Sep. 23 Memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest; Ember Friday, Memorial

Entrance Antiphon, Cf. Ps 132 (131):9: Your priests, O Lord, shall be clothed with justice; your holy ones shall ring out their joy.Gospel Verse, Mk 10:45: The Son of Man came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.Communion Antiphon, Lk 12:42: This is the steward, faithful and prudent, whom the Lord set over his household, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time.Today is the Memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina, more popularly known as Padre Pio was born in 1887 in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina. He joined the Capuchin Friars at the age of sixteen and was ordained a priest seven years later. For fifty years at the monastery of San Giovanni Rotundo he was a much sought after spiritual advisor, confessor, and intercessor whose life was devoted to the Eucharist and prayer. Yet despite such notoriety, he would often say, “I only want to be a poor friar who prays.”

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