St. Hedwige


October 16

ST. HEDWIGE, the wife of Henry, Duke of Silesia, and the mother of his six children, led a humble, austere, and most holy life amidst all the pomp of royal state. Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament was the key-note of her life. Her valued privilege was to supply the bread and wine for the Sacred Mysteries, and she would attend each morning as many Masses as were celebrated. After the death of her husband she retired to the Cistercian convent of Trebnitz, where she lived under obedience to her daughter Gertrude, who was abbess of the monastery, growing day by day in holiness, till God called her to Himself, in 1242.
Reflection. —Love for the Sacred Heart especially honors the Incarnation, and makes the soul grow rapidly in humility, generosity, patience, and union with its Beloved.
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition

Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

October 16

Introit • Ps. 129, 3, 4

If THOU shalt observe iniquities, O Lord, Lord, who shall endure it? For with Thee is propitiation, O God of Israel. Ps. 129, 1, 2. From the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O God, our refuge and our strength, the very author of piety, be present to the devout supplications of Thy Church, and grant that what we seek in faith we may effectively arrive at. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Philip. 1, 6-11

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Philippians.
[The apostle’s affection for the Philippians.]

BRETHREN, we are confident in the Lord Jesus, that He who hath begun a good work in you, will perfect it unto the day of Christ Jesus. As it is meet for me to think this for you all, for that I have you in my heart; and that in my bands, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of my joy. For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your charity may more and more abound in knowledge, and in all understanding: That you may approve the better things, that you may be sincere and without offence unto the day of Christ, Filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.  

Gradual • Ps. 132, 1, 2

Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron.

Lesser Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 113, 11. They that fear the Lord, let them hope in Him: He is their helper and protector. Alleluia.

Gospel • Matt. 22, 15-21

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew. 

[The parable of the marriage feast. Christ orders tribute to be paid to Caesar. He confutes the Sadducees, shews which is the first commandment in the law and puzzles the Pharisees.]

At that time, the Pharisees went and consulted among themselves how to ensnare Jesus in his speech. And they sent to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying: Master, we know that thou art a true speaker, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou dost not regard the person of men. Tell us therefore what dost thou think, is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? But Jesus knowing their wickedness, said: Why do you tempt me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the coin of the tribute. And they offered him a penny. And Jesus saith to them: Whose image and inscription is this? They say to him: Caesar' s. Then he saith to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar' s; and to God, the things that are God' s.

Offertory • Esther 14, 12, 13

Remember me, O Lord, Thou Who rulest above all power; and give a well-ordered speech in my mouth, that my words may be pleasing in the sight of the prince.


GRANT, O