October 31  

   Vigil of All Saints

Simple – Violet Vestments

Missa ‘Júdicant Sancti gentes’


Wisdom 3:8

The Saints shall judge nations, and rule over people, and their Lord shall reign for ever.

Psalm 32:1

Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just: praise becometh the upright.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Saints shall judge nations, and rule over people, and their Lord shall reign for ever.


Júdicant Sancti gentes et dominántur pópulis: et regnábit Dóminus, Deus illórum, in perpétuum.

Psalm 32:1

Exsultáte, justi, in Dómino: rectos decet collaudátio.

Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto.

Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculórum. Amen

Júdicant Sancti gentes et dominántur pópulis: et regnábit Dóminus, Deus illórum, in perpétuum.


O Lord our God, Multiply Thy graces upon us: and grant that we may be gladdened at the holy confession of those whose glorious festival we are anticipating. Through our Lord.


O God, who by light of thy Holy Spirit didst instruct the hearts of thy faithful, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise; and to ever rejoice in His consolation. Through our Lord… in the unity of the same Holy Spirit.


We beseech Thee, O Lord, mercifully to receive the prayers of Thy Church: that all adversity and error being destroyed, she may serve Thee in security and freedom. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever.

Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sin of the world.

EPISTLE – Apoc. 5: 6-12

Lesson from the book of the Apocalypse of blessed John the Apostle.

In those days, Behold, I, John, saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the ancients, a Lamb standing as it were slain, having seven horns and seven eyes: which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth.  And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne.  And when he had opened the book, the four living creatures, and the four and twenty ancients fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints: And they sung a new canticle, saying: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; because thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God, in thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. And hast made us to our God a kingdom and priests, and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the living creatures, and the ancients; and the number of them was thousands of thousands, Saying with a loud voice: The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and benediction, for ever and ever. Amen.


Psalm 149: 5, 1

The saints shall rejoice in glory; they shall be joyful in their beds.

Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle; let his praise be in the assembly of the saints.

Jesus heals the Great multitudes those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, - Raphael, The Healing of the Lame Man (1515)


Luke 6: 17-23

The continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke

At that time, Jesus coming down from the mountain stood in a plain place, and the company of his disciples, and a very great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and the sea coast both of Tyre and Sidon, Who were come to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases. And they that were troubled with unclean spirits, were cured. And all the multitude sought to touch him, for virtue went out from him, and healed all. And he, lifting up his eyes on his disciples, said: Blessed are ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh. Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Be glad in that day and rejoice; for behold, your reward is great in heaven.


Psalm 149: 5, 6

The saints shall rejoice in glory; they shall be joyful in their beds: the high praises of God shall be in their mouth.

Holy Helpers the saints


We load Thine altar, O Lord, with the gifts we offer; do thou grant, that, through the prayers of all Thy saints, whose  festival we are anticipating, they may avail to our salvation.  Through our Lord.


O Lord, we beseech Thee, the gifts we offer, and cleanse our hearts by the light of the Holy Ghost. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, one God…


Protect us, O Lord, who assist at Thy mysteries; that, fixed upon things divine we may serve Thee in both body and mind. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God…

Holy Trinity Pala della Convertite - Sandro Botticelli, 1491-1493


Wisdom 3: 1-2, 3

The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of malice shall not touch them:  in the sight of the unwise they seemed as it were to die, but they are in peace.


O Lord, who hast granted unto us, looking forward to this coming festival, with gladness to accomplish thy holy mysteries: we humbly pray thee; that, like as we have performed the same to the remembrance of all thy Saints, so we may feel the succour of their intercession.  Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.


May the infusion of the Holy Spirit, cleanse our hearts, O Lord, and render them fruitful by the inward sprinkling of His mysterious dew. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever. Amen.


We beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that Thou wouldst not suffer to be exposed to human dangers those to whom Thou givest to rejoice in this divine banquet. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ: Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever.



October 28 st simon and st jude feast day


The Liturgical Year – Ven. Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B.

