Blessed (Cyriac) Kuriakos Elias Chavara, co-founder and
first prior general of the congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate,
was born at Kainakary in Kerala, India, February 10, 1805. He entered the
seminary in 1818, and was ordained priest in 1829. He made his religious
profession in 1855, in the congregation he founded. In 1861 he was named vicar
general for the Syro-Malabar church; in this capacity he defended ecclesial
unity threatened by schism when mar Tomas Rochos was sent from Mesopotamia to
consecrate Nestorian bishops. Throughout his life he worked for the renovation
of the church in Malabar. He was also co-founder in 1866 of the congregation of
the Sisters of the Mother of Carmel. Above all, he was a man of prayer, zealous
for the Eucharistic Lord and devoted to the Immaculate Virgin Mary. He died at
Koonammavu in 1871. His body was transferred to Mannanam in 1889.
I will give you shepherds
after my own heart, and they shall feed you on knowledge and sound
You raised up Blessed Kuriakos Elias Your Priest
to strengthen the
unity of the Church.
Grant that through his intercession
we may be
enlightened by the Holy Spirit
to read the signs of the times with
and spread the news of the Gospel
by both word and example.
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.
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord, accept these gifts
from Your people.
May the Eucharist we offer to Your glory
in honor of
Blessed Kuriakos Elias
help us on our way to salvation.
Grant this through
Christ our Lord.
The Son of Man did not come
to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.
Prayer after Communion
Lord, we receive the bread of
as we honor the memory of Blessed Kuriakos Elias.
May the Eucharist
we now celebrate
lead us to eternal joys.
Grant this through Christ our
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
I, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy
of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness,
with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of
the Spirit in the bond of peace. there is one body and one Spirit, just as you
were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one
baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in
al. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
and His gifts were that some should be apostles, some
prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for
the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ, until we all attain to
the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature
manhood, to the measure of the stature f the fullness of Christ.
Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 23)
R/. The Lord is
my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall
he makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
I fear no evil; for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff, they
Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of my
thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.
goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
and I shall
dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
After this the Lord
appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of Him, two by two, into every
town and place where He Himself was about to come. And He said to them, “The
harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the
harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you
out as lambs in the midst of wolves. carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and
salute no one on the road. whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to
this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but
if not, it shall return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and
drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from
house to house. whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set
before you; heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God has come
near to you.’