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#51
The reading appointed from the Rule of St. Benedict for June 8:

CHAPTER VII
Of Humility (cont.)

The tenth degree of humility is, when a monk is not easily moved and quick for laughter, for it is written: "The fool exalteth his voice in laughter" (Sir 21:23).

Martyrology-June 9th
Roman Martyrology-June 9th- on this date in various years-

At Nomento in the Sabine Hills, the birthday of the holy martyrs Primus and Felician, under the emperors Diocletian and Maximian. These glorious martyrs lived long in the service of the Lord, and endured sometimes together, sometimes separately, various cruel torments. They were finally beheaded by Promotus, governor of Nomento, and thus happily ended their trial. Their bodies were afterwards translated to Rome and honorably buried in the Church of St. Stephen the Protomartyr on the cælian Hill.

At Agen in France, the passion of St. Vincent, deacon and martyr. For the faith of Christ, he was cruelly scourged and then beheade

At Antioch, St. Pelagia, virgin and martyr, who has been eulogized by St. Ambrose and St. John Chrysostom.

At Syracuse in Sicily, Bishop St. Maximian, who is frequently mentioned by Pope St. Gregory.

At Andria in Apulia, St. Richard, first bishop of that city, who is famed for his miracles.

In the island of Iona in Scotland, St. Columba, priest and confessor.

At Edessa in Syria, St. Julian, a monk whose memorable deeds have been related by the deacon St. Ephrem.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.
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#52
The reading appointed from the Rule of St. Benedict for June 9:

CHAPTER VII
Of Humility (cont.)

The eleventh degree of humility is, that, when a monk speaketh, he speak gently and without laughter, humbly and with gravity, with few and sensible words, and that he be not loud of voice, as it is written: "The wise man is known by the fewness of his words."

Martyrology-June 10th
Roman Martyrology-June 10th- on this date in various years-

St. Margaret, widow, queen of Scotland, who slept in the Lord on the 16th of November.

At Rome, on the Salarian Way, the martyrdom of blessed Getulius, a very learned nobleman, and his companions, Caerealis, Amantius, and Primitivus. By order of Emperor Hadrian they were arrested by the ex-consul Licinius, scourged, thrown into prison, and then delivered to the flames. But the fire did not injure them, and their heads were crushed with clubs, thus ending their martyrdom. Their bodies were taken by Symphorosa, wife of blessed Getulius, and reverently interred on her own estate.

Also at Rome, on the Aurelian Way, the birthday of the Saints Basilides, Tripos, Mandal, and twenty other martyrs, under Emperor Aurelian and Plato, the governor of the city.

At Naples in Campania, St. Maximus, bishop and martyr. For having vigorously defended the Nicene Creed he was exiled by Emperor Constantius, where he died worn out by his trials.

At Prusias in Bithynia, St. Timothy, bishop and martyr. He was beheaded during the reign of Julian the Apostate because he refused to deny Christ.

At Cologne, St. Maurinus, abbot and martyr

At Nicomedia, the martyr St. Zachary.

In Spain, the holy martyrs Crispulus and Restitutus.

In Africa, the holy martyrs Aresius, Rogatus, and fifteen others.

At Petra in Africa, St. Asterius, a bishop who suffered greatly for the Catholic faith at the hands of the Arians. He was banished to Africa by Emperor Constantius, and there died as a glorious confessor.

At Auxerre, St. Censurius, bishop.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.
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#53
The reading appointed from the Rule of St. Benedict for June 10:

CHAPTER VII
Of Humility (cont.)

The twelfth degree of humility is, when a monk is not only humble of heart, but always letteth it appear also in his whole exterior to all that see him; namely, at the Work of God, in the garden, on a journey, in the field, or wherever he may be, sitting, walking, or standing, let him always have his head bowed down, his eyes fixed on the ground, ever holding himself guilty of his sins, thinking that he is already standing before the dread judgment seat of God, and always saying to himself in his heart what the publican in the Gospel said, with his eyes fixed on the ground: "Lord, I am a sinner and not worthy to lift up mine eyes to heaven" (Lk 18:13); and again with the Prophet: "I am bowed down and humbled exceedingly" (Ps 37[38]:7-9; Ps 118[119]:107).

