V. Dóminus vobíscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Intercessio nos, quaesumus Domine, beati Romualdi Abbatis commendet: ut quod nostris meritis non valemus, eius patrocinio assequamur.
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.
May the intercession of the blessed Abbot Romuald, commend us to You, O Lord, so that through his merits we may obtain that which we cannot accomplish by our own.
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:
Romuáldus, Ravénnæ, Sérgio patre, nóbili génere natus, adoléscens in propínquum monastérium Classénse pœniténtiæ causa secéssit; ubi ad pietátis stúdium veheméntius incénsus et beáti Apollináris apparitióne recreátus, mónachus effícitur. Ieiúniis et oratiónibus assídue se exércuit, vultu tamen ádeo lætus, ut intuéntes exhilaráret. Martyrii cupiditáte flagrans, dum in Pannóniam proficíscitur, morbo corréptus, revérti cógitur. Institúti monachórum Camaldulénsium auctor fuit, quos tamquam ángelos scalam cælum pertingéntem ascéndere per visum conspéxit. Dénique cum annos centum et vigínti ágeret, et centum ipsos in summa vitæ asperitáte Deo servísset, ad eum migrávit, anno salútis millésimo vigésimo séptimo, et Fabriáni in ecclésia sui órdinis honorífice cónditus est.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.
Romuald was born of a noble family of Ravenna, his father's name being Sergius. As a young man, he withdrew to the neighboring monastery of Classis to lead a life of penance. There, fired with great eagerness for the love of God and encouraged by an apparition of St. Apollinaris, he became a monk. He exercised himself un-wearyingly in fasting and prayer, and such joy showed on his face that it gladdened all those who saw him. Burning with desire for martyrdom, he set out for Pannonia, but was taken ill and forced to return. He became the founder of the Order of Camaldolese monks, whom he had seen in a vision as Angels mounting a ladder that reached up to heaven. When he had reached the age of a hundred and twenty, having served God in the greatest austerity for a hundred of those years, he at length made his way to Him in the Year of salvation 1027, and was buried with honor in the church of his Order at Fabriano.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.