by | Aug 10, 2023 | Evangelium

SAINT  Clare,

saint Philomena

She was born at Assisi and came under the influence of Saint Francis. She left home at the age of 18 and, under Francis”s guidance, began a community that grew to become the order of the Poor Clares. Clare was a noted contemplative and a caring mother to her nuns. She died at Assisi in 1253.

Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 148:12

Here is a wise virgin, from among the number of the prudent, who went forth with lighted lamp to

meet Christ.


O God, who in your mercy led Saint Clare to a love of poverty, grant, through her intercession, that, following Christ in poverty of spirit, we may merit to contemplate you one day in the heavenly Kingdom. 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.

First reading: Deuteronomy 4:32-40

Moses said to the people: “Put this question to the ages that are past, that went before you, from the time God created man on earth: Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything ever heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of the living God speaking from the heart of the fire, as you heard it, and remain alive? Has any god ventured to take to himself one nation from the midst of another by ordeals, signs, wonders, war with mighty hand and outstretched arm, by fearsome terrors – all this that the Lord your God did for you before your eyes in Egypt? This, he showed you so that you might know that the Lord is God indeed and that there is no other. He let you hear his voice out of heaven for your instruction; on earth he let you see his great fire, and from the heart of the fire you heard his word. Because he loved your fathers and chose their descendants after them, he brought you out from Egypt, openly showing his presence and his great power, driving out in front of you nations greater and more powerful than yourself, and brought you into their land to give it you for your heritage, as it is still today. Understand this today, therefore, and take it to heart: the Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other. Keep his laws and commandments as I give them to you today, so that you and your children may prosper and live long in the land that the Lord your God gives you for ever.”

Psalm 76(77):12-16,21

R/ I remember the deeds of the Lord.

I remember the deeds of the Lord, I remember your wonders of old, I muse on all your works and ponder your mighty deeds.

Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is great as our God? You are the God who works wonders. You showed your power among the peoples.

Your strong arm redeemed your people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. You guided your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Gospel Acclamation: 1S3: 9        

Alleluia, alleluia! Speak, Lord, your servant is listening: you have the message of eternal life. Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 16:24-28

Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. What, then, will a man gain if he wins the whole world and ruins his life? Or what has a man to offer in exchange for his life? “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and, when he does, he will reward each one according to his behaviour. I tell you solemnly, there are some of these standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming with his kingdom.”

Prayer over the Offerings              

As we proclaim your wonders, O Lord, in the Virgin blessed N., we humbly implore your majesty that, as her merits are pleasing to you, so, too, our dutiful service may find favour in your sight.

Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: Cf. Mt 25: 10    

Behold, the Bridegroom is coming; come out to meet Christ the Lord.

Prayer after Communion       

Renewed by partaking of this divine gift,we pray, O Lord our God,that by the example of the

blessed N.,in our body the Death of Jesus,we may strive to hold fast to you alone.           

Through Christ our Lord.


We are invited to walk in the steps of Christ. We must be willing to take up our cross like him, whatever it may be, and carry it as he did. We notice that Jesus tells his disciples to carry their cross, not his. The cross will be different for each person; it takes the form of a difficulty. Something that is not chosen but is clear. Only by unifying the sufferings of our lives with those of Jesus can we carry our crosses.