26th August Transverberation of Saint Teresa of Jesus
OCD Nuns: Memory
Others: Optional Memory
'The chief among Teresa's virtues was the love of God, which our Lord Jesus Christ increased by means of many visions and revelations. He made her his spouse on one occasion. At other times she saw an angel with a flaming dart piercing her heart. Through these heavenly gifts the flame of divine love in her heart became so strong that, inspired by God, she made the extremely difficult vow of always doing what seemed to her most prefect and most conducive to God's glory' (Gregory XV in the Bull of Canonisation).
Entrance Antiphon - Rom 5:5
The love of God has been poured into our hearts by his Spirit living in us.
you filled the heart
of Saint Teresa of Jesus, our Mother,
with the fire of your love
and gave her strength to undertake difficult tasks
for the honour of your name.
Through her prayers
may the power of your love fill our hearts also
and stir us to ever more generous efforts in your service.
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 first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians - 31; 13: 1-10, 12-13
Love does not come to an end.
Be ambitious for the higher gifts. And I am going to show you a way that is better than any of them.
If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. If Iave the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fulness, to move mountains, but without love, then I am nothing at all. If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it, but am without love, it will do me no good whatever.
Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous; love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offence, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people's sins but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.
Love does not come to an end. But if there are gifts of prophecy, the time will come when they must fail; or the gift of languages, it will not continue for ever; and knowledge-for this, too, the time will come when it must fail. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophesying is imperfect; but once perfection comes, all imperfect thig will disappear. Now we are seeing a dim reflection in a mirror; but then we shall be seeing face to face. The knowledge that I have now is imperfect; but then I shall know as fully as I am known.
In short, there are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.
Responsorial Psalm - Ps. 39:2 and 4ab, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R. 1 Sam.2, 1a)
R/. My heart rejoices in the Lord.
I waited, I waited for the Lord
and he stooped down to me;
he heard my cry.
He put a new song into my mouth,
praise of our God. R/.
You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings,
but an open ear,
You do not ask for holocaust and victim.
Instead, here am I. R/.
In the scroll of the book it stands written
that I should do your will.
My God, I delight in your law
in the depth of my heart. R/.
Your justice I have proclaimed
in the great assembly.
My lips I have not sealed;
you know it, O Lord. R/.
Gospel Acclamation - 1 Jn 4:7
Every one who loves is born of God,
and knows God.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John - 14:23-27
We shall make our home with him.
Jesus said to his disciples:
'If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him
and make our home with him.
Those who do not love me do not keep my words.
And my word is not my own:
it is the word of the one who sent me.
I have said these things to you
while still with you;
but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all I have said to you.
Peace I bequeath to you,
my own peace I give you,
a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid'.
Prayer over the Gifts
we offer you this victim of charity.
May he kindle in us a love as intense
as that which led Saint Teresa of Jesus
to offer herself a living sacrifice for the Church.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Priest: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
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 to give him thanks and praise.
Christ, Source Of All Holiness
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
and to praise you for your gifts
as we contemplate your saints in glory.
In celebrating the memory of St Teresa
it is our special joy to sing with her
the praises of your mercy.
You are the true and living God:
in your goodness and wisdom
you fill with your presence all things cated;
and your grace brings you to dwell in our hearts.
Christ, assuming flesh, has shown us
that your love is unbounded.
He has made himself our companion in weakness
and our light in darkness;
he has taught us to speak with you, our Father,
as your children;
he has become for our souls a friend and a bridegroom,
and for your Church an everlasting spring of holiness.
Earth unites with heaven to sing
the new song of creation
as we adore and praise you for ever:
Saint Teresa's Charism In The Church
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
as we honour Saint Teresa,
on whom you bestowed such gifts of nature and grace.
You espoused her to Christ, her divine friend,
who taught her to be zealous in prayer and penance
for the unity and the holiness of the Church.
You endowed her with the wisdom of the saints
to be our guide on the way of perfection,
and the spirita mother of a new family in Carmel.
In our joy we sing to your glory
with all the choirs of angels:
Holy, holy, holy...
Communion Antiphon - Lk 12:49
I have come to bring fire to the earth. How I wish it were already blazing!
Prayer after Communion
pour into our hearts the Spirit of your love.
Through the heavenly bread you have given us
on this feast of our Mother Saint Teresa of Jesus
may we grow in friendship with you
and spread the fire of charity
throughout the world.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Office of Readings
Second Reading - A reading from "The Living Flame of Love" by St. John of the Cross
As Moses declares in Deuteronomy, 'Our Lord is a consuming fire,' that is, a fire of love, which being of infinite power, can inestimably consume and transform into itself the soul it touches. Yet He burns each soul according to its preparation: He will burn one more, another less, and this He does in so far as He desires, and how and when He desires. When He wills to touch somewhat vehemently, the soul's burning reaches such a high degree of love that it seems to surpass that of all the fires of the world: for He is an infinite fire of love. Because the soul in this case is entirely transformed by the Divine Flame, it not only feels a cautery, but has become a cautery of blazing fire.
It is a wonderful thing and worth relating that, since this fire of God is so mighty it would consume a thousand worlds more easily than the fire of this earth would burn up a straw, it does not consume and destroy the soul to which it so burns. And it does not afflict it: rather, commensurate with the strength of the love, it divinizes and delights it, burning gently.
Since God's purpose in granting these communications is to exalt the soul, He does not weary and restrict it, but enlarges and delights it, brightens and enriches it.
The happy soul that by great fortune reaches this cautery knows all things, tastes all things, does all it wishes, and prospers; no one prevails before it and nothing touches it. This is the soul of which the Apostle speaks: 'The spiritual man judges all things and he is judged by no one.' And again: 'The spirit searches out all things, unto the deep things of God.'
It will happen that while the soul is inflamed with the love of God, it will feel that a seraph is assailing it by means of an arrow or dart which is all afire with love. And the seraph pierces and in an instant cauterizes this soul which, like a red-hot coal, or better a flame, is already enkindled. The soul is converted into an immense fire of love.
Few persons have reached these heights. Some have, however; especially those whose virtue and spirit were to be diffused among their children. For God accords to founders, with respect to the first fruits of the spirit, wealth and value commensurate with the greater or lesser following they will have in their doctrine and spirituality.
O happy wound, wrought by one who knows only how to heal! O fortunate and choicest wound; you were made only for delight, and the quality of your affliction is delight and gratification for the wounded soul! You are great, O delightful wound, because He who caused you is great!
And your delight is great, because the fire of love is infinite. O, then, delightful wound, so much more sublimely delightful the more the cautery touched the intimate centre of the substance of the soul, burning all that was burnable in order to give delight to all that could be delighted!
R/. The Lord our God is one Lord. * You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.
V/. The Lord your God is a consuming fire, * You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.
In my heart was the likeness of a burning fire, imprisoned in my bones; and I was scarcely able to bear it.
Let my heart rejoice in Your salvation; let me sing to the Lord for His goodness to me.