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11th December - St Maria Maravillas of Jesus
Virgin

OCD: Optional memory
 

She was born at Madrid in 1891. She entered the El Escorial Carmel, Madrid on 12th October 1919. In 1924 she was inspired to found a Carmel at Cerro de los Angeles, alongside the monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. From this foundation followed nine others in Spain and one in India. She always gave first place to prayer and self-sacrifice. She had a true, passionate zeal for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. Even while living a life of poverty in the cloister she helped those who were in need, initiating apostolic, social and charitable works. In a particular way she helped those of her own order, priests, and other religious congregations. She died in the monastery of La Aldehuela, Madrid, on 11th December 1974.


 

Entrance Antiphon - Ps 45:15b-16
She is led to the king with her virgin companions. They are escorted with gladness and joy; they enter the palace of the king.

Opening Prayer
Lord God,
who drew St Maria Maravillas of Jesus into the secrets of the heart of your Son, grant through her intercession and example, that we may work together for the salvation of souls, experiencing the delights of your love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God for ever and ever.

Prayer over the Gifts
Lord God,
who drew St Maria Maravillas of Jesus into the secrets of the heart of your Son, grant through her intercession and example, that we may work together for the salvation of souls, experiencing the delights of your love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God for ever and ever.

Communion Antiphon - Rev 21:3a-c
I heard a loud voice speaking from the throne: Here God lives among men, and he shall dwell with them.

Prayer after Communion
Lord God,
may this eucharist renew our courage and strength. May we remain close to you, like Blessed Maria Maravillas of Jesus by accepting in our lives a share in the suffering of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever.