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Stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi


September 17

Epistle  •  Galatians 6:14-18

Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Galatians.

[The Christian glories in nothing else but in the Cross of Christ.]

Brethren, But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ: by Whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature: and whosoever shall follow this rule, peace on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

From henceforth let no man be troublesome to me; for I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus in my body. The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren! Amen.

Gospel  •  Matthew 16:24-27

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.  

[All the followers of Christ must, like the Martyrs, deny themselves.]

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For he that will save his life shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for My sake shall find it.

For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?  For the Son of Man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels: and then will He render to every man according to his works.

Read a Brief Summary: Stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi, Confessor