Blessed Virgin Mary; First Saturday of the Month
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Readings of the DayRB: Prologue 1-7Mass: 1 Co 1:26-31; Resp Ps 33; Mt 25:14-30
Our Lady of Solitude
Today's offering includes the proclamation we used at Morning Prayer, from St Bernard of Clairvaux, honoring Mary, Most Holy:Knowing in advance the course and the outcome of all miseries, she soothes our fears, she awakens our faith, she strengthens our hope, she dispels our lack of confidence, she bolsters our timidness.
Grant, Lord God, that we, your servants, may rejoice in unfailing health of mind and body, and, through the intercession of Blessed Mary ever-Virgin, may we be set free from present sorrow and come to enjoy eternal happiness.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.(Collect, Mass)MARY, MOST HOLY, PRAY FOR US.
For the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
The entire material universe speaks of God's love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God.
(Pope Francis, Encyclical Letter Laudato Si 84)May the Lord strengthen our efforts to care for our common home, and especially for water, a basic good that must be protected and made available to everyone.
(Pope Francis, Twitter, September 1, 2018)