Instead of thy fathers, sons are born to thee. Thus does the Church, disowned by Israel, extol in her chants the apostolic fruitfulness which resides in her till the end of time. Yesterday she was already filled with that loving hope, which is never deceived, that the holy apostles Simon and Jude would anticipate their solemnity by shedding blessings upon her.’ Such is the condition of her existence on earth, that she can remain here only as long as she continues to give children to our Lord; and therefore, in the Mass of October 27 she makes us read the passage of the Gospel where it is said: ‘I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman. Every branch in Me, that beareth not fruit, He will take away: and every one that beareth fruit, He will purge it, that it may bring forth more fruit The pruning is painful, as the Epistle of the vigil points out. In the name of the other branches, honoured like himself with the divine election, the apostle there recounts the labours, sufferings of every description, persecutions, revilings, denials, at the cost of which the preacher of the Gospel purchases the right to call sons those whom he has begotten in Christ Jesus. Now, as St. Paul more than once repeats, especially in the Epistle of the feast, this supernatural generation of the saints is nothing else but the mystical reproduction of the Son of God, who grows up in each of the elect from infancy to the measure of the perfect man However meagre in details be the history of these glorious apostles, we learn from their brief legend how amply they contributed to this great work of generating sons of God. Without any repose, and even to the shedding of their blood, they ‘edified the body of Christ’; and the grateful Church thus prays to our Lord to-day: ‘O God, who by means of Thy blessed apostles Simon and Jude hast granted us to come to the knowledge of Thy name; grant that we may celebrate their eternal glory by making progress in virtues, and improve by this celebration.

St. Simon is represented in art with a saw, the instrument of his martyrdom. St. Jude’s square points him out as an architect of the house of God. St. Paul called himself by this name; and St. Jude, by his Catholic Epistle, has also a special right to be reckoned among our Lord’s principal workmen. But our apostle had another nobility, far surpassing all earthly titles: being nephew, by his father Cleophas or Alpheus, to St. Joseph and legal cousin to the Man-God, Jude was one of those called by their compatriots the brethren of the carpenter’s Son! We may gather from St. John’s Gospel another precious detail concerning him. In the admirable discourse at the close of the last Supper, our Lord said: ‘He that loveth Me, shall be loved of My Father: and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him.’ Then Jude asked Him: ‘Lord, how is it, that Thou wilt manifest Thyself to us, and not to the world?’ And he received from Jesus this reply:

‘If any one love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make Our abode with him. He that loveth Me not keepeth not My word. And the word which you have heard is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.’

Ecclesiastical history informs us that, towards the end of his reign, and when the persecution he had raised was at its height, Domitian caused to be brought to him from the east two grandsons of the apostle St. Jude. He had some misgivings with regard to these descendants of David’s royal line; for they represented the family of Christ Himself, whom His disciples declared to be king of the whole world. Domitian was able to assure himself that these two humble Jews could in no way endanger the empire; and that if they attributed to Christ sovereign power, it was a power not to be visibly exercised till the end of the world. The simple and courageous language of these two men made such an impression on the emperor that according to the historian Hegesippus from whom Eusebius borrowed the narrative, he gave orders for the persecution to be suspended.

We have only to add to the following brief notice of our apostles, that the churches of St. Peter in Rome and Saint-Sernin at Toulouse dispute the honour of possessing the greater part of their holy remains.

Simon surnamed the Chanaanite and Zelotes, and Thaddeus the writer of one of the Catholic Epistles, who is called also in the Gospel Jude the brother of James, preached the Gospel, the former in Egypt, the latter in Mesopotamia. They rejoined each other in Persia, where they beget numerous children to Jesus Christ, and spread the faith among the barbarous inhabitants of that vast region. By their teaching and miracles, and finally by a glorious martyrdom, they both rendered great honour to the most holy name of Jesus Christ. ‘I have chosen you; and have appointed you, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit, and your fruit should remain.’ These words were addressed by the Man-God to you, as to all the twelve, as the Church reminded us in her night Office. And yet, what remains now of the fruit of your labours in Egypt, in Mesopotamia, in Persia? Can our Lord and His Church be mistaken in their words, or in their appreciations? Certainly not; and proof sufficient is, that, above the region of the senses, and beyond the domain of history, the power infused into the twelve subsists through all ages, and is active in every supernatural birth that develops the mystical body of our Lord and increases the Church. We, more truly than Tobias, are the children of saints; we are no longer strangers, but the family of God, His house built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets, united by Jesus, the chief corner-stone. All thanks be to you, O holy apostles, who in labour and sufferings procured us this blessing; maintain in us the title and the rights of this precious adoption. Great evils surround us; is there any hope left to the world? The confidence of thy devout clients proclaims thee, O Jude, the patron of desperate cases; and for thee, O Simon, this is surely the time to prove thyself Zelotes, full of zeal. Deign, both of you, to hear the Church’s prayers; and aid her, with all your apostolic might, to reanimate faith, to rekindle charity, and to save the world.

            October 28

  Ss. Simon and Jude Apostles, Martyrs 

Wednesday of the Twenty-Second Week after Pentecost

Double of the II Class – Red Vestments

    Missa – ‘Mihi autem nimus’


INTROIT – Psalm 138: 17

Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened. Ps. Lord, Thou hast proved me, and known me: Thou hast known my sitting down, and my rising up. Glory be to the Father.

Mihi autem nimis honoráti sunt amíci tui, Deus: nimis confortátus est principátus eórum. Ps. Dómine, probásti me, et cognovísti me: tu cognovísti sessiónem meam, et resurrectiónem meam. Gloria Patri.


God, Who hast granted us to come to the knowledge of Thy name through Thy blessed Apostles Simon and Jude, grant us to celebrate their everlasting glory by advancing in knowledge and to improve by this celebration. Through our Lord.

Deus, qui nos per beátos Apóstolos tuos Simónem et Judam, ad agnitiónem tui nóminis veníre tribuísti: da nobis eórum glóriam sempitérnam et proficiéndo celebráre, et celebrándo profícere. Per Dominum.

EPISTLE – Ephesians 4: 7-13

Brethren: to every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the giving of Christ. Wherefore He saith: Ascending on high, He led captivity captive; He gave gifts to men. Now, that He ascended, what is it, but because He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended above all the heavens, that He might fill all things. And He gave some apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; until we all meet into the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fullness of Christ

Fratres: Unicuíque nostrum data est grátia secúndum mensúram donatiónis Christi. Propter quod dicit: Ascéndens in altum, captívam duxit captivitátem: dedit dona homínibus. Quod autem ascéndit, quid est, nisi quia et descéndit primum in inferióres partes terræ? Qui descéndit, ipse est qui et ascéndit super onmes cœlos, ut impléret ómnia. Et ipse dedit quosdam quidem apóstolos, quosdam autem prophétas, álios vero evangelístas, álios autem pastóres, et doctóres, ad consummatiónem sanctórum in opus ministérii, in ædificatiónem córporis Christi: donec occurrámus omnes in unitátem fidei, et agnitiónis Fílii Dei, in virum perféctum, in mensúram ætáis plenitúdinis Christi.

Madonna with Child and Saints Simon and Jude with donors, by Federico Barocci  1567

Madonna with Child and Saints Simon and Jude with donors, by Federico Barocci 1567

GRADUAL – Psalm 44: 17-18

Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth: they shall be mindful of Thy name, O Lord. Instead of Thy fathers sons are born to Thee: therefore shall people praise Thee.

Consitues eos príncipes super omnem terram: mémores erunt nóminis tui, Dómine. Pro pátribus tuis nati sunt tibi fílii: proptérea pópuli confitebúntur tibi.

ALLELUIA – Psalm 138: 17

Alleluia, alleluia. Thee, the glorious choir of the apostles doth praise, O Lord. Alleluia.

Alleluia, allelúia. Te gloriósus Apostolórum chorus laudat, Dómine. Allelúia.

this world and the world to come are enemies

GOSPEL – John 15: 17-25

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: These things I command you, that you love one another. If the world hate you, know ye that it hath hated Me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember My word that I said to you, The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you: If they have kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they know not Him that sent Me. If I had not come, and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. He that hateth Me, hateth My Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no other man hath done, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated both Me and My Father. But that the word may be fulfilled which is written in their law: They hated Me without cause.

In illo tempore: Dixit Jesus discípulis suis: Hæc mando vobis, ut diligátis ínvicem. Si mundus vos odit: scitóte, quia me priórem vobis ódio hábuit. Si de mundo fuissétis: mundus quod suum erat, dilígeret: quia vero de mundo non estis, sed ego elégi vos de mundo, proptérea odit vos mundus. Mementóte sermónis mei, quem ego dixit vobis: Non est servus major dómino suo. Si me persecúti sunt, et vos persequéntur: si sermónem meum servavérunt, et vestrum servábunt. Sed hæc ómnia fácient vobis propter nomen meum: quia nésciunt eum, qui misit me. Si non veníssem, et locútus fuíssem eis, peccátum non habérent: nunc autem excusatiónem non habent de peccáto suo. Qui me odit: et Patrem Meum odit. Si ópera non fecíssem in eis, quæ nemo álius fecit, peccátum non habérent: nunc autem et vidérunt, et odérunt et me, et Patrem meum. Sed ut adimpleátur sermo, qui in lege eórum scriptus est: Quia ódio habuérunt me gratis.

OFFERTORY – Psalm 18: 5

Their sound went forth into all the earth; and their words to the end of the world.

In omnem terram exívit sonus eórum: et in fines orbis terræ verba eórum.



Venerating the everlasting glory of Thy holy Apostles, Simon and Jude, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that, being purified by these sacred mysteries, it may the more worthily be celebrated by us. Through our Lord.

Gloriam, Dómine, sanctórum Apostolórum tuórum Simónis et Judæ perpétuam venerántes: quæsumus; ut eam, sacris mystériis expiáti, dignius celebrémus. Per Dominum.


