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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

26th May, St Philip Neri, Confessor

St. Philip Neri, Confessor

St. Philip, born at Florence in the sixteenth century, left everything to serve the divine Master (Gospel), and founded the Congregation of the Oratory.

The Holy Ghost had inflamed him with such love for God (Introit, Alleluia, Secret), that the palpitations of his heart bent two of his ribs (Communion).

He would spend whole nights in the contemplation of heavenly things and the Spirit of Truth "taught him true wisdom" (Epistle). His conversations with Jesus filled him with such intense joy that he exclaimed: "Enough, Lord, enough!"

He had an especial ministry to young men: "Amuse yourselves," he said to them, "but do not offend God."

He died in 1595 on the feast of Corpus Christi.

Like St. Philip, with our hearts full of a holy and loving joy, let us run in the way of the commandments of God (Collect).

Caritas Dei diffusa est in cordibus nostris, per inhabitantem Spiritum ejus in nobis. Alleluia, alleluia. * Benedic, anima mea, Domino: et omnia quae intra me sunt, nomini sancto ejus.
The charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by His Spirit dwelling within us, Alleluia, alleluia. * Bless the Lord, O my soul; and let all that is within me bless His holy name.
(Romans 5:5 and Psalm 102:1 from the Introit of Mass)

Deus, qui beatum Philippum Confessorem tuum, Sanctorum tuorum gloria sublimasti: concede propitius; ut cujus solemnitate laetamur, ejus virtutum proficiamus exemplo.
O God, who hast exalted blessed Philip, Thy confessor, in the glory of Thy saints: grant in Thy mercy, that we who rejoice in his festival, may profit by the example of his virtues.

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