Blessed Francis Palau y Quer

7th November
Blessed Francis Palau y Quer

OCD: Optional Memory

Born in Aytona, Lerida, Spain, on 29th December, 1811, Blessed Francis Palau y Quer entered the Order in 1832 and was ordained priest in 1836. Civil turmoil forced him to live in exile and outside his community. On his return to Spain in 1851, he founded his "School of Virtue"-which was a model of catechetical teaching-at Barcelona. The school was suppressed and he was unjustly exiled in Ibiza (1854-1860) where he lived at El Vedra in solitude and experienced mystically the vicissitudes of the Church. While in the Balearic Islands he founded the Congregations of Carmelite Brothers and Carmelite Sisters (1860-1861). He preached popular missions and spread love for Our Lady wherever he went. He died at Tarragona on 20th March, 1872, and was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 24th April, 1980.

Entrance Antiphon - Is 52:7
How beautiful on the mountains, are the feet of one who brings good news, who heralds peace, brings happiness, proclaims salvation.

Opening Prayer
O God,
through your Spirit
you filled Blessed Francis your Priest with singular gifts of prayer and apostolic charity.
Through his intercession
grant that Christ's beloved Church,
refulgent with the beauty of the Virgin Mother Mary,
may be an ever more effective universal sacrament of salvation.
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.

Prayer over the Gifts
Almighty God,
look upon the gifts we bring on this feast
in honour of Blessed Francis.
May we who celebrate the mystery of the death of the Lord
imitate the love we celebrate.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon - Col 1:24
It makes me happy to suffer for you, as I am suffering now, and in my own body to do what I can to make up all that has still to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church.

Prayer after Communion
Lord God,
Blessed Francis loved you
and gave himself completely in the service of your Church.
May the eucharist awaken in us that same love.