OCarm.: Optional Memorial
The Carmelite Missal
God is love, and whoever lives in love, lives in God, and God in him. (1 Jn. 4:16)
Let us pray
[to be one with Christ through the prayers
of St Teresa Margaret Redi]
Pause for silent prayer
you enabled St Teresa Margaret Redi
to draw untold resources of humility and charity
from the fountain-head, our Saviour.
Through her prayers may we never be separated
from the love of Christ.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-21
To know the love of Christ, which is beyond all knowledge.
I, who am less than the least of all the saints, have been entrusted with this special grace, not only of proclaiming to the pagans the infinite treasure of Christ but also of explaining how the mystery is to be dispensed. Through all the ages, this has been kept hidden in God, the creator of everything. Why? So that the Sovereignties and Powers should learn only now, through the Church, how comprehensive God's wisdom really is, exactly according to the plan which he had had from all eternity in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is why we are bold enough to approach God in complete confidence, through our faith in him.
This, then, is what I pray, kneeling before the Father, from whom every family, whether spiritual or natural, takes its name:
Out of his infinite glory, may he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong, so that Christ may live in your hearts through faith, and then, planted in love and built on love, you will with all the saints have strength to grasp the breadth and the length, the height and the depth; until, knowing the love of Christ, which is beyond all knowledge, you are filled with the utter fullness of God.
Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; glory be to him from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.
The word of the Lord.
|R||Taste and see that the Lord is good.|
|2.||I will bless the Lord at all times,|
|his praise always on my lips;|
|3.||in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.|
|The humble shall hear and be glad. R.|
|4.||Glorify the Lord with me.|
|Together let us praise his name.|
|5.||I sought the Lord and he answered me;|
|from all my terrors he set me free. R|
|6.||Look towards him and be radiant;|
|let your faces not be abashed.|
|7.||This poor man called; the Lord heard him|
|and rescued him from all his distress. R|
|8.||The angel of the Lord is encamped|
|around those who revere him, to rescue them.|
|and rescued him from all his distress. R|
|9.||Taste and see that the Lord is good.|
|He is happy who seeks refuge in him. R|
|V||Whoever keeps the word of Christ|
|grows perfect in the love of God. R Alleluia.|
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John15:9-17
Remain in my love
Jesus said to his disciples:
'As the Father has loved me,
so I have loved you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments
you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father's commandments
and remain in his love.
I have told you this
so that my own joy may be in you
and your joy be complete.
This is my commandment:
love one another
as I have loved you.
A man can have no greater love
than to lay down his life for his friends.
You are my friends,
if you do what I command you.
I shall not call you servants any more,
because a servant does not know
his master's business;
I call you friends,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.
You did not choose me,
no, I chose you;
and I commissioned you
to go out and bear fruit,
fruit that will last;
and then the Father will give you
anything you ask him in my name.
What I command you
is to love one another.'
The Gospel of the Lord.
Pray, brethren . . .
receive these gifts
in memory of St Teresa Margaret Redi.
By this perfect sacrifice
make us grow in unselfish love for you
and for our brethren.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Your life is hidden now with Christ in God. When
Christ, your life, appears, then you too will appear
with him in glory. (Col. 3:3-4)
Let us pray.
Pause for silent prayer, if this has not preceded.
may our reception
of the body and blood of your Son
keep us from harmful things.
Help us by the example
of St Teresa Margaret Redi
to grow in your love on earth
that we may rejoice for ever in heaven.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.