Dearest Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and Holy Face
I wonder how it must be like in heaven today. ;)
Here's a link to a post I blogged on dear St, Thérèse some time back. :)
And here is the very beautiful proper of the mass of today.
INTROIT Cant. 4:8-9; Ps. 112:1
Come from Libanus, my spouse, come from Libanus, come; thou hast wounded my heart, my sister, my spouse, thou hast wounded my heart. (Psalm) Praise the Lord, ye children: praise ye the name of the Lord. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, its now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
O Lord, Who hast said: Unless you become as little children you shall not enter into the Kingdom of heaven: grant unto us, we beseech Thee, so to follow in humility and simplicity of heart the footsteps of Saint Theresa, the Virgin, that we may obtain everlasting rewards: Who livest and reignest.
The Church applies these words of the Prophet to St. Theresa
Thus saith the Lord: Behold I will bring upon her as it were a river of peace, and as an overflowing torrent the glory of the Gentiles which you shall suck; you shall be carried at the breasts, and at the knees they shall caress you. As one whom his mother caresseth, so will I comfort you: and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. You shall see and your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb, and the hand of the Lord shall be known to his servants.
(This excerpt from the old testament was something special to St, Thérèse during her short but extremely beautiful life.)
GRADUAL Mt. 11:25; Ps. 70:5
I confess to Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent and hast revealed them to little ones. My hope, O Lord, from my youth.
ALLELUIA Ecclus. 39:17-19
Alleluia, alleluia. Bud forth as the rose planted by the brooks of waters: Give ye a sweet odor as frankincense. Send forth flowers as the lily, and yield a smell, and bring forth leaves in grace, and praise with canticles and bless the Lord in his works. Alleluia.
GOSPEL Mt. 18:1-4
At that time, the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who, thinkest Thou, is the greater in the kingdom of heaven? and Jesus calling unto Him a little child, set him in the midst of them, and said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven etc.
My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour: because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid. He that is mighty hath done great things to me
(A little note: this is an excerpt from Mother Mary's beautiful Magnificat, Mother Mary's hymn of thanksgiving to God when she met St, Elizabeth after she found out the news from the archangel Gabriel -during the Annunciation- that St, Elizabeth was with a child, St, John the Baptist, the Precursor, Jesus's cousin.)
May the holy prayers of Saint Theresa Thy Virgin, we beseech Thee, commend our sacrifice to Thee, O Lord: in her honor we solemnly offer it: in view then of her merits do Thou accept it. Through our Lord.
COMMUNION Deut. 32:10-12
He led her about and taught her, and He kept her as the apple of His eye. As an eagle He has spread His wings and hath taken her on His shoulder. The Lord alone was her leader.
May the heavenly mystery, O Lord, inflame us with the fire of that love by which Saint Theresa, Thy Virgin, offered herself to Thee as a victim of charity for mankind. Through our Lord.
Theresa is the english translation from the french, Thérèse. Dear Saint Thérèse was French.
She lived in the Normandy region of France, (Northern France) and entered the Carmel at Lisieux when she was only 15.
One of Saint Thérèse's famous phrase that eloquently sums up her whole life is:
"I want to spend my heaven, doing good on earth."
O yes, Happy Feast Day to all the Thérèse's! =p.
Happy feast day to my dearest sister, Denise Elizabeth Thérèse,
Happy feast day to my 'sister' also, Angeline Marie Thérèse!
Happy feast day to Noelle Theresa too!
Dearest Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, please pray for us!
O happy day!!!
In Christo et Maria! =)
rachel anne thérèse