The Mass of St. John of Matha by Juan Carreño de Miranda, 1666
V. Dóminus vobíscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Deus, qui per sanctum Ioánnem órdinem sanctíssimæ Trinitátis ad rediméndum de potestáte Saracenórum captívos cǽlitus institúere dignátus es: præsta quǽsumus; ut, eius suffragántibus méritis, a captivitáte córporis et ánimæ, te adiuvánte, liberémur.
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.
O God, Who graciously and by divine means founded through blessed John, the Order of the Most Holy Trinity to ransom captives from the hands of the Saracens, grant, we beseech You, that through Your help and the merits of his prayers we may be freed body and soul from captivity.
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:
Ioánnes de Matha, Falcóne in Província piis et nobílibus paréntibus natus, cum primum Deo Sacrum offérret, per visiónem intelléxit, se ad rediméndos ab infidelibus captívos destinári. Quare divíno nutu in erémum secéssit, ubi Felícem Valésium in ea iam multis annis degéntem réperit. Ibi fervéntius cum oratióni vacárent, ter in somnis admóniti, Romam profécti, ab Innocéntio Papa tértio approbatiónem novi órdinis sanctíssimæ Trinitátis pro rediméndis captívis obtinuérunt. Tum primum cœnóbium in diœcési Meldénsi construxérunt, cui regéndo Felix remánsit. Ioánnes vero Romam cum áliquot sóciis revérsus est, ubi Innocéntius domum, ecclésiam et hospitále sancti Thomæ de Formis in monte Cælio eis donávit. Datis quoque lítteris ad Miramolínum regem Maróchii, opus redemptiónis felíciter inchoátum fuit. Tum Ioánnes ad Hispánias, sub iugo Saracenórum magna ex parte oppréssas, proféctus, ómnium ánimis ad captivórum commiseratiónem commótis, hospitália eréxit et plures captívos redémit, Romam demum revérsus, assíduis fractus labóribus et morbo conféctus, óbiit in Dómino, sextodécimo Kaléndas Ianuárii, anno millésimo ducentésimo décimo tértio.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.
John of Matha was born at Faucon in Provence of devout and noble parents. When he was celebrating his first Mass, he understood from a vision that he was to devote himself to ransoming those taken captives by the infidels. Because of this sign from God, he retired into the wilderness, where he found Felix of Valois, who had been living in that same place for many years. Here they both devoted themselves most fervently to prayer. After being advised three times in dreams, they went to Rome and obtained the approbation of Pope Innocent III for the new Order of the Most Holy Trinity for the Ransoming of Captives. They then built their first monastery in the diocese of Meaux, and Felix remained there as superior. But John returned to Rome with some companions, where Innocent gave them the house, church, and hospital of St. Thomas in Formis on the Coelian Hill. He also gave them letters to present to Miramolin, King of Morocco, and thus the work of ransoming captives was auspiciously begun. Then John went to Spain, a great part of which was oppressed under the Saracen yoke. Having moved the hearts of all to pity the captives, he built hospitals and ransomed many prisoners. At length, he returned to Rome; there, broken in health by his toils and by illness, he died in the Lord on the 21st day of December, in the year 1213.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.