October 20, St John Cantius (Jan Kanty or Jan z Kęt)

October 20
SAINT JOHN CANTIUS, PRESBYTER
Obligatory memorial
In the Archdiocese of Kraków:
Primary patron saint of the archdiocese – Solemnity

John (Jan) was born in Kęty in 1390. He studied at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, finally becoming its professor of theology. He was known for his mercy for the poor. He died in Kraków on 24 December 1473.

Common of Pastors, except:

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EVENING PRAYER I

If solemnity:

HYMN O Pride of Polish nation as in Evening Prayer II.

Antiphons, Psalms, Reading, Responsory and Intercessions from Common of Pastors.

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. John kept Lord’s Commandments and taught to fulfil them, hence his name is praised by generations.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O Almighty God,
grant us that, through Saint John Cantius’s example, we may refine the abilities of saints and, showing mercy to all people, may obtain forgiveness from you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

INVITATORY

Ant. Let us worship our God, giving praise to Saint John.

Invitatory psalm as in Ordinary.

 OFFICE OF READINGS

HYMN

O John, mindful of the need
For penance and mortification,
You became the knight of faith
Through flagellation and fasting.

We follow in the footsteps
Of our good Father with zeal,
So that our spirit may take over
The body seized by lust.

With great care, freezing,
You covered the poor with a coat;
You fed the needy,
And gave drink to the thirsty.

You, who never left
Anyone unsupported,
Protect with your care
Poland, land of your fathers.

To Father, Son and Spirit
May there be glory forever;
Let Saint John’s prayer
Procure grace for us. Amen.

FIRST READING

From the first letter of the apostle Paul to the Corinthians 12:31-13:13
The Primacy of Love

Brothers! Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

RESPONSORY 1 John 4:16; 7

We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.
Whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

Let us love one another, because love is of God
Whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

SECOND READING

From the writing of Pope Clement XIII
(2 febr. 1767; Bullarii Romani continuatio, IV pars. II, Pratis 1843, pp. 1314-1316)
Only God Was in His Heart and on His Lips

No one shall deny that John Cantius, who at the Kraków Academy used to teach what he had derived from the purest source, is worthy of being included in the group of eminent men distinguished by knowledge and sanctity. They acted as they preached and protected the true faith against those who fought against it. During the times when in the neighbouring countries there were misconceptions and apostasy, he kept calling to retain Christian attitude and tradition, and the things he preached from the pulpit and explained to the believers, he did confirm with his humility, pure life, mercy, mortification and numerous other virtues that mark a real priest and relentless worker.

John Cantius became the pride and decoration of the lecturers of the Academy. He left a beautiful example for future generations to attempt with all one’s heart to imitate the most perfect master and to make effort to learn the knowledge of saints and other abilities only for the glory and praise of God.

He combined humility with piety he always showed toward God’s matters. Even though he surpassed all with his knowledge, he thought nothing of himself and never put on airs. Furthermore, he wished to be disdained and held in low esteem. He bore cheerfully the ones who were malicious and critical.

This humility was accompanied with a rare childlike simplicity. His words and deeds were always sincere and clear – he spoke what he had in mind. When he noticed that his words, though right, met with displeasure, before approaching the altar, he would ask forgiveness, although it had not been his fault. Every day after completing his duties, he would go to the church, where he prayed for a long time and adored Christ hidden in the Blessed Sacrament. Hence, God was always in his heart and on his lips.[1]

RESPONSORY cf. Isaiah 25:7-8

Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless;
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn and your vindication shall go before you.

Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own.
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn and your vindication shall go before you.

If solemnity TE DEUM You are God: we praise you.

CONCLUDING PRAYER as in Morning Prayer.

MORNING PRAYER

HYMN

Blessed be a just man,
Meek, silent and humble;
Blessed be the one whose heart
Burnt with the heat of God’s love.

Lord gave him a merciful spirit,
So that he might ease the misery of his brothers,
To bring them comfort and saved from poverty,
Forgive the enemies and teach wisdom.

His memory sweet and calm,
May it help us be open to grace
That shall heal us from indifference
To human pains and sadness of the alone.

O Source of goodness, Triune God,
When the dawn breaks over our land.
Awaken with John Cantius example.
We wish to praise you with our lives. Amen.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. After having lived justly and piously in this world, John joyously greeted the Saviour whose countenance the whole earth desires.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O Almighty God,
grant us that, through Saint John Cantius’s example, we may refine the abilities of saints and, showing mercy to all people, may obtain forgiveness from you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

EVENING PRAYER II

HYMN

O Pride of Polish nation,
Decoration of all priests,
Glory of the academy and the country,
O Saint John, our father!

God’s law you did teach
And fulfilled it with deeds,
For our knowledge means nothing
Without love’s strength.

You walked on foot
To the Apostle’s seat;
Guide our steps
Leading us to desired land.

You paid homage to
The memorials of the eternal city,
Sealed with Apostles’ blood,
And shed your tears over them.

Make your teachings
Rule over our hearts
So that we might still strive
For gifts of salvation.

To Father, Son and Spirit
May there be glory forever;
Let Saint John’s prayer
Procure grace for us. Amen.

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

CONCLUDING PRAYER as in Morning Prayer.

[1] Translated by DChojnacki (2014).

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