Born into royalty on April 25, 1214 in Poissy, France, Saint Louis was crowned King of France in 1226 on the death of his father King Louis VIII. He had been raised in a staunch Catholic atmosphere by his mother Blanche of Castile, who became regent upon her husband’s death until her son reached adulthood. The youthful Louis, one of the youngest rulers in French history, weaned on his faith by his mother exemplified his Catholicity throughout his life.
It served him well in his long reign which was frought with great crisis including fending off those who would usurp his throne such as Thibault of Champagne. At the age of 20, Louis married the daughter of the Count of Provence, Margaret Berenger and they populated the royal court with eleven children. At the age of 28 Louis quelled rebellion in the south of France and followed that up by soundly defeating the English and King Henry III at the Battle of Taillebourg. With that accomplished, he turned his attention to bringing all the provinces in line with the king, securing this with victories over Guienne, Poitou and Toulouse.
Satisfied that France was safe, Louis set his sights on his life-long goal to lead the Crusades in liberating the Holy Land in 1248. His ambitions, at first successful with victory over the Saracens at Damietta in 1249 met harsh reality at the Massacre of El Mansura when he was soundly defeated by the infidels. Historians have not been kind to Louis, claiming his crusade was ill-timed and poorly planned, but they overlook the fact Louis was a peacemaker evidence in Louis’ ability to convince his Saracen captors to release him and his troops in order to reach the Holy Land. It was not a cheap gesture as he ransomed many treasures and emptied many a coffer to assure their safety. There in Jerusalem he stayed until 1254 when his beloved mother Blanche died, prompting him to return to France. Always opting for peaceful measures he brought calm to Flanders in 1256 and assured, through the Treaty of Paris with Henry III that the provinces of Anjou, Maine, Normandy, Poitou and Touraine would remain part of France in exchange for Cahors, Limoges and Perigueux as Brit territory. He followed that up with the Treaty of Corbeil in 1258 by giving up Roussillon and Barcelona in order to secure Provence and Languedox from Aragon.
Once a crusader, always a crusader and in 1270 he set out once again on an expedition to the Holy Lands. However he would not reach his promised land this time, succumbing to typhus, as well as his dear son Philip, at Tunis on the North African coast where he died on August 25, 1270 at the age of 56 leaving a legacy of peace and fairness to posterity. His last words were “Into Thy hands I commend my soul.” Throughout his life he forged numerous peace treaties for allies and foes alike. He was a close friend of the great Doctor of the Church Saint Thomas Aquinas and endowed and founded the Sorbonne University as well as building impressive cathedrals drawing on the Gothic theme which flourished during his reign. He was a friend to vassals whom he protected, forbidding fighting between feudal lords and assuring they would not mistreat their subjects. Louis was a master of streamlining government while remaining always true to his word no matter what he said. He built France’s first Naval operations and, despite his defeats in the Holy Land, was considered a master military technician.
But war was only a last resort for this saintly king who desired, above all, peace at home and with his neighbors. He was greatly loved by all who prospered during his glorious reign of 44 years of peaceful coexistence with the other countries of Europe as France gained in prestige and profit through peace. One of his other goals was to reunite the Eastern Church with Rome, calling on the Greek Ambassadors to work with him toward reunion. What might have been never materialized for death deprived history of even greater accomplishments. History, however, cannot deny the fact that Louis, a Franciscan Tertiary, lived his faith and preached through example. In fact, this stately king lived the austerity of a monk, praying daily the Divine Office and attending Daily Mass. He received from the Latin emperor in Constantinople the priceless gift of the authentic Crown of thorns that pressed against Our Lord’s skull. To honor this sacramental relic, Louis built the renowned Sainte Chapelle in Paris. Thirty seven years after his death Pope Boniface VII canonized Louis, who was a champion of both the poor and privileged classes.
Louis was forever a faithful disciple of Christ Crucified, and his life bears witness to the truth that virtue is not always rewarded in this world. Louis was inspired by his zeal for the Faith to attempt the reconquest of the Holy Places sanctified by the blood of the Redeemer, but instead of triumph and victory, he only met with defeat and captivity, and when he was at last ransomed by his people, he brought back to Paris as a symbolic trophy of his campaigns the crown of thorns once worn by Our Savior. The custom of genuflecting at the words in the Credo, et homo factus est, and of making profound reverence at the passage in the Gospels recording the death of Jesus was introduced by this pious king in his own chapel; they are now part of the ordinary ceremonial.
Lessons of Matins before 1960
Fourth lesson. Louis IX, King of France became at the age of twelve, by the death of his father, was very piously raised under the godly care of his mother, Blanche of Castile. He reigned for twenty years now, when ill, the thought occurred to him to regain Jerusalem. Soon regained his health, he received the flag from the hands of the Bishop of Paris. And having crossed the sea with a large army, he routed the Saracens in the first fight. But many of his men died of the plague, and he himself was defeated and taken prisoner.
Fifth lesson. After a treaty with the Saracens, the king and his army were left free. He lived for five years in the East, bought from slavery many Christians converted many infidels to the faith of Christ, and rebuilt at his own expense several cities belonging to Christians. His mother had died in the meantime, he had to return to France, where he devoted himself entirely to works of piety.
Lesson Six The holy king built many monasteries and hospices for the poor; He succored the needy of his largesse, frequently visited the sick and not content to seek treatment at his own expense, gave them with his own hands what they need. Simple in his clothes, he did not spare his body the mortification of ciliated and fasting. Louis IX crossed the sea again to fight the Saracens, but when he had just established his camp in front of the enemy, he died of the plague in uttering these words: “I go into your house, O Lord, I adore you in your holy temple, and I will glorify your name. “His body was brought to Paris; it is preserved in the famous church of Saint-Denis, where it is venerated. As its leader, he was carried to the Holy Chapel. Glorified by striking miracles, he was numbered with the Saints by Pope Boniface VIII.
Reading of the Holy Gospel according to Luke. Cap. 19, 12-26.
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples this parable: A certain nobleman went into a far country to take possession of a kingdom and then return. And the rest.
Homily of St. Ambrose, Bishop. Liber 8 in Lucam.
Seventh lesson. It was good and in the order that the Gentiles to call and order the loss of the Jews who had not wanted Christ to reign over them, the Saviour might employ this comparison first to avoid that one might come to say he had given nothing to the people of the Jews that could make it better: how to require something that has not received anything? It’s really not a currency of little value because it is the woman whose the Gospel speaks louder, not finding a drachma, lights his lamp, looks for running his light, and welcomed when it is found.
Eighth lesson. single one mine, one of the servants gained ten pounds and the other five. Perhaps the latter he observes the precepts of morality, since bodily senses are five in number; the other a double, that is to say, it deepens the mysteries of the law and practice of justice in his manners. Matthew also has he mentioned five talents and two talents: so that the fulfillment of moral precepts is indicated by the five talents and that the other two talents we saw figured, knowledge of the mysteries of faith and observance of morality; which is less in number, thus being more abundant in reality.
Lesson Nine And here we can hear, for ten pounds, the ten commandments, that is to say, the doctrine of the law; and the other five, the lessons of morality due to the magisterium. But I want the teacher, is accomplished in all things, “for the kingdom of God is not in word, but in virtue. “As he talks about Jews, it’s about he said only two brought to their master money multiplied, certainly not by wear but by the profits of good administration. Another, in fact, is the usurious money product, other fruit removed from the heavenly doctrine.
Dom Gueranger, Liturgical Year – Holy King of France St. Louis IX
It is the faith of the Christian who was in Louis ninth of the name, the size of the prince. Have the Lord sentiments worthy of it, you who govern the land, and seek him in sincerity of heart. When she gave this commandment to the Kings, the Eternal Wisdom delighted in his infinite among the lilies of France prescience, where our Saint would shine with so pure brilliance.
A common law attaches to God the subject and the prince, because is like birth and also their intended. He who creates large and small dot exempts them rights the Supreme domain; their power, which makes his ministers, instead of changing them to the concept of the duty of all, only adds to the weight of the responsibility of each one of their private responsibility. But the universal duty which every moral obligation derives its rule, the first law in the world, its purpose is to glorify God by the return of creatures to their author, by the way, so far it has adequate. So God who wanted to raise his own divine life the man for whom the earth is only a stay of way, natural justice, the order of this present time are not enough in the world; Kings need to know that the object of their civil sovereignty, is not the ultimate end of all things, still ranked as themselves under the direction and influence of this absolute top end in front of which they are only subjects. Leaders of nations, give ear; you understand what judgment is reserved. Thus, under the old covenant, God’s mercy filled his merciful warnings night waiting centuries.
