V. Dóminus vobíscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Infirmitátem nostram réspice, omnípotens Deus: et, quia pondus própriæ actiónis gravat, beáti N. Martyris tui atque Pontíficis intercéssio gloriósa nos prótegat.
Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
Be mindful of our weakness, almighty God, and because the burden of our sins weighs heavily upon us, may the glorious intercession of blessed Timothy, Your Martyr and Bishop, sustain us.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
From the Office of Matins:
Timótheus, Lystris in Lycaónia natus ex patre Gentíli et matre Iudæa, christiánam colébat religiónem, cum in ea loca venit Paulus Apóstolus. Qui fama commótus, quæ de Timóthei sanctitáte percrebúerat, ipsum adhíbuit sócium suæ peregrinatiónis: sed propter Iudæos qui se ad Christum convérterant, sciéntes Timóthei patrem esse Gentílem, eum circumcídit. Cum ígitur ambo Ephesum veníssent, ibi ordinátus est epíscopus ab Apóstolo, ut eam ecclésiam gubernáret. Ad quem Apóstolus duas epístolas scripsit, álteram Laodicéa, álteram Roma. Quibus in pastorális offícii cura confirmátus, cum sacrifícium, quod uni Deo debétur fíeri dæmonum simulácris, ferre non posset; pópulum Ephesínum, Diánæ in eius celebritáte immolántem, ab illa impietáte removére conátus, lapídibus óbrutus est; ac pene mórtuus, a Christiánis eréptus et in montem óppido vicínum delátus, nono Kaléndas Februárii obdormívit in Dómino.
Timothy was born in Lystra in Lycaonia of a gentile father and a Jewish mother, and was a follower of the Christian religion when the Apostle Paul visited that city. Paul was so moved by what he repeatedly heard of Timothy's holiness that he took him with him as a companion on his journeys; yet, because of the Jews who had been converted to Christ and who knew that Timothy's father had been a Gentile, he had him circumcised. When they both arrived at Ephesus, the Apostle ordained him bishop to govern the Church there. The Apostle wrote him two letters, one from Laodicea, the other from Rome. Strengthened by these letters in the ministry of his pastoral office. he could not endure that the sacrifice which is due to God alone should be offered to the images of demons, and he strove to win over the people of Ephesus from the impiety of offering sacrifice to Diana on her feast day. He was stoned, and was nearly dead when the Christians rescued him and took him to a village on a neighboring mountain. There he died in the Lord on January 24.