|St Nuno Alvares Pereira|
1st April - St Nuno Alvares Pereira - Religious
Nuno was born in 1360, and for many years pursued a military career, becoming the champion of Portuguese independence. After the death of his wife, he joined the Order as a brother in 1423 at the monastery of Lisbon, which he had founded himself, and took the name Nuno of Saint Mary. There he lived until his death in 1431. He was noted for his prayer, his practice of penance, and his filial devotion to the Mother of God.
Entrance Antiphon - 2 Cor 10:4a,5b
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians - 6:10-18b
Grow strong in the Lord, with the strength of his power. Put Gods armour on so as to be able to resist the devils tactics. For it is not against human enemies that we have to struggle, but against the Sovereignties and the Powers who originate the darkness in this world, the spiritual army of evil in the heavens. That is why you must rely on Gods armour, or you will not be able to put up any resistance when the worst happens, or have enough resources to hold your ground.
Responsorial Psalm- Ps. 111:1-2,3-4,5-7a,7b-8,9.(R 1a)
Happy the man who fears the Lord,
Riches and wealth are in his house;
The good man takes pity and lends,
With a firm heart he trusts in the Lord;
Open-handed he gives to the poor;
Gospel Acclamation - Mt 5:3
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke - 14:25-33
Great crowds accompanied Jesus on his way and he turned and spoke to them. If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple. Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. And indeed, which of you here, intending to bulda tower, would not first sit down and work out the cost to see if he had enough to complete it? Otherwise, if he laid the foundation and then found himself unable to finish the work, the onlookers would all start making fun of him and saying, "Here is a man who started to build and was unable to finish". Or again, what king marching to war against another king would not first sit down and consider whether with ten thousand men he could stand up to the other who advanced against him with twenty thousand? If not, then while the other king was still a long way off, he would send envoys to sue for peace. So in the same way, none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions.
Prayer over the Gifts
Communion Antiphon - Mt 19:27-29
Prayer after Communion