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Ordinary Time: September 2nd

Friday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Other Commemorations: St. Agricolus, bishop (RM)

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September 02, 2022 (Readings on USCCB website)

COLLECT PRAYER

Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time: God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that, by deepening our sense of reverence, and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

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Entrance Antiphon, Cf. Ps 86(85):3, 5:

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry all the day long. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you.


Gospel Verse, Jn 8:12:

I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.


The Roman Martyrology commemorates St. Agricolus (also Agricola) (625-700), son of St. Magnus and bishop of Avignon. He built a church in Avignon to be served by the monks of Lerins and also a convent for Benedictine nuns. By his blessing, he put an end to an invasion of storks.


St. Agricolus
The son of a Gallo-Roman senator named Magnus, St. Agricolus entered the monastery about the age of 14, possibly after the death of his mother, and acquired a great reputation for piety and learning. Meanwhile, his widowed father, Magnus, received Holy Orders and became a monk. Magnus was named bishop of Avignon 16 years later, and he consecrated his son, who by then had been a priest for quite some time, to become coadjutor bishop. St. Agricolus succeeded his father ten years later and became famous for preaching and aid to the sick and poor. Depicted here with a dragon, St. Agricolus, like Sts. George, Arsacius and Margaret of Antioch, is considered to have done battle with the devil–not utilizing his own weak human will, but shielded with a crucifix, much prayer, fasting and faith in his Redeemer. As bishop of Avignon, St. Agricolus worked all the harder for the sake of his flock. St. Agricola lived from 625-700. He was named Patron of Avignon in 1647.

—Excerpted from 2009 Saints Calendar, Tan Books and Publishers

Patron: Avignon; against misfortune; against plague epidemics; for rain; for good weather; storks; for good harvests; against gambling; against misfortune of all kinds.

Symbols: storks

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