Saint Raphael Kalinowski of Saint Joseph
OC: Optional Memory
Raphael Kalinowski was born to Polish parents in the city of Vilnius in 1835. Following military service, he was condemned in 1864 to ten years of forced labour in Siberia. In 1877 he became a Carmelite and was ordained a priest in 1882. He contributed greatly to the restoration of the Discalced Carmelites in Poland. His life was distinguished by zeal for Church unity and by his unflagging devotion to his ministry as confessor and spiritual director. He died in Wadowice in 1907.
Entrance Antiphon - Lk 4: 18,19
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor; to proclaim liberty to captives.
you made your Priest Saint Raphael strong in adversity and filled him with a great love in promoting Church unity.
Through his prayers make us strong in faith and in love for one another, that we too may generously work together
for the unity of all belvers in Christ. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns within you and the Holy Spirit. one God, for ever and ever.
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians - 3: 8-14
I am racing towards the finishing-point to win the prize of God's heavenly call in Christ Jesus.
I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For him I have accepted the loss of everything, and I look on everything as so much rubbish if only I can have Christ and be given a place in him. I am no longer trying for perfection by my own efforts, the perfection that comes from the Law, but I want only the perfection that comes through faith in Christ, and is from God and based on faith. All I want is to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and to share his sufferings by reproducing the pattern of his death. That is the way I can hope to take my place in the resurrection of th ead. Not that I have become perfect yet: I have not yet won, but I am still running, trying to capture the prize for which Christ Jesus captured me. I can assure you, my brothers, I am far from thinking that I have already won. All I can say is that I forget the past and I strain ahead for what is still to come; I am racing for the finish, for the prize to which God calls us upwards to receive in Christ Jesus.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 15: 1-2a, 5. 7-8. 11 R/. cf. v5
R/. You are all my inheritance, O Lord
Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.
I say to the Lord: 'You are my God'.
O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;
it is you yourself who are my prize. R/.
I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel,
who even at night directs my heart.
I keep the Lord ever in my sight:
since he is at my side I shall stand firm. R/.
You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence,
at your right hand happiness for ever. R/.
Alternative First Reading
A reading from the first book of the Kings 19:4-9.11-15
Stand on the mountain before the Lord.
Elijah went into the wilderness, a day's journey, and sitting under a furze bush wished he were dead. 'Lord,' he said, 'I have had enough. Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors'. Then he lay down and went to sleep. But an angel touched him and said, 'Get up and eat'. He looked round, and there at his head was a scone baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. But the angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, 'Get up and eat, or the journey will be too much for you'. So he got up and ate and drank, and strengthened by that food he walked for forty days and forty nights until he reached Horebthe mountain of God. There he went into the cave and spent the night in it. Then he was told, 'Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord'. Then the Lord himself went by. There came a mighty wind, so strong it tore the mountains and shattered the rocks before the Lord. But the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind came an earthquake. But the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire. But the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there came the sound of a gentle breeze. And when Elijah heard this, he covered his face with his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance to the cave. Then a voice came to him, which said, 'What are you doing here, Elijah?' He replied, 'I am filled with jealous zeal for the Lord of hosts, because the sons of Israel have deserted you, broken down your altars and put your prophets to the sword. I am the only one left and they want to kill me'. 'Go,' the Lord said, 'go back by the same way to h wilderness of Damascus'.
Alternative Responsorial Psalm (For use with alternative first reading) Ps. 14, 2-3ab. 3cd-4. 5 (R. cf. 1b)
R/. The just will live in the presence of the Lord.
Lord, who shall dwell on your holy mountain?
He who walks without fault;
he who acts with justice
and speaks the truth from his heart;
he who does not slander with his tongue. R/.
He who does no wrong to his brother,
who casts no slur on his neighbour,
who holds the godless in disdain,
but honours those who fear the Lord. R/.
He who keeps his pledge, come what may;
who takes no interest on a loan
and accepts no bribes against the innocent.
Such a man will stand firm for ever. R/.
Gospel Acclamation Jn 15:15b
I call you friends,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learned from my Father
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 15:9-17
I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learned from my Father.
Jesus said to his disciples:
'As the Father has loved me,
so I have loved you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments
you will remain in my love,
I have told you this
so that my own joy may be in you
and your joy may be complete.
This is my commandment:
love one another,
as I have loved you.
A man can have no greater love
than to lay down his life for his friends.
You are my friends,
if you do what I command you.
I shall not call you servants any more,
because a servant does not know
his master's business;
I call you friends,
becae I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.
You did not choose me,
no, I chose you;
and I commissioned you
to go out and to bear fruit,
fruit that will last;
and then the Father will give you
anything you ask him in my name.
What I command you
is to love one another'.
Prayer over the Gifts
God of mercy,
we offer you this memory of our salvation, to celebrate the feast of Saint Raphael, your Priest. May it be for all of us, a sign of unity, and strengthen your love within us. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Communion Antiphon - Mt 20: 28
The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Prayer after Communion
Lord, our God,
may the sacrament we have received strengthen your faithful to be united in their belief. For this Saint Raphael worked untiringly until the moment of death. We ask this through Christ our Lord.