St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows


February 27

Saint Gabriel was known in the world as Francis Possenti, son of a professional and respected family. He grew up in a household where devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows was a hallmark of family life. Francis grew up, living the life of a typical teenager, he danced, he hunted, he went out with girls, but he still felt something was lacking. He turned to Jesus and His Sorrowful Mother and felt an inner calling from Our Lady to become a Passionist. This he did after many trials. As a Passionist he grew daily in love with Our Lord and Mary, the Virgin of Sorrows and soon came to the perfection of Christian virtue. He died from tuberculosis at the young age of 24.

Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Introit • Ecclus. 11, 13

The eye of God looked upon him for good, and He raised him from his humility, and exalted his head: and many wondered at him, and gave honor to God. Ps. 72, 1. How good is God to Israel, to those who are right of heart! Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O God, Who didst teach blessed Gabriel, diligently to ponder the sorrows of Thy most sweet Mother, and Who hast gloriously exalted him as a saint and worker of wonder: vouchsafe to be moved by his merits and prayers, and to grant unto us so to mourn with Mary Thy Mother, that her maternal care may ensure our salvation. Who livest.

Epistle • 1 John 2, 14-17

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed John the Apostle.
[Christ is our advocate. We must keep his commandments and love one another. We must not love the world nor give ear to new teachers, but abide by the spirit of God in the church.]

Dearly beloved: I write unto you, babes, because you have known the Father. I write unto you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and you have overcome the wicked one. Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the concupiscence thereof: but he that doth the will of God, abideth for ever.


Gradual • Ps. 30, 20

How great is the multitude of Thy sweetness, O Lord, which Thou hast hidden for them that fear Thee! Thou hast perfected them that hope in Thee in the sight of the sons of men.

Tract. Ps. 83, 6-7, 11, 13

Blessed is the man whose help is from thee: in his heart, he hath disposed to ascend by steps, in the vale of tears, in the place which he hath set. I have chosen to be an abject in the house of my God, rather than to dwell in the tabernacles of sinner. He will not deprive of good things them that walk in innocence: O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee.

Gospel • Mark 10, 13-21

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Mark. 

[Marriage is not to be dissolved. The danger of riches. The ambition of the sons of Zebedee. A blind man is restored to his sight.]

At that time: They offered to Jesus little children, that he should touch them. But the disciples rebuked them that brought them. Whom when Jesus saw, he was much displeased, and saith to them: Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. Amen I say to you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall not enter into it.
And embracing them, and laying his hands upon them, he blessed them.And when he was gone forth into the way, a certain man running up and kneeling before him, asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may receive life everlasting? And Jesus said to him, Why callest thou me good? None is good but one, that is God. Thou knowest the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, bear not false witness, do no fraud, honour thy father and mother. But he answering, said to him: Master, all these things I have observed from my youth.
And Jesus looking on him, loved him, and said to him: One thing is wanting unto thee: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.

Offertory • Ps. 115, 16, 17

O Lord, for I am Thy servant and the son of Thy handmaid: Thou hast broken my bonds, to Thee will I sacrifice a host of praise.


Make us, O Lord, who offer Thee the saving host in memory of St. Gabriel, daily to recall the sacrifice of Thy death; and by the merits of the sorrowful Virgin abundantly to receive the fruit of the same sacrifice. Who livest.

Communion • Apoc. 3, 20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man shall hear My voice, and shall open to Me the door, I will enter in to him and will sup with him and he with me.


The thanks which we offer to Thee, O Lord, in the festivity of St. Gabriel, Thy confessor, for the gifts we have received, do Thou graciously receive at the hands of the glorious ever-virgin Mary: of who Thou didst take that flesh whose sweetness we have deserved to taste in this healthful banquet. Who livest.