Blessed Anne of Saint Bartholomew, Virgin
Ana Gracie was born at Almendral, Castille, in 1549. In 1572 she made her profession as a Carmelite in the hands of St Teresa, at St Joseph's, Avila. The saint later chose her as her companion and nurse, and she subsequently brought the Teresian spirit to France and Belgium, where she proved herself, like Teresa, a daughter of the Church in her great zeal for the salvation of souls. She died at Antwerp in 1626.
Entrance Antiphon - Ps 148:12-14
Let virgins praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is supreme; its majesty outshines both earth and heaven. (Alleluia).
Father, rewarder of the humble, you blessed your servant Anne of Saint Bartholomew with outstanding charity and patience. May her prayers help us, and her example inspire us, to carry our cross and be faithful in loving you and others for your sake. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Colossians - 3:12-17
Over all, to keep them together and complete them, put on love.
You are God's chosen race, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same. Over all these clothes, to keep them together and complete them, put on love. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together as parts of one body. Always be thankful. Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you. Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God; and never say or do anything except in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Responsorial Psalm - Ps: 33:2-11
R/. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
I will bless the Lord at all times,
his praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble shall hear and be glad. R/.
Glorify the Lord with me.
Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
from all my terrors he set me free. R/.
Look towards him and be radiant;
let your faces not be abashed.
This poor man called; the Lord heard him
and rescued him from all his distress. R/.
The angel of the lord is encamped
around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
He is happy who seeks refuge in him. R/.
Revere the Lord, you his saints.
They lack nothing, those who revere him.
Strong lions suffer want and go hungry
but those who fear the Lord lack no blessing. R/.
Gospel Acclamation - Mt. 23: 11-12
Whoever is greatest among you shall be your servant,
and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 18:1-4
Unless you become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
The disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' so he called a little child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, ‘I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven'.
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord, may the sacrifice we offer you make us obedient like your Son so that we may not fear even to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Communion Antiphon - Mt 5:3
Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs! (Alleluia).
Prayer after Communion
Lord, you have fed us with bread from your heavenly table. Strengthened by this food of your love may our hearts be moved to serve you in our brothers and sisters. Grant this through Christ our Lord.