Mass for the feast of Blessed Jacinta
and Francisco celebrated on 20 February


This feast can only be celebrated publicly in Portugal at the moment, but assuming BB Francisco and Jacinta Marto are eventually canonised, it will be then be possible to celebrate it universally. It is, however, possible to celebrate in privately in other parts of the world now.

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Mt. 18. 3.

Unless you change and become like little children
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

OPENING PRAYER

God of infinite goodness
who loves the innocent and exalts the humble
grant that, in imitation of blessed Francisco and Jacinta,
we may serve you with purity of heart
and so be worthy to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

Humbly we beseech You, Lord,
to accept the homage of our prayers and sacrifices,
which we offer for the forgiveness of our faults
and for the conversion of sinners.

Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever.

COMMUNION ANTIPHON cf. Mt. 11.25

May you be blessed, Lord of heaven and earth,
because you have revealed to the little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Through this divine sacrament which we have received, Lord,
inflame in us that wonderous love
which inspired the blessed Francisco and Jacinta
to give themselves entirely to You
and to offer themselves in love for the salvation of all men.

Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your son,
who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
o
ne God, for ever and ever.

Readings

The readings may be taken from the Mass of the day. When a pastoral motive dictates the use of readings in keeping with the feast, these can be taken from the Common of Saints, or from those which follow.

FIRST READING 1 Samuel 3, 1. 3-10.

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.

A reading from the First Book of Samuel.

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to Yahweh
in the presence of Heli;
Samuel was lying in the Sanctuary of Yahweh
where the ark of God was,
when Yahweh called, 'Samuel! Samuel!'
he answered, 'Here I am.'
Then he ran to Eli and said,
Here I am since you called me.'
Eli said, 'I did not call. Go back and lie down.'

So he went and lay down.
Once again Yahweh called, 'Samuel! Samuel!'
Samuel got up and went to Eli and said,
'Here I am, since you called me.'
He replied,
'I did not call you, my son; go back and lie down.'

Samuel as yet had no knowledge of Yahweh
and the word of Yahweh had not been revealed to him.

Once again Yahweh called, the third time.
He got up and went to Eli and said,
'Here I am, since you called me.'
Eli then understood that it was Yahweh
who was calling the boy,
and he said to Samuel,
'Go and lie down, and if someone calls say,
'
Speak, Yahweh, your servant is listening.'
So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Yahweh then came and stood by, calling as he had done before,
'Samuel! Samuel!'
Samuel answered,
'
Speak, Yahweh, your servant is listening.'

This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM LK 1, 46-48-49-50-51-52

(Res. 52b)

Res. The Lord has exalted the lowly.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit exalts in God my saviour;
because he has looked on his lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed.

For the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his mercy reaches from age to age
for those who fear him.

He has shown the power of his arm
he has routed the proud of heart.
He has pulled down princes from their thrones
and exulted the lowly.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Psalm 118 (119), 130.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

As your word unfolds, it gives light,
and the simple understand.

Alleluia!

GOSPEL Mt 18, 1.5-10.

The one who makes himself as little as this little child
i
s the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

At that time
the disciples came to Jesus
and said,
'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?'
So he called a little child to him
and set the child in front of them. Then he said,
'I tell you solemnly,
unless you cahnge and become like little children
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child
i
s the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name
welcomes me.
See that you never despise any of these little ones,
for I tell you that their angels in heaven
are continually in the presence of my Father in heaven.'

This is the gospel of the Lord.


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