Tuesday, July 3, 2012
All Holy Popes (Mass in Some Places)

Few people recall that July 4th is the Mass of All Holy Popes in some places in the world, according to the traditional calendar, in addition to being within the Octave of Ss. Peter and Paul.  It is unfortunate that a quick internet search also reveals that few English websites have any information on this feast at all.  In fact, the only substantial reference is to the 1960 Breviarium general norms which state, "124. Likewise, red is used in the office and Mass of feasts: ... d) of the commemoration of all holy popes..."

Why celebrate this feast though on July 4th?  An Italian source from 1719 describes it as the result of the Octave of Ss. Peter and Paul: "On Sunday after the Octave of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul is solemnly celebrated as a double in the Vatican Basilica the Universal commemoration of all of the holy Popes of the Roman Church with its proper office granted by the Sacred Congregration of Rites on March 20, 1683..." (translation of Emerologio Di Roma Cristiana, Ecclesiastica, e Gentile by Claudio Salvucci via Facebook)

In honor of this Feast, I present a list of all canonized popes of the Church.  Let us make out of this list a litany of prayers.  After each name say "pray for us" or "ora pro nobis".
  1. St. Peter (32-67)
  2. St. Linus (67-76)
  3. St. Anacletus (Cletus) (76-88)
  4. St. Clement I (88-97)
  5. St. Evaristus (97-105)
  6. St. Alexander I (105-115)
  7. St. Sixtus I (115-125)
  8. St. Telesphorus (125-136)
  9. St. Hyginus (136-140)
  10. St. Pius I (140-155)
  11. St. Anicetus (155-166)
  12. St. Soter (166-175)
  13. St. Eleutherius (175-189)
  14. St. Victor I (189-199)
  15. St. Zephyrinus (199-217)
  16. St. Callistus I (217-22)
  17. St. Urban I (222-30)
  18. St. Pontain (230-35)
  19. St. Anterus (235-36)
  20. St. Fabian (236-50)
  21. St. Cornelius (251-53)
  22. St. Lucius I (253-54)
  23. St. Stephen I (254-257)
  24. St. Sixtus II (257-258)
  25. St. Dionysius (260-268)
  26. St. Felix I (269-274)
  27. St. Eutychian (275-283)
  28. St. Caius (283-296)
  29. St. Marcellinus (296-304)
  30. St. Marcellus I (308-309)
  31. St. Eusebius (309 or 310)
  32. St. Miltiades (311-14)
  33. St. Sylvester I (314-35)
  34. St. Mark (Marcus) (336)
  35. St. Julius I (337-52)
  36. St. Damasus I (366-83)
  37. St. Siricius (384-99)
  38. St. Anastasius I (399-401)
  39. St. Innocent I (401-17)
  40. St. Zosimus (417-18)
  41. St. Boniface I (418-22)
  42. St. Celestine I (422-32)
  43. St. Sixtus III (432-40)
  44. St. Leo I (the Great) (440-61)
  45. St. Hilarius (461-68)
  46. St. Simplicius (468-83)
  47. St. Felix III (II) (483-92)
  48. St. Gelasius I (492-96)
  49. St. Symmachus (498-514)
  50. St. Hormisdas (514-23)
  51. St. John I (523-26)
  52. St. Felix IV (III) (526-30)
  53. St. Agapetus I (535-36)
  54. St. Silverius (536-37)
  55. St. Gregory I (the Great) (590-604)
  56. St. Boniface IV (608-15)
  57. St. Deusdedit (Adeodatus I) (615-18)
  58. St. Martin I (649-55)
  59. St. Eugene I (655-57)
  60. St. Vitalian (657-72)
  61. St. Agatho (678-81)
  62. St. Leo II (682-83)
  63. St. Benedict II (684-85)
  64. St. Sergius I (687-701)
  65. St. Gregory II (715-31)
  66. St. Gregory III (731-41)
  67. St. Paul I (757-67)
  68. St. Leo III (795-816)
  69. St. Paschal I (817-24)
  70. St. Leo IV (847-55)
  71. St. Adrian III (884-85)
  72. St. Leo IX (1049-54)
  73. St. Gregory VII (1073-1085)
  74. St. Celestine V (1294)
  75. St. Pius V (1566-72)
  76. St. Pius X (1903-14)

Traditional Mass Propers for the Mass of All Holy Popes.

INTROIT Ps. 49: 5-7

Gather ye together His saints to Him, who have set His Covenant before sacrifices. And the heavens shall declare His justice, because I am thy God.
Ps. 49:1. The God of gods, the Lord, hath spoken and hath called the earth.
V. Glory be . . .

O God, Who bountifully providest for Thy people, and lovingly rulest over them, do Thou, through the interceding merits of the Chief Bishops of Thy Church, give the Spirit of Wisdom to those unto whom Thou hast given the control of its discipline, that the good advance of their holy flocks may be to the Shepherds a source of everlasting joy. Through our Lord . . .

EPISTLE Heb. 13:7-17
Remember your prelates who have spoken the word of God to you: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation, Jesus Christ, yesterday, and today: and the same for ever. Be not led away with various and strange doctrines. For it is best that the heart be established with grace, not with meats: which have not profited those that walk in them. We have an altar whereof they have no power to eat who serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts whose blood is brought into the holies by the high priest for sin are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For, we have not here a lasting city: but we seek one that is to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise always to God, that is to say, the fruit of lips confessing to his name. And do not forget to do good and to impart: for by such sacrifices God's favour is obtained. Obey your prelates and be subject to them. For they watch as being to render an account of your souls: that they may do this with joy and not with grief. For this is not expedient for you.

GRADUAL Ps. 8:6, 7
Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor. And hast set him over the works of Thy hands, O Lord.  Alleluia, alleluia! This is the priest whom the Lord hath crowned. Alleluia!

GOSPEL Matt. 16:13-19
At that time, Jesus came into the quarters of Cesarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples, saying:  "Whom do men say that the Son of man is?" But they said: "Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets." Jesus saith to them:"But whom do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said: "Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answering said to him: "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven."

I have found David My servant, with My holy oil I have anointed him, for My hand shall help him, and Mine arm shall strengthen him.

May the spotless sacrifice of Thine only-begotten Son which we offer unto Thee, O God, the Father Almighty, in honor of the holy Pontiffs, help us to obtain the spiritual remedy. Through our Lord . . .

Preface of the Apostles
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, suppliantly to entreat you, Lord, that you, eternal Shepherd, do not desert your flock, but that through your blessed Apostles you watch over it and protect it always, so that it may be governed by those you have appointed shepherds to lead it in the name of {as representatives in/substitutes for} your work. And so, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions, and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven, as we sing the hymn of your glory without end we acclaim.

My truth and My mercy shall be with him; and in My name shall his horn be exalted.

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that Thy faithful people may ever find joy in the veneration of Thy holy Pontiffs, and be protected by their unceasing prayer. Through our Lord . . .

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