Feast of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus

Introit • Cant. 4, 8, 9

Come from Libanus, my spouse, come from Libanus, come: Thou hast wounded my heart, my sister, my spouse: Thou hast wounded my heart. Ps. 112, 1. Praise the Lord, ye children: Praise ye the name of the Lord. Gory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O lord, Who hast said: Unless ye become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven, grant unto us, we beseech Thee, so to follow the footsteps of blessed Teresa, virgin, in lowliness and simplicity of heart that we my gain everlasting rewards. Who livest.

Epistle • Is. 66,12-14

Lesson from Isaias the Prophet

For Thus saith the Lord: Behold I will bring upon her as it were a river of peace, and as an overflowing torrent the glory of the gentiles, which you shall suck; you shall be carried at the breast, and upon the knees they shall caress you. As one whom the mother caresseth, so will I comfort you, and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. You shall see and your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb, and the hand of the Lord shall be known to His servants.

Gradual. • Matthew 11, 25

I confess to Thee, O father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou last hid these things from the wise and prudent and hast revealed them to little ones. Ps. 70:5 My hope, O lord, from my youth.

Lesser Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia. Ecclus 39:17-19. Bud forth as the rose planted by the brooks of waters. Give ye a sweet odor as Libanus. Send forth flowers, as the lily, and yield a smell, and bring forth leaves in grace, and praise with canticles, and bless the Lord in His works.  Alleluia.



Gospel • Matt. 18, 1-5

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew. 

At that time, the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who, thinkest Thou, is the greater in the Kingdom of Heaven? and Jesus calling unto Him a little child, set him in the midst of them, and said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the Kingdom of Heaven.


Offertory • Luke 1, 46-47, 49

My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid: He that is mighty hath done great things to me.


We beseech Thee, O lord, that the holy intercession of blessed Teresa, Thy virgin, may make our sacrifice agreeable to Thee, so that it may be made acceptable by the merits of her in whose honor it is solemnly offered. Through our Lord.

Communion • Deut. 32, 10,12

He led her about and taught her: and He kept her as the apple of His eye. As the eagle, He spread His wings and hath taken her, and carried her on His shoulders. The lord alone was her leader.


Day the heavenly mystery, O lord, enkindle in us that fire of love, whereby the blessed Terese, Thy virgin, offered herself to Thee as a victim of charity for men. Through our Lord.

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