Seventh Day Within the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord.
And the Commemoration of St Sylvester, pope.
And the last day of 2008.
From the St. Andrew Missal, 1961 ~
Soon after the peace of Constantine which set free the Church from her shackles (313) , Pope Sylvester governed her for more than twenty years (314-35). The organization of worship in the first great Roman basilica, the assembling of the first ecumenical Council at Nicea at which the Arian heresy was condemned, are the principal events of a pontificate which began for the Church entirely new conditions of life.
INTROIT. John 21: 15-17; Ps 29:1.
Si diligis me, Simon Petre, pasce agnos meos, pasce oves meas. Ps. Exaltabote, Dominie, quoniam suscepisti me, nec delectasti inimicos meos super me.
If thou lovest Me, Simon Peter, feed My lambs, feed My sheep. Ps. I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast upheld me; and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me.
In Bulgaria, they celebrate St Sylvester’s Day. On the evening before young men go to “propose” to the young lasses and to demonstrate that they are capable of keeping house. They enter the stable and shovel out the garbage. The hosts leave a bag full of food – sausage, bacon and a bottle of wine as a treat, hanging the bag on a nail behind the door. The young woman secretly puts in a branch of box-tree for her beloved, tied with a bright red thread and wrapped in a multi-colored cloth – a sign that she is waiting for the matchmakers to come.