3rd January - St Kuriakos Elias Chavara - Priest

OCD: Optional Memory


Blessed (Cyriac) Kuriakos Elias Chavara, co-founder and first prior general of the congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, was born at Kainakary in Kerala, India, on 10th February, 1805. He entered the seminary in 1818, and was ordained priest in 1829. He made his religious profession in 1855, in the congregation he founded. In 1861 he was named vicar-general for the Syro-Malabar church; in this capacity he defended ecclesial unity threatened by schism when mar Tomas Rochos was sent from Mesopotamia to consecrate Nestorian bishops. Throughout his life he worked for the renewal of the church in Malabar. He was also co-founder in 1866 of the congregation of the Sisters of the Mother of Carmel. Above all, he was a man of prayer, zealous for the Eucharistic Lord and devoted to the Immaculate Virgin Mary. He died at Koonammavu in 1871. His body was transferred to Mannanam in 1889.  He was canonized in November 2014.

 

Memorial Mass

Entrance Antiphon - Jer 3:15
I will give you shepherds after my own heart, and they shall feed you on knowledge and sound teaching.

Opening Prayer
Lord God,
you raised up Blessed Kuriakos Elias your Priest to strengthen the unity of the Church. Grant that through his intercession we may be enlightened by the Holy Spirit to read the signs of the times with wisdom and spread the news of the Gospel by both word and example. We ask 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 - 4:1-7,11-13
Fully mature with the fullness of Christ.

I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.
Each of us, however, has been given his own share of grace, given as Christ allotted it. The one who rose higher than all the heavens to fill all things is none other than the one who descended. And to some, his gift was that they should be apostles; to some, prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; so that the saints together make a unity in the work of service, building up the body of Christ. In this way we are all to come to unity in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself.

Responsorial Psalm - Ps 22
R/. The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.

The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose. R/.

Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit.
He guides me along the right path;
he is true to his name. R/.

If I should walk in the valley of darkness
no evil would I fear.
You are there with your crook and your staff;
with these you give me comfort. R/.

You have prepared a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is overflowing. R/.

Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
all the days of my life.
In the Lord's own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever. R/.

Gospel Acclamation - cf. Matt 10,13; Lk 17,21
Alleluia, Alleluia!
The kingdom of God is among you, says the Lord.
Proclaim the message of peace to all mankind.
Alleluia!

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke - 10:1-9
Your peace will rest on that man.

The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, 'The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, "Peace to this house!" And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house. Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, "The kingdom of God is very near to you."'

Prayer over the Gifts
Lord, accept these gifts from your people. May the eucharist we offer to your glory in honour of Blessed Kuriakos Elias help us on our way to salvation. Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon - Mt 20:28
The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Prayer after Communion
Lord, we receive the bread of heaven as we honour the memory of Blessed Kuriakos Elias. May the eucharist we now celebrate lead us to eternal joys. Grant this through Christ our Lord.