Watch Monthly Devotions of Holy Mother Church with Fr. Shannon Collins

Feast of St. Francis Xavier

Introit

I spoke of Thy testimonies before kings, and I was not ashamed: I meditated also on Thy commandments, which I loved exceedingly. (Ps. 116: 1-2) Praise the Lord, all ye nations, and praise Him, all ye people: because His mercy is confirmed upon us and the truth of the Lord remaineth forever. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O God, Who wast please to gather into Thy Church the nations of the Indies by the preaching and miracles of blessed Francis: mercifully grant that we, who venerate his glorious merits, may also imitate the example of his virtues. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of Advent feria
Stir up Thy power, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and come: that from the threatening dangers of our sings we may deserve to be rescued by Thy protection, and to be saved by Thy deliverance. Who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

Epistle • Romans 10: 10-18

Brethren, With the heart we believe unto justice, but with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture saith: Whosoever beliveth in Him shall not be confounded. For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek; for the same is Lord over all, rich unto all that call upon Him . For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? or how shall they believe Him of Whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear, without a preacher? and how shall they preach, unless they be sent? as it is written: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things! But all do not obey the gospel. For Isaias saith: Lord, who hath believe our report? Faith, then, cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ. But I say: Have they not heard? Yea, verily, their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the whole world.

Gradual • Psalms 91: 13, 14

The just man shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus in the house of the Lord. (Ps. 91: 3) To show forth Thy mercy in the morning, and Thy truth in the night.

Alleluia, alleluia. (James 1: 12) Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life. Alleluia.

 

 

Gospel • Mark 16: 15-18

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be condemned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In My name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover.

Offertory • Psalm 88: 25

My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.

Secret

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God that the offering of our lowliness may be both be pleasing to Thee for the honor of Thy Saints and ay likewise purify us in body and soul. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of Advent feria
May these holy mysteries, O Lord, cleanse us by their powerful virtue and mae us to come with greater purity to Him Who is their source. Through our Lord.

Communion • Matthew 24: 46, 47

Blessed is that servant, whom when the Lord shall come, He shall find watching: Amen I say to you, He shall set him over all His goods.

Postcommunion

We beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we, who have partaken of heavenly nourishment, may, by the intercession of blessed Francis, Thy Confessor, be fortified by the same against all adverse influences. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of Advent feria
May we receive, O Lord, Thy mercy in the midst of Thy temple, that we may prepare with due honor for the approaching feast of our redemption. Through our Lord.

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