I arose right early this morning (at 5.30!), to go for a brisk three-quarter hour walk around the Cataract Gorge before Mass and work - what a joyful beautiful morning!
I'd already sung in the shower (!) one of my favourite hymns: "Come down, O Love Divine"...
To my further delight, having had the blessings of Nature, the supernatural mysteries of the 7.30 Mass were celebrated at Carmel by Fr Allan, our local Franciscan priest, who is a good devout celebrant and preacher, and to-day turned out to be a feast of a Carmelite: St Raphael Kalinowski, O.C.D., the first male Discalced Carmelite to be canonized since St John of the Cross himself.
It's been such a long time since I went to a weekday OF Mass, I was surprised that there was no Gloria for this saint's day memorial! Fr made use of the second Preface for Saints, and the third Eucharistic Prayer, which I quite like, liberal that I am.
The Propers were greatly affecting, I thought, especially the Collect and Epistle, in my present frame of mind; unfortunately the translation of the orations is particularly bad, and I cannot find the Latin at present, but no matter:
St Raphael Kalinowski of St Joseph, Priest, O.C.D.19th NovemberO.C.D. MemorialRaphael Kalinowski was born to Polish parents in the city of Vilnius in 1835. Following military service, he was condemned in 1864 to ten years of forced labour in Siberia. In 1877 he became a Carmelite and was ordained a priest in 1882. He contributed greatly to the restoration of the Discalced Carmelites in Poland. His life was distinguished by zeal for Church unity and by his unflagging devotion to his ministry as confessor and spiritual director. He died in Wadowice in 1907.Entrance Antiphon (St Luke 4:18a)The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor; to proclaim liberty to captives.Opening PrayerGod, you made your Priest Saint Raphael strong in adversity and filled him with a great love in promoting Church unity. Through his prayers make us strong in faith and in love for one another, that we too may generously work together for the unity of all believers in Christ. (We ask this) through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.1st Reading (Philippians 3:8-14)A reading from the letter of St Paul to the PhilippiansI am racing towards the finishing-point to win the prize of God's heavenly call in Christ Jesus.I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For him I have accepted the loss of everything, and I look on everything as so much rubbish if only I can have Christ and be given a place in him. I am no longer trying for perfection by my own efforts, the perfection that comes from the Law, but I want only the perfection that comes through faith in Christ, and is from God and based on faith. All I want is to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and to share his sufferings by reproducing the pattern of his death. That is the way I can hope to take my place in the resurrection of the dead. Not that I have become perfect yet: I have not yet won, but I am still running, trying to capture the prize for which Christ Jesus captured me. I can assure you, my brothers, I am far from thinking that I have already won. All I can say is that I forget the past and I strain ahead for what is still to come; I am racing for the finish, for the prize to which God calls us upwards to receive in Christ Jesus.Responsorial Psalm (Ps 15: 1-2a, 5. 7-8. 11 R/. cf. v5)R/. You are my inheritance, O Lord.Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.I say to the Lord: 'You are my God'.O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;it is you yourself who are my prize. R/.I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel,who even at night directs my heart.I keep the Lord ever in my sight:since he is at my [right] side I shall stand firm. R/.You will show me the path of life,the fullness of joy in your presence,at your right hand happiness for ever. R/.Gospel Acclamation (St John 15:15b)Alleluia, Alleluia.V/. I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learned from my Father.Alleluia.Gospel (St John 15:9-17)A reading from the holy Gospel according to JohnI call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learned from my Father.Jesus said to his disciples:'As the Father has loved me,so I have loved you.Remain in my love.If you keep my commandmentsyou will remain in my love,I have told you thisso that my own joy may be in youand your joy may be complete.This is my commandment:love one another,as I have loved you.A man can have no greater lovethan to lay down his life for his friends.You are my friends,if you do what I command you.I shall not call you servants any more,because a servant does not knowhis master's business;I call you friends,becae I have made known to youeverything I have learnt from my Father.You did not choose me,no, I chose you;and I commissioned youto go out and to bear fruit,fruit that will last;and then the Father will give youanything you ask him in my name.What I command youis to love one another'.Prayer over the GiftsGod of mercy, we offer you this memory [sic; lege memorial sacrifice] of our salvation, to celebrate the feast of Saint Raphael, your Priest. May it be for all of us, a sign of unity, and strengthen your love within us. (Grant this) through Christ our Lord.Communion Antiphon (St Matthew 20: 28)The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.Prayer after CommunionLord, our God, may the sacrament we have received strengthen your faithful to be united in their belief. For this Saint Raphael worked untiringly until the moment of death. (We ask this) through Christ our Lord.