In médio Ecclésiæ apéruit os eius: et implévit eum Dóminus spíritu sapiéntiæ et intelléctus: stolam glóriæ índuit eum
Bonum est confitéri Dómino: et psállere nómini tuo, Altíssime.
In the midst of the assembly he opened his mouth; and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding; He clothed him with a robe of glory.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to Your name, Most High.
December 7—ST. AMBROSE, Bishop
AMBROSE was of a noble family, and was governor of Milan in 374, when a bishop was to be chosen for that great see. As the Arian heretics were many and fierce, he was present to preserve order during the election. Though only a catechumen, it was the will of God that he should himself be chosen by acclamation; and, in spite of his utmost resistance, he was baptized and consecrated. He was unwearied in every duty of a pastor, full of sympathy and charity, gentle and condescending in things indifferent, but inflexible in matters of principle. He showed his fearless zeal in braving the anger of the Empress Justina, by resisting and foiling her impious attempt to give one of the churches of Milan to the Arians, and by rebuking and leading to penance the really great Emperor Theodosius, who in a moment of irritation had punished most cruelly a sedition of the inhabitants of Thessalonica. He was the friend and consoler of St. Monica in all her sorrows, and in 387 he had the joy of admitting to the Church her son, St. Augustine. St. Ambrose died in 397, full of years and of honors, and is revered by the Church of and as one of her greatest doctors.
Reflection.—Whence came to St. Ambrose his grandeur of mind, his clearness of insight, his intrepidity in maintaining the faith and discipline of the Church? Whence but from his contempt of the world, from his fearing God alone?
Deus, qui pópulo tuo ætérnæ salútis beátum Ambrósium minístrum tribuísti: præsta, quǽsumus; ut, quem Doctórem vitæ habúimus in terris, intercessórem habére mereámur in coelis.
O God, You Who have given blessed Ambrose to Your people as a help for eternal salvation, grant, we beseech you, that we may be worthy to have him as our intercessor in heaven whom we have had as a teacher of life on earth.
Ecce sacérdos magnus, qui in diébus suis plácuit Deo.
Non est inventus símilis illi, qui conserváret legem Excélsi. Allelúia, allelúia
Iurávit Dóminus, et non pænitébit eum: Tu es sacérdos in ætérnum, secúndum órdinem Melchísedech. Allelúia.
Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God.
V.There was not found the like to him, who kept the law of the Most High. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. The Lord has sworn, and He will not repent: You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedec. Alleluia.
Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, múnera tuæ maiestáti obláta, per intercessiónem beáti Ambrósii Confessóris tui atque Pontíficis, ad perpétuam nobis fac proveníre salútem.
Almighty and everlasting God, grant that the gifts offered to Your majesty through the intercession of blessed Ambrose, Your confessor and bishop, may benefit us for eternal salvation.
Sacraménta salútis nostræ suscipiéntes, concéde, quǽsumus, omnípotens Deus: ut beáti Ambrósii Confessóris tui atque Pontíficis nos ubíque orátio ádiuvet; in cuius veneratióne hæc tuæ obtúlimus maiestáti.
Almighty God, we who receive the sacrament of our salvation, beseech You that the prayer of blessed Ambrose, Your Bishop and Confessor, in whose honor we have offered this sacrifice to Your majesty, may everywhere help us.