Today is the feast day of St. Dominic (in the Traditional Calendar), he was one of the great saints of the middle ages. The sanctity of this holy friar soon spread throughout Christendom. “The life of St. Dominic was one of tireless effort in the, service of god. While he journeyed from place to place he prayed and preached almost uninterruptedly. His penance’s were of such a nature as to cause the brethren, who accidentally discovered them, to fear the effect upon his life. While his charity was boundless he never permitted it to interfere with the stern sense of duty that guided every action of his life…. He was canonised on 13 July, 1234, (whereupon) Gregory IX declared that he no more doubted the saintliness of Saint Dominic than he did that of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.” (The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913).
Here are the Epistle and Gospel for the Mass of St. Dominic (1962 – Traditional Missal).
Tuesday, 04 August 2009
St Dominic, confessor
2 Tim 4,1-8.
I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by his coming and his kingdom:Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine.For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers having itching ears:And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables.But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry. Be sober.For I am even now ready to be sacrificed: and the time of my dissolution is at hand.I have fought a good fight: I have finished my course: I have kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice which the Lord the just judge will render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love his coming. Make haste to come to me quickly.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 12,35-40.
Let your loins be girt and lamps burning in your hands. And you yourselves like to men who wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the Lord, when he cometh, shall find watching. Amen I say to you that he will gird himself and make them sit down to meat and passing will minister unto them. And if he shall come in the second watch or come in the third watch and find them so, blessed are those servants. But this know ye, that if the householder did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch and would not suffer his house to be broken open. Be you then also ready: for at what hour you think not the Son of man will come.
Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible