Introit

Introit
Traditional Mass

Friday, March 09, 2007



SAINT FRANCES OF ROME

Frances was born in Rome in 1384. When she was thirteen years of age, her parents married her to Lorenzo Ponziano, a man of outstanding virtue. Frances brought up her children in the love and fear of God. She was zealous in the performance of every household duty, saying, "A married woman must often leave God at the altar to find Him in her domestic cares." While her husband was still living, she founded an order of Oblates affiliated with the Benedictines; and when she became a widow she was elected superior of those religious women. Frances died on March 9, 1440, her face radiant with an unearthly glory.

Mass of a
HOLY WOMAN, except

PRAYER
O God, among the many gifts of grace You bestowed on Your blessed servant Frances, You granted her an intimate friendship with an angel. May we be worthy of fellowship with the angels through her intercession. Through Our Lord . . .

Commemoration of FRIDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK IN LENT
O Almighty God, cleanse us by this holy fast, so that we may celebrate the coming feast with pure hearts. Through Our Lord . . .