Friday, November 06, 2015

The Feast of All Saints 2015 - The Apostles

From the Breviary according to the use of the Roman Curia, 1529, the continuation of the sermon for the sixth day in the Octave of All Saints.

Upon these follows the glorious company of the Twelve Apostles, whom the twelve stones taken at Joshua’s order from the bed of the Jordan and set forth upon the shore (Joshua 4), and the twelve fountains in Elim (Exodus 15, 27), where there were seventy palm trees, prefigured. For Our Lord Jesus Christ, leader and liberator of the human race, chose twelve Apostles to form His Church, and by their teaching watered it as with the water of salvation that leaps up unto eternal life. (John 4, 14) The twelve prophets, whose “bones spring up out of their place” (Sirach 49,12) do likewise foretell the twelve leaders that govern and deliver the Lord’s people, by whose zeal the faithful are gathered into the Holy Church, ruled by their teaching, protected by their intercession, illuminated and supported by their virtues.

The Twelve Apostles, depicted on a leaf of an Ethiopian Bible ca. 1700

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