1 Samuel, Chapter 18, Verse 12
this David writes psalm 27:
The LORD is
my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of
whom should I be afraid? When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh, these my
enemies and foes themselves stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me,
my heart does not fear; though war be waged against me, even then do I trust.
One thing I
ask of the LORD; this I seek: to dwell in the LORD’s house all the days of my
life, to gaze on the LORD’s beauty, to visit his temple. For God will hide me
in his shelter in time of trouble, He will conceal me in the cover of his tent;
and set me high upon a rock. Even now my head is held high above my enemies on
every side! I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing
and chant praise to the LORD. Hear my voice, LORD, when I call; have mercy on
me and answer me. “Come,” says my heart, “seek his face”; your face, LORD, do I
seek! Do not hide your face from me; do not repel your servant in anger. You
are my salvation; do not cast me off; do not forsake me, God my savior! Even if
my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take me in.
me your way; lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Do not abandon me
to the desire of my foes; malicious and lying witnesses have risen against me.
I believe I shall see the LORD’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for
the LORD, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the LORD!
St Swithun, Bishop &
Confessor: Missa “Sacerdotes tui “
Saint Swithin Swithun (or Swithin, Old English: Swīþhūn;
died c. 862) was a Saxon bishop. He was born in the kingdom of Wessex and
educated in its capital, Winchester. He was famous for charitable gifts and
building churches. His feast day is 15 July and his emblems are rain drops and
Swithin was chaplain to Egbert, the 802-839 king of Wessex.
Egbert’s son Ethelwulf, whom Swithin educated, made him bishop of Winchester in
Only one miracle is attributed to Swithin while he was
alive. An old lady’s eggs had been smashed by workmen building a church.
Swithin picked the broken eggs up and, it is said, they miraculously became
And if any church fell down, or was in decay, S. Swithin
would anon amend it at his own cost. Or if any church were not hallowed, he
would go thither afoot and hallow it. For he loved no pride, ne to ride on gay
horses, ne to be praised ne flattered of the people…
Swithin died on 2 July 862. According to tradition, he had
asked to be buried humbly. His grave was just outside the west door of the Old
Minster, so that people would walk across it and rain fall on it in accordance
with Swithin’s wishes. William of Malmesbury recorded that the bishop left
instructions that his body should be buried outside the church, ubi et
pedibus praetereuntium et stillicidiis ex alto rorantibus esset obnoxius
[where it might be subject to the feet of passers-by and to the raindrops
pouring from on high], which has been taken as indicating that the legend was already
well known in the 12th century.
On 15 July 971 though, Swithin’s remains were dug up and
moved to a shrine in the cathedral by Bishop Ethelwold. Miraculous cures were
associated with the event, and Swithin’s feast day is the date of the removal
of his remains, not his death day. However, the removal was also accompanied by
ferocious and violent rain storms that lasted 40 days and 40 nights and are
said to indicate the saint’s displeasure at being moved. This is probably the
origin of the legend that if it rains on Saint Swithun’s feast day, the rain
will continue for 40 more days.
Saint Swithin is still seen as the patron of Winchester
INTROIT Psalm 131: 9-10
Let Thy priests, O Lord, be clothed with justice, and let
Thy saints rejoice: for Thy servant David’s sake, turn not away the face of Thy
anointed. V. O Lord, remember David, and all his
meekness. v. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy
Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.
God, who dost gladden us by the merits and intercession of
thy blessed confessor bishop Swithun, grant us this boon, that we who ask for
his good offices may obtain them through the gift of thy grace.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R. Amen.
