August 22, 2018: SS. TIMOTHY, HIPPOLYTUS, AND SYMPHORIANUS
August 22, 2018: COMMEMORATION OF SS. TIMOTHY, HIPPOLYTUS BISHOP, AND SYMPHORIANUS, MARTYRS
For to them belongs the kingdom of heaven, who despising the life of this world have obtained the rewards of the kingdom, and washed their garments in the blood of the Lamb.
Help us, O Lord, in thy mercy, and, by the intercession of these thy Martyrs, Timothy, Hippolytus, and Symphorianus, shelter us under the protection of thy goodness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
Let us honour the group of Martyrs which forms the rear-guard of our triumphant Queen. Timothy, who came from Antioch to Rome, Hippolytus, Bishop of Porto, and Symphorian, the glory of Autun, suffered for God at different periods and at different places; but they gathered their palms on the same day of the year, and the same heaven is now their abode. “My son, my son,” said his valiant mother to Symphorian, “remember life eternal; look up, and see him who reigns in heaven; they are not taking thy life away, but changing it into a better.” Let us admire these heroes of our faith; and let us learn to walk like them, though by less painful paths, in the footsteps of our Lord, and so to rejoice Mary.
Taken from: The Liturgical Year - Time after Pentecost, Vol. IV, Dublin, Edition 1901; and
The Divine Office for the use of the Laity, Volume II, 1806.
Ss. Timothy, Hippolytus, and Symphorianus, pray for us.