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Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop (Optional Memorial)
O chosen people, proclaim the mighty works of him
Who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light, alleluia.
I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will tell of your name to my kin, alleluia. Ps 18 (17):50; 22 (21):23
O God, who by the preaching
of the Bishop Saint Augustine of Canterbury
led the English peoples to the Gospel,
grant, we pray, that the fruits of his labors
may remain ever abundant in your Church.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus: “Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the Church of God that he acquired with his own Blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock. And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth to draw the disciples away after them. So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and day, I unceasingly admonished each of you with tears. And now I commend you to God and to that gracious word of his that can build you up and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated. I have never wanted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You know well that these very hands have served my needs and my companions. In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
When he had finished speaking he knelt down and prayed with them all. They were all weeping loudly as they threw their arms around Paul and kissed him, for they were deeply distressed that he had said that they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
or R. Alleluia.
Show forth, O God, your power,
the power, O God, with which you took our part;
For your temple in Jerusalem
let the kings bring you gifts. R.
You kingdoms of the earth, sing to God,
chant praise to the Lord
who rides on the heights of the ancient heavens.
Behold, his voice resounds, the voice of power:
“Confess the power of God!” R.
Over Israel is his majesty;
his power is in the skies.
Awesome in his sanctuary is God, the God of Israel;
he gives power and strength to his people. R.
Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in truth. Cf. Jn:17b, 17a
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely. I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the Evil One. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”
Prayer over the Offerings
Look upon the sacrificial gifts we offer, almighty God,
on the feast day of blessed Saint Augustine of Canterbury,
and grant that we, who celebrate the mysteries of the Lord’s Passion,
may imitate what we now do.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
I will pasture my sheep;
I myself will give them rest, says the Lord, alleluia. Ez 34:15
What I say to you in the darkness
speak in the light, says the Lord;
what you hear whispered
proclaim on the housetops, alleluia. Mt 10:27
Prayer after Communion
By the power of this mystery, O Lord,
confirm your servants in the true faith,
that they may everywhere profess in word and deed
the faith for which blessed Saint Augustine of Canterbury never ceased to labor
and for which he spent his whole life.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Daily Meditation: John 17:11-19
Father, keep them in your name. (John 17:11)
What would you pray for if you were facing a painful death? Strength? Peace? The grace to endure it faithfully? Jesus prayed for his friends. He was concerned for what he had begun in their hearts. He wanted it to continue and bear fruit until the day they were reunited with him.
Guess what? Jesus included us in his prayer. He included you! With love and compassion, he asked his Father, “Keep them in your name. Protect them. Consecrate them.”
Keep them: Jesus asked his Father to hold you securely to himself. He will do it! Your heavenly Father will never turn his back on you. He will never abandon you to whatever may come. No one can take you out of his hand. So talk to him about your hopes and fears, your strengths and weaknesses. Spend time in his presence listening for his voice.
Protect them: Jesus knows what can threaten the good work he has begun in you. And so he prayed particularly that the Father would shield you. Amid trials and illness, setbacks and disappointment, God will not only defend your faith, but he will help it to grow and prosper. That’s because it’s not just “your” faith; it’s his life in you. Whatever you are dealing with, you can walk in the confidence of knowing that the Father is with you at all times. This evening, review today’s events. Ask the Holy Spirit to show how he has protected you and helped you grow.
Consecrate them: To his prayers for our welfare, Jesus added another request. He asked the Father to set us apart as holy and dedicated for a specific purpose. He meant everyone, not just the exceptionally talented, outgoing, and naturally able ones. You have been set apart! Your life here is not an accident. It is not pointless or meaningless. It is ordained by God for something only you can accomplish.
Jesus loves you and cares for you. Reread today’s Gospel, and insert yourself where Jesus speaks of those whom the Father has given him. Then worship him for loving you so deeply.
“Thank you, Father, for your love and care. Holy Spirit, help me to grow in knowledge of God’s love, protection, and plans for me.”
Psalm 68:29-30, 33-36
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