Saturday, 16 January 2016
16th January, St Joseph Vaz, Confessor
Eventually Joseph made his way to the independent kingdom of Kandy, situationed in the moutainous interior of Ceylon. After having worked miracles that convinced the king of his divine protection, he was allowed to set up a mission in Kandy. Eventually the faith spread through Ceylon, including the Dutch territories.
Joseph died on 16th January 1711, having devoted his life to the service of Christ and the propagation of the faith. He was beatified in 1995, and canonized in 2015.
Justus ut palma florebit: sicut cedrus Libani multiplicabitur: plantatus in domo Domini: in atriis domus Dei nostri. * Bonum est confiteri Domino: et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime.
The just shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus: planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.
(Psalm 91:13-14,2 from the Introit of Mass)
Lord God, by whose surpassing mercy Blessed Joseph made known the unfathomable riches of Christ, grant, at his intercession, that we may grow in knowledge of you, yield fruit in every good work, and by the truth of the Gospel live faithfully in your presence. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Further details about Blessed Joseph Vaz: http://www.oxfordoratory.org.uk/bl-joseph-vaz.php