Friday, September 23, 2016

St. Pio of Pietrelcina;Your Prayer Intentions for Vespers

Today is the Memorial of St. Pio of Pietrelcina Chances are your breviary does not have his office since he was canonized only a few years ago. To do this memorial, use today's psalter for your psalms. You may simply continue with the rest of the psalter and simply substitute the concluding prayer (see below) OR you may turn to Common of Pastors from the reading onwards and use the concluding prayer:

Almighty ever-living God, who, by a singular grace,
gave the Priest Saint Pius a share in the Cross of your Son
and, by means of his ministry,
renewed the wonders of your mercy,
grant that through his intercession
we may be united constantly to the sufferings of Christ,
and so brought happily to the glory of the resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen

And yes, I agree with you all that it's odd of the Church to use the Latin "Pius" when the entire world knows and love this saint as "Padre Pio". How many other saints on the Calendar have their names put into Latin? (Besides Popes named Pius?)  If there's a reason for this I'd love to hear it.

If you pray the Office of Readings, switch out to a digital breviary today for St. Pio's second reading.

Two weeks ago I suggested we share our prayer intentions so that we could all add a petition for one another's needs at Vespers.  There was quite a response, so we'll continue this post on a bi-weekly basis.

If you have a specific prayer intention, add it in a comment below. The rest of you, if you think of it. add "For the intentions of our brothers and sisters at Coffee&Canticles" or something similar when you pray the  intercessions at Evening Prayer.

Another note: several weeks back we were able to arrange  the transfer of three unneeded , out of prine PaulineUSA  single volume breviaries to others who wanted them. This prompted another reader to ask whether anyone is willing to sell him a Pauline Kenyan breviary that was no longer in use, since he was finding the process of obtaining one from Africa too unwieldy.   I realize that this is not likely, but on the off chance  someone has one that they are not using and would like to sell it, let me know.