he found himself torn from his loved solitude by his election to the Papal throne. Resistance was of no avail. He took the name of Celestine, to remind him of the heaven he was leaving and for which he sighed, and was consecrated at Aquila. After a reign of four months, Peter summoned the cardinals to his presence, and solemnly resigned his trust. St. Peter built himself a boarded cell in his palace, and there continued his hermit's life; and when, lest his simplicity might be taken advantage of to distract the peace of the Church, he was put under guard, he said, "I desired nothing but a cell, and a cell they have given me." There he enjoyed his former loving intimacy with the saints and angels, and sang the Divine praises almost continually. At length, on Whit-Sunday, he told his guards he should die within the week, and immediately fell ill. He received the last sacraments; and the following Saturday, as he finished the concluding verse of Lauds, "Let every spirit bless the Lord!" he closed his eyes to this world and opened them to the vision of God.

Reflection. —"Whose," says the Imitation of Christ, "withdraweth himself from acquaintances and friends, to him will God draw near with His holy angels."  

Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition

Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Vigil of Pentecost – Whitsun-eve

Introit • Ez. 36

When I shall be sanctified in you, I will gather you together out of all the countries; and I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your filthiness; and I will give you a new spirit, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 33, 2. I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall be ever in my mouth.  Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Grant, we beseech, O almighty God, that the splendor of Thy brightness may shine upon us, and that the light of Thy light may strengthen with the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit the hearts of those who, through Thy grace, have been born again. Through… in the unity of the same.

Epistle • Acts 19, 1-8

Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles.
[Paul establishes the church at Ephesus. The tumult of the silversmiths.]

In those days it came to pass, while Apollo was at Corinth, that Paul having passed through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples. And he said to them: Have you received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? But they said to him: We have not so much as heard whether there be a Holy Ghost. And he said: In what then were you baptized? Who said: In John's baptism. Then Paul said: John baptized the people with the baptism of penance, saying: That they should believe in him who was to come after him, that is to say, in Jesus. Having heard these things, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul had imposed his hands on them, the Holy Ghost came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve. And entering into the synagogue, he spoke boldly for the space of three months, disputing and exhorting concerning the kingdom of God.  
Alleluia. Ps. 160, 1. Gibe praise to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.

Tract Psalm 116, 1, 2

Praise the Lord, all ye nations; and praise Him together all ye people. Because His mercy is confirmed upon us; and the truth of the Lord remaineth forever.

Gospel • John 14, 15-21

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John. 

[Christ's discourse after his last supper.]

At that time, Jesus said to his disciples, If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever. The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him: but you shall know him; because he shall abide with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you. Yet a little while: and the world seeth me no more. But you see me: because I live, and you shall live. In that day you shall know, that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them; he it is that loveth me. And he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father: and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Offertory • Ps. 103, 30, 31

Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created; and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth; may the glory of the Lord endure for ever, Alleluia.


Sanctify, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gifts we offer, and cleanse our heats with the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. Through… in the unity of the same.

Communion • John 7, 37, 39

On the last day of the festivity, Jesus said, He that believeth in Me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water; but this He said of the Spirit, which they should receive who believed in Him, alleluia, alleluia


May the infusion of the Holy Spirit cleanse our hearts, O Lord, and make them fruitful by the inward watering with His heavenly dew. Through… in the unity of the same.