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Friday, 4 November 2016

4th November, St Charles Borromeo, Bishop and Confessor

St Charles Borromeo, Bishop and Confessor

St Charles was one of the chief instruments of the true reformation of the Church in the 16th century. It was greatly owing to his wisdom that the Council of Trent was happily concluded. Made a cardinal at the age of 23, he soon became archbishop of Milan. He held synods and councils, established colleges and communities, renewed the spirit of his clergy and of monasteries, founded asylums and created diocesan seminaries, the rules of which were adopted everywhere. He died in 1584.

Statuit ei Dominus testamentum pacis, et principem fecit eum: ut sit illi sacerdotii dignitas in aeternum. * Memento Domine David et omnis mansuetudinis ejus.
The Lord made to him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince; that the dignity of the priesthood should be to him for ever. *O Lord, remember David: and all his meekness.
(Ecclus. 45:30 and Psalm 131:1. From the Introit at Mass).

Ever keep Thy church, O Lord, we beseech Thee, under the protection of St. Charles, Thy confessor and bishop; that through the intercession of him how became glorious by his watchful care over his flock, we may ever burn with love for Thee.

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