It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, to entreat Thee humbly, O Lord, that Thou wouldst not desert Thy flock. O everlasting Shepherd; but through Thy blessed Apostles, wouldst keep it under Thy constant protection; that it may be governed by those same rulers, whom as vicars of Thy work, Thou didst set over it to be its pastors. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of The glory, evermore saying…

Vere dignum et justum est, æquum et salutare. Te Domine supplicitur exorare, ut gregem tuum pastor æterne, non deseras: sed per beatos Apostolos tuos continua protectione custodias. Ut iisdem rectoribus gubernetur, quos operis tui vicarious eidem contulisti præsse pastores. Et ideo cum Angelis et Archangelis, cum Thronis et Dominationibus, cumque omni militia cœlestis exercitus, hymnum gloriæ tuæ canimus, sine fine dicéntes.

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus, Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus, qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

st jude

COMMUNION – Matthew 19: 28

You who have followed Me shall sit on seats judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Vos, qui secuti estis me, sedebitis super sedes, judicantes duodecim tribus Israel.


Having received Thy sacraments, we beseech and supplicate Thee, O Lord, that, by the intercession of Thy blessed Apostles Simon and Jude, the things which we do for the veneration of their glory may profit us unto our healing. Through our Lord.

Perceptis, Dómine, sacraméntis, supplíciter exorámus; ut, intercedéntibus beátis Apóstolis tuis Simóne et Juda, quæ pro illórum veneránda gérimus passióne, nobis profíciant ad medélam. Per Dominum.


Tobias and the Angel with the Fish, DUJARDIN, Karel

          St. Raphael

“It is God who heals”, “God Heals”, “God, Please Heal,” performs all manners of healing.

The name of the angel Raphael appears only in the Biblical Book of Tobit. Raphael first appears disguised in human form as the traveling companion of Tobit’s son, Tobiah calling himself “Azarias the son of the great Ananias”. During the course of the journey the archangel’s protective influence is shown in many ways including the binding of a demon in the desert of upper Egypt. After returning and healing the blind Tobit, Azarias makes himself known as “the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord” Tobit 12:15. He is venerated as Saint Raphael the Archangel.

Tobias and St. Raphael, Tobias and the Angel , GIAQUINTO, Corrado

Tobias and St. Raphael, Tobias and the Angel , GIAQUINTO, Corrado

Regarding the healing powers attributed to Raphael, we have his declaration to Tobit (Tobit, 12) that he was sent by the Lord to heal him of his blindness and to deliver Sarah, his future daughter-in-law, from the demon Asmodeus, who kills every man she marries on their wedding night before the marriage can be consummated.

Due to his actions in the Book of Tobit and the Gospel of John, St. Raphael is accounted patron of travelers, the blind, happy meetings, nurses, physicians, medical workers, matchmakers, Christian marriage, and Catholic studies. As a particular enemy of the devil, he was revered in Catholic Europe as a special protector of Catholic sailors: on a corner of Venice’s famous Doge’s Palace, there is a relief depicting Raphael holding a scroll on which is written: Efficia fretum quietum (“Keep the Gulf quiet”). On July 8, 1497, when Vasco Da Gama set forth from Lisbon with his four ship fleet to sail to India, the flagship was named—at the King of Portugal’s insistence—the St. Raphael. When the flotilla reached the Cape of Good Hope on October 22, the sailors disembarked and erected a column in the archangel’s honor. The little statue of St. Raphael that accompanied Da Gama on the voyage is now in the Naval Museum in Lisbon.

Raphael is said to guard pilgrims on their journeys, and is often depicted holding a staff. He is also often depicted holding or standing on a fish, which alludes to his healing of Tobit with the fish’s gall.

The Archangel Raphael is said to have appeared in Cordova, Spain, during the 16th century; in response to the city’s appeal, Pope Innocent X allowed the local celebration of a feast in the Archangel’s honor on May 7, the date of the principal apparition. St. John of God, founder of the Hospital order that bears his name, is also said to have received visitations from St. Raphael, who encouraged and instructed him. In tribute to this, many of the Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God’s facilities are called “Raphael Centers” to this day. The 18th century Neapolitan nun, St. Maria Francesca of the Five Wounds is also said to have seen apparitions of Raphael.

Raphael by interpretation is: The Medicine of God.  Consider therefore the three remedies bestowed upon us by Raphael which are, as it were, medicines to heal our sickness.  First of all Raphael the physician would deliver us from infirmity of soul by inducing within us the bitterness of contrition.

Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - Holy Angels

           October 24


Greater Double / White Vestments

Missa “Benedícite Dóminum”

INTROIT Psalm 102: 20

Benedícite Dóminum, omnes Angeli ejus: poténtes virtúte, qui fácitis verbum ejus, ad audiéndam vocem sermónem ejus.

