Saturday, November 05, 2022

The Feast of All Saints 2022: The Patriarchs and Prophets

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.

After the soldiers of the heavenly court, the first in order of time, and not lesser in holiness, are counted the holy fathers of the Old Testament, the Patriarchs and Prophets. Since they were educated in the decrees of the Law, and great in their patience, divine providence approved them and made them the keepers of its ancient council, and taught them by the revelation of the Holy Spirit all that it had arranged from eternity for the salvation of the human race. What they saw in spirit, they prophesied before all, reproving the errors of all, rebuking and destroying the evils of the vices, to prepare for the Lord when He would come the way of faith for the salvation of those that believed. They foretold His coming in many ways, by figures, by ceremonies and by words. Finally, the most blessed John was sent, greater than any prophet, the herald and witness of the Divine Word, who had both the dignity of a prophet, and the privilege of baptizing the Lord.

Zachary and Elizabeth, the parents of St John the Baptist. Although their feast was never on the general Calendar, in many places it was kept on this day, November 5th.

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