Born in Turin, Italy, in 1661, she died, after spending
her whole life there, in 1717. In 1675 she entered the Discalced Carmelite
Convent of St. Christina, and several times filled the offices of Prioress and
Novice Mistress. She underwent continual spiritual trials, but was constant in
her ardent love of God. She was outstandingly faithful to prayer and
particularly devoted to St. Joseph, in whose honor a convent was founded through
her good offices at Moncalieri.
Come, bride of Christ, and
receive the crown, which the Lord has prepared for You for ever.
Lord, You have told us that You live for
ever in the hearts of the chaste. By the prayers of the virgin Bl. Mary of the
Angels help us to live by Your grace and become temples of Your Spirit. Grant
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, receive our worship
in memory of Bl. Mary of the Angels, the virgin. By this perfect sacrifice make
us grow in unselfish love for You and for our brothers and sisters. We ask this
through Christ our Lord.
The wise virgin chose the
better part for herself, and it shall not be taken away from her.
Prayer after Communion
God of mercy, we rejoice
that on this feast of Bl. Mary of the Angels You give us the Bread of heaven.
May It bring us pardon for our sins, health of body, Your grace in this life,
and glory in heaven. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
“Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.” For it is not the man who
commends himself that is accepted, but the man whom the Lord commends. I wish
you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! I feel a divine
jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride
to her one husband.
R/. Let us praise the name
of the Lord!
Ps. 148:1-2, 11-13a, 13c-14
Luke 10: 38-42
Now as they went on
their way, he entered a village; and a woman named Martha received him into her
house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened
to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to
him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?
Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are
anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen
the good portion, which shall not be taken away from