Blesseds Denis and Redemptus
OC: Optional Memory
Denis of the Nativity, a priest, whose secular name was Pierre Berthelot, was born in Honfleur in France in 1600. He was a cartographer and naval commander for the kings of Portugal and France before he joined the Discalced Carmelites in Goa in 1635; it was also at Goa that the Portuguese lay brother, Thomas Rodriguez da Cunha, born in 1598, had made his profession in 1615, taking the name Redemptus of the Cross. They were sent to the island of Sumatra, where, in the town of Achen, they received the martyr's crown on 29th November, 1638.
The saints are happy in heaven because they followed Christ. They rejoice with him for ever because they shed their blood for love of him.
we celebrate the memory of Blessed Denis and Redemptus who died for their faithful witnessing to Christ. Give us the strength to follow their example, loyal and faithful to the end. 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 - 5:1-5
We can boast about our sufferings.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, by faith we are judged righteous and at peace with God, since it is by faith and through Jesus that we have entered this state of grace in which we can boast about looking forward to God's glory.
But this is not all we can boast about; we can boast about our sufferings. These sufferings bring patience, as we know, and patience brings perseverance, and perseverance brings hope, and this hope is not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us.
Responsorial Psalm - Ps 123:2-3, 4-5, 7b-8 (R.8a)
R/. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
If the Lord had not been on my side
when men rose against us,
then would they have swallowed us alive
when their anger was kindled. R/.
Then would the waters have engulfed us,
the torrent gone over us;
over our head would have swept
the raging waters. R/.
Indeed the snare has been broken
and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the lord,
who made heaven and earth. R/.
Gospel Acclamation - Jn:12:24
If you are reproached for the name of Christ,
count yourself blessed,
for then the spirit of God rests on you.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John - 12,24-26
If a wheat grain dies it yields a rich harvest.
Jesus said to his disciples:
'I tell you most solemnly,
unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies,
it remains only a single grain;
but if it dies,
it yields a rich harvest.
Anyone who loves his life loses it;
anyone who hates his life in this world
will keep it to eternal life.
If a man serves me, he must follow me,
wherever I am, my servant will be there too.
If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him'.
Prayer over the Gifts
at this celebration of the eucharist we honour the suffering and death of your martyrs Blessed Denis and Redemptus.
In offering this sacrifice may we proclaim the death of your Son who gave these martyrs courage not only by his wounds but also by the example of his own passion, for he is Lord for ever and ever.
Communion Antiphon - Mk 8:35
Whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel, says the Lord, will save it.
Prayer after Communion
may we who eat at your holy table be inspired by the example of Blessed Denis and Redemptus. May we keep before us the loving sacrifice of your Son, and come to the unending peace of your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord.