Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saint John, Beloved of the Lord, pray for us!
Today, the 27th of December, is the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist. His feast is suppressed in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, because it is the Sunday of the Holy Family. He is commemorated in the Extraordinary Rite in a low Mass, and optionally in a High Mass (sung).
Saint John is a very important saint. His Gospel begins with "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God..." The mystical and sacramental meaning of the Incarnation are very important in Saint John's Gospel. In the Extraordinary Form, this first section of his Gospel is read after each Mass. It is a meditation upon the reality that God-is-with-us.
In honor of Saint John I offer this, the opening antiphon (introit) of the Mass in honor of Saint John in the Extraordinary Form:
Saint John, the Beloved, pray for us, pray for priests, that we all may love the Lord and Spouse of the Church with the fervent love you lived so well!