Feast of St. Joseph Calasanctius
Introit • Ps. 33, 12
Come, children, harken to me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Ps. 33, 2. I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall be ever in my mouth. Glory be …
O God, Who, through St. Joseph, Thy Confessor, didst vouchsafe to provide Thy Church with a new aid for the education of youth in the spirit of piety and understanding, grant us, we beseech Thee, so to do and to teach after his example that we may attain eternal rewards. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Wis. 10, 10-14
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.
[What wisdom did for Adam, Noe, Abraham, Lot, Jacob, Joseph, and the people of Israel.]
The Lord conducted the just, through the right ways, and showed him the kingdom of God, and gave him the knowledge of the holy things, made him honourable in his labours, and accomplished his labours.
In the deceit of them that overreached him, she stood by him, and made him honourable. She kept him safe from his enemies, and she defended him from seducers, and gave him a strong conflict, that he might overcome, and know that wisdom is mightier than all. She forsook not the just when he was sold, but delivered him from sinners: she went down with him into the pit. And in bands she left him not, till she brought him the sceptre of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him: and shewed them to be liars that had accused him, and gave him everlasting glory.
Gradual • Ps. 36, 30, 31
The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom and his tongue shall speak judgement: the law of his God is in his heart; and his steps shall not be supplanted.
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 • Matt. 18, 1-5
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[Christ teaches humility, to beware of scandal, and to flee the occasions of sin, for our Guardian Angels see the face of God.]
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. And he that shall receive one such little child in My name receiveth Me.
Offertory • Ps. 9, 17
The Lord hath heard the desire of the poor: Thy ear hath heard the preparation of their heart.
We hep Thine altar, O Lord, with gifts offered to Thee, that they may be made effectual for mercy by his supplication by whose patronage Thou hast granted us to be assisted. Through our Lord.
Communion • Mark 10, 14
Suffer little children to come to Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.
Sanctified by the mystery of salvation, O Lord, we pray that, by the intercession of St. Joseph, Thy confessor, we may ever progress to a greater increase of piety. Through our Lord.