St. Joseph of Cupertino
St. Joseph of Cupertino, a Franciscan friar in Italy, was born June 17, 1603. The feast of this glorious Son of the Seraph of Assisi was made universal throughout the Church by a Pope of the same Order, Clement XIV. He is famous for his evangelical simplicity and for his ecstasies. The whole of the Mass assigned to him brings out the mystical side of his sanctity. He worked many miracles, and died a happy death at Orsino on September 18, 1663, as he himself has predicted.
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Introit • Ecclus. 1, 14, 15
The love of God is honorable wisdom: and they whom she shall show herself, love her by the sight, and by the knowledge of her great works. Ps. 83, 2. How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts my soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord. Glory be …
O God, Who didst purpose to draw all things unto Thy Son when He was lifted up from the earth, mercifully grant that we, by the merits and example of Thy seraphic confessor, Joseph, being lifted above all
Epistle • 1 Cor. 13, 1-8
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
[Charity is to be preferred before all gifts.]
BRETHREN, If I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed.
Gradual • Ps. 20, 4, 5
O Lord, Thou hast prevented him with blessings of sweetness: Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones. He asked life of Thee, and Thou hast given him length of days forever, and for ages of ages.Alleluia, alleluia. Ecclus. 11, 13. The eye of God hath looked upon him for god, and hath lifted him p from his low estate, and hath exalted his head. Alleluia.