But, not content to increase its oracles kings, Wisdom-granting prayer of the wisest princes of those times, is a day down from her throne of heaven. Acquired by it, the world, as from this day belonged to him for two reasons. Under his divine son-ship, even before the birth of dawn, she exercised the principality in the splendor of the Saints; she now reigns by right of conquest over the land granted. Prior to his coming in the flesh, it was her already received the princes with their power, equity which was to regulate the use; the contract sacred marriage that united to our nature, Jesus, the son of the man whose blood paid the ransom of the world, is now the only source of power, like any true justice rising nations. And now once again, understand, o kings, says the Psalmist; have intelligence, you who judge the earth.
“It is Christ who speaks, says St. Augustine, now that I am a king from God my Father, do not be sad, as if you were robbed in. that of property that was yours; but rather, recognizing that you are good to be subjected to one that gives you security in the light, use this Lord of all with fear, and rejoice in him.”
Security from the light, it is the Church that continues to give to kings, for the God-man ascended in heaven: the Church, without encroaching on the domain of princes, yet they remain superior as a mother and as a judge of the peoples of conscience, as a single traveler’s guide to his supreme destiny of humanity. Listen, in the accuracy and completeness that characterize his infallible teaching, Pope Leo XIII:
“Since there are on earth two great companies: one civil, the next is to provide end to mankind the temporal and earthly good; another nun, who aims to lead men to heavenly bliss for which they are made for: well there are two powers, between which God divided the government of this world. Each of its kind is supreme; each is enclosed within specified limits and plotted in accordance with its nature and its special purpose. The founder of the Church, Jesus Christ, wished they were distinct from one another, and both were free of obstacles in fulfilling their mission; with this clause, however, that in the things that belong simultaneously to the jurisdiction and judgment of the one and the other, although in a different way, the power responsible for the interests of time would depend, as appropriate, of the must ensure that those in the sky. Submitted to both rest in eternal and natural law, they must grant each other in the things that matter to the order and government of each, producing a set of reports that can be precisely compare to that in humans is the union of soul and body. ”
In the sphere of eternal interests, no one can legitimately ignore here, so it’s their people, not just their own people taken individually, that princes should retain the dependence of the Church as that of God. Because “men united by the bonds of a joint venture does not fall within God in isolation, political as well as individuals can do without crime act as if God did not exist, or move from companies as a foreign religion, or dispense to follow this religion the rules by which God himself said he wanted to be honored. Consequently, leaders must hold as such for the holy Name of God, put the number of their main duties that cover the religion of the authority of law, not rule or order anything that is contrary to his integrity.”
We can now resume with St. Augustine’s explanation of the text of the psalm, and say, “How are they kings the Lord in fear, if not by prohibiting and punishing with religious severity all acts contrary to commandments of the Lord? In two respects, indeed, a man and a prince, the king serves God in two ways: man, he serves as the fidelity of his life; King, by making or maintaining legislation that requires good and forbid evil. As did Hezekiah and Josiah also, destroying the temples of false gods and the high places that had been built against the divine order; as did the king of Nineveh, forcing his town to appease the Lord; as Darius said, delivering the idol Daniel to be broken, and throwing enemies thereof to the lions; as did Nebuchadnezzar prohibiting blasphemy in all his realm by a terrible law. It is in this so that the kings serve the Lord as they are kings, namely when they make to serve what can only be kings.”
We do not think that these developments we have lost sight of the party date. Louis IX as it must be said, summing up his life, he made a covenant with the Lord, keeping His commandments, the noting by all. God as a goal, to guide the faith: this is the secret of his politics as his holiness. As a Christian, a servant of Christ; as prince, his lieutenant between aspirations and those of the Christian prince, his soul was not divided; this unit was its strength, as it is now his glory. Christ, who reigned only in him and through him down here, the fact prevail with himself to both. If you revel in the scepters and thrones, kings of the earth, like the wisdom to rule forever.
