Saint Mary of Jesus Crucified, Virgin

August 25: An Optional Memorial from the Common of Virgins or the Common of Holy Women (Religious).

Saint Mary of Jesus Crucified was born of the Baouardy family, Catholics of the Greek Melchite Rite, at Abellin in Galilee in 1846. In 1867 she entered the Discalced Carmelites in France and was sent with the founding group to the Carmel of Mangalore in India where, in 1870, she made her profession. She returned to France in 1872. In 1875 she went to the Holy Land where she built a monastery in Bethlehem and began planning for another in Nazareth. Noted for her supernatural gifts, especially for humility, for her devotion to the Holy Spirit, and her great love for the Church and the Pope, she died at Bethlehem in 1878. She was canonized on May 17, 2015.


Prayer
God, Father of mercy and all consolation,
you raised Blessed Mary, the humble daughter of the Holy Land,
to contemplation of the mysteries of your Son
and made her witness to the love and joy of the Holy Spirit.
Grant us, through her intercession,
so to share in the sufferings of Christ
that we may rejoice in the revelation of your glory.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.


Scripture Readings
Romans 8:26-30; Gospel Matthew 11:25-30.


Texts taken from the “Carmelite Proper of the Liturgy of the Hours,” Institutum Carmelitanum, Rome: 1993.


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