Having, therefore, ascended all these degrees of humility, the monk will presently arrive at that love of God, which being perfect, casteth out fear (1 Jn 4:18). In virtue of this love all things which at first he observed not without fear, he will now begin to keep without any effort, and as it were, naturally by force of habit, no longer from the fear of hell, but from the love of Christ, from the very habit of good and the pleasure in virtue. May the Lord be pleased to manifest all this by His Holy Spirit in His laborer now cleansed from vice and sin.

Martyrology-June 11th
Roman Martyrology-June 11th- on this date in various years-

For 2009 The Feast of the most Sacred Body of Christ.

At Salamina in Cyprus, the birthday of the apostle St. Barnabas, a native of that place. He was ordained by the disciples as Apostle of the Gentiles with St. Paul, and travelled with him over many regions, exercising the function committed unto him of preaching the Gospel. At last he went back to Cyprus, where he ennobled his apostolate by a glorious martyrdom. His body was found by his own revelation, in the time of Emperor Zeno, together with a copy of St. Matthew's Gospel written with his own hand.

At Salamanca in Spain, St. John of St, Facundus, a confessor of the Order of the Hermits of St. Augustine, renowned for his zeal for the faith, for holiness of life, and for miracles. His feast is celebrated on the day following.

At Aquileia, the martyrdom of the Saints Felix and Fortunatus, brothers. In the persecution of Diocletian and Maximian, they were placed on the rack, and had flaming torches held against their sides. These were extinguished by the power of God, and boiling oil was poured over them. As they persevered in confessing Christ, they were beheaded.

At Bremen, the birthday of St. Rembert, bishop of Hamburg and Bremen.

At Treviso, St. Parisius, a citizen of Bologna, confessor and monk of the Camaldolese Order.

At Rome, the translation of St. Gregory Nazianzen, whose revered body was brought from Constantinople to Rome, and kept for a long time in the Church of the Mother of God. It was then transferred with great solemnity by Pope Gregory XIII to a chapel of the basilica of St. Peter, magnificently decorated by His Holiness, and the next day placed with due honour beneath the altar.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.
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#54
The reading appointed from the Rule of St. Benedict for June 11:

CHAPTER VIII
Of the Divine Office during the Night

Making due allowance for circumstances, the brethren will rise during the winter season, that is, from the calends of November till Easter, at the eighth hour of the night; so that, having rested till a little after midnight, they may rise refreshed. The time, however, which remains over after the night office (Matins) will be employed in study by those of the brethren who still have some parts of the psalms and the lessons to learn.

But from Easter to the aforesaid calends, let the hour for celebrating the night office (Matins) be so arranged, that after a very short interval, during which the brethren may go out for the necessities of nature, the morning office (Lauds), which is to be said at the break of day, may follow presently.

Martyrology-June 12th
Roman Martyrology-June 12th- on this date in various years-

St. John of St. Facundus, confessor of the Order of the Hermits of St. Augustine, who died on the 11th of June.

At Rome, on the Aurelian Way, during the persecution of Diocletian and Maximian, and under the prefect Aurelius, the birthday of the holy martyrs Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor, and Nazarius, all soldiers who were cast into prison for the confession of the Christian name, scourged with knotted whips, and finally beheaded.

At Nicaea in Bithynia, St. Antonina, martyr. She was scourged by order of the govenor Priscillian during the same persecution, then racked, lacerated, exposed to the fire, and finally put to the sword.

At Rome, in the Vatican basilica, Pope St. Leo II, to whom God miraculously restored his eyes and his tongue after they had been torn out by impious men.

In Thrace, St. Olumpius, a bishop, who was driven out of his diocese by the Arians, and died a confessor.

In Cilicia, Bishop St. Amphion, a celebrated confessor of the time of Galerius Maximian.

In Egypt, St. Onuphrius, an anchoret, who for sixty years led a religious life in the desert, and renowned for great virtues and merits departed for heaven. His admirable deeds have been recorded by Abbot Paphnutius.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.
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#55
The reading appointed from the Rule of St. Benedict for June 12:

CHAPTER IX
How Many Psalms Are to Be Said at the Night Office

During the winter season, having in the first place said the verse:
Deus, in adjutorium meum intende; Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina,
there is next to be said three times, Domine, labia mea aperies, et
os meum annuntiabit laudem tuam (Ps 50[51]:17). To this the third
psalm and the Gloria are to be added. After this the 94th psalm with
its antiphon is to be said or chanted. Hereupon let a hymn follow,
and after that six psalms with antiphons. When these and the verse
have been said, let the Abbot give the blessing. All being seated on
the benches, let three lessons be read alternately by the brethren
from the book on the reading stand, between which let three
responsories be said. Let two of the responsories be said without the
Gloria, but after the third lesson, let him who is chanting say the
Gloria. When the cantor beginneth to sing it, let all rise at once
from their seats in honor and reverence of the Blessed Trinity.

