— Duke and Martyr
This saint was Duke of Bohemia. With his own hands he sowed the wheat and pressed the grapes which were used for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. While praying in church he was killed by a band of conspirators.
Novena for the Feast of the Holy Rosary begins.
In Thy strength, O Lord, the just man shall joy. — Introit, Psalm 20
The Imitation of Christ
O pleasant and delightful service of God, which maketh a man truly free and holy.
He loved the Blessed Sacrament so much that he himself raised the wheat and the grapes for the bread and wine to be used at Mass. Would you be shocked if someone showed you a soiled piece of linen and told you it was to be used next day for the lining of a tabernacle? The lining of the tabernacle never really touches our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, but your tongue does.
If ever in your life you are tempted to say an improper word or to speak unkindly of one of Christ’s friends (and all men are that), remember that you must ask our Savior to rest on that very tongue in Holy Communion. Keep your tongue holy for that very reason.
Body of Christ, save me. — Anima Christi