14th November All Carmelite Saints

Feast

Throughout history, the Carmelite Order has been blessed with men and women outstanding in zeal for God & the spread of His Word wherever they have found themselves. Some of these have been elevated by the Church to the ranks of the Blesseds and Saints.  Today we celebrate their lives and their contribution to the Church.

 

 

 

 

 


Mass of Feastday

Entrance Antiphon Is 56:7a,c
I will bring them to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; for my house is a house of prayer for all the peoples.

Opening Prayer
Lord,
may the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, and the prayers of all the Saints of Carmel help us to walk steadfastly in their footsteps, and by our prayers and good works to further the cause of your Church. 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 letter of St Paul to the Romans 8:28-35. 37-39 31-39
Neither death nor life can ever come between us and the love of God.
We know that by turning everything to their good God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those that he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this, those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.
After saying this what can we add? With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give.
Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us--he rose from the dead, and there at God's right hand he stands and pleads for us.
Nothing therefore can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. As scripture promised: For your sake we are being massacred daily, and reckoned as sheep for the slaughter. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us.
For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Responsorial Psalm Ps. 23:3-4, 5-6(R. cf.6)
R/. Lord, this is the people that seeks your face.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord.?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things,
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbour. R/.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him,
seek the face of the God of Jacob. R/.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, Alleluia!
This is the true family
that has overcome the sins of the world.
By following Christ
it entered the glorious kingdom of heaven.
Alleluia!

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 5:1-12
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:
'How happy are the poor in spirit;
their is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle:
they have the earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn:
they shall be comforted.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right:
they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful:
they shall have mercy shown them.
Happy the pure in heart:
they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers:
they shall be called sons of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right:
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven'.

Prayer over the Gifts
Lord,
may the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, and the prayers of all the Saints of Carmel help us to walk steadfastly in their footsteps, and by our prayers and good works to further the cause of your Church. 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.

Communion Antiphon Heb 12:1-2
With such a cloud of witnesses around us, let us steadfastly run the race that lies before us, our eyes fixed on Jesus who inspires and perfects our faith.

Prayer after Communion
God our Father,
Christ the living bread renews us. Let Christ, our teacher of perfection, instruct us. Following the example of the Saints of Carmel may we unceasingly contemplate you with Christ and be ready to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters with him who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever.

Solemn Prayer or Prayer over the People
Bow your heads and pray for God's blessing
May God, who set apart the Carmelite Order
for the honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
clothe you with her virtues
and make you worthy of her service.
R/. Amen
May he who endowed Carmel
with the spirit of the prophet Elijah
make you fervent in prayer
and zealous for his honour.
R/. Amen
May he who blessed Carmel
with a host of saintly sons and daughters
make you their worthy brothers and sisters on earth
and partakers of their everlasting fellowship in heaven.
R/. Amen
May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
R/. Amen