Let the inspired books of both the Old and the New Testaments be read
at the night offices, as also the expositions of them which have been
made by the most eminent orthodox and Catholic Fathers.

After these three lessons with their responsories, let six other
psalms follow, to be sung with Alleluia. After these let the lessons
from the Apostle follow, to be said by heart, then the verse, the
invocation of the litany, that is, Kyrie eleison. And thus let the
night office come to an end.

Martyrology-June 13th
Roman Martyrology-June 13th- on this date in various years-

At Padua, St. Anthony, a native of Portugal, priest of the Order of
Friars Minor and confessor, illustrious for the sanctity of his life,
his miracles, and his preaching. Pope Gregory IX placed him on the
canon of the saints within a year after his death.

At Rome, on the Ardeatine Way, the birthday of St. Felicula, virgin
and martyr, who was delivered to the judge for refusing to marry
Flaccus and to sacrifice to idols. As she persevered in the
confession of Christ, he confined her in a dark dungeon without food,
and afterwards caused her to be stretched on the rack until she
expired. She was then thrown into a sewer, but St. Nicomedes the
Priest recovered her body and buried it on this road.

In Abruzzi, St. Peregrinus, bishop and martyr. For the Catholic
faith he was thrown into the river Aterno by the Lombards.

At Cordova in Spain, in the persecution of the Arabs, St. Fandila, a
priest and monk, who underwent martyrdom by beheading for the faith
of Christ.

In Africa, the holy martyrs Fortunatus and Lucian.

At Byblos in Phoenicia, St. Aquilina, virgin and martyr, at the age
of twelve years, under Emperor Diocletian and the judge Volusian.
For the confession of the faith, she was beaten, scourged, pierced
with heated stakes, and finally being struck with a sword,
consecrated her virginity by martyrdom.

In Cyprus, St. Triphyllius, bishop.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors,
and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.
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#56
The reading appointed from the Rule of St. Benedict for June 13:

CHAPTER X
How the Office Is to Be Said during the Summer Season

From Easter till the calends of November let the whole psalmody, as explained above, be said, except that on account of the shortness of the nights, no lessons are read from the book; but instead of these three lessons, let one from the Old Testament be said from memory. Let a short responsory follow this, and let all the rest be performed as was said; namely, that never fewer than twelve psalms be said at the night office, exclusive of the third and the 94th psalm.

Martyrology-June 14th
Roman Martyrology-June 14th- on this date in various years-

St. Basil, surnamed the Great, confessor and doctor of the Church. He died on the 1st of January, but his feast is celebrated today, for it was on this day that he was consecrated bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia.

At Samaria in Palestine, the holy prophet Eliseus, whose grave, says St. Jerome, makes the demons tremble. With him also rests the prophet Abdias.

At Syracuse in Sicily, St. Marcian, bishop, who was made bishop by blessed Peter, and killed by the Jews after he had preached the Gospel.

At Cordova in Spain, the holy martyrs Anastasius, a priest, Felix, a monk, and Digna, virgin.

At Soissons in France, the holy martyrs Valerius and Rufinus, who, after enduring many torments, were condemned to be beheaded by the governor Rictiovarus, in the persecution of Diocletian.

At Constantinople, St. Methodius, bishop.

At Vienne, St. Aetherius, bishop.

At Rodez in France, St. Quinctian, bishop.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.
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#57
The reading appointed from the Rule of St. Benedict for June 14:

CHAPTER XI
How the Night Office Is to Be Said on Sundays

For the night office on Sunday the monks should rise earlier. At this
office let the following regulations be observed, namely: after six
psalms and the verse have been sung, as we arranged above, and all
have been properly seated on the benches in their order, let four
lessons with their responsories be read from the book, as we said
above. In the fourth responsory only, let the Gloria be said by the
chanter, and as soon as he beginneth it let all presently rise with
reverence.

