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16th May - Saint Simon Stock - Religious
Co-Patron (with St Patrick) of the Anglo-Irish Province

OC & OCD: Optional Memory
Feast in Scotland

Simon, an Englishman, died at Bordeaux in the mid-thirteenth century. He has been venerated in the Carmelite Order for his personal holiness and his devotion to Our Lady. A liturgical celebration in his honour was observed locally in the fifteenth century, and later extended to the whole Order.  For more on his life CLICK HERE




Feastday Mass

Entrance Antiphon - Ps 63:11
The just man will rejoice in the Lord and hope in him, and all the upright of heart will be praised. (Alleluia).

Opening Prayer
Father, you called Saint Simon Stock to serve you in the brotherhood of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Through his prayers help us like him to live in your presence and to work for mans salvation. 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 - 6:10-13.18b
Put on the armour of God.

Grow strong in the Lord, with the strength of his power. Put Gods armour on so as to be able to resist the devils tactics. For it is not against human enemies that we have to struggle, but against the Sovereignties and the Powers who originate the darkness of this world, the spiritual army of evil in the heavens. That is why you must rely on Gods armour, or you will nobe able to put up any resistance when the worst happens, or have enough resources to hold your ground.
Pray all the time, asking for what you need, praying in the Spirit on every possible occasion. Never get tired of staying awake to pray for all the saints.

Responsorial Psalm - Ps. 1: 1-2,

R/. Happy the man who ponders the law of the Lord day and night.

Happy indeed is the man
who follows not the counsel of the wicked;
nor lingers in the way of sinners
nor sits in the company of scorners,
but whose delight is the law of the Lord
and who ponders his law day and night. R/.

He is like a tree that is planted
beside the flowing waters,
that yields its fruit in due season
and whose leaves shall never fade;
and all that he does shall prosper. R/.

Not so are the wicked, not so!
For they like winnowed chaff
shall be driven away like the wind;
for the Lord guards the way of the just
but the way of the wicked eds to doom. R/.

Gospel Acclamation - John 13,34

Alleluia, Alleluia! I give you a new commandment: love one another just as I have loved you, says the Lord. Alleluia!

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John - Jn 15:9-17
I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learned from my Father.

Jesus said to his disciples:
As the Father has loved me,
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments
you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Fathers commandments
and remain in his love.
As the Father has loved me,
so I have loved you.
I have told you this
so that my own joy may be in you
and your joy may 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 erant does not know
his masters 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 to 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.

Prayer over the Gifts
God of all mercy, you transformed Saint Simon Stock and made him a new creature in your image. Renew us in the same way by making our gifts of peace acceptable to you. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon - Ps 33:9
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord; blessed is he who hopes in God. (Alleluia)

Prayer after Communion
Almighty God, may we who are strengthened by the power of this sacrament learn from the example of Saint Simon Stock to seek you above all things and live in this world as your new creation. We ask ths trough Christ our Lord.

Office of Readings
Common of Men Saints (Religious)

Second Reading
From the Flaming Arrow by Nicholas of France, Prior General

Was it not our Lord and Savior Who led us into the desert,
as a mark of His favor, so that there He might speak to our
hearts with special intimacy? It is not in public, not in the
market place, not amid noise and bustle that He shows
Himself to His friends for their consolation and reveals His
secret mysteries to them, but behind closed doors.

To the solitude of the mountain did Abraham, unswerving
in faith and discerning the issue from afar in hope,
ascend at the Lord's command, ready for obedience's sake
to sacrifice Isaac his son; under which mystery the passion
of Christ--the true Isaac--lies hidden. To the solitude of
the mountain was it too that Abraham's nephew, Lot, was
told to flee for his life in haste from Sodom.

In the solitude of Mount Sinai was the Law given to
Moses, and there was he so clothed with light that when he
came down from the mountain no one could look upon the
brightness of his face.

In the solitude of Mary's chamber, as she conversed
with Gabriel, was the Word of the Father most high in very
truth made flesh.

In the solitude of Mount Tabor it undoubtedly was,
when it was His will to be transfigured, that God made man
revealed His glory to His chosen intimates of the Old and
New Testaments. To a mountain solitude did our Savior
ascend alone in order to pray. In the solitude of the desert
did He fast forty days and forty nights together, and there
did He will to be tempted by the devil, so as to show us the
most fitting place for prayer, penance, and victory over

Top the solitude of mountain or desert it was, then, that
our Savior retired when He would pray; though we read
that He came down from the mountain when He would
preach to the people or manifest His works. He who planted
our fathers in the solitude of the mountain thus gave
Himself to them and their successors as a model, and
desired them to write down His deeds, which are never
empty of mystical meaning, as an example.

It was this rule of our Savior, as rule of utmost holiness,
that some of our predecessors followed of old. They tarried
long in the solitude of the desert conscious of their own
imperfection. Sometimes however--though rarely--they
came down from their desert, anxious, so as not to fail in
what they regarded as their duty, to be of service to their
neighbors, and sowed broadcast of the grain, threshed out
in preaching, that they had so sweetly reaped in solitude
with the sickle of contemplation.

R/. O that I had wings like a dove, to fly away and be at
rest; * so I would escape far away, and take refuge in
the desert (alleluia).
V/. The world and its cravings pass away, but those who
do God's will stand firm for ever. * So I would escape
far away, and take refuge in the desert (alleluia).

Canticle of Zechariah
The Lord is all that I have; the Lord is good to the soul that
seeks Him (alleluia).

Canticle of Mary
Where brethren are united in praising God, there the Lord
will bestow His blessing (alleluia).