Saint Philip Neri
Romans 5:5; Ps. 102:1
The charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by His Spirit dwelling within us. (P.T. Alleluia.) Ps. Bless the Lord, O my soul; and let all that is within me bless His holy name. Glory be to the Father.
O God, Who didst exalt blessed Philip, Thy Confessor, with the glory of Thy Saints, mercifully grant that we, who are gladdened by his feast, may profit by the example of his virtues. Through our Lord.
I wished, and understanding was given me; and I called, and the spirit of wisdom came upon me; and I preferred her before kingdoms and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. Neither did I compare unto her any precious stone, for all gold in comparison of her is as a little sand. and silver in respect to her shall be counted as clay. I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have her instead of light, for her light cannot be put out. Now all good things came to me together with her, and innumerable riches through her hands. And I rejoiced in them all; for this wisdom went before me, and I knew not that she was the mother of them all: which I have learned without guile, and communicate without envy, and her riches I hide not; for she is an infinite treasure to men, which they that use become the friends of God, being commended for the gifts of discipline.
Psalm 33:12, 6
Come, children, hearken to me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Come ye to Him, and be enlightened: and your faces shall not be confounded.
Alleluia, alleluia. From above He hath sent a fire into my bones, and hath instructed me. (Alleluia.)
Lamentations 1:13; Psalm 38:4
Alleluia, alleluia. From above He hath sent a fire into my bones, and hath instructed me.
Alleluia. My heart grew hot within me, and in my meditation a fire shall flame out. Alleluia.
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Let your loins be girt, and lamps burning in your hands, and you yourselves like to men, who wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when He cometh, shall find watching. Amen, I say to you,that He will gird Himself, and make them sit down to meat, and passing will minister unto them. And if He shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. But this know ye, that if the householder did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open. Be ye then also ready; for at what hour you think not, the Son of man will come.
I have run the way of Thy commandments, when Thou didst enlarge my heart. (P.T. Alleluia.)
Look with satisfaction, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon the sacrifices here before Thee, and grant that the Holy Ghost may kindle within us that fire with which He miraculously penetrated the heart of blessed Philip. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth.
My heart and my flesh have rejoiced in the living God. (P.T. Alleluia.)
Regaled with Heavenly delights, O Lord, we pray Thee, that, by the merits of blessed Philip, Thy Confessor, and after his example, we may ever seek those things by which we truly live. Through our Lord.