Blessed Josepha Naval Girbes

6th November
Blessed Josepha Naval Girbes

OCD: Optional Memory

Josepha Naval Girbes was born at Algemesi in the Archdiocese of Valencia, Spain, on 11th December, 1820. As a very young woman she consecrated herself to the Lord by a perpetual vow of chastity. Josepha's life was simple. She stood out for her ardent love, and she made progress along the way of prayer and evangelical perfection while dedicating herself generously to apostolic works in her parish community. In her own time she opened a school where she taught needlework, prayer, and the evangelical virtues. She formed many young girls and women and shared with them her wisdom and spiritual understanding. She was a member of the Third Order Secular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Teresa of Jesus and had a special love for the Virgin Mother of God. Her holy death took place on 24th February, 1893. She is buried in her parish church of St James in her native city.

Entrance Antiphon - Mt 25:1
Here is a wise and faithful virgin who went with lighted lamp to meet her Lord.

Opening Prayer
O God,
through the new leaven of the Gospel,
you call men and women and empower them
to serve you faithfully in secular life.
Grant that they may fervently imitate 
the example of Blessed Josepha,
and, through her intercession,
work tirelessly as true Christians to build up your kingdom
by fulfilling their duties in the world.
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 - 1, 26-31
God chose what is foolish by human reckoning.
Take yourselves, brothers, at the time when you were called: how many of you were wise in the ordinary sense of the word, how many were influential people, or came from noble families? No, it was to sme the wise that God chose what is foolish by human reckoning, and to shame what is strong that he chose what is weak by human reckoning; those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones that God has chosen-those who are nothing at all to show up those who are everything. The human race has nothing to boast about to God, but you, God has made members of Christ Jesus and by God's doing he has become our wisdom, and our virtue, and our holiness, and our freedom. As scripture says; if anyone wants to boast, let him boast about the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm - Ps. 130 
R/. Keep my soul in peace before you, O Lord.

Lord, my heart is not proud
nor haughty my eyes.
I have not gone after things too great
nor marvels beyond me. R/. 

Truly I have set my soul
in silence and peace.
A weaned child on its mother's breast,
even so is my soul. R/. 

O Israel, hope in the Lord
both now and for ever. R/. 

- cf. Mt 11, 25
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Blessed are you, Father,
Lord of heaven and earth,
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom
to mere children.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew - 11:25-30
You have hidden these things from the learned and have revealed them to mere children.
Jesus exclaimed, 'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

'Come to me, all you who labour and are over burdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, y oke is easy and my burden light'

Prayer over the Gifts
we see the wonder of your love
in the life of the virgin Josepha
and her witness to Christ.
Accept our gifts of praise
and make our offering pleasing to you.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. 

Communion Antiphon Mt 25:5
The bridegroom is here; let us go out to meet Christ the Lord.

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