Sunday, July 23, 2017

Memorial of St. Sharbel Makhluf

If you use an American breviary, you won't find the optional memorial of St. Sharbel Makhul in your proper of saints. But it's tomorrow, July 24th.

This Maronite rite saint from Lebanon, who died in 1882, has gained quite a following in recent years, probably due to his reputation as a miracle worker.  There are a number of dramatic cures attributed to his intercession, including that of a blind woman in Arizona who venerated the saint's touring relics in 2016.

If you want to include St. Sharbel in your Office tommorrow, you would use the regular psalter for Monday week IV. If you wish, after the psalmody you could go to the Common of Pastors and use that from the reading onwards, but staying with the entire Monday psalter is fine, too.  Then, use  this concluding prayer, which you can find at

O God, who called the Priest Saint Sharbel Makhlūf
to the solitary combat of the desert
and imbued him with all manner of devotion,
grant us, we pray,
that, being made imitators of the Lord’s Passion,
we may merit to be co-heirs of his Kingdom.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Now, those of you who use the Office of Readings are wondering if there is a second reading for St. Sharbel.   ibreviary does not have one. does  have one for him, a reading from St. Ignatius to the Magnesians.   Now this is curious, because my 2009 Pauline African breviary has a different reading, "from the letters of Amonius, hermit". I can't find it online, so I cannot copy and paste it here.  And my dedication to this cause does not extend to being willing to type out 800+ words here on the blog. Plus that may violate copyright. 

I understand that St. Sharbel even has devotees (and has answered prayers for) Muslims. So we might do well tomorrow to ask his intercession for the conversion of many more of them. 


  1. I think Universalis just made an error. A reading from Ignatius to the Magnesians is the regular reading for tomorrow, Monday, Week 16.

    The Church has been fairly lax of late in choosing propers for recently added Saints.

    1. My mistake. I got confused with Universalis' two year cycle. So the African breviary is the only place we can find this.

  2. The rule in the GILH says that if there is no proper second reading for a Memorial, you are to use the one from the weekday, not one from the Commons (the CBP St. Joseph Guide gets this wrong). That is what Universalis appears to have done. I'm sure there is a proper second reading for St. Sharbel, but I believe the only place it is found in English is the new African breviary.

  3. Having got into a rhythm of prayer recently my circumstances have changed Just wanted to know who else here does vespers at 8 pm and night prayer 11.25?

    1. That actually roughly corresponds to when we get to pray those hours. On many days of late, at least.

      Having just sold my 4-vol American LOTH, apparently to parents who wanted to gift it to their son entering Seminary -- may it bear much fruit! -- and having struggled with both the sheer length of Anglican-use Mattins and Evensong and also their starkness in this interim period before the publication of the Ordinariate's official Daily Office, our fam is back to our trusty Little Office of the BVM.

      A great primer for Latin and Gregorian Chant, quite cheap, fully compatible with all calendars of the Roman Rite (EF, OF, or Ordinariate), immensely rich in theological depth, and still a fully approved liturgical prayer of the Church (thanks, Benedictus PP XVI!). Highly recommended.

  4. Hi Daria i read in a past post of yours i believe it was 2013, that the 2 options for memorials both obligatory and optional are to either use the entire weekday Psalter but the concluding prayer of the appropriate Saint, or to use everything from the common appropriate to the Saint including antiphons, someone however on a Facebook blog on the LOTH stated that doing so would raise a memorial to a rank of Feast by using Vespers 2 is there any hting that states that this shouldnt be done for Lauds and Vespers? Thanks.

    1. Mitchell, I feel as if I just addressed this question of yours on a previous post. Let me try to find that and get back to you.

    2. Yes, go back three posts ago (A Voice I do Not Know is the title of the post). You asked me this question back there and I did my best to answer.

  5. With the celebration of st alphonsus tomorrow if one uses the commons particularly for prayer during the day, is it the same as Lent where you repeat it once at the start and then again at the end before the Scripture reading?