St. Clotilda, Queen

June 3

ST. CLOTILDA was daughter of Chilperic, younger brother to Gondebald, the tyrannical King of Burgundy, who put him and his wife, and his other brothers, except one, to death, in order to usurp their dominions. Clotilda was brought up in her uncle's court, and, by a singular providence, was instructed in the Catholic religion, though she was educated in the midst of Arians. Her wit, beauty, meekness, modesty, and piety made her the adoration of all the neighboring kingdoms, and Clovis I., surnamed the Great, the victorious king of the Franks, demanded and obtained her in marriage. She honored her royal husband, studied to sweeten his warlike temper by Christian meekness, conformed herself to his humor in things that were indifferent, and, the better to gain his affections, made those things the subject of her discourse and praises in which she knew him to take the greatest delight. When she saw herself mistress of his heart she did not defer the great work of endeavoring to win him to God, but the fear of giving offence to his people made him delay his conversion. His miraculous victory over the Alemanni, and his entire conversion in 496, were at length the fruit of our Saint's prayers. Clotilda, having gained to God this great monarch, never ceased to excite him to glorious actions for the divine honor; among other religious foundations, he built in Paris, at her request, about the year 511, the great church of Sts. Peter and Paul, now called St. Genevieve's. This great prince died on the 27th of November, in the year 511, at the age of forty-five, having reigned thirty years. His eldest son, Theodoric, reigned at Rheims over the eastern parts of France, Clodomir reigned at Orleans, Childebert at Paris, and Clotaire I. at Soissons. This division produced wars and mutual jealousies, till in 560 the whole monarchy was reunited under Clotaire, the youngest of these brothers. The dissension in her family contributed more perfectly to wean Clotilda's heart from the world. She spent the remaining part of her life in exercises of prayer, almsdeeds, watching, fasting, and penance, seeming totally to forget that she had been queen or that her sons sat on the throne. Eternity filled her heart and employed all her thoughts. She foretold her death thirty days before it happened. On the thirtieth day of her illness, she received the sacraments, made a public confession of her faith, and departed to the Lord on the 3d of June, in 545.

Reflection. —St. Peter defines the mission of the Christian woman; to win the heart of those who believe not the word.   

Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition

Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Virgil of Pentecost

Introit • Ex. 36

When I shall be sanctified in you, I will gather you together out of all the countries; and I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your filthiness; and I will give you a new spirit, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 33, 2. I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall be ever in my mouth.  Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Grant, we beseech, O almighty God, that the splendor of Thy brightness may shine upon us, and that the light of Thy light may strengthen with the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit the hearts of those who, through Thy grace, have been born again. Through… in the unity of the same.

Epistle • Acts 19, 1-8

Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles.
[Paul establishes the church at Ephesus. The tumult of the silversmiths.]

In those days it came to pass, while Apollo was at Corinth, that Paul having passed through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples. And he said to them: Have you received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? But they said to him: We have not so much as heard whether there be a Holy Ghost. And he said: In what then were you baptized? Who said: In John's baptism. Then Paul said: John baptized the people with the baptism of penance, saying: That they should believe in him who was to come after him, that is to say, in Jesus. Having heard these things, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul had imposed his hands on them, the Holy Ghost came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve. And entering into the synagogue, he spoke boldly for the space of three months, disputing and exhorting concerning the kingdom of God.  
Alleluia. Ps. 160, 1. Gibe praise to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.

Tract Psalm 116, 1, 2

Praise the Lord, all ye nations; and praise Him together all ye people. Because His mercy is confirmed upon us; and the truth of the Lord remaineth forever.

Gospel • John 14, 15-21

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John. 

[Christ's discourse after his last supper.]

At that time, Jesus said to his disciples, If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever. The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him: but you shall know him; because he shall abide with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you. Yet a little while: and the world seeth me no more. But you see me: because I live, and you shall live. In that day you shall know, that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them; he it is that loveth me. And he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father: and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Offertory • Ps. 103, 30, 31

Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created; and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth; may the glory of the Lord endure for ever, Alleluia.


Sanctify, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gifts we offer, and cleanse our heats with the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. Through… in the unity of the same.

Communion • John 7, 37, 39

On the last day of the festivity, Jesus said, He that believeth in Me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water; but this He said of the Spirit, which they should receive who believed in Him, alleluia, alleluia


May the infusion of the Holy Spirit cleanse our hearts, O Lord, and make them fruitful by the inward watering with His heavenly dew. Through… in the unity of the same.