The Impression of the Stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi
While St. Francis of Assisi, in September, 1224, was rapt in meditation on Mount Alvernia, Almighty God as a mark of His special favor deigned to impress on his hands, feet, and side the likeness, of the sacred wounds of Christ. Until the day of the saint’s death blood flowed from these wounds at intervals. Pope Sixtus V ordered this feast to be observed by the whole Church. Clement VIII suppressed it, because the Church only dedicates special solemnities to the mysteries of our redemption; particular favors granted to the saints are by God directly concern their individual sanctification, and are commemorated when the life of each saint is read in Breviary on the day of his feast. The feast was restored, however, by Paul V, and raised to rank of a double by ordinary rules of the Liturgy, extended in honor of St. Francis imprint upon new apostle, the herald of the Great King, this stigmata as His final seal, changing him to His own image and likeness and uniting him to himself on the rood of the Cross.
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Introit • Ps. 85, 1, 2, 3
Bow down Thy ear, O Lord, to me, and hear me; save Thy servant, O my God, that trusteth in Thee: have mercy on me, O Lord, for I have cried to Thee all day. Ps. 85, 4. Give joy to the soul of Thy servant: for to Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. Glory be …
Let Thy continual pity, O Lord, cleanse and fortify Thy Church: and, because without Thee it can not be safely established, let it ever be governed by Thy grace. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Gal. 5, 25, 26; 6, 1-10
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Galatians.
[He exhorts to charity, humility and all virtue. He glories in nothing but in the cross of Christ.]
BRETHREN, If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be made desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying on another. Brethren, and if a man be overtaken in any fault, you, who are spiritual, instruct such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens; and so you shall fulfill the law of Christ. For if any man think himself to be some thing, whereas he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every one prove his own work, and so he shall have glory in himself only, and not in another. For every one shall bear his own burden.
And let him that is instructed in the word, communicate to him that instructeth him, in all good things. Be not deceived, God is not mocked. For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he that soweth in his flesh, of the flesh also shall reap corruption. But he that soweth in the spirit, of the spirit shall reap life everlasting. And in doing good, let us not fail. For in due time we shall reap, not failing. Therefore, whilst we have time, let us work good to all men, but especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
Gradual • Ps. 91, 2, 3
It is good to give praise to the Lord; and to sing to Thy name, O most Hight. To show forth Thy mercy in the morning, and Thy truth in the night.Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 94, 3. For the Lord is a great God, and a great king above all the earth. Alleluia.
Gospel • Luke 7, 11-16
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[Christ heals the centurion's servant. He raises the widow's son to life, answers the messengers sent by John and absolves the penitent sinner.]
At that time, Jesus he went into a city that is called Naim; and there went with him his disciples, and a great multitude. And when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow: and a great multitude of the city was with her. Whom when the Lord had seen, being moved with mercy towards her, he said to her: Weep not. And he came near and touched the bier. And they that carried it, stood still. And he said: Young man, I say to thee, arise. And he that was dead, sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. And there came a fear on them all: and they glorified God, saying: A great prophet is risen up among us: and, God hath visited his people.
Offertory • Ps. 39, 2, 3, 4
With expectation, I have waited for the Lord, and He had regard to me: and He heard my prayer, and He put a new canticle into my mouth., a song to our God.
May Thy sacraments, O Lord, keep us and guard us always from the assaults of the devil. Through our Lord.
Communion • John 6, 52
The bread that I will give is My flesh for the life of the world.
Let the operation of the heavenly gift, O Lord, possess our souls and bodies, that, its holy grace, not our own impulses, may continually be our guide. Through our Lord.