St. Damasus

Pope, Confessor

December 11

ST. DAMASUS was born at Rome at the beginning of the fourth century. He was archdeacon of the Roman Church in 355, when Pope Liberius was banished to Berda, and followed him into exile, but afterward returned to Rome. On the death of Liberius our Saint was chosen to succeed him. Ursinus, a competitor for the high office, incited a revolt, but the holy Pope took only such action as was becoming to the common father of the faithful. Having freed the Church of this new schism, he turned his attention to the extirpation of Arianism in the West and of Apollinarianism in the East, and for this purpose he convened several councils. He rebuilt the church of St. Laurence, which to this day is known as St. Laurence in Damaso; he made many valuable presents to this church, and settled upon it houses and lands in its vicinity. He likewise drained all the springs of the Vatican, which ran over the bodies that were buried there, and decorated the sepulchres of a great number of martyrs in the cemeteries, and adorned them with epitaphs in verse. Having sat eighteen years and two months, he died on the 10th of December, in 384, being near fourscore years of age.
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition

Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Third Sunday of Advent

Introit • Philip. 4, 4-6

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known to all men: for the Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous; but in everything prayer let your requests be made known to God. Ps. 84, 2. Lord, Thou hast blest Thy land; Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Incline Thine ear to our prayers, O Lord, we beseech Thee; and make bright the darkness of our minds by the grace of Thy visitation. Who livest.

Epistle • Philip 4, 4-7

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Philippians.

[He exhorts them to perseverance in all good and acknowledges their charitable contributions to him.]

BRETHREN, Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known to all men. The Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous; but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Gradual • Ps. 79, 2, 3

Thou, O Lord, that sittest upon the cherubim, stir up Thy might, and come. Give ear, O Thou that rulest Israel: Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep.
Alleluia, alleluia. Stir up Thy might, O Lord, and come: that Thou mayest save us. Alleluia.

Gospel • John 1, 19-28

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John. 

[The divinity and incarnation of Christ. John bears witness of him. He begins to call his disciples.]

At that time: the Jews sent from Jerusalem priests and Levites to John, to ask him, Who art thou, that we may give an answer to them that sent us? What sayest thou of thyself? He said: I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaias. And they that were sent, were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said to him: Why then dost thou baptize, if thou be not Christ, nor Elias, nor the prophet?
John answered them, saying: I baptize with water; but there hath stood one in the midst of you, whom you know not. The same is he that shall come after me, who is preferred before me: the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to loose. These things were done in Bethania, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Offertory • Ps. 84, 2

Lord, Thou hast blest Thy land: Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob: Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of Thy people.


May the sacrifices of our devotion, we beseech Thee, O Lord, be continually offered to Thee, both to carry out Thy designs in this holy Mystery and wonderfully to work in us Thy salvation. Through our Lord.

Communion • Is. 35, 4

Say, ye faint-hearted, take courage, and fear not, behold our God will come and will save us.


We implore Thy clemency, O Lord, that cleansed from our sins, these divine aids may prepare us for the coming festival. Through our Lord.