Introit

Introit
Traditional Mass

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Impression of the Stigmata of St. Francis, Saint Hildegarde of Bingen (1179 A.D.)


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THE IMPRESSION OF THE
STIGMATA OF SAINT FRANCIS

Confessor


 
 SAINT HILDEGARDE 

DOUBLE / WHITE

In 1224, two years before his death, three years after he had laid down active leadership of his order, Francis of Assisi received the greatest gift of his singularly blessed life -- the Stigmata. During the course of a 40-day fast on Mount Alvernia in honor of St. Michael, Francis was visited by a dazzling seraphic figure whose feet and hands were nailed to a cross -- to indicate to Francis that the martyrdom he yearned for would be of the mystical, rather than the physical order. He was then afflicted with the five wounds of the Crucifixion, and bore their sufferings until his death.


INTROIT 
Gal. 6:14
 But as for me, God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world.
Ps. 141:2.
 With a loud voice I cried out to the Lord, with a loud voice I pleaded with the Lord.
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. Glory be . . .

COLLECT

O Lord Jesus Christ, You reproduced the sacred marks of Your suffering in the body of the most blessed Francis in order that Your love might set our hearts afire in a world that has grown cold. may the merits and prayers of saint Francis help us to bear our cross and win forgiveness through true repentance; who lives and rules with God the Father . . .


Commemoration of SAINT HILDEGARDE

Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) whom the Church raises up for us is a remarkable woman: deeply committed to seeking God, a friend of the Lord, and a pastor of souls. In her era she lived to almost 80 years, a rare age then and as it echoes the psalmsist. One point of context: Hildegard was born in the year that the Cistercian reform of monasticism was born. She is remembered for being an abbess, a reformer, a theologian, a singer-songwriter, a mystic, a biologist, an environmentalist, and a dialogue partner with world leaders.  

O God,
Who did adorn blessed Hildegard, Thy virgin,
with heavenly gifts; we beseech Thee, grant that following her example and teaching, we may deserve to pass from darkness of this present world into the gladdening light of Thy presence.

 EPISTLE  Gal. 6:14-18
Brethren: But as for me, God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision: but a new creature. And whosoever shall follow this rule, peace on them and mercy: and upon the Israel of God. From henceforth let no man be troublesome to me: for I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus in my body. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.


GRADUAL 
Ps. 36:30-31
The mouth of the just man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justly.

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. The law of God is in his heart, and his steps do not falter.

Alleluia, alleluia! 
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The poor and humble Francis enters heaven a rich man, and is welcomed with heavenly music. Alleluia!


GOSPEL 
Matt. 16:24-27
At that time, Jesus said to his disciples: 
"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it. For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then will he render to every man according to his works."

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON

My truth and My mercy shall be with him; and in My name shall his power be exalted.


SECRET 

Bless the gifts we offer to You, O Lord, and cleanse us from all stain of sin through the intercession of blessed Francis. Through our Lord . . .



Commemoration of SAINT HILDEGARDE
Lord,
may the gifts we bring You help us follow the example of Saint Hildegard. Cleanse us from our earthly way of life, and teach us to live the new life of your kingdom. 


COMMUNION ANTIPHON  Luke 12:42
This is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master has set over his household to give them their ration of grain in due time.


POSTCOMMUNION 

O God, in many ways You displayed the wondrous mystery of redemption in Your blessed confessor Francis. Grant that we may imitate his devotedness to the cross and find our strength by constantly meditating upon it. Through our Lord . . .


Commemoration of SAINT HILDEGARDE
Lord,
may our reception of the body and blood of Your Son keep us from harmful things. Help us by the example of Saint Hildegard to grow in Your love on earth that we may rejoice for ever in heaven.
 

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