25th May - Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi - Virgin
OC: Feast, OCD: Memory
Born in Florence in 1566, she had a religious upbringing and entered the monastery of the Carmelite nuns there. She led a hidden life of prayer and self-denial, praying particularly for the renewal of the Church and encouraging the sisters in holiness. Her life was marked by many extraordinary graces. She died in 1607.
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Entrance Antiphon - Jn 1:14
The Word of God became man, and lived among us. (Alleluia).
or Hos 2:19
I will betroth you to myself for ever; I will betroth you in truth and in justice, in tenderness and in steadfast love. (Alleluia).
you love those who give themselves
completely to your service,
and you filled Saint Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi
with heavenly gifts and the fire of your love.
As we honour her today
may we follow her example of purity and charity.
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 Song of Songs - 5:4b; 8:6-7
Love is strong as death.
I trembled to the core of my being
[at the voice of my Beloved:]
'Set me like a seal on your heart,
like a seal on your arm.
For love is strong as Death,
jealousy relentless as Sheol.
The flash of it is a flash of fire,
a flame of the Lord himself.
Love no flood can quench,
no torrents drown.
Were a man to offer all the wealth of his house to buy love,
contempt is all he would purchase'.
Responsorial Psalm Ps. 17:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7 (R.2Mc. 1:17)
R/. Blessed in all things be our God.
I love you, Lord, my strength,
my rock, my fortress, my saviour.
My God is the rock where I take refuge;
my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold. R/.
The Lord is worthy of all praise:
when I call I am saved from my foes. R/.
The waves of death rose about me;
the torrents of destruction assailed me;
the snares of the grave entangled me;
the traps of death confronted me. R/.
In my anguish I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came to his ears. R/
Gospel Acclamation Lk. 10:42
Mary has chosen the better part,
and it shall not be taken away from her.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 10:38-42
Martha welcomed him into her house. Mary has chosen the better part.
In the course of their journey Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord's feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, 'Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me'. But the Lord answered: 'Martha, Martha,' he said, 'you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her'.
Prayer over the Gifts
receive our humble worship
in memory of Saint Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi the virgin.
By this perfect sacrifice
make us grow in unselfish love
for you and for our brothers and sisters.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Priest:The Lord be with you.
People:And with your Spirit.
Priest:Lift up your hearts.
People:We lift them up to the Lord.
Priest:Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People:It is right and just.
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.
By the working of your Holy Spirit
you kindled in Saint Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi
a visible love for your Incarnate Word
and a consuming zeal for the holiness of the Church.
To bring the Church she so ardently loved
to the perfect likeness of Christ the heavenly bridegroom,
she poured out her life in heroic prayer and sacrifice.
Now, with the saints and all the angels,
we praise you for ever:
Holy, holy, holy Lord,...
Communion Antiphon - Gal 2:19-20
I am nailed with Christ to the Cross; I am alive, not by my own life but by Christ's life within me. (Alleluia).
Prayer after Communion
may this eucharist
renew our courage and strength.
May we remain close to you,
like Saint Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi,
by accepting in our lives
a share in the suffering of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever.
Solemn Blessing or Prayer over the People
Bow your heads and pray for God's blessing
The Holy Spirit
gave Saint Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi
experience of the saving love of Christ,
suffering and glorified.
May he overwhelm you, even in the midst of pain,
with Christ's love.
The Holy Spirit
revealed to Saint Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi
the power and enrichment given to the Church
through the glorified flesh of Christ.
May he inspire you,
members of Christ's mystical body,
with a constant desire for renewal. R/. Amen.
The Holy Spirit
filled Saint Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi with his love,
making her the mother of charity in her community.
May he grant you strength and perseverance
in the practice of charity
towards those you encounter. R/. Amen.
May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit. R/. Amen