Feast days of the week 16-22 November, A.D. 2008 (1962 liturgical calendar).
Sunday, 16 November, 2008
TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (II)
(When there are 28 Sundays after Pentecost, the 27th Sunday uses the Mass of the 6th Sunday after Epiphany.)
"Our mother the Catholic and Roman Church is permeated with the word of Christ, and is admirably represented by the three measures of meal, which the energy of fermentation wholly leavened; and by the mustard tree, the greatest of its species, where the birds of heaven are glad to find shelter. May the ‘leaven’ of the doctrine of Jesus penetrate and transform our souls!"
Collect: Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that thinking everything over in our minds, we may accomplish, both in words and works, that which is pleasing in Thy sight. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end.
Epistle: From Bl. Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians, 1:2-10.
[The word of God produces in the hearts of Christians the wonders of faith, hope and charity.]
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, 13:31-35.
[Jesus reveals to us ‘things hidden from the foundation of the world.’ Parables of the three measures of meal and of the mustard plant.]
ST. GERTRUDE, Virgin (III)
“St. Gertrude, born in 1256 in Germany, was a Benedictine abbess celebrated for her revelations concerning the Sacred Heart. Her writings are very important for mystical theology. She died A.D. 1334.”
Collect: O God, who in the heart of the holy Virgin Gertrude didst provide for Thyself a pleasant dwelling: through her merits and intercessions, do Thou, in Thy mercy, wash all stains from our hearts and grant us joyful fellowship with her. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end.
Epistle: From the Second Letter of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians, 10:17-18; 11:1-2.
[Jesus is the heavenly Bridegroom of chaste souls.]
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, 25:1-13.
[The parable of the ten virgins. They that were ready went in with the heavenly Bridegroom to the Eternal Banquet.]
Remarks are abstracted from The Daily Missal and Liturgical Manual, from Editio Typica of the Roman Missal and Breviary, 1962
(Baronius Press Limited, London, 2004, in conjunction with the Fraternal Society of St. Peter, www.baroniuspress.com)