Monday, May 22, through Sunday, May 28
Monday, 5/22, St. Rita of Cascia, Religious (Optional Memorial) Collect: Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord, the wisdom and strength of the Cross, with which you were pleased to endow Saint Rita, so that, suffering in every tribulation with Christ, we may participate ever more deeply in his Paschal Mystery. who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Thursday, 5/25, The Ascension of the Lord (Solemnity) Collect: O God, whose Son today ascended to the heavens as the Apostles looked on, grant, we pray, that, in accordance with his promise, we may be worthy for him to live with us always on earth, and we with him in heaven. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. “Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, let our hearts ascend with him . . .
although he ascended alone, we also ascend, because we are in him by grace.” —St. Augustine
Friday, 5/26, St. Philip Neri, Priest (Memorial) Collect: O God, who never cease to bestow the glory of holiness on the faithful servants you raise up for yourself, graciously grant that the Holy Spirit may kindle in us that fire with which he wonderfully filled the heart of Saint Philip Neri. 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. Amen.
Saturday, 5/27 St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop (Optional Memorial) Collect: O God, who by the preaching of the Bishop Saint Augustine of Canterbury led the English peoples to the Gospel, grant, we pray, that the fruits of his labors may remain ever abundant in your Church. 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. Amen.
Sunday, 5/28, The Ascension of the Lord (Prayers and readings from Thursday, May 25. Otherwise, the 7th Sunday of Easter.) “As we contemplate the mystery of the Ascension, may we too bear joyful witness to the Lord’s resurrection, his loving presence in our midst, and the triumph of his Kingdom of life, holiness and love.” —Pope Francis
Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” –John 14:21
“Remember always that God is eternal. Work courageously in order one day to be united to him.” –St. Damien de Veuster
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” –John 14:1
“What a blessing it is to know Christ, the Good Shepherd, to know him as the Redeemer who laid down his life for the sheep, to know him as the Risen Lord, the source of everlasting joy and life.” –St. John Paul II
“Christ is alive.” This is the great truth which fills our faith with meaning. Jesus, who died on the cross, has risen. He has triumphed over death; he has overcome sorrow, anguish and the power of darkness. –St. Josemaria Escriva
“By word and example, Mark has taught generations of disciples to trust the Lord completely by taking up his cross and following him (Mark 8:34).
“Jesus on the cross feels the whole weight of the evil, and with the force of God’s love he conquers it, he defeats it with his resurrection.” –Pope F
“Jesus’ resurrection has formed a bridge between the world and eternal life over which every man and every woman can cross to reach the true goal of our earthly pilgrimage.” –Pope Benedict XVI