July 12, 2019: SS. NABOR AND FELIX
July 12, 2019: COMMEMORATION OF SS. NABOR AND FELIX, MARTYRS
“Their sound has gone forth into all the earth.”
(Ps, xviii. 5)
Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that as we make a yearly commemoration of these thy holy Martyrs; so we may be always partakers of their intercession. 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.
On this same day the whole Church unites in the solemn homage which Milan continues to pay, after a lapse of sixteen centuries, to two valiant witnesses of Christ. “Our martyrs Felix and Nabor,” says St. Ambrose, “are the grain of mustard-seed mentioned in the Gospel. They possessed the good odour of faith, though it did not appear to men; persecution arose, they laid down their arms, and bowed their heads to the sword, and immediately the grace that was hidden within them was shed abroad even to the ends of the world; so that we can now in all truth say of them: Their sound has gone forth into all the earth.”
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. Nabor and Felix, pray for us.