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Ordinary Time: November 29th

Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

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November 29, 2008 (Readings on USCCB website)

COLLECT PRAYER

Lord God, give us the strength and love of the heart of your Son that, by becoming one with him, we may have eternal salvation. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Previous Calendar: St. Saturninus, martyr

Today is the last day of the liturgical year. But the Church proposes no special liturgy to mark its close because already here on earth she lives an eternal life. One day follows another like the links of a chain; the end of one ecclesiastical year merges into the next like an endless circle. The feasts and seasons of the Church have no finale as they fade away into eternity.

As individuals, however, we may use the occasion to make a spiritual survey of the past and to plan for the future. Use this day to examine our sins, offenses and negligences, have contrition and go to confession. Spend some time thanking God for all the benefits we have received and look forward to the future asking for the grace to be faithful in the upcoming year.

According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Saturninus, martyr.


St. Saturninus
Today in the previous calendar (1962) is the Commemoration of St. Saturninus of Rome, martyr, who died in 309 A.D.

Saturninus went from Rome, by direction of Pope Fabian, about the year 245, to preach the faith in Gaul. He fixed his episcopal see at Toulouse, and thus became the first Christian bishop of that city. There were but few Christians in the place. However, their number grew fast after the coming of the Saint; and his power was felt by the spirits of evil, who received the worship of the heathen. His power was felt the more because he had to pass daily through the capitol, the high place of the heathen worship, on the way to his own church. One day a great multitude was gathered by an alter, where a bull stood ready for the sacrifice. A man in the crowd pointed out Saturninus, who was passing by, and the people would have forced him to idolatry; but the holy bishop answered: "I know but on God, and to Him I will offer the sacrifice of praise. How can I fear gods who, as you say, are afraid of me?" On this he was fastened to the bull, which was driven down the capitol. The brains of the Saint were scattered on the steps. His mangled body was taken up and buried by two devout women.

--Excerpted from Butler's Lives of the Saints

Symbols: Bishop dragged by a bull; bishop with a bull at his feet.