15 October, Mass of the Twenty–Eighth Sunday of the Year B

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The canonization in Rome today of Blessed Rafael Guízar Valencia, Bishop; Blessed Filippo Smaldone, Priest; Blessed Theodore Guérin, Virgin; and Blessed Rosa Venerini, Virgin is an immense joy for the whole Church. Each of them illustrates today's splendid Collect; the grace of God went before and followed after them, making them at every moment intent on all good works. The Marquess of Bute translates the Collect as follows:

Lord, we pray Thee
that Thy grace may always prevent and follow us,
and make us continually to be given to all good works.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son,
Who liveth and reigneth with Thee,
in the unity of the Holy Ghost,
one God world without end.


If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,
Lord, who would survive?
But with you is found forgiveness, O God of Israel (Ps 129:3-4).
V. Out of the depths, I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord, hear my voice (Ps 129:1).


Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
that we may be ready to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

Lord Jesus, your radiance never ceases (Wis 7:11).
Kyrie, eleison.

Christ Jesus, before you no creature is hidden (Heb 4:13).
Christe, eleison.

Lord Jesus, your eyes are like a flame of fire (Rev 1:14).
Kyrie, eleison.

May Almighty God have mercy on us,
and lead us, with our sins forgiven,
into eternal life.


Lord, we pray you that your grace
may always go before and follow after us
and give us ever to be intent on all good works.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.


That the Church of God may shine in every dark place,
bringing to all who dwell in the shadow of death
the radiance of the Wisdom of the Father,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the whole Church may rejoice today
in the splendour of holiness seen in the lives of
Saint Rafael Guízar Valencia, Bishop,
Saint Filippo Smaldone, Priest,
Saint Theodore Guérin, Virgin
and Saint Rosa Venerini, Virgin
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the leaders of nations may prefer wisdom to wealth and privilege,
work for peace where there is conflict,
and seek justice for the oppressed,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the rich may be relieved of their riches,
and the poor delivered from their misery;
and that those who are discouraged by God’s impossible demands
may put their faith in the God for whom all things are possible,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That during these days of violence and suffering,
the Orthodox and Catholic Christians of Iraq
may take comfort in the Word of God
and in the holy and life–giving mysteries of the altar,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That young men and women
may meet the gaze of Christ fixed upon them
and respond to His love
with the gift of themselves in consecrated life,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That it may be given us today
not only to rejoice in the glory of the saints,
but also to imitate their seeking after Wisdom
and their response to the Holy Face of Christ
who looked upon them and loved them,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.


Almighty and ever-living God,
who caused the Sacred Scriptures to be written
that we might hear them in the assembly of the faithful
and ponder them in our hearts,
grant us so to hear your living Word,
read, mark, and inwardly digest it,
that we may embrace and ever hold fast
to the Wisdom whose radiance never fades,
Christ who is Lord forever and ever.


Remember me, O Lord, master and ruler of all.
Put words of wisdom into my mouth,
that my words may be pleasing
in the sight of the prince (Est 14).


Accept, O Lord, the prayers of the faithful
together with the sacrificial gifts we offer,
so that, dedicated to you by this the dutiful service of our devotion
we may pass over to the glory of heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.


It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

By the mystery of his death and resurrection
Christ has accomplished a wonderful work.

From the yoke of slavery to sin and death
he has called us to share his glory
and receive the name of chosen race and royal priesthood,
holy nation and people for your own possession.

He bids us everywhere proclaim your mighty works
for you, Father, have summoned us forth from darkness
into your own marvelous light.

Through Christ the choirs of angels
worship forever with joy before your majesty;
with them, we pray you, join our voices,
in this, their hymn of joyful supplication:


The rich suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing (Ps 33:11).

When the Lord appears we shall be like Him,
for we shall see Him as He is (1 Jn 3:2).

Remove from me scorn and contempt,
because I have sought after your commands;
yes, your sayings are are my meditation (Ps 118:22,24).


You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me (Mk 10:21).


Jesus said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God” (Mk 10:23).


You who have left all things, and followed me, will receive a hundredfold,
and will possess eternal life (cf. Mk 10:29-30).


We humbly beseech your majesty, O Lord,
that we whom you have fed
with the sustenance of the most sacred Body and Blood
may be made partakers in your divine nature.
Through Christ our Lord.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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