Thursday, 25 May 2017

St Augustine of Canterbury (May 26)

The one reading and responsory for the feast are as follows:

Augustine, a monk of the Lateran monastery in Rome, was sent by Gregory the Great in 597 to England with about forty monks as his companions. They were invited by King Ethelbert to Canterbury, the chief city of the kingdom, and they built an oratory nearby. Through preaching the doctrine of heaven, Augustine brought many of the islanders and the king himself to the Christian faith, to the great joy of the king's wife, Bertha, who was a Christian. By order of Pope Gregory, Augustine was ordained bishop and founded the see of Canterbury; by the same Pontiff he was granted the use of the pallium and the right to organize the hierarchy of England. At length, after suffering great hardships for Christ, having set Mellitus over the Church of London, Justus over that of Rochester, and Lawrence over his own Church, he made his journey to heaven on the 26th day of May. He was buried in the monastery of St. Peter, which then became the burial place of bishops of Canterbury and of several kings.

 R: Euge serve bone, et fidelis: quia super pauca fuisti fidelis, super multa te constituam;* Intra in gaudium Domini tui.
V: Domine quinque talenta mihi tradidisti ecce alia quinque superlucratus sum.
R: Intra in gaudium Domini tui.
R: Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: * Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
V: Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
R: Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.



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