Saint John Leonardi


Ecclesiasticus 42:15-16; Psalm 95:1

By the words of the Lord are His works: the sun giving light hath looked upon all things, and full of the glory of the Lord is His work. Ps. O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth. Glory be to the Father.


O God, Who for the propagation of the Faith among the people wast pleased in a wondrous manner to stir up blessed John, Thy Confessor: and Who, through him, didst in Thy Church gather together a new Society for the instruction of the faithful: do Thou grant unto us Thy servants, that we may so profit by his teaching, as to attain unto the everlasting rewards. Through our Lord.


2 Corinthians 4:1-6; 15-18

Brethren: Seeing we have this ministration, according as we have obtained mercy, we faint not, but renounce the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor adulterating the word of God, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience, in the sight of God. And if our Gospel be also hid; it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of unbelievers, that the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God, should not shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ our Lord: and ourselves your servants through Jesus. For God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Christ Jesus. For all things are for your sakes: that the grace, abounding through many, may abound in thanksgiving unto the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man be corrupted, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For that which is at present momentary and light of our tribulation, worketh for us above measure exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; while we look, not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen, are temporal: but the things which are not seen, are eternal.


Psalm 72:21; 68:10

My heart hath been inflamed and my loins have been changed: the zeal of Thy house hath eaten me up. He hath made my mouth like unto a sharp sword: in the shadow of His hand hath He protected me, and made me as a chosen shaft.


Psalm 70:7

Alleluia, alleluia. I am become to many as a wonder: but Thou art a strong helper. Alleluia.


Luke 10:1-9

At that time, the Lord appointed also other seventy-two; and He sent them two and two before His face into every city and place whither He Himself was to come. And He said to them, The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He send labourers into His harvest. Go, behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house: and if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him: but if not, it shall return to you. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they have: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house. And into what city soever you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: and heal the sick that are therein; and say to them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.


Colossians 1:25

I am made a minister of Christ according to the dispensation of God, which is given to me, that I may fulfil the word of the Lord.


Receive, O Lord, the clean oblation of this salutary sacrifice: and, by the intercession of blessed John, Thy Confessor, grant that everywhere among the nations it may fittingly be offered up. Through our Lord.


Philippians 3:7

The things that were gain to me, the same I counted loss for Christ.


Refreshed by the sacred mysteries of Thy precious body and blood, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that, following the example of blessed John, Thy Confessor, we may set ourselves to profess that which he believed, and in our actions to put into practice that which he taught: Who livest and reignest.

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