St. Thomas of Villanova
St. Thomas of Villanova, Archbishop of Valencia, Sprain, was a Religious of the Order of St. Augustine. He was distinguished by his perfect humility and his charity to the poor, to whom he gave all he possessed. When he died the very bed on which he lay no longer belonged to him. He had given it a few days before to a poor man, who in his turn allowed him to keep it for the short time that it would still be of use to him. He died September 8, 1555.
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Introit • Ecclus. 45, 30
The Lord made to him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince; that the dignity of priesthood should be to him forever. Ps. 131, 1. O Lord, remember David, and all his meekness. Gory be …
O God, Who didst adorn blessed Thomas, Thy bishop, with the virtue of a consuming charity for the poor, we beeseech Thee that, through his intercession, Thou graciously pour forth the riches of Thy mercy upon all who pray to Thee. Through the same.
Epistle • Ecclus. 44; 45
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.
Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God, and was found just; and in the time of wrath was made a reconciliation. There was not any found like to him, who kept the law of the Most High. Therefore by an oath the Lord made him increase among his people. He gave him the blessing of all nations, and confirmed His covenant upon his head. He acknowledged him in His blessings: He preserved for him His mercy: and he found grace before the eyes of the Lord. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him a crown of glory. He made an everlasting covenant with him and gave him a great priesthood; and made him blessed in glory. To execute the office of the priesthood and to have praise in his name, and to offer to him worthy incense for an odor of sweetness.
Gradual. • Ecclus. 44, 16
Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God. Eccl. 44, 20. There was not any found like to him, who kept the law of the Most High.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 109, 4. Thou art a priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedech. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 25, 14-23
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[Christ warns us against hypocrisy, the fear of the world and covetousness. He admonishes all to watch.]
At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples: A man going into a far country, called his servants, and delivered to them his goods. And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey. And he that had received the five talents, went his way, and traded with the same, and gained other five. And in like manner he that had received the two, gained other two. But he that had received the one, going his way digged into the earth, and hid his lord' s money. But after a long time the lord of those servants came, and reckoned with them. And he that had received the five talents coming, brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou didst deliver to me five talents, behold I have gained other five over and above. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. And he also that had received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst two talents to me: behold I have gained other two. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Offertory • Ps. 88, 21-22
I have fund David my servant, with My holy oil I have anointed him: for My hand shall help him, and My arm shall strengthen him. (P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.)
May Thy saints, we beseech Thee, O Lord, everywhere make us joyful, that, while we venerate their merits, we may experience their patronage. Through our Lord.
Communion • Luke 12, 42
A faithful and wise servant, who the Lord hath set over His family, to give them their measure of wheat in due season. (P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.)
Grant us, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that, giving thanks for the favors we have received, we may, by the intercession of blessed Thomas, Thy confessor and bishop, obtain blessing still greater. Through our Lord.