St. Augustine of Canterbury

Bishop, Confessor

May 28

St. Augustine was a Roman monk, and was sent by Pope Gregory the Great with forty companions to England in order to convert that land to the Faith. The result far surpassed the expectations of the Pope, for God set his seal on the preaching of St. Augustine by so great a number of miracles that the age of the apostles seemed to have come again. Ethelbert, the King of Kent, together with the chief persons of his court, was the first to receive Baptism from the hands of the saint, who gave bodily health to the sick as well as salvation to their souls.
By command of St. Gregory, Augustine was consecrated the first Bishop of the English by Virgilius of Arles. Returning to England, he consecrated bishops for other Sees and established his own See, as Primate, at Canterbury, where he also built a monastery. He died on May 26, 609, and was at once venerated as a saint. This fest was place on the Calendar by Leo XIII.

Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension

Introit • Ps. 26, 7, 8, 9

Hear, O Lord, my voice with which I have cried to Thee, alleluia: my heart hath said to Thee, I have sought Thy face, Thy face, O Lord, I will seek: turn not away Thy face from me, alleluia. Ps. 26, 1. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Almighty and eternal God, make us ever bear a devout affection toward Thee, and with sincere hear to sere Thy majesty. Through our Lord.

Epistle • 1 Peter 4, 7-11

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Peter the Apostle.
[Exhortations to cease from sin, to mutual charity, to do all for the glory of God, to be willing to suffer for Christ.]

Dearly beloved, be prudent therefore, and watch in prayers. But before all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves: for charity covereth a multitude of sins. Using hospitality one towards another, without murmuring, As every man hath received grace, ministering the same one to another: as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak, as the words of God. If any man minister, let him do it, as of the power, which God administereth: that in all things God may be honoured through Jesus Christ: to whom is glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen.   
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 46, 9. The Lord hath reigned over all the nations; God sitteth on His holy throne. Alleluia. John 14, 18. I will not leave you orphans; I go and I come to you, and your heart shall rejoice. Alleluia.

Gospel • John 15, 26, 27: 16, 1-4

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John. 

At that time, Jesus said to his disciples, when the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, he shall give testimony of me. And you shall give testimony, because you are with me from the beginning. These things have I spoken to you, that you may not be scandalized. They will put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God. And these things will they do to you; because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things I have told you, that when the hour shall come, you may remember that I told you.

Offertory • Ps. 46, 6

God is ascended with jubilee; and the Lord with the sound of trumpet. Alleluia.


Let this immaculate sacrifice purify us, O Lord, and impart to our souls the vigor and supernal grace. Through our Lord.

Communion • John 17, 12, 13, 15

Father, while I was with them, I kept them whom Thou gavest Me, alleluia; but now I come to Thee; I pray not that Thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldst keep them from evil, alleluia, alleluia.


As we have been filled with heavenly gifts, O Lord, grant , we beseech Thee, that we may constantly persevere in thanksgiving. Through our Lord.