Archive for February 26th, 2020

Shrine of St. Gabriel, Isola del Gran Sasso

26 February, 2020

St. Gabriel – Patron of Students & Young People

26 February, 2020


Feast Day – 27th February 2020

Blog – St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Passionist

27 February Mass of St. Gabriel, Passionist

26 February, 2020


Collect: O God, who in the design of your love called Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows to live the mystery of the Cross with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, guide our spirit towards your Crucified Son so that by participating in his Passion and we may achieve the glory of the Resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who is God…

First Reading: Genesis XII : 1-2, 4

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm CXVIII : 9-14

R) Your word, O Lord, is a source of joy

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. R)

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. R)

With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. R)

Second Reading: Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians III : 8-14

Gospel: The Gospel of Mark X : 17-21

Prayer Over the Gifts: Accept, Lord, these gifts which we present to You in memory of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows to rejoice in our salvation and to obtain the gifts of Your Spirit whose sacrifice takes away the sins of the world.

Preface: It is truly just and good to render glory to you, O Lord, to offer you our thanksgiving always and everywhere, all holy Father, eternal and all powerful God, On this day on which we celebrate St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, we wish to sing to you, to bless and glorify you. He, living at the shadow of the Cross, associated with the pains of the Mother of your Son, he offered to You, O Father, with filial love. Docile to the wonderful action of your Spirit, he conformed his spirit to Our Lord Jesus Christ, and is a model of perfection for your Church. Illuminated by his sanctity and comforted by his protection, may we follow his example and reach Your Heavenly Kingdom. And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven we proclaim your glory and join in their unending hymn of praise;

Communion Antiphon: Galatians II : 20

Prayer After Communion: O God, source of life, the Sacrament that we have received increases in us your spirit of truth and of love, and in the imitation of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows obtain for us to participate with him in the sharing of life eternal. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Dates in the Life of St. Gabriel, Passionist

26 February, 2020

St. Gabriel 1

1st March 1838 – Born and baptised in Assisi, Italy; 21st September 1856 Clothed in the Passionist Habit; 22 September 1857 Religious Profession; 27th February 1862 Died at Isola Del Gran Sasso; 7th July 1896 Cause of Canonisation introduced by decree of Pope Leo XIII; 31st May 1908 Beatification; 13th May 1920 Canonisation.

Letter of St. Gabriel to his father shortly before his profession as a Passionist:

“I well remember, dearest father, that I promised you to return home whenever I was sure that the Lord had not called me to join this Congregation. But, dear father, how can I possibly leave so good a Master as Jesus Christ and so loving a mother as Mary? Even though I am a useless and unworthy servant, even though I continue to displease their Sacred Hearts, I realise nevertheless that they alone can impart true happiness and joy of heart. I don’t deserve it; indeed I am unworthy of such a grace. God knows I mean that with all my heart.”