Ps.102: 1

Bénedic, ánima mea, Dómino: et ómnia, quæ intra me sunt, nómini sancto ejus. v. Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancti sicut erat in principio et nunc, et semper, et saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Benedicite Dominum…

Bless the Lord, all ye His angels: you that are mighty in strength, and execute His word, harkening to the voice of His orders.

Ps. 102: Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that is within me bless His holy name. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Bless the Lord… 

Three Archangels with Tobias by Francesco Botticini

Three Archangels with Tobias by Francesco Botticini


O God, Who didst give blessed Raphael, the Archangel, as a companion, to thy servant Tobias when on his journey:  grant us, Thy servants, that we may ever be protected by his guardianship and strengthened by his assistance. Through our Lord.

EPISTLE Tobias 12: 7-15

In those days, the Angel Raphael said to Tobias: It is good to hide the secret of a king: but honorable to reveal and confess the works of God. Prayer is good with fasting and alms, more than to lay up treasures of gold: for alms delivereth from death, and the same is that which purgeth away sins, and maketh to find mercy and life everlasting. But they that commit sin and iniquity are enemies to their own soul. I discover then the truth unto you, and I will not hide the secret from you. When thou didst pray with tears, and didst bury the dead, and didst leave thy dinner, and hide the dead by day in thy house, and bury them by night, I offered thy prayer to the Lord. And because thou wert acceptable to God, it was necessary that temptation should prove thee. And now the Lord hath sent me to heal thee, and to deliver Sara thy son’s wife from the devil. For I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven who stand before the Lord.

Archangel Raphael Refusing Tobias's Gift. 1612

Archangel Raphael Refusing Tobias’s Gift. 1612

GRADUAL: Tobias 8: 3

Raphael, the angel of the Lord, took, and bound the devil. Great is Our Lord, and great is His power.

ALLELUIA Psalm 137: 2

Alleluia, alleluia. I will sing praise to Thee in the sight of the Angels, I will worship towards Thy holy temple, and I will give glory to Thy name, O Lord. Alleluia.

GOSPEL John 5: 1-4

At that time, there was a festival day of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem a pond, called Probatica, which in Hebrew is named Bethsaida, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick, of blind, of lame, of withered, waiting for the moving of the water. And an Angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond: and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water, was made whole of whatsoever infirmity he lay under.

OFFERTORY Tobias 8: 3; Ps. 146: 5

An Angel stood near the altar of the temple, having a golden censer in his hand: and there was given to him much incense: and the smoke of the perfumes ascended before God, alleluia.


We offer Thee sacrifices of praise, O Lord, humbly praying that Thou be pleased to receive them, through the angelic intercession in our behalf, and grant that they may avail for our salvation. Through our Lord.


It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O Holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God: through Christ our Lord. Through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, Dominations worship, Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the Heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say in lowly praise:

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dóminus Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt cæli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

Sacrifice of the Mass

COMMUNION Daniel 3:58

All ye angels of the Lord, bless the Lord: sing a hymn, and exalt Him above all forever, alleluia.

Tobias and St. Raphael - Pietro Perugino

Tobias and St. Raphael – Pietro Perugino


Vouchsafe, O Lord, to make the holy Archangel Raphael our helper, and let him whom we believe to be continually standing before Thy majesty, present our poor prayers to be blessed by Thee. Through our Lord.


St. Peter of Alcantara appears to St. Teresa of Avila               St. Peter of Alcantara appears to St. Teresa of Avila

          St Peter of Alcantara, Confessor

Peter, while still a youth, left his home at Alcantara , in Spain, and entered a convent of Discalced Franciscans. He rose quickly to high posts in the Order, but his thirst for penance was still unappeased, and in 1539, being then forty years old, he founded the first convent of the “ Strict Observance.” The cells of the friars resembled graves rather than dwelling-places. That of St. Peter himself was four feet and a half in length, so that he could never lie down; he ate but once in three days; his sack cloth habit and a cloak were his only garments, and he never covered his head or feet. In the bitter winter he would open the door and window of his cell that, by closing them again, he might experience some sensation of warmth. Amongst those whom he trained to perfection was St. Teresa. He read her soul, approved of her spirit of prayer, and strengthened her to carry out her reforms. St. Peter died, with great joy, kneeling in prayer, October 18, 1562, at the age of sixty-three.

                October 19

    St Peter of Alcantara, Confessor

  Monday in the Twenty-First Week

            After Pentecost

    Double/White Vestments

    Missa ‘Justus Ut Palma’

JUSTUS UT PALMA - The just shall flourish like the palm                                                 

INTROIT – Psalm 91: 13,14,2

Justus ut palma florebit: sicut cedrus Libani multiplicabitur: plantatus in domo Domini: in atriis domus Dei nostri. Ps. Bonum est confiteri Domino: et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime. Gloria Patri.

The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus: planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. Ps. It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy name, O Most High. Glory be to the Father.


