Traditional Mass

Wednesday, April 02, 2008


When Francis left home in 15th century Paula (Italy) to live as a hermit, disciples soon gathered round him, to form an austere religious order, the Minim Friars, or Minims. Francis had the gifts of miracles and prophecy, and led many sinners to repentance. When Louis XI, the "Spider King" of France, was dying, he sent for Francis to cure him. Francis did not save his life, but wrought a profound change of heart in him, and Louis died in his arms. In gratitude his son Charles VIII honored and consulted him, and generously supported the order.

Mass of a CONFESSOR OF THE FAITH, except

O God, you are the reward of the humble; You crowned the blessed confessor Francis with the glory of sainthood. Through his merits and prayers let us obtain the happiness You promised to those who are humble of heart. Through our Lord . . .

EPISTLE Philipp. 3:7-12
But the things that were gain to me, the same I have counted loss for Christ. Furthermore, I count all things to be but loss for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ, my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them but as dung, that I may gain Christ. And may be found in him, not having my justice, which is of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus, which is of God: justice in faith. That I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings: being made conformable to his death, If by any means I may attain to the resurrection which is from the dead. Not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect: but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend, wherein I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus.

O Lord, may these gifts, which Your devoted people have placed upon Your altar, please You through the merits of blessed Francis. Mercifully grant that they may aid our salvation. Through our Lord . . .

The Preface for Easter is said.

O Lord, may this Sacrament of Heaven which we have received help us in this life and in the life to come through the intercession of Your blessed confessor Francis. Through our Lord . . .