Crowned in Reims on the first Sunday of Advent 1226, Louis made his to life the words of the Introit antiphon to this day: I have raised my soul to you, I trust in you, my God! He was only twelve years; but the Lord had provided her childhood on the safer wall, giving her mother for the noble daughter of Spain which came to our France, says William of Nangis, it brought all the goods. The premature death of Louis VIII, her husband left Blanche de Castille facing the most formidable conspiracy. Diminished under the preceding reigns, the great vassals had promised to build the new minority prince and regain the rights recognized their ancient feudalism to the detriment of the unity of power. To rebut the mother who stood alone among the weak heir to the throne and ambitions, the barons rebelled everywhere, shook hands with the Albigensian heresy reviving the south; they not ashamed to make a covenant with the son of John Lackland, Henry III, watching from the other side of the Channel the opportunity to repair the territorial losses which Philip had chastised Air list on the mainland of the perfidy of the murderer Arthur of Brittany. Building on the right of his son and the protection of the Roman Pontiff, Gregory IX, White did not give himself; this woman was seen that to justify their crime against country, all friends of the English called it foreign, save for his prudence, his valiant firmness, French earth. After nine years of regency, she handed the nation’s king, more united, more powerful than ever since Charlemagne.
We cannot hope to do here the history of the reign which completely restore France at the head of the people; but it was necessary to get to that right now in this tribute: all that to become the first from the sky as the earth on this feast, Louis had only to continue White’s son not to forget the precepts of his mother.
From there his whole life, a reflection of graceful simplicity notes that such a special way the heroism and grandeur. Looks like Louis never knew the work necessary to so many others, raised away from the throne, to adapt their souls to the divine word: Unless you become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. But also, according to the word of God, which was larger than this humble is honoring more than the baptism of Poissy coronation at Reims, saying his hours, fasting, scourging himself as his friends the Preachers and Minors always ready to stoop to those in whom the priesthood, the religious life, suffering or poverty Privileged showed him the sky? Add to the great men we have known in our time to smile in the presence of the defeated Mansoura, grieving over the loss of his breviary as the captive whom the book to the Saracens. They were too seen these men in similar ends! If such weakness of mind, as they think, has no home disgraced defeat, there hath not heard the enemy cry from any of them: “You are our prisoner, and one would say that it is we who are your prisoners.” We do not see them imposing fierce greed, drunkenness blood jailers, dictate peace as proudly as if they were the victors; the country, thrown them in adventures, is not, alas! Out most glorious event. It is characteristic of this wonderful reign of St. Louis, that disasters will add to its size heroes height that separates earth from heaven itself, that France conquered for centuries in the East, where the king was responsible chains, a reputation which no victory could not match the prestige.
The humility of the holy kings is not forgetting the magnitude of the role they fulfill for God; selflessness does not consist in the abandonment of rights that are also duties; nor that charity removes them justice, love of peace are wrong to martial virtues. Saint Louis without army did not fail to address the full height of his baptism with the infidel victorious; otherwise our West we knew it early, we always knew better as that over the years he grew in holiness: this king whose nights were spent in prayer to God, the days to serve the poor, n ‘intention of giving anyone the prerogatives of the crown he inherited from his parents. There is only one king in France, once said the justice of the Bois de Vincennes breaking a sentence of his brother, Charles of Anjou; and barons at Castle Belleme, the English Taillebourg, did not wait until then to learn it; either that Frederick II, who threatened to crush the church, looking at us accomplices, whose hypocritical explanations earned the German response, the kingdom of France is still so weak crumb that lets carry your spurs.
The death of Louis was simple and large as life. God called to him in painful and critical circumstances, away from the country on the African soil where he had once suffered so much: sanctifying thorns that had to remind the prince met his gem of choice, the Holy Crown acquired by him to the treasure of France. Driven by the hope of converting to Christianity the King of Tunis, it was more than an apostle soldier that he had approached the shore where waiting for the supreme battle. I say the ban of our Lord Jesus Christ and his sergeant Louis, King of France: sublime provocation thrown into the infidel city, worthy to close such a life. After six centuries passed, Tunis will see the son of the Franks who surrounded him then follow unwittingly challenged the holiest of their kings, they will be called, without knowing it, by all the blessed this land with the Ancient Carthage became a Christian keeps the memory for eternity.
