What Catholics Believe

January 29 - St. Francis de Sales, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor

Introit: Ecclesiasticus xv. 5

    In the midst of the Church the Lord opened his mouth: and He filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed him with a robe of glory. ‍Ps. It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing Thy name, O most High. ℣. Glory be to the Father.


    O God, by whose gracious will blessed Francis, Thy confessor and bishop, became all things to all men, for the salvation of their souls; grant, we beseech Thee that being filled with the sweetness of Thy love, we may, by the guidance of his counsels and by the aid of his merits, attain unto the joys of everlasting life. Through our Lord.

Epistle: 2 Timothy iv. 1-8

    Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to Timothy. Dearly beloved, I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by his coming, and his kingdom: preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labor in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober. For I am even now ready to be sacrificed, and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord, the just Judge will render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love his coming.

Gradual: Psalm xxxvi. 30, 31

    The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgement. ℣. The law of his God is in his heart: and his steps shall not be supplanted.

Alleluia: Ecclesiasticus xiv. 9

    Alleluia, alleluia. ℣. The Lord loved him and adorned him: He clothed him with a robe of glory. Alleluia.

Gospel: Matthew v. 13-19

    + Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Offertory: Psalm cxi. 13

    The just shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus. ‍


    May the holy prayer of blessed Francis Thy bishop, confessor and doctor never fail us, O Lord; may it render our offerings acceptable, and ever obtain for us Thy pardon, Through our Lord.

Communion: Luke xii. 42

    The faithful and wise servant whom his lord setteth over his family: to give them their measure of wheat in due season. ‍


    May blessed Francis Thy bishop, confessor and illustrious doctor intercede for us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that these Thy sacrifices may obtain for us salvation. Through our Lord.

+ Taken from St. Andrew Daily Missal, by Dom Gaspar Lefebvre, O.S.B., Imprimi Potest 11-18-1945 P. Joannes Delacroix, O.S.B., Imprimatur 11-22-1945 Joseph Van Der Meersch