Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Heart of Mary, first mentioned in Scripture, was ever immaculate, for in it the Blood of Jesus, price of our Redemption was to be formed. Aflame with divine love, She hastened by her desires the salvation of the world. In Fatima, Our Lady promised: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
First Reading – Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19
The Lord has consumed without pity all the dwellings of Jacob; He has torn down in his anger the fortresses of daughter Judah; He has brought to the ground in dishonor her king and her princes. On the ground in silence sit the old men of daughter Zion; They strew dust on their heads and gird themselves with sackcloth; The maidens of Jerusalem bow their heads to the ground. Worn out from weeping are my eyes, within me all is in ferment; My gall is poured out on the ground because of the downfall of the daughter of my people, As child and infant faint away in the open spaces of the town. In vain they ask their mothers, “Where is the grain?” As they faint away like the wounded in the streets of the city, And breathe their last in their mothers’ arms. To what can I liken or compare you, O daughter Jerusalem? What example can I show you for your comfort, virgin daughter Zion? For great as the sea is your downfall; who can heal you? Your prophets had for you false and specious visions; They did not lay bare your guilt, to avert your fate; They beheld for you in vision false and misleading portents. Cry out to the Lord; moan, O daughter Zion! Let your tears flow like a torrent day and night; Let there be no respite for you, no repose for your eyes. Rise up, shrill in the night, at the beginning of every watch; Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord; Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your little ones Who faint from hunger at the corner of every street.
Responsorial Psalm – 74:1b-2, 3-5, 6-7, 20-21 (R.19b)
R. Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.
Why, O God, have you cast us off forever?
Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?
Remember your flock which you built up of old,
the tribe you redeemed as your inheritance,
Mount Zion, where you took up your abode. R.
Turn your steps toward the utter ruins;
toward all the damage the enemy has done in the sanctuary.
Your foes roar triumphantly in your shrine;
they have set up their tokens of victory.
They are like men coming up with axes to a clump of trees. R.
With chisel and hammer they hack at all the paneling of the sanctuary.
They set your sanctuary on fire;
the place where your name abides they have razed and profaned. R.
Look to your covenant,
for the hiding places in the land and the plains are full of violence.
May the humble not retire in confusion;
may the afflicted and the poor praise your name. R.
Gospel – Lk 2:41-51
Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
St. Adalbert, deacon and abbot (†740). Born in Northumbria, England, became a disciple of St. Willibrord, and accompanied on mission to Friesland (present-day Holland) and evangelized the Egmond region with great success.
St. Eurosia – Church of Santa Maria – Sádaba – Spain
St. Eurosia, virgin and martyr (†c. 714). Princess of Bohemia who, according to tradition, was promised in marriage to the prince of the throne of Aragon and Navarre in Spain, but was attacked close to Jaca by Moors, and died confessing her Faith.
St. Maximus of Turin, bishop. († fifth century). Renowned preacher and prolific theological author. He participated in the Synod of Milan in 451 and in the Council of Rome in 465.
St. William of Vercelli, abbot (†1142). Tireless apostle of prayer life and contemplation, he founded numerous monasteries in southern Italy and died in Goleto.
St. Prosper of Aquitaine, monk (†circa 463). Fought against the Semipelagian heretics. He authored several theological works defending Augustinian doctrine on grace and the gift of perseverance. He served as chancellor to Pope St. Leo the Great.
Blessed John of Spain, monk (†1160). Born in Spain, he was the founder and first prior of the Chartreuse of Le Reposoir, Switzerland. At the request of the Superior General, Saint Anselm, he established the feminine branch.
St. Solomon III, martyr (+874). As King of Brittany, he upheld justice, favouring the construction of monasteries and the erection of Episcopal Sees in his kingdom. Having abdicated, he was blinded and killed in a church by his enemies.
Blessed Marie Lhuillier, virgin and martyr (†1794). Religious from the Canons Regular Hospitallers of the Mercy of Jesus, beheaded during the French Revolution in Laval, France, for her unwavering fidelity to the religious vows.
Blessed Dorothy of Montau, widow (†1394). After the death of her husband, she withdrew to a cell beside the Cathedral of Marienwerder, in Germany to dedicated herself to a life of prayer and penance.