BLESSED PIUS CAMPIDELLI
you reveal yourself in a marvelous way
to the little ones and to the pure of heart.
Manifest yourself to us,
we beseech you,
as you did to Blessed Pius.
As our one and true God,
grant that we may follow you unceasingly
in purity and sincerity of life,
loving you above all things
and loving others with your love.
We ask this
through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen
BLESSED EUGENE BOSSILKOV
BLESSED GRIMOALDO SANTAMARIA
PRESENTATION OF MARY
The tradition of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple was very dear to St. Paul of the Cross because it reminded him of his own consecration to God by the foundation of the Passionist Congregation. He wanted the first house of Passionists on Monte Argentario and the first Monastery of Passionist Nuns founded at Tarquinia to be dedicated to the Presentation of Mary. Hence this feast came to be celebrated among Passionists with much solemnity. Today, however, it commemorates the Blessed Virgin as the humble handmaid of the Lord, associated in the mystery of redemption, rather than the traditional Presentation of Mary in the Temple.