Feast Day of St. Apollinaris, July 23

Here is the description of the life and death of St. Apollinaris, from the New Advent website:

"One of the first great matryrs of the church. He was made Bishop of Ravenna by St. Peter himself. The miracles he wrought there soon attracted official attention, for they and his preaching won many converts to the faith, while at the same time bringing upon him the fury of the idolators, who beat him cruelly and drove him from the city.

He was found half dead on the seashore, and kept in concealment by the Christians, but was captured again and compelled to walk on burning coals, and a second time expelled.
But he remained in the vicinity, and continued his work of evangelization. We find him then journeying in the province of Aemilia. A third time he returned to Ravenna. Again he was captured, hacked with knives, had scalding water poured over his wounds, was beaten in the mouth with stones because he persisted in preaching, and then, loaded with chains, was flung into a horrible dungeon to starve to death; but after four days he was put on board ship and sent to Greece. There the same course of preachings, and miracles, and sufferings continued; and when his very presence caused the oracles to be silent, he was, after a cruel beating, sent back to Italy.

All this continued for three years, and a fourth time he returned to Ravenna. By this time, Vespasian was Emperor, and he, in answer to the complaints of the pagans, issued a decree of banishment against the Christians. Apollinaris was kept concealed for some time, but as he was passing out of the gates of the city, he was set upon and savagely beaten, probably at Classis, a suburb, but he lived for seven days, foretelling meantime that the persecutions would increase, but that the Church would ultimately triumph. It is not certain what was his native place, though it was probably Antioch. Not is it sure that he was one of the seventy two disciples of Christ, as has been suggested. The precise date of his consecration cannot be ascertained, but he was bishop of Ravenna for twenty-six years."


Here are some of the propers from the 1962 missal for St. Apollinaris:

July 23

ST. APOLLINARIS, Bishop, Martyr (vestments red)

St. Apollinaris, a disciple of St. Peter, came with the latter from Antioch to Rome. He was consecrated Bishop of Ravenna and preached the Gospel of Christ amidst many persecutions, including prison and exile. The Apostle of Ravenna was beaten to death A.D. 79.

                                              Indroit (Dan 3. 84, 87)

Oh Ye priests of the Lord, bless the Lord: O ye holy and humble of heart, praise God. Dan. ibid. 57. All ye works of the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all for ever. Glory be to the Father…----O ye priests of the Lord…


O God, the Rewarder of faithful souls, who hast consecrated this day by the martyrdom of Blessed Apollinaris, Thy priest; we beseech Thee: grant to us Thy servants, that the prayer of him whose holy festival we are keeping may obtain for us the forgiveness of our sins. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Commemoration of St. Liborius, Bishop, Confessor. St. Laborius, a Gaul, was bishop of Le Mans in France and died in A.D. 395.


             From the First Letter of Blessed Peter the Apostle

                                            5. 1-11

Dearly beloved, The ancients that are among you I beseech, who am myself also an ancient and a witness of the sufferings of Christ: as also a partaker of that glory which is to be revealed in time to come; feed the flock of God which is among you, taking care of it not by constraint, but willingly according to God; not for filthy lucre’s sake, but voluntarily; neither as lording it over the clergy but being made a pattern of the flock from the heart: and when the prince of pastors shall appear, you shall receive a never fading crown of glory. In like manner, ye among men, be subject to the ancients: and do ye all insinuate humility one to another; for God resisteth the proud, but to the humble He giveth grace. Be ye humbled therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in the time of visitation; casting all your care upon Him, for He hath care of you. Be sober and watch; becasue your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist ye, strong in knowing that the same affliction befalls your brethren who are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, will Himself perfect you, and confirm you, and establish you. To Him be glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen.


         Continuation of the holy Gospel accrding to St. Luke, 22 24-30

       [Christ recommends to all his followers humility and watchfulness]

At that time, there was a strife among the disciples, which of them should be greater. And Jesus said to them, The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and they that have power over them are called beneficient. But you not so: but he that is the greater among you, let him become as the younger; and he that is the leader, as he that serveth. For which is greater, he that sitteth at the table, or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at table? but I am in the midst of you, as He that serveth. And you are they who have continued with Me in My temptations: and I dispose to you, as My Father has disposed to Me, a kingdom: that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and may sit upon thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

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