20 August: St. Samuel, Old Testament prophet

Many of the great figures of the Old Testament are considered by Holy Church to be saints. They are not on the Latin Church’s universal calendar – except for a few of those mighty ones who stand astride the two covenants, whom you could name if you tried – but they are in the Roman Martyrology.

Today is feast of St. Samuel, the prophet of the Old Testament.

Many people do not realize that Old Testament figures are often considered saints.

Here is the entry for St. Samuel in the Roman Martyrology:

2. Commemoratio sancti Samuelis, prophetae, qui puer a Deo vocatus, dein iudicis in Israel munere fungens, Deo iubente, Saulem unxit regem super populum, sed, illo postea a Domino ob infidelitatem reiecto, regalem unctionem contulit etiam Davidi, cuius ex semine Christus erat nasciturus.

Would some of you like to take a shot at a flawless and yet smooth translation?

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7 Responses to 20 August: St. Samuel, Old Testament prophet

  1. PaterAugustinus says:

    The commemoration of St. Samuel the prophet, who, called by God whilst yet a boy, did subsequently (while discharging the office of a Judge in Israel) anoint Saul at God’s command to be king over the people. Yet, some time thereafter, when that infamous man [i.e., Saul] was rejected by the Lord on account of his infidelity, he [Samuel] also conferred the royal chrism upon David, from whose stock the Christ was to be born.

    I found it just a bit tricky to get all the info into English, without a syntactically awkward mess. This is passable, I believe.

  2. JARay says:

    I think that Pater Augustinus has done a good job of translation and I congratulate him. I certainly could not have bettered him.

  3. Tom in NY says:

    “2. The commemoration of St. Samuel, a prophet, who was called by God as a boy, and held the ministry of a Judge in Israel. At G-d’s command, he anointed Saul as king over the people. But later, when Saul was rejected by the Lord because of his unfaithfulness, Samuel then conferred the royal anointing on David, from whose line the Anointed was to be born.”
    Ut dicitur, lingua latina una sententia, anglica tres loquitur.
    @PA – Litteras latinas bene intellegis. Salutationes tibi et omnibus.

  4. You can do it in one long sentence, though this isn’t how we usually speak or write. Literally, quickly:

    The commemoration of St. Samuel, a prophet, who, called by God as a boy, afterward exercising the office of a judge in Israel, as God was commanding, anointed Saul as king over the people, but, once that one was thereafter rejected by God on account of infidelity, conferred kingly annointing also on David, from whose seed Christ was to be born.

  5. Supertradmum says:

    I love the fact that Samuel was called so young. Parents, I believe, are given graces to recognize gifts and vocations in their children. Samuel’s mother gave him to the temple. More parents should be spotting those young vocations and nurturing those. Anything else is a lack of duty and religious training.

  6. Rachel K says:

    Thankyou Fr Z, I like hearing about the Old Testament saints. Especially this one as our little Samuel, 18 months old, is a real prophet too. He has Down Syndrome and in his short life so far has brought such delight and so many smiles to everyone we meet. Going out with him is like being an “A- lister” !
    We get stopped everywhere we go so that people can admire him and he can beam at them with his beautiful smile. His Godmother says he has an apostolate of making people happy. Deo Gratias.

  7. Amandil says:

    Forgive me if this is not a very intelligent question, but who are the Old Testament saints who are on the universal calendar? The most mighty ones I can think of (setting aside the “standing astride” consideration) are Adam and Eve, Moses, David, Solomon…or by “stand astride” do you mean people like St. John the Baptist, St. Joachim (he is fresh in my mind), [Of course!] and people who lived during the time of Christ? I suppose Mary lived for a little while before the birth of Christ too, [That's a safe conclusion.] but I don’t know if that is what you meant.