Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Commemoration of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot

Bernard, sometimes called “the last of the fathers,” was born in France in 1090. His mother died when he was seventeen, and he was deeply affected. Bernard with four of his brothers entered a Benedictine monastery, and three years he was chosen abbot of a new monastery at Clairvaux. There he was ordained a priest. St. Bernard enriched the devotion of the Church through his mystical writings and through his hymns, which are still sung. He died at his monastery in 1153.

In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

In the morning: Psalm 22

In the evening: Psalm 38

Read hymn  “Jesus, the very thought of you”

One or more of the following lessons:

Jeremiah 25:15-29,  Acts 7:44-53

In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus

In the evening: Magnificat

Prayer of the Day    

Heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O God, by your Holy Spirit you give to some the word of wisdom, to others the word of knowledge, and to others the word of faith: We praise your Name for the gifts of grace manifested in your servant Bernard, and we pray that by his teaching we may be led to a fuller knowledge of the truth which we have seen in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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 a deepened life of prayer
For grace to contemplate the life of Christ
For wisdom to discern the paths to truth

Our Father…

The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.

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