St. Sabinus , Bishop

And his Companions, Martyrs

December 30

THE cruel edicts of Diocletian and Maximin against the Christians being published in the year 303, Sabinus, Bishop of Assisium, and several of his clergy, were apprehended and kept in custody till Venustianus, the Governor of Etruria and Umbria, came thither. Upon his arrival in that city he caused the hands of Sabinus, who had made a glorious confession of his Faith before him, to be cut off; and his two deacons, Marcellus and Exuperantius, to be scourged, beaten with clubs, and torn with iron nails, under which torments they both expired. Sabinus is said to have cured a blind boy, and a weakness in the eyes of Venustianus himself, who was thereupon converted, and afterward beheaded for the Faith. Lucius, his successor, commanded Sabinus to be beaten to death with clubs at Spoleto. The martyr was buried a mile from that city, but his relics have been since translated to Faënza.

Reflection. —How powerfully do the martyrs cry out to us by their example, exhorting us to despise a false and wicked world!
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition

Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Day Within the Octave of Christmas

The Third Mass

Introit • Is. 9, 6

A child is born to us, and a Son is given to us; Whose government is upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called the angel of great counsel. Ps. 97, 1. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle; for he hath done wonderful things. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that the new birth, in the flesh, of Thine only-begotten Son may deliver us whom slavery from old doth keep under the yoke of sin. Through the same.

Epistle • Titus 3, 4-7

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

[Other instructions and directions for life and doctrine.]

Dearly beloved, the goodness and kindness of God our Saviour appeared: Not by the works of justice, which we have done, but according to his mercy, he saved us, by the laver of regeneration, and renovation of the Holy Ghost; Whom he hath poured forth upon us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour: That, being justified by his grace, we may be heirs, according to hope of life everlasting: in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gradual • Ps. 97, 3, 2

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God: sing joyfully to God all the earth. The Lord hath made known His salvation; He hath revealed His justice in the sight of the Gentiles.
Alleluia, alleluia. A hallowed day hath dawned for us: come, ye Gentiles, and adore the Lord; for this day a great light hath descended upon the earth. Alleluia.

Gospel • Luke 2, 15-20

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke. 

[The birth of Christ. His presentation in the temple. Simeon's prophecy. Christ at twelve years of age, is found amongst the doctors.]

At that time, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us.
And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Offertory • Ps. 88, 12, 15

Thine are the heavens, and Thine is the earth: the world and the fullness thereof Thou hast founded: justice and judgment are the preparation of Thy throne.


Sanctify our oblations, O Lord, by the new birth of Thy only-begotten Son, and cleanse us from the stains of our sins. Through the same.

Communion • Ps. 97,3.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.


Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that, as the Saviour of the world, born this day, is unto us the author of divine generation, so He may also be the bestower of immortality. Who with Thee.