Saint Andrew Corsini, Bishop
OCD: Optional Memory
Andrew was born at the beginning of the fourteenth century in Florence in Italy and entered the Carmelite Order there. He was elected provincial of Tuscany at the general chapter of Metz in 1348. He was made bishop of Fiesole on 13th October, 1349, and gave the Church a wonderful example of love, apostolic zeal, prudence and love for the poor. He died on 6th January, 1374.
Entrance Antiphon - Is 52:7
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the man who brings tidings of peace, joy and salvation.
God our Father, you reveal that those who work for peace will be called your children. Through the prayers of Saint Andrew Corsini, who excelled as a peacemaker, help us to work without ceasing for that justice which brings true and lasting peace. 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 prophet Isaiah - 61:1-3a
The Lord has anointed me, and sent me to bring good news to the poor.
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,
for the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring good news to the poor,
to bind up hearts that are broken;
to proclaim liberty to captives,
freedom to those in prison;
to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord,
a day of vengeance for our God,
to comfort all those who mourn and to give them
for ashes a garland;
for mourning robe the oil of gladness,
for despondency, praise.
The Word of the Lord.
Alternative First Reading
A reading from the Prophet Malachi - 2: 5-7a
He walked with me in integrity and virtue; he converted many from sinning.
The Lord says: 'My covenant was with him: it stood for life and peace, and these were what I gave him; it stood for fear and trembling, and he respected me and stood in awe of my name. The teaching of truth was in his mouth, falsehood was not to be found on his lips; he walked with me in integrity and virtue; he converted many from sinning. The lips of the priest ought to safeguard knowledge; his mouth is where instruction should be sought'.
Responsorial Psalm - Ps. 88:2-3,4-5,21-22,25&27
R/. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
R/. This is God's steward, who taught the doctrine of faith.
I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord;
through all the ages my mouth will proclaim your truth.
Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever,
that your truth is firmly established as the heavens. R/.
With my chosen one I have made a covenant;
I have sworn to David my servant:
I will establish your dynasty for ever
and set up your throne through all ages. R/.
I have found David my servant
and with my holy oil anointed him.
My hand shall always be with him
and my arm shall make him strong. R/.
My truth and my love shall be with him;
by my name his might is exalted.
He will say to me: "You are my father,
my God, the rock who saves me. R/.
Gospel Acclamation - Cf. Mt. 23:9a,10b
You have only one Father and he is in heaven;
you have only one teacher, and he is Christ.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew - 23:8-12
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Jesus said to his disciples: 'You must not allow yourselves to be called Rabbi, since you have only one Master, and you are all brothers. You must call no one on earth your father, since you have only one father and he is in heaven. Nor must you allow yourselves to be called teachers, for you have only one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted'.
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord, accept the gifts we bring to your altar in memory of Saint Andrew Corsini. As you led him to glory through these mysteries, grant us also your pardon and love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Communion Antiphon - Job 29:15-16
I was eyes for the blind and feet for the lame. I was a father to the poor, and listened to the plea of the stranger.
Prayer after Communion
God of all mercy, strengthen with your peace the people you have fed with the bread of heaven. Through the prayers of your bishop Saint Andrew Corsini bring them at last to their eternal rest. We ask this through Christ our Lord.