EPISTLE Hebrews 7: 23-27
Lesson from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the
Hebrews: Brethren, there were made many priests, because by reason of
death they were not suffered to continue: but Jesus, for that
He continueth forever, hath an everlasting priesthood. Whereby He is
able also to save forever them that come to God by Him; always living
to make intercession for us. For it was fitting that we should have such
a high priest, holy, innocent, and undefiled, separated from sinners, and
made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as the other
priests, to offer sacrifice first for His own sins, and then for
the people’s; for this Jesus Christ our Lord did once, in offering
GRADUAL Psalm 131: 16-17
I will clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints
shall rejoice with exceeding great joy. There will I bring forth a horn to
David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. Alleluia, alleluia! Ps. 109:4
The Lord has sworn an oath there is no retracting: Thou art a priest forever in
the line of Melchisedech. Alleluia!
GOSPEL Matthew 24:
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Watch, because
you know not what hour your Lord will come. But this know ye, that, if the
goodman of the house knew at what hour the thief would come, he would certainly
watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open. Wherefore be you also
ready: because at what hour you know not the Son of man will come. Who,
thinkest thou, is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath appointed
over his family, to give them meat in season? Blessed is that servant, whom
when his lord shall come he shall find so doing. Amen I say to you, he shall
place him over all his goods.
ANTIPHON Psalm 88: 25
My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name
shall his horn be exalted.
Hallow the gifts we offer Lord, and at the intercession of
thy blessed confessor bishop Swithun, do thou cleanse us by their means from
the defilement of our sins. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth
and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world
without end. R. Amen.
PREFACE of the Common
It is truly meet and just, and profitable unto salvation,
that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks to thee, O Holy
Lord, Father Almighty, eternal God, through Christ, our Lord. Though whom the
angels praise thy majesty, the dominions adore it, the powers are in awe. Which
the heavens and the hosts of heaven together with the blessed seraphim joyfully
do magnify. And do thou command that it be permitted to us join with them in
confessing thee, while we say with lowly praise:
COMMUNION ANTIPHON Matthew
Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord cometh he shall
find watching: Amen I say to you, he shall place him over all his goods.
We humbly beg thee, almighty God, to grant that we whom
thou renewest with thy sacrament, at the intercession of thy blessed confessor
bishop Swithun, may lead lives acceptable to thee and worthy of thy
servants. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth
with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without
end. R. Amen.
Catechism of the
PART ONE: THE PROFESSION
TWO-I. THE CREEDS
BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD
Article 5-"HE DESCENDED INTO HELL. ON THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE
Paragraph 2. ON THE THIRD
DAY HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD
638 "We bring you the good
news that what God promised to the fathers, this day he has fulfilled to us
their children by raising Jesus." The Resurrection of Jesus is the
crowning truth of our faith in Christ, a faith believed and lived as the
central truth by the first Christian community; handed on as fundamental by
Tradition; established by the documents of the New Testament; and preached as
an essential part of the Paschal mystery along with the cross:
risen from the dead!
To the dead,
he has given life.
I. THE HISTORICAL AND
639 The mystery of Christ's
resurrection is a real event, with manifestations that were historically
verified, as the New Testament bears witness. In about A.D. 56 St. Paul could
already write to the Corinthians: "I delivered to you as of first
importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance
with the scriptures, and that he was buried, that he was raised on the third
day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to
the Twelve. . ." The Apostle speaks here of the living tradition of
the Resurrection which he had learned after his conversion at the gates of
The empty tomb
640 "Why do you seek the
living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen." The first
element we encounter in the framework of the Easter events is the empty tomb.
In itself it is not a direct proof of Resurrection; the absence of Christ's
body from the tomb could be explained otherwise. Nonetheless the empty
tomb was still an essential sign for all. Its discovery by the disciples was
the first step toward recognizing the very fact of the Resurrection. This was
the case, first with the holy women, and then with Peter. The disciple
"whom Jesus loved" affirmed that when he entered the empty tomb and
discovered "the linen cloths lying there", "he saw and
believed". This suggests that he realized from the empty tomb's
condition that the absence of Jesus' body could not have been of human doing
and that Jesus had not simply returned to earthly life as had been the case
The appearances of the Risen
641 Mary Magdalene and the holy
women who came to finish anointing the body of Jesus, which had been buried in
haste because the Sabbath began on the evening of Good Friday, were the first
to encounter the Risen One. Thus the women were the first messengers of
Christ's Resurrection for the apostles themselves. They were the next to whom
Jesus appears: first Peter, then the Twelve. Peter had been called to
strengthen the faith of his brothers, and so sees the Risen One before
them; it is on the basis of his testimony that the community exclaims:
"The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!"
642 Everything that happened
during those Paschal days involves each of the apostles - and Peter in
particular - in the building of the new era begun on Easter morning. As
witnesses of the Risen One, they remain the foundation stones of his Church.
the faith of the first community of believers is based on the witness of
concrete men known to the Christians and for the most part still living among
them. Peter and the Twelve are the primary "witnesses to his
Resurrection", but they are not the only ones - Paul speaks clearly of
more than five hundred persons to whom Jesus appeared on a single occasion and
also of James and of all the apostles.
643 Given all these testimonies,
Christ's Resurrection cannot be interpreted as something outside the physical
order, and it is impossible not to acknowledge it as an historical fact. It is
clear from the facts that the disciples' faith was drastically put to the test
by their master's Passion and death on the cross, which he had
foretold. The shock provoked by the Passion was so great that at least
some of the disciples did not at once believe in the news of the Resurrection.
Far from showing us a community seized by a mystical exaltation, the Gospels
present us with disciples demoralized ("looking sad") and frightened.
For they had not believed the holy women returning from the tomb and had
regarded their words as an "idle tale". When Jesus reveals himself
to the Eleven on Easter evening, "he upbraided them for their unbelief and
hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had
644 Even when faced with the
reality of the risen Jesus the disciples are still doubtful, so impossible did
the thing seem: they thought they were seeing a ghost. "In their joy they
were still disbelieving and still wondering." Thomas will also
experience the test of doubt and St. Matthew relates that during the risen
Lord's last appearance in Galilee "some doubted." Therefore the
hypothesis that the Resurrection was produced by the apostles' faith (or
credulity) will not hold up. On the contrary their faith in the Resurrection
was born, under the action of divine grace, from their direct experience of the
reality of the risen Jesus.
The condition of Christ's risen
645 By means of touch and the
sharing of a meal, the risen Jesus establishes direct contact with his
disciples. He invites them in this way to recognize that he is not a ghost and
above all to verify that the risen body in which he appears to them is the same
body that had been tortured and crucified, for it still bears the traces of his
Passion. Yet at the same time this authentic, real body possesses the new
properties of a glorious body: not limited by space and time but able to be
present how and when he wills; for Christ's humanity can no longer be confined
to earth, and belongs henceforth only to the Father's divine realm. For
this reason too the risen Jesus enjoys the sovereign freedom of appearing as he
wishes: in the guise of a gardener or in other forms familiar to his disciples,
precisely to awaken their faith.
646 Christ's Resurrection was
not a return to earthly life, as was the case with the raisings from the dead
that he had performed before Easter: Jairus' daughter, the young man of Naim,
Lazarus. These actions were miraculous events, but the persons miraculously
raised returned by Jesus' power to ordinary earthly life. At some particular
moment they would die again. Christ's Resurrection is essentially different. In
his risen body he passes from the state of death to another life beyond time
and space. At Jesus' Resurrection his body is filled with the power of the Holy
Spirit: he shares the divine life in his glorious state, so that St. Paul can
say that Christ is "the man of heaven".
