17th Sept - St Albert of Jerusalem - Bishop & Lawgiver of Carmel
Albert Avogadoro was born about the middle of the twelfth century in Castel Gualteri in Italy. He become a Canon Regular of the Holy Cross at Mortara and was elected their prior in 1180. Name Bishop of Bobbio in 1184, and of Vercelli in 1185, he was made Patriarch of Jerusalem in 1205. There, in word and example, he was the model of a good pastor and peacemaker. While he was Patriach (1206-1214) he united the hermits of Mount Carmel into one community and wrote a Rule for them. He was murdered at Acre on 14th September 1214.
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Mass of feastday
Entrance Antiphon (Jos 1:8)
The book of the law must be ever on your lips; reflect on it day and night, and take care to do all it commands.
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians (6:10-18h)
Grow strong in the Lord, with the strength of his power. Put God's armor on so as to be able to reist the devil's tactics. For it is not against human enemies that we have to struggle, but against the Sovereignties and the poweres who originate the darkness of this world, the spiritual army of evil in the heavens. This is why you must rely on God's armour, or you will not be able to put up any resitance when the worst happens, or have enough resources to hold your ground.
So stand your ground, with truth buckled round your wast, and integrity for a breatplate, wearing for shoes on your feet the eagerness to spread the gogspel of peace and always carrying the shelild of faith so that you can use it to put out the burning arrows of the evil one. And the you must accept salvation from God to be your helmet and receive the word of God from the Spirit to use as a sword. Pray all the time, asking for what you need, praying in the Spirit on every possible occasion.
This is the word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm (Ps 118:98, 101-102, 103 and 105, 111 and 125, 129-130 (R.105)
R/. Your word is a light for my path.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (20:25-28)
Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 'You know that among the pagans the rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No' anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among your must be your slave, just as the Son of Many came not to be served but to serve, and tot give his live as a ransom for many.'
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Prayer over the Gifits
Christ is your only teacher; and all of you are brothers and sisters. (Mt 23:10,8)
Prayer after Communion