After these lessons let six other psalms with antiphons and the verse
follow in order as before. After these let there be said three
canticles from the Prophets, selected by the Abbot, and chanted with
Alleluia. When the verse also hath been said and the Abbot hath given
the blessing, let four other lessons from the New Testament be read
in the order above mentioned. But after the fourth responsory let the
Abbot intone the hymn Te Deum laudamus. When this hath been said, let
the Abbot read the lesson from the Gospel, all standing with
reverence and awe. When the Gospel hath been read let all answer
Amen, and immediately the Abbot will follow up with the hymn Te decet
laus, and when he hath given the blessing Lauds will begin.

Let this order of the night office be observed on Sunday the same way
in all seasons, in summer as well as in winter, unless perchance
(which God forbid) the brethren should rise too late and part of the
lessons or the responsories would have to be shortened. Let every
precaution be taken that this does not occur. If it should happen,
let him through whose neglect it came about make due satisfaction for
it to God in the oratory.

Martyrology-June 15th
Roman Martyrology-June 15th- on this date in various years-

Near the river Silaro in Lucania, the birthday of the holy martyrs
Vitus, Modestus, and Crescentia, who were brought there from Sicily
in the reign of the emperor Diocletian. They were plunged into a
vessel of molten lead, exposed to the beasts, and stretched on the
rack, but after having survived these torments through the power of
God, they came to the end of their glorious trials.

At Silistria in Rumania, St. Hesychius, a soldier, who was arrested
with blessed Julius, and under the governor Maximus followed him to
the crown of martyrdom.

At Zephirium in Cilicia, St. Dulas, martyr under the governor
Maximus. For the name of Christ, he was scourged, laid on the
gridiron, scalded with boiling oil, and after enduring other trials,
received for his victory the palm of martyrdom.

At Cordova in Spain, St. Benildes, martyr.

At Palmyra in Sicily, the holy martyrs Libya and Leonides, sisters,
and Eutropia, a girl of twelve years, who won the crown of martyrdom
by various torments.

At Vallenciennes in France, the death of St. Landelin, abbot.

In Auvergne in France, St. Abraham, confessor, illustrious by his
holiness and miracles.

At Pibrac in the diocese of Toulouse, St. Germaine Cousin, virgin.
After a life of poverty, humility, and patient suffering amidst many
trials as shepherdess of her flocks, she went to her heavenly spouse,
and became renowned for numerous miracles after her death. Pope Pius
IX placed her in the number of holy virgins.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors,
and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.
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#58
The reading appointed from the Rule of St. Benedict for June 15:

CHAPTER XII
How Lauds Are to Be Said

At Lauds on Sunday, let the 66th psalm be said first simply, without an antiphon. After that let the 50th psalm be said with Alleluia; after this let the 117th and the 62d be said; then the blessing and the praises, one lesson from the Apocalypse, said by heart, a responsory, the Ambrosian hymn, the verse and the canticle from the Gospel, the litany, and it is finished.

Martyrology-June 16th
Roman Martyrology-June 16th- on this date in various years-

At Mainz, the passion of the Saints Aureus and Justina, his sister, and other martyrs who were massacred by the Huns, at that time devastating Germany, while they were in church at Mass.

At Besançon in France, the holy martyrs Ferreol, a priest, and Ferruntion, a deacon, who were sent by the blessed bishop Irenæus to preach the word of God, and after being exposed to various torments under Judge Claudius, were put to the sword.

At Tarsus in Cilicia, in the reign of Emperor Diocletian, the holy martyrs Cyricus and Julitta, his mother. Cyricus, a child of three years, seeing his mother cruelly scourged with whips in the presence of the governor Alexander, and crying bitterly, was killed by being dashed against the steps of the tribunal. Julitta, after being subjected to severe lashings and grievous torments, closed the course of her martyrdom by beheading.

At Amathus in Cyprus, St. Tychon, a bishop in the time of Theodosius the Younger.

At Lyons, the death of blessed Aurelian, bishop of Arles.

At Nantes in Brittany, St. Similian, bishop and confessor.

At Meissen in Germany, St. Benno, bishop.