The Resurrection as
647 O truly blessed Night,
sings the Exsultet of the Easter Vigil, which alone deserved to know the time
and the hour when Christ rose from the realm of the dead! But no one was
an eyewitness to Christ's Resurrection and no evangelist describes it. No one
can say how it came about physically. Still less was its innermost essence, his
passing over to another life, perceptible to the senses. Although the
Resurrection was an historical event that could be verified by the sign of the
empty tomb and by the reality of the apostles' encounters with the risen
Christ, still it remains at the very heart of the mystery of faith as something
that transcends and surpasses history. This is why the risen Christ does not
reveal himself to the world, but to his disciples, "to those who came up
with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the
II. THE RESURRECTION - A WORK
OF THE HOLY TRINITY
648 Christ's Resurrection is an
object of faith in that it is a transcendent intervention of God himself in
creation and history. In it the three divine persons act together as one, and
manifest their own proper characteristics. the Father's power "raised
up" Christ his Son and by doing so perfectly introduced his Son's
humanity, including his body, into the Trinity. Jesus is conclusively revealed
as "Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his
Resurrection from the dead". St. Paul insists on the manifestation of
God's power through the working of the Spirit who gave life to Jesus' dead
humanity and called it to the glorious state of Lordship.
649 As for the Son, he effects
his own Resurrection by virtue of his divine power. Jesus announces that the
Son of man will have to suffer much, die, and then rise. Elsewhere he
affirms explicitly: "I lay down my life, that I may take it again. . . I
have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it
again." "We believe that Jesus died and rose again."
650 The Fathers contemplate the
Resurrection from the perspective of the divine person of Christ who remained
united to his soul and body, even when these were separated from each other by
death: "By the unity of the divine nature, which remains present in each
of the two components of man, these are reunited. For as death is produced by
the separation of the human components, so Resurrection is achieved by the
union of the two."
III. THE MEANING AND SAVING
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURRECTION
651 "If Christ has not been
raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain." The
Resurrection above all constitutes the confirmation of all Christ's works and
teachings. All truths, even those most inaccessible to human reason, find their
justification if Christ by his Resurrection has given the definitive proof of
his divine authority, which he had promised.
652 Christ's Resurrection is
the fulfilment of the promises both of the Old Testament and of Jesus himself
during his earthly life. The phrase "in accordance with the
Scriptures" indicates that Christ's Resurrection fulfilled these
653 The truth of Jesus'
divinity is confirmed by his Resurrection. He had said: "When you have
lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he." The Resurrection
of the crucified one shows that he was truly "I AM", the Son of God
and God himself. So St. Paul could declare to the Jews: "What God promised
to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus; as
also it is written in the second psalm, 'You are my Son, today I have begotten
you.'" Christ's Resurrection is closely linked to the Incarnation of
God's Son, and is its fulfilment in accordance with God's eternal plan.
654 The Paschal mystery has two
aspects: by his death, Christ liberates us from sin; by his Resurrection, he
opens for us the way to a new life. This new life is above all justification
that reinstates us in God's grace, "so that as Christ was raised from the
dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life."
Justification consists in both victory over the death caused by sin and a new
participation in grace. It brings about filial adoption so that men become
Christ's brethren, as Jesus himself called his disciples after his Resurrection:
"Go and tell my brethren." We are brethren not by nature, but by
the gift of grace, because that adoptive filiation gains us a real share in the
life of the only Son, which was fully revealed in his Resurrection.
655 Finally, Christ's
Resurrection - and the risen Christ himself is the principle and source of our
future resurrection: "Christ has been raised from the dead, the first
fruits of those who have fallen asleep. . . For as in Adam all die, so also in
Christ shall all be made alive." The risen Christ lives in the hearts
of his faithful while they await that fulfilment. In Christ, Christians
"have tasted. . . the powers of the age to come" and their lives
are swept up by Christ into the heart of divine life, so that they may
"live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was
656 Faith in the
Resurrection has as its object an event which as historically attested to by
the disciples, who really encountered the Risen One. At the same time, this
event is mysteriously transcendent insofar as it is the entry of Christ's
humanity into the glory of God.
657 The empty tomb and the
linen cloths lying there signify in themselves that by God's power Christ's
body had escaped the bonds of death and corruption. They prepared the disciples
to encounter the Risen Lord.
658 Christ, "the
first-born from the dead" (Col 1:18), is the principle of our own
resurrection, even now by the justification of our souls (cf Rom 6:4), and one
day by the new life he will impart to our bodies (cf Rom 8:11).
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