WEEK OF ADVENT I
Commemoration of St. Francis Xavier
Francis Xavier, missionary to the Indies and to Japan, one of the greatest Christian missionaries, was born in Spain in 1506. He met Ignatius Loyola at the University of Paris, and they with five others took vows to follow Christ in poverty and chastity and to evangelize the heathen. All seven were ordained priests in 1537. Francis went to Goa, India, Ceylon, and Japan. In 1552 he set out for China but fell ill and died before he could enter that country.
In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
In the morning: Psalm 147:13-21
In the evening: Psalm 126
One or more of the following lessons:
In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus
In the evening: Magnificat
Prayer of the Day
Stir up your power, O Lord, and come; that by your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by your mighty deliverance; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Almighty God, by the preaching of Francis Xavier you brought many nations to yourself: Give to all who believe in you such zeal for the Faith, that your Church may rejoice in continued growth throughout the world; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Pray for all people in society and community
For families and children
For those who live alone
For those we love
For catechumens and learners
For the Church in China and Japan
For the Church in the East Indies
For the Church in India and Sri Lanka
For courage to share the lot and life of the poor
The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.