Meanwhile, the army of the Cross, victorious in every battle, was decimated by a terrible evil. Surrounded by the dead and dying, reached himself spoke contagion, Louis summoned by him and his eldest son next successor, Philip, third of that name, to give him his final instructions:
“Dear son, the first thing I teach is that you put your heart to love God; because without it, no one can argue nothing. Beware undo something that displeases God, that is to say mortal sin; you should rather suffer all manner of torments. If God sends thee adversity, receive him with patience and give thanks to our Lord, and believe you’ve served. If he gives you prosperity, thank him humbly, and be not worse or pride or otherwise of what you need to best represent; for we must not wage war God for his gifts. Soft and piteous to the poor and mésaisiés have heart, and strengthens and helps depending on what you can. Maintain the good customs of thy kingdom, and bad falls. Like all good, all evil and hate in anything. Honor and love all the people of the holy Church, and care that would oust them their gifts and alms that your predecessors have given them. Dear son, I will teach you to be always devout to the Church of Rome and the sovereign bishop our father, the Pope, and his reverence and honor doors as you have to do your spiritual father. Working up any ugly sin is removed from your land; especially naughty oaths and heresy do to cut down your power … dear Biau son, I give you all the blessings that a father can give to son; Avens and Trinity and All Saints guard you and defend all evils; and God give you grace to do His will always, and be honored by you, and that you and I could be after this mortal life together with him and praise without end “.
After the saint became king bed in a bed covered with ashes, and put his hands on his chest and looking skyward went to our Creator’s mind, the very hour that the Son of God died for the salvation of the world in the cross. “
Jerusalem, the true Zion, you finally opened its doors to you, O Louis, which she gave to your treasures and yourself. Eternal throne of the Son of God associates you with his honors and power, always be the promoter of the reign of God on earth, the zealot of faith, the arms of our Mother Church. Without worship Christ, the infidel East, thanks to you, respects his worshipers, confusing under one meaning the name of Christian and Franc. Because of this, our leaders claim day stay in these parts protectors of Christianity they pursue on Gallic soil! Contradiction no less fatal to the country, is opposed to its traditions franchise to its reputation of honor and loyalty. How they would know our traditions and history, how would they understand the national interest, those who ignore the God of Clovis, Charlemagne and St. Louis? Already, what happened in Egypt that this was your hardest labors, the glorious heritage of influence that centuries had kept the nation?
Your descendants are no longer there to keep us from the invasion of the men who exploit the country and have only exile for those who have made it. Here, however, do not reveal how formidable the righteousness of the Lord! You had said: Rather a stranger that my son to govern the people of the kingdom, if my son is the misrule! Thirty years after the crusade of Tunis, an unworthy prince, your second successor, outraging the Vicar of the Man-God. Rejected from above, Philip IV the Fair, saw immediately stop in its sterilized sap race of your root. Withered and broken, sacrilege branch gave way on august rod to another branch after you forever. But the nation, loyal to his king, would atone for itself in a terrible war, whose political foresight of the same Philip the Fair had, by God’s judgment, asking the question; prince as fatal to the State that the Church and his own family. It was then that a hundred years, the country seemed on the verge of ruin; until, wonderful protection of Heaven on our country! the Maid of Orleans, Joan Venerable, torn out of the clutches of the English leopard lily France he claimed to unite.
Other mistakes were, alas! Compromise again, then twice again dry out or break the branches of the royal shaft. Long personal merits did against gravity before God at the scandal of morals which our princes had done as a mark of race, odious privilege shame that transmitted it to the Bourbons Valois dying, that had to atone without managing to clear the blood of the just Louis XVI qu’expient always so many illustrious exiles wandering in a foreign land their downfall and their memories. May you at least recognize in these remaining son you imitators of your virtues! This is by first claiming that first inheritance, one day maybe they will bring God to give them another. For God, who command to obey the established power in different time remains the master of the people, the immutable will of their variables for. But then instructed by the test, none of your descendants will not forget, O Louis, your ultimate recommendation: Work up any ugly sin is removed from your land; especially naughty oaths and heresy do to cut down your power.
