From Dom Gueranger's books the Liturgical Year, Time After Pentecost Book V, it says the following about St. Linus:
September 23; Saint Linus; Pope and Martyr
The lives of the first vicars of Christ are buried in a mysterious obscurity; just as the foundations of a monument built to defy the ravages of time are concealed from view. To be the supports of the everlasting Church is a sufficient glory: sufficient to justify our confidence in them, and to awaken our gratitude. Let us leave the learned to discuss certain poins in the following short legend; as for ourselves, we will rejoice with the Church on this feast, and pay our loving veneration to the humble and gentle Pontiff, who was the first laid to rest beside St. Peter in the Vatican crypts.
Pope Linus was born at Volterra in Tuscany, and was the first to succeed St. Peter in the government of the Church. His faith and holiness were so great, that he not only cast out devils, but even raised the dead to life. He wrote the acts of blessed Peter, and in particular what he had done against Simon Magus. He decreed that no woman should enter a chuch with her head uncovered. On account of his constancy in confessing the Christian faith, this Pontiff was beheaded by command of Saturninus, a wicked and ungrateful ex-consul, whos daughter he had delivered from the tyranny of the devils. He was buried on the Vatican, near the sepulchre of the prince of the apostles, on the ninth of Kalends of October. He goverened the Church eleven years, two months, and twenty-three days. In two ordinations in the month of December he consecrated fifteen bishops and eighteen priests.
Simon Barjona was invested with the sovereigh pntificate by our Lord in person, and openly before all; thou, O blessed Pontiff, didst receive in secret, yet none the less directly from Jesus, the keys of the kingdom of heaven. In thy person began the reign of pure faith; henceforth the brid, though she hears not the Man-God repeat His injunction to Peter: 'feed my lambs,' nevertheless acknowledges the continuance of His authority in the lawfully appointed reepresentative of her divine Spouse. Obtain by thy prayers, that the shadows of earth may never cause us to waver in our obedience; and that hereafter we may merit, with theee, to contemplate our divine Head in the light of eternal day.
What our Feast Day will focus on:
- Linus as successor to Peter (Passing of the Keys to the Church)
- Institution of women wearing Veils while praying
- Suffering Martyrdom for our Faith
- Discuss how St. Linus ordained priests and biships which also is in keeping with the Ember Days this week and how Catholics should be praying for more priests and religious during these 3 special days.
- Locate Tuscany on the map, feast day food includes Tuscan recipes
~Make St. Peter's Keys cut out cookies/ St/ Linus' cross cookies (make cookie cutters) OR make bread/rolls in the shape of keays
~Women wear veils, read about the wearing of veils
~Make Veils and save them to wear on All Saint's Day
~Make a Banner of Saint Linus
~St. Linus ordament saved for Christms tree
I'll do an additional post with what we did today later on, enjoy!