St. Bibiana

Virgin, Martyr

November 23

ST. BIBIANA was a native of Rome. Flavian, her father, was apprehended, burned in the face with a hot iron, and banished to Aequapendente, where he died of his wounds a few days after; and her mother, Dafrosa, was some time after beheaded. Bibiana and her sister Demetria, after the death of their parents, were stripped of all they had in the world and suffered much from poverty. Apronianus, Governor of Rome, summoned them to appear before him. Demetria, having made confession of her faith, fell down and expired at the foot of the tribunal, in the presence of the judge. Apronianus gave orders that Bibiana should be put into the hands of a wicked woman named Rufina, who was to bring her to another way of thinking; but Bibiana, making prayer her shield, remained invincible. Apronianus, enraged at the courage and perseverance of a tender virgin, ordered her to be tied to a pillar and whipped with scourges loaded with leaden plummets till she expired. The Saint underwent this punishment cheerfully, and died in the hands of the executioners.

Reflection. --Pray for a fidelity and patience like Bibiana's under all trials, that neither convenience nor any worldly advantage may ever prevail upon you to transgress your duty. you!  
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition

Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Introit • Ps. 118, 95, 96

The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: I have understood Thy Testimonies O Lord: I have seen an end of all perfection: Thy commandment is exceeding broad. (P. T. Alleluia, alleluia.) Ps. 118, 1. Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O God, the giver of all good gifts, Who in thy handmaid Bibiana didst join the palm of martyrdom to the flower of virginity, by her intercession, united our hearts in charity to Thee, that our perils may be removed, and we may obtain the rewards of eternity. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Ecclus. 51, 13-17

 [A prayer of praise and thanksgiving.]

Oh, Lord, my God, Thou hast exalted my dwelling place upon the earth and I have prayed for death to pass away. I called upon the Lord, the father of my Lord, that he would not leave me in the day of my trouble, and in the time of the proud without help. I will praise thy name continually, and will praise it with thanksgiving, and my prayer was heard. And thou hast saved me from destruction, and hast delivered me from the evil time. Therefore I will give thanks, and praise thee, and bless the name of the Lord our God.

Gradual • Ps. 45, 6, 5

God will help her with His countenance: God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved, The stream of the river maketh the city of God joyful; the Most Hight hath sanctified His own tabernacle.

Lesser Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia. This is a wise virgin, and one of the number of the prudent. Alleluia.

Gospel • Matt. 13, 44-52

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew. 

[The parables of the sower and the cockle: of the mustard seed, etc.]

At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples: The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls.
Who when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it. Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kind of fishes. Which, when it was filled, they drew out, and sitting by the shore, they chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth. So shall it be at the end of the world. The angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Have ye understood all these things? They say to him: Yes. He said unto them: Therefore every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven, is like to a man that is a householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasure new things and old.

Offertory • Ps. 44, 3

Grace is poured abroad in thy lips: therefore hath God blessed thee forever, and for ages of ages. (P. T. Alleluia.)


Graciously accept, O Lord, the sacrifices dedicated to the merits of blessed Bibiana, Thy virgin and martyr, and grant them as a perpetual aid in our behold. Through our Lord.

Communion • Matt. 118, 121, 122, 128

I have done judgment and justice, O Lord; let not the proud calumniate me: I was directed to all Thy commandments; I have hated all wicked ways. (P.T. Alleluia.)


Filled with the bounty of Thy divine gift, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that, by the intercession of the blessed Bibiana, Thy virgin and martyr, we may ever live in the partaking thereof. Through our Lord.