Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul, priest (†1660). Becoming established in Paris, he dedicated himself entirely to the apostolate with the poor. He founded the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists) and, together with St. Louise de Marillac, the Daughters of Charity.
Other featured Saints
St. Bonfilius, bishop (†c.1115). After having governed the see of Foligno, Italy, he spent ten years in the Holy Land; upon his return he retired to the monastery of Storaco, where he died.
St. Elzear of Sabran (†1323). Baron of Ansouis, commander of troops, defender of the Pope, he, together with Blessed Delphie, his spouse, preserved his virginity and practised all the virtues, following the rule of the Franciscan Third Order.
Sts. Adolphus and John, martrys (+824). They were the sons of a Muslim and a Christian. For refusing to renounce their Faith, the were martyred in Cordoba during the reign of Abd al-Rahman II.
St. Hiltrude, virgin (†c.800). She consecrated herself to God and spent seventeen years in recollection near the Benedictine abbey of Liesseis, France, of which her brother was abbot.
Blessed Lawrence of Ripafratta, priest (†1456). Dominican religious of the monastery of Pistoia, Italy, who observed religious discipline for sixty years and dedicated himself to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Blessed Jean-Baptiste Laborier du Vivier, deacon and martyr (†1794). During the French Revolution, he was condemned to cruel captivity on a ship in the harbour of Rochefort, where he died from illness resulting from the deplorable conditions.
First Reading – Zec 8:1-8
This word of the LORD of hosts came:
Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am intensely jealous for Zion, stirred to jealous wrath for her. Thus says the LORD: I will return to Zion, and I will dwell within Jerusalem; Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts, the holy mountain. Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women, each with staff in hand because of old age, shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem. The city shall be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets. Thus says the LORD of hosts: Even if this should seem impossible in the eyes of the remnant of this people, shall it in those days be impossible in my eyes also, says the LORD of hosts? Thus says the LORD of hosts: Lo, I will rescue my people from the land of the rising sun, and from the land of the setting sun. I will bring them back to dwell within Jerusalem. They shall be my people, and I will be their God, with faithfulness and justice.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23(R.17)
R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.
The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,
When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
and appeared in his glory;
When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
and not despised their prayer. R.
Let this be written for the generation to come,
and let his future creatures praise the Lord:
“The LORD looked down from his holy height,
from heaven he beheld the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
to release those doomed to die.” R.
The children of your servants shall abide,
and their posterity shall continue in your presence.
That the name of the LORD may be declared in Zion;
and his praise, in Jerusalem,
When the peoples gather together,
and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD. R.
Gospel –Lk 9:46-50
An argument arose among the disciples
about which of them was the greatest.
Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child
and placed it by his side and said to them,
“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
For the one who is least among all of you
is the one who is the greatest.”
Then John said in reply,
“Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name
and we tried to prevent him
because he does not follow in our company.”
Jesus said to him,
“Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”