Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Commemoration of Teresa of Avila, Renewer of the Church

Teresa of Avila, the celebrated Spanish mystic, was born in 1515. Despite the opposition of her Father, she entered a Carmelite monastery where she began to experience remarkable visions. In 1560 she resolved to reform the monastery to return it to its original austere intention. Opposition was so intense that she founded a new monastery in Avila. She took the name Teresa of Jesus and traveled throughout Spain founding seventeen monasteries. She died in 1582. Teresa is known to many from Bernini’s sculpture depicting her ecstatic vision of an angel who visited her with a long golden spear, burning at the top.

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

In the morning: Psalm 100

In the evening: Psalm 139

Read hymn “Come down, O Love divine”

One or more of the following lessons:

2 Kings 5:19b-27,  Ephesians 6:10-20

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 whose grace Teresa of Avila, kindled with the flame of your love, became a burning and shining light in your Church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light; through 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 patience in suffering
For the gift of love that overcomes opposition and persecution
For intensity in the spiritual life

Our Father…

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

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