August 7, 2021: ST. DONATUS
August 7, 2021: COMMEMORATION OF ST. DONATUS, BISHOP AND MARTYR
The Lord settled with him a covenant of peace, and made him a Chief that he may have the honor of Priesthood for ever.
O God, the glory of thy Priests; grant, we beseech thee, to us thy servants, that solemnizing the festival of thy holy Martyr and Bishop, Donatus, we may be partakers of his prayers. 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 holy memory of the Bishop of Arezzo whom the persecution of Julian the Apostate sent on this day to heaven. The following prayer, wherein the Church expresses her unchanging confidence in his powerful intercession, is found so far back as in the Gelasian Sacramentary; though the title of Confessor is there used instead of Martyr, it is beyond all question that Donatus died for Christ.
O God, the glory of thy priests, grant, we beseech thee, that we may experience the succour of thy holy martyr and bishop, Donatus, whose festival we celebrate. 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.
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.
St. Donatus, pray for us.