In the monastery of Aywieres in Brabant, St. Lutgard, virgin.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.
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#59
The reading appointed from the Rule of St. Benedict for June 16:

CHAPTER XIII
How Lauds Are to Be Said on Week Days

On week days let Lauds be celebrated in the following manner, to wit: Let the 66th psalm be said without an antiphon, drawing it out a little as on Sunday, that all may arriver for the 50th, which is to be said with an antiphon. After this let two other psalms be said according to custom; namely, the 5th and the 35th on the second day, the 42d and the 56th on the third day, the 63rd and the 64th on the fourth day, the 87th and the 89th on the fifth day, the 75th and the 91st on the sixth day, and on Saturday the 142d and the canticle of Deuteronomy, which should be divided into two Glorias. On the other days, however, let the canticle from the Prophets, each for its proper day, be said as the Roman Church singeth it. After these let the psalms of praise follow; then one lesson from the Apostle, to be said from memory, the responsory, the Ambrosian hymn, the verse, the canticle from the Gospel, the litany, and it is finished.

Martyrology-June 17th
Roman Martyrology-June 17th- on this date in various years-

At Rome, during the persecution of Diocletian, the birthday of two hundred and sixty-two martyrs, who were put to death for the faith of Christ, and buried on the old Salarian Way, at the foot of Cucumer Hill.

At Besançon in France, St. Antidius, bishop and martyr, who was slain by the Vandals for the faith of Christ.

At Apollonia in Macedonia, the holy martyrs Isaurus, a deacon, Innocent, Felix, Jeremias, and Peregrinus, all of them Athenians who were tortured in various ways by the tribune Tripontius, and beheaded.

At Terracina in Campania, St. Montanus, a soldier, who received the crown of martyrdom after suffering many torments, in the time of Emperor Hadrian and the governor Leontius.

At Venafro in Campania, the holy martyrs Nicander and Marcian, who were beheaded in the persecution of Maximian.

At Chalcedon, the holy martyrs Manuel, Sabel, and Ismæl, whom the king of Persia sent as ambassadors to Julian the Apostate to obtain peace. Having firmly refused to worship idols when commanded by the emperor, they were put to the sword.

At Amelia in Umbria, Bishop St. Himerius, whose body was translated to Cremona.

In the territory of Bourges, St. Gundulphus, bishop.

At Orleans in France, St. Avitus, priest and confessor.

In Phrygia, St. Hypatius, confessor.

Also, St. Bessarion, anchoret.

At Pisa in Tuscany, St. Rainerius, confessor.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.
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#60
The reading appointed from the Rule of St. Benedict for June17:

CHAPTER XIII
How Lauds Are to Be Said on Week Days (cont.)

Owing to the scandals which are wont to spring up, the morning and the evening office should, plainly, never end unless the Lord's Prayer is said in the hearing of all by the Superior in its place at the end; so that in virtue of the promise which the brethren make when they say, "Forgive us as we forgive" (Mt 6:12), they may cleanse themselves of failings of this kind.

At the other hours which are to be said, however, let only the last part of this prayer be said aloud, so that all may answer, "But deliver us from evil" (Mt 6:13).

Martyrology-June 18th
Roman Martyrology-June 18th- on this date in various years-

At Edessa in Mesopotamia, St. Ephraem, deacon of the church of Edessa in the time of Emperor Valens and confessor. After suffering many trials for the faith of Christ and gaining great renown for holiness and learning, he went to rest in the Lord. He was declared a doctor of the Universal Church by Pope Benedict XV

At Rome, on the Ardeatine Way, in the persecution of Diocletian, the birthday of the saintly brothers Mark and Marcellian, martyrs, who were arrested by the judge Fabian, tied to a stake, and had sharp nails driven into their feet. Because they would not cease praising the name of Christ they were pierced through the sides with lances, and thus went to the kingdom of heaven with the glory of martyrdom.

At Malaga in Spain, the holy martyrs Cyriacus and the virgin Paula, who were overwhelmed with stones, and yielded up their souls to God.

At Tripoli in Phoenicia, in the time of the governor Adrian, St. Leontius, a soldier, who attained the crown of martyrdom through bitter torments together with the tribune Hypatius and Theodulus, whom he had converted to Christ.

The same day, St. Aetherius, martyr, in the persecution of Diocletian. After enduring fire and other torments, he was put to death with the sword.

At Alexandria, the passion of St. Marina, virgin.

At Bordeaux, St. Amandus, bishop and confessor.

At Sacca in Sicily, St. Calogerus, hermit, whose holiness is shewn especially in the deliverance of possessed persons.

At Schongau in Germany, St. Elizabeth, virgin, celebrated for her observance of the monastic life.

And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.
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