St. Angela Merici
Foundress of the Ursuline Order of Nuns she was a talented teacher, who had visions of Saint Ursula saving young girls. She was inspired to do the same by starting a girls' school. She named her order of nuns after the Saint. She is shown having a vision, the open book indicative of an educator who spreads knowledge.
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Introit • Ps. 44, 8
Thou hast loved justice, and hated iniquity: there for God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (P. T. Alleluia, alleluia.) Ps. 44, 2. My heart thath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. Glory be …
O God, Who hast willed that, through blessed Angela, a new family of consecrated virgins should flourish in Thy Church, grant us, through her intercession, to leas an angelic life, that, putting aside all earthly joys, we may deserve to attain those that are eternal. Through our Lord.
Epistle • 2 Cor. 10, 17;11, 1, 2
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
[He warneth them against false teachers. He counts all other things loss, that he may gain Christ.]
BRETHREN, But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he who commendeth himself, is approved, but he, whom God commendeth. Would to God you could bear with some little of my folly: but do bear with me. For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God. For I have espoused you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 44, 15, 16. After her shall virgins be brought to the King: her neighbors shall be brought to thee in gladness. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 25, 1-13
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[The parable of the ten virgins and of the talents. The description of the last judgment.]
At that time, Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: the kingdom of heaven be like to ten virgins, who taking their lamps went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride. And five of them were foolish, and five wise. But the five foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with the lamps. And the bridegroom tarrying, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet him. Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out. The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. Now whilst they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.
But at last come also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answering said: Amen I say to you, I know you not. Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour.
Offertory • Ps. 44, 10
The daughters of kings in Thy honor: the queen stood on Thy right hand, in gilded clothing, surrounded with variety. Alleluia.
May the victim which we offer Thee, O Lord, venerating the memory of blessed Angela, both obtain the pardon of our evil deeds and win for us the gifts of Thy grace. Through our Lord.
Communion • Matt. 25, 4, 6
The five wise virgins took oil in their vessels with lamps: but at midnight there was a cry made, Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet Christ our Lord. Alleluia.
Refreshed with heavenly food, O Lord, we humbly beg Thee, that, by the prayers and example of blessed Angela, being cleansed of every stain, we may be pleasing to Thee both in body and in soul. Through our Lord.