Mass in honor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

 

Prayer to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Prayer for her canonization Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Message of Sr. M. Prema, M.C. Relic of Blessed Teresa of CalcuttaPublic cult in honor of blessed Teresa of Calcutta What is a saint?MiracleWhat is beatification/ canonization?  From Blessed to SaintWhat is the feast day of a saint or a blessed? Novena to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

mtbeat.jpgFor DIOCESES which have requested and received the approval of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments (CDWDS) to inscribe Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in their local Diocesan Liturgical Calendar and for MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY in those Dioceses Permission for public cult includes the following:

 

 

The liturgical celebration of Blessed Teresa on 5 September is observed by the Missionaries of Charity as a “feast”; for all others the celebration is observed as an “optional memorial”.

The Opening Prayer of the Mass (approved by the CDWDS and available through the local bishop) is proper to Blessed Teresa.

All other prayers and the readings are taken from the Common of Virgins or Holy Women. (For the Liturgical Texts: View the section of : Prayer/Liturgical Prayer-Feast)

 

A votive Mass (using the Opening Prayer of the feast) may be offered on days on which votive Masses are allowed. The readings for the Liturgy of the Word may be taken from the day or from the Common of Virgins or Holy Women (see Introduction to the Lectionary for precise guidelines).

 

The Liturgy of the Hours may be celebrated in Blessed Teresa’s honor on 5 September. Until canonization, everything is taken from the Common of Virgins or Holy Women, except the concluding prayer of Morning and Evening Prayer (which is the same as the Opening Prayer for the Mass) and the second reading in the Office of Readings.

 

Opening Prayer for the Mass

God, who called blessed Teresa, virgin

to respond to the love of your Son thirsting on the cross

with outstanding charity to the poorest of the poor,

grant us, we beseech you,

by her intercession,

to minister to Christ in his suffering brothers.

 

Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen

 

 

The Liturgy of the Hours

 

For the office of Readings:

From the Common of Virgins or Holy Women:

 

Offices of the Readings Second Reading From the last letter of Mother Teresa, M.C. to the Missionary of Charity Sisters, dated 5th September 1997.

 

My dearest Children, This brings you Mother’s love, prayer and blessing that each one of you may be only all for Jesus through Mary. I know that Mother says often–“Be only all for Jesus through Mary”–but that is because that is all Mother wants for you, all Mother wants from you. If in your heart you are only all for Jesus through Mary, and if you do everything only all for Jesus through Mary, you will be a true Missionary of Charity. Thank you for all the loving wishes you sent for the Society Feast. We have much to thank God for, especially that He has given us Our Lady’s spirit to be the spirit of our Society. Loving Trust and Total Surrender made Our Lady say “Yes” to the message of the angel, and Cheerfulness made her to run in haste to serve her cousin Elizabeth. That is so much our life--saying “Yes” to Jesus and running in haste to serve Him in the poorest of the poor. Let us keep close to Our Lady and she will make that same spirit grow in each one of us. September 10th is coming very close. That is another beautiful chance for us to stand near Our Lady, to listen to the Thirst of Jesus and to answer with our whole heart. It is only with Our Lady that we can hear Jesus cry, “I Thirst”, and it is only with Our Lady that we can thank God properly for giving this great gift to our Society. Last year was the Golden Jubilee of Inspiration Day, and I hope that the whole year has been one of thanksgiving. We will never come to the end of the gift that came to Mother for the Society on that day, and so we must never stop thanking for it. Let our gratitude be our strong resolution to quench the Thirst of Jesus by lives of real charity–love for Jesus in prayer, love for Jesus in our Sisters, love for Jesus in the poorest of the poor–nothing else. And now I have heard that Jesus is giving us one more gift. This year, one hundred years after she went home to Jesus, Holy Father is declaring Little Flower to be a Doctor of the Church. Can you imagine–for doing little things with great love the Church is making her a Doctor, like St. Augustine and the big St. Teresa! It is just like Jesus said in the Gospel to the one who was seated in the lowest place, “Friend, come up higher.” So let us keep very small and follow Little Flower’s way of trust and love and joy, and we will fulfil Mother’s promise to give saints to mother Church.

 

Responsory

V. Come, O blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

(Mt. 25: 34)

R. For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me. (Mt. 25:35)

V. Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me. (Mt. 25:40)

R. For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me. (Mt. 25:35)

 

Prayer:

God, who called blessed Teresa, virgin to respond to the love of your Son thirsting on the cross with outstanding charity to the poorest of the poor, grant us, we beseech you, by her intercession, to minister to Christ in his suffering brothers. ...

 

 

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