9th January - Saint Andrew Corsini - Bishop
O.C: Feast, OCD: Optional Memory
Andrew was born at the beginning of the fourteenth century in Florence in Italy and entered the Carmelite Order there. He was elected provincial of Tuscany at the general chapter of Metz in 1348. He was made bishop of Fiesole on 13th October, 1349, and gave the Church a wonderful example of love, apostolic zeal, prudence and love for the poor. He died on 6th January, 1374.
Entrance Antiphon - Is 52:7
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the man who brings tidings of peace, joy and salvation.
God our Father, you reveal that those who work for peace will be called your children. Through the prayers of Saint Andrew Corsini, who excelled as a peacemaker, help us to work without ceasing for that justice which brings true and lasting peace. 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 prophet Isaiah - 61:1-3a
The Lord has anointed me, and sent me to bring good news to the poor.
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,
for the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring good news to the poor,
to bind up hearts that are broken;
to proclaim liberty to captives,
freedom to those in prison;
to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord,
a day of vengeance for our God,
to comfort all those who mourn and to give them
for ashes a garland;
for mourning robe the oil of gladness,
for despondency, praise.
The Word of the Lord.
Alternative First Reading
A reading from the Prophet Malachi - 2: 5-7a
He walked with me in integrity and virtue; he converted many from sinning.
The Lord says: 'My covenant was with him: it stood for life and peace, and these were what I gave him; it stood for fear and trembling, and he respected me and stood in awe of my name. The teaching of truth was in his mouth, falsehood was not to be found on his lips; he walked with me in integrity and virtue; he converted many from sinning. The lips of the priest ought to safeguard knowledge; his mouth is where instruction should be sought'.
Responsorial Psalm - Ps. 88:2-3,4-5,21-22,25&27
R/. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
R/. This is God's steward, who taught the doctrine of faith.
I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord;
through all the ages my mouth will proclaim your truth.
Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever,
that your truth is firmly established as the heavens. R/.
With my chosen one I have made a covenant;
I have sworn to David my servant:
I will establish your dynasty for ever
and set up your throne through all ages. R/.
I have found David my servant
and with my holy oil anointed him.
My hand shall always be with him
and my arm shall make him strong. R/.
My truth and my love shall be with him;
by my name his might is exalted.
He will say to me: "You are my father,
my God, the rock who saves me. R/.
Gospel Acclamation - Cf. Mt. 23:9a,10b
You have only one Father and he is in heaven;
you have only one teacher, and he is Christ.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew - 23:8-12
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Jesus said to his disciples: 'You must not allow yourselves to be called Rabbi, since you have only one Master, and you are all brothers. You must call no one on earth your father, since you have only one father and he is in heaven. Nor must you allow yourselves to be called teachers, for you have only one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted'.
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord, accept the gifts we bring to your altar in memory of Saint Andrew Corsini. As you led him to glory through these mysteries, grant us also your pardon and love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Communion Antiphon - Job 29:15-16
I was eyes for the blind and feet for the lame. I was a father to the poor, and listened to the plea of the stranger.
Prayer after Communion
God of all mercy, strengthen with your peace the people you have fed with the bread of heaven. Through the prayers of your bishop Saint Andrew Corsini bring them at last to their eternal rest. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Office of Readings
James 2:1-9, 14-24
My brethren, show no partiality as you hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man with gold rings and in fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, "Have a seat here, please," while you say to the poor man, "Stand there," or, "Sit at my feet," have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you, is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme that honorable name which was invoked over you? If you really fulfill the royal law, according to the scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well. But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But some one will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe and shudder. Do you want to be shown, you shallow man, that faith apart from works is barren? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by works, and the scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness"; and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
From The Pastoral Rule of Pope St. Gregory the Great
"It is important that a man who is set up as a model of how to live should be one who is dead to all the passions of the flesh and lives by the spirit, turns his back on what the world has to offer, is unafraid of hardship, and is attracted only by the interior life. He does not let his body shirk its duty out of frailty; he does not become depressed when abused, for he realizes that things of this kind further his true ends. He does not readily covet what is not his, but with what he does possess he is generous. His loving nature is quick to forgive, thought he never allows himself to be misled into condoning more than he should. While he does no wrong himself, he grieves over the misdeeds of others as if they were his own. His compassion for others when they are sick is heartfelt, and he is just as glad when good befalls his neighbor as when his own interests are advanced. His behavior is so exemplary in all respects thathe need never fear being made to blush, even for past faults. He so conducts his life that those whose hearts are in need of refreshment can always find it in the guidance he gives. He is so well versed in the art of prayer that he can obtain anything he asks for from the Lord; it is as though he were singled out by a prophetic voice saying to him: 'While you are still speaking I will say, "See, I am here."'If someone happened to come and ask one of us to intercede for him with an influential man we did not know and who was annoyed with him, we should at once say: 'I cannot come and intercede. I do not know what he is like.' So if a person is afraid to intercede with a mere man about whom he knows nothing, how can one, who is not sure whether or not his conduct makes him worthy to be counted God's friend, take it upon himself to be the people's advocate before God? How can he ask pardon for others if he is not sure that his own sins have been forgiven?
R/. Be friends with one another, and kind, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ.* Try then to imitate God, as children of His that He loves.
V/. Tend the flock that is placed under your care, willingly as God would have you do, being examples to your flock.* Try then to imitate God, as children of His that He loves.
Canticle of Zechariah
Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be called sons of God, says the Lord.
Canticle of Mary
The kingdom of God consists of justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit; whoever serves Christ in this way pleases God and wins the esteem of all.
God our Father, you reveal that those who work for peace will be called your children. Through the prayers of Saint Andrew Corsini, who excelled as a peacemaker, help us to work without ceasing for that justice which brings true and lasting peace. 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.