Feast of Saint Louis IX, King of France, Confessor – Monday in the Eleventh Week after Pentecost
Semi-Double/White Missa “Os justi”
INTROIT: Psalm 36: 30-31
The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgment: the law of his God is in his heart. Be not emulous of evildoers: nor envy them that work iniquity. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.
God, Who didst take Thy blessed confessor, Louis, from an earthly throne to the glory of the Heavenly kingdom, by his merits and intercession we beseech Thee that Thou make us to be associates of the King of kings, Jesus Christ Thy Son. Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God…
Second Collect for Petitioning the Assistance of All Saints
Defend us, O Lord, we beseech thee, from all dangers both of body and soul: and at the intercession of the blessed and glorious Ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of blessed Joseph, of thy holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all thy Saints, grant us thy saving health and peace; that being defended from all adversities and all false doctrines, thy Church may serve thee in freedom and quietness.
EPISTLE: Ecclesiasticus 10:10-14
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom. The Lord conducted the just through the right ways, and showed him the kingdom of God, and gave him the knowledge of the holy things; made him honorable in his labors, and accomplished his labors. In the deceit of them that overreached him, He stood by him, and made him honorable. He kept him safe from his enemies, and defended him from seducers, and gave him a strong conflict that he might overcome, and know that wisdom is mightier than all. She forsook not the just when he was sold, but delivered him from sinners: she went down with him into the pit, and in bands she left him not, till she brought him the sceptre of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him; and showed them to be liars that had accused him: and the Lord our God gave him everlasting glory.
GRADUAL: Psalm 61: 13,14
The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Lebanon in the house of the Lord. V. (Psalm 61: 3) To show forth Thy mercy in the morning, and Thy truth in the night. Alleluia. Alleluia. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life. Alleluia.
GOSPEL: Luke 19: 12-26
At that time Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And calling his ten servants, he gave them ten pounds; and said to them, Trade till I come. But his citizens hated him; and they sent an embassage after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass that he returned, having received the kingdom; and he commanded his servants to be called, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. And the first came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds: and he said to him, Well done, thou good servant, because thou hast been faithful in a little, thou shalt have power over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds: and he said to him, Be thou also over five cities. And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin; for I feared thee, because thou art an austere man; thou takest up what thou didst not lay down, and thou reapest that which thou didst not sow. He saith to him, Out of thy own mouth I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knowest that I was an austere man, taking up what I laid not down, and reaping that which I did not sow: and why then didst thou not give my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have exacted it with usury? And he said to them that stood by, Take the pound away from him, and give it to him that hath the ten pounds. And they said to Him, Lord, he hath ten pounds. But I say to you, that to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound; and from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken from him.”
OFFERTORY: Psalm 88: 25
My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that as blessed Louis, Thy confessor, spurning the delights of the world, strove only to please Christ, his King, so his prayer may render us acceptable to Thee. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God…
Secret Prayer for Petitioning the Assistance of All Saints
Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation, and by the power of the Sacrament defend us from all dangers both of body and soul: granting us in this world the succour of thy grace, and in the world to come life everlasting.
PREFACE Common Preface
It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: through Christ our Lord. Through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the Heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say in lowly praise:
SANCTUS, SANCTUS, SANCTUS Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria Tua. Hosanna in excelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.
COMMUNION: Matthew 24: 46-47
Blessed is the servant, whom when the Lord shall come, He shall find watching: Amen I say to you, He shall set him over all his goods.
O God, Who didst make Thy blessed confessor, Louis, wonderful on earth and glorious in Heaven, constitute him, we beseech Thee, the defender of Thy Church. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God…
Second Postcommunion for Petitioning the Assistance of All Saints
Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that the gifts now offered by us in these holy mysteries may evermore cleanse and defend us: that, at the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of blessed Joseph, of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all thy Saints; we may be absolved from all our offences and defended against all adversities.
Feast of the Holy King and Confessor St. Louis
St. Louis IX ora pro nobis!