Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
Thou hast made him a little less than the Angels: Thou hast crowned him with glory and honour. Ps. Praise ye the Lord, all His Angels: praise ye Him, all His hosts. Glory be to the Father.
O God, the dispenser of Heavenly gifts, Who in the angelic youth Aloysius didst combine wonderful innocence of life with penance, grant to his merits and prayers that we, who have not followed him in innocence, may imitate his penance. Through our Lord.
Blessed is the man that is found without blemish, and that hath not gone after gold, nor put his trust in money nor in treasures. Who is he, and we will praise him? for he hath done wonderful things in his life. Who hath been tried thereby, and made perfect, he shall have glory everlasting: he that could have transgressed, and hath not transgressed: and could do evil things, and hath not done them: therefore are his goods established in the Lord, and all the Church of the Saints shall declare his alms.
Psalm 70:5-6; 40:13
My hope, O Lord, from my youth: by Thee have I been confirmed from the womb; from my mother’s womb Thou art my protector. But Thou hast upheld me by reason of my innocence, and hast established me in Thy sight forever.
Alleluia, Alleluia. Blessed is he whom Thou hast chosen, and taken to Thee: he shall dwell in Thy courts. Alleluia.
At that time, Jesus answering, said to the Sadducees: You err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they shall neither marry nor be married: but shall be as Angels of God in heaven. And concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken by God, saying to you: I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. And the multitudes hearing it were in admiration of His doctrine. But the Pharisees, hearing that He had silenced the Sadducees, came together: and one of them, a doctor of the law, asked Him, tempting Him: Master, which is the great commandment of the law? Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Of these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets.
Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His holy place? The innocent in hands, and clean of heart.
Make us, O Lord, to sit down to Thy Heavenly banquet clothed in the wedding garment which the pious preparation and constant tears of blessed Aloysius adorned with priceless pearls. Through our Lord.
He gave them the bread of Heaven: man ate the bread of Angels.
Grant, O Lord, that we who have been fed with the food of Angels, may also live the lives of Angels: and after the example of him whom we honour this day, always continue to give thanks unto Thee. Through our Lord.