God, Who didst vouchsafe to make blessed Peter, Thy Confessor, glorious by the gift of a wonderful spirit of penance and most lofty contemplation: grant us, we beseech Thee, that, through his interceding merits, being mortified in the flesh, we may the more easily understand the things of heaven. Through Our Lord.

St. Paul preaching at Athens - Raphael

St. Paul preaching at Athens – Raphael          

EPISTLE – Philippians 3: 7-12

Brethren, the things that were gain to me, the same I have counted loss for Christ. Furthermore, I count all things to be but loss, for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ, my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but as dung, that I may win Christ; and may be found in Him, not having my justice, which is of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus, which is of God, justice in faith; that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings; being made conformable to His death, if by any means I may attain to the resurrection which is from the dead; not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect; but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend wherein I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus.

GRADUAL – Psalm 36: 30-31

The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgment. The law of His God is in his heart: and his steps shall not be supplanted.

ALLELUIA – Psalm 111: 1

Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he shall delight exceedingly in His commandments. Alleluia.

Giving Alms

GOSPEL – Luke 12: 32-34

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom. Sell what you possess, and give alms. Make to yourselves bags which grow not old, a treasure in Heaven which faileth not: where no thief approacheth, nor moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

October 19 Feast of St. Peter of Alcantara

OFFERTORY – Psalm 20: 2-3

In Thy strength, O Lord, the just man shall joy, and in Thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly: Thou hast given him his heart’s desire.


Grant us, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the offering we humbly bring may be pleasing to Thee in honour of Thy Saints, and purify us alike in body and soul. Through Our Lord.


It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God: through Christ our Lord. through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, Dominations worship, Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the Heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say in lowly praise…

Sacrifice of the Mass - The bread that I will give is My flesh for the life of the world.

COMMUNION – Matthew 19: 28, 29

Amen I say to you, that you, who have left all things and followed Me, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall possess life everlasting.

St. Peter of Alcantara - Anton Schmidt, Before 1763


We beseech Thee, almighty God, that we, who have received heavenly nourishment, may thereby, at the intercession of blessed Peter, Thy Confessor, be defended against all adversity. Through our Lord.

How North Korea’s brainwashing plans are being foiled by Queen Elsa

First steps into tyranny. North Korean children stand in line while officers tie bandanas around

How North Korea’s brainwashing plans are being foiled by Queen Elsa: Children are taught to hate the U.S. from kindergarten – but secretly they love pop music and Frozen

  • North Korean children are brainwashed through culture, thesis has claimed

  • PhD candidate Christopher Richardson has studied 70 North Korean books

  • He argued that the state monopolizes education and children’s culture

  • But he said some children listen to pop music and watch Frozen in secret 

Young children in North Korea are being brainwashed to ensure they will support ruler Kim Jong-un, according to an Australian man who has done extensive research in the secretive country.

University of Sydney doctoral student Christopher Richardson said children are taught to hate the USA, Japan and South Korea and worship the leader as soon as they reach kindergarten.

The PhD candidate’s thesis explores how the state monopolizes education and children’s culture, even controlling the songs, films and games that they can listen to and enjoy.

But he also argued that the North Korea’s Workers’ Party’s influence may be waning as he said that many young children have started illegally watching Disney films – including Frozen.

University of Sydney doctoral student Christopher Richardson (left) pictured with North Korean children

Young children in North Korea are brainwashed so they can be molded into politically useful citizens to shore up support for ruler Kim Jong-un, according to an Australian PhD candidate's thesis

‘From the moment children are born, the first words they are taught are words in worship of the Kim family,’ Mr Richardson said.

‘From the time they are in kindergarten they are taught to hate the United States, Japan, and South Korea, and they are taught to love the leaders.

‘Childhood is perceived as a time to create revolutionary consciousness, national cohesion, ideological purity and reverence for Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong Un.

‘The state knows that its future depends on the young, so they are trying to win over the hearts and minds of children.’

Children are taught to hate the USA, Japan and South Korea and worship ruler Kim Jong-un as soon as they reach kindergarten

The young are encouraged to join the North Korean Children's Union and they take part in military parades (pictured)

Children are taught that they should be prepared to risk their own life to save the supreme leader, pictured posing with a model of a nuclear missile 

He has examined more than 70 North Korean children’s book and said it was ‘extraordinary’ that some of the leaders were credited as having written some of the fairy stories and fables.

Kim Jong-il, the current supreme leader’s father, is credited with writing ‘Boys Wipe Out Bandits,’ a story about the ‘redemptive power of ultra-violence’.

And Kim Il-sung, founder of the dynasty, is listed as the author of an anti-American fable called ‘The Butterfly and the Cock’.

‘In between trying to develop the world’s largest army and create a nuclear program, I think it’s extraordinary that the leaders have taken time out to oversee the writing of children’s books.

‘Of course a ghost writer is likely to have actually penned the books. But just image if David Cameron or Malcolm Turnbull were credited with writing children’s books.’

He said that in stark contrast to the West which has a cultural free market, the state controls book publishing in North Korea.

‘There is a very small number of state owners publishers and all authors are state appointed. The idea of a celebrity author writing a book is unheard of.’

He said that in stark contrast to the West which has a cultural free market, the state controls book publishing in North Korea, pictured is a military parade 

The young are encouraged to join the North Korean Children’s Union – which is the country’s version of the Hitler Youth, according to Mr Richardson.

They are brainwashed with state ideology and taught that they should be prepared to risk their own life to save the supreme leader.

But despite the nation’s oppression of free speech and thought, Mr Richardson argued that aspects of the western world were becoming more prevalent in North Korea.

‘More and more children have started listening to pop music and watching Disney movies like Frozen. They are also tuning into South Korean soap operas.

‘It is all happening behind closed doors. The problem is that is it just so seductive and the state is not sure how to deal with it.

‘People are commenting on how in North Korean girl’s skirts are getting shorter and children are walking around with Mickey Mouse backpacks in the capital.’

Thousands gather in Rome to watch Pope Francis canonize the parents of St Therese

Priests at today's special ceremony couldn't resist the opportunity to take a commemorative photograph on their mobiles

The married couple who have BOTH become saints: Thousands gather in Rome to watch Pope Francis canonize the parents of St Therese

  • Pope Francis canonized Louis and Zelie Martin whose youngest daughter St Therese of Lisieux was already a saint

  • The Martins had nine children, four of whom died. The remaining five, including Therese all became nuns 

  • Thousands of people packed into St Peter’s Square in Rome to attend the special canonization ceremony 

  • Pope Francis also canonized Italian priest, Vincenzo Grossi and Spanish nun, Maria of the Immaculate Conception

Pope Francis today canonized the Catholic Church’s first married couple in modern times , declaring the parents of the beloved St. Therese of Lisieux saints in their own right.

Francis told followers gathered in St. Peter’s Square that the couple, Louis and Zelie Martin, ‘practiced Christian service in the family, creating day by day an environment of faith and love which nurtured the vocations of their daughters’.

Francis is particularly devoted to the 19th century French Carmelite nun, fondly known as ‘The Little Flower,’ who died at the age of 24 in 1897 and was later honored with the title doctor of the church.

Thousands of people packed the square to witness the ceremony where Pope Francis appointed four new saints including the couple

Louis and Zelie Martin were canonised, along with Italian priest Vincenzo Grossi and Spanish nun Maria of the Immaculate Conception

Pope Francis canonised Louis and Zelie Martin because of the way they instilled their faith into their family including St Therese

Francis has had a copy of Therese’s ‘Story of a Soul’ on his bookshelf since his days as a novice. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he had her image on his desk. And he has said that whenever he has a problem, he directs his payers to Santa Teresita, as she is known in Spanish, and often a white rose appears to him as a sign that she has heard his prayers.

Her parents were canonised at the start of final week of his big bishops’ meeting on families. His aim is to provide Catholic families with saintly role models who took particular care to educate their children in the faith: The Martins bore nine children, only five of whom survived. All five became nuns, including the youngest, Therese, at age 15.

‘It’s the first time a couple have been canonized as a couple, and this is a beautiful sign for Christian families, who often are left without any support and have to go against the grain, especially in the West, to live and educate their children in the truth of creation and with that love that God has given us in Christ,’ said the Rev. Romano Gambalunga, the postulator who followed the saint-making case through.

Portraits of the four new saints hung high above Pope Francis during today's special service in front of thousands of pilgrims

St Therese, known as The Little Flower, died at the age of 24, but is very revered by the Catholic church across the globe 

Before the mass, Pope Frances, pictured, was mobbed by large crowds as he was driven through St Peter's Square 

It is not insignificant that both miracles required for the canonization concerned the inexplicable cures of newborns born with what doctors determined to be life-ending ailments.

When the Martins were beatified in 2008, the ‘miracle’ concerned little Pietro Shiliro, born in the Italian city Monza in 2002 with a congenital lung deformation that doctors said he could not survive. The priest who was called to baptize him encouraged his parents to pray to the Martin’s intercession. After a month in the ICU, during which he came close to death, he was released and is now a healthy teenager.

The second miracle needed for the Martin’s canonization concerned little Carmen, born at 28 weeks on Oct. 15, 2008 in Valencia, Spain after a difficult pregnancy. Two days later, she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage that caused near-fatal blood poisoning. Her parents went to the Carmelite nuns seeking guidance; they suggested they pray to the intercession of the Martins, who had just been beatified on Oct. 17, 2008 in Lisieux.

After three months in the hospital, Carmen was released, cured, on Jan. 2, 2009 – the 135th anniversary of the birth of the Martin’s youngest daughter, Therese.

Louis and Zelie Martin were the very picture of charitableness: they helped the sick and dying, gave alms to beggars, ensured hospital care for the very ill and took in a child whose family could not look after him.

They also raised the girl who Pope Pius X is believed to have declared ‘the greatest saint of modern times’.

The ceremony to canonize the couple comes two-thirds of the way through a global Church council on the family, which the pontiff is keen to hold up as the key social unit for nurturing faith and setting good examples.

‘The holy spouses Louis Martin and Marie-Azelie Guerin practiced Christian service in the family, creating day by day an environment of faith and love which nurtured the vocations of their daughters,’ Francis said during the mass, using Zelie’s full first name.

In an interview with Paris-Match this week, the pontiff described the couple as ‘evangelists… who opened their door’ to those in need in a period in which ‘a certain bourgeoisie ethic was contemptuous of the poor’.

Louis and Zelie, who died in 1894 and 1887 respectively, had nine children, four of whom died at a young age, while the other five all became nuns.

Close to 2,000 Catholics watched the ceremony on big screens in the Basilica of Saint Therese in Lisieux.

‘It’s a joyful moment,’ Annabella, accompanied by her husband and children.

‘We try to follow their example, even if it’s not easy. It’s an example of a couple and family life with its joys, misfortunes, the loss of four children. Their example can be a staff to lean on.’


LOUIS AND ZELIE MARTIN had nine children, but only five of them survived to be adults.

The five girls all became nuns, including Therese, who was described by Pope Pius X as the ‘greatest saint of modern times’. 

FR VINCENZO GROSSI was an Italian priest and the founder of the Institute of the Daughters of the Oratory.

MARIA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, was the Spanish superior general of the Sisters of the Company of the Cross.

A large group of French people went to St Peter's Square today to honour St Therese's parents who were from Lisieux, north west France

Pope Francis has had a copy of Therese's 'Story of a Soul' on his bookshelf since his days as a novice and her portrait on his desk

Louis had initially intended to become a monk, but after being rejected because he did not know Latin well enough, he met and fell in love with Zelie in Alencon in Normandy, marrying her three months later in 1858.

The pair first intended to live as brother and sister, but were persuaded to have children by a priest.

Their youngest child, Marie-Francoise Therese Martin – also known as Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face – was born in 1873, became a cloistered nun aged 15 and died of tuberculosis nine years later.

She was raised to sainthood in 1925 by Pope Pius XI and in 1997 made a doctor of the Church by John Paul II – a rare honour signifying that her writings and preachings are useful to Christians.

Her autobiography, ‘The Story of a Soul’, written as her health deteriorated, is a memoir of her troubled childhood and determination after the death of her mother when she was four to become a nun and dedicate her life to God.

Francis has said he carries one of the saint’s books in his black travelling bag and turns to her for help and guidance.

Therese of Lisieux’s parents were beatified in 2008 – the first step on the path to sainthood – after the Vatican recognised they had performed a miracle by responding to prayers from the family of a sick Italian child Pietro Schiliro.

But they needed another miracle for their elevation to sainthood.

On March 18, Francis said the pair had performed a miracle by curing a Spanish baby called Carmen. Born prematurely and risking a brain hemorrhage, her parents prayed for the Martins’ intercession and the infant survived.

Both Pietro, 12, and Carmen, 7, were present at the canonization ceremony on Sunday, the first ever of a married couple with children.

Pope Francis wants St Therese's parents to become a role model as all their surviving children became nuns

Among those attending today's canonisation ceremony was French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, pictured centre

Source: Daily Mail


our lady of fatima warning

              Day 9

The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

“If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will always be preserved.”  – Our Lady of Fatima


O Mary Immaculate, who at Fatima in 1917 warned the world through Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta of a terrible chastisement, and in 1973 in New Orleans wept with the abandon of a heartbroken mother, how truly devastating must be the sight of the world in our own days! What moral aberrations have been embraced in the years since you wept! Thou art truly the Mother of Sorrows!

But thou art also that “woman clothed with the sun” chosen by God the Father to be the Mother of His Only-Begotten Son and espoused by God the Holy Ghost. Thy “Fiat” launched the work of redemption, thy intercession, the first public miracle of the Son of God, and in thy company the Apostles received the Holy Ghost at Pentecost. Fill our souls with a total and unwavering confidence in the fulfillment of thy prophecy at Fatima: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph!”

   (Here mention your request) 

Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Glory Be

Glory be, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, pray for us.

our lady of fatima pray for us