Christmas: January 7th
Saturday of Christmas Time; Optional Memorial of St. Raymond of Peñafort, Priest
Other Commemorations: St. André Bessette, Religious (Memorial, CAN) ; Other Titles: Raymond of Penyafort; Raymond of Penafort
Mass Propers for Saturday of Christmas Time before Epiphany
Entrance Antiphon, Cf. Jn 1:1:
In the beginning and before all ages, the Word was God and he humbled himself to be born the Savior of the world.
Alleluia Verse, Lk 7:16:
A great prophet has arisen in our midst and God has visited his people.
Communion Antiphon, Jn 3:16:
God so loved the world that he gave his Only Begotten Son, so that all who believe in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.
Mass Propers for the Optional Memorial of St. Raymond of Peñafort
Entrance Antiphon, Cf. Lk 4:18:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me and sent me to preach the good news to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted.
Alleluia Verse, Lk 21:34-36:
Be vigilant at all times and pray that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.
Communion Antiphon, Mt 28:20:
Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age, says the Lord.
Today is the Optional Memorial of St. Raymond of Peñafort, Priest (1175-1275). Born in Barcelona, Spain, St. Raymond of Peñafort was the third Superior-General of the Domincan Order. He is famous for his work in the freeing of slaves. He wrote five books of Decretals which are now a valuable part of the Canon Law of the Church. The Summa Casuum, which is about the correct and fruitful administration of the Sacrament of Penance, is the most notable of his works.The Church in Canada celebrates the feast of St. André Bessette today. See January 6 for prayers and information.
St. Raymond of Peñafort—Day Fourteen
St. Raymond devoted much of his life to helping the poor. The famous incident which is recounted in the story of Raymond's life took place when he went with King James to Majorca. The King dismissed Raymond's request to return home. Relying on his faith and love of God, Raymond walked on the waves to his ship, spread his cloak to make a sail, made the sign of the cross then sailed to the distant harbor of Barcelona.
For St. Raymond's feast we should remember that, "carolling and story telling belong to the whole Christmas season. Hospitality and giving to others also must continue if true Christmas joy is to remain. An outing to which friends are invited or a party that includes a round of carolling become perhaps even more appropriate with the approach of Epiphany." —Excerpted from The Twelve Days of Christmas
St. Raymond of Peñafort
The blessed Raymond was born at Barcelona, of the noble family of Peñafort. Having been imbued with the rudiments of the Christian faith, the admirable gifts he had received, both of mind and body, were such that even when quite a boy he seemed to promise great things in his later life.
- St. Raymond diligently studied Canon Law. Spend some time learning what are the obligations and rights of the laity under Church law.
- Learn more about the Spanish Inquistion.
- Raymond died at the age of 100 years old and was buried in the the Cathedral of Barcelona, The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia.
- St. Raymond contributed much to the understanding of the Sacrament of Penance.
- See Catholic Cuisine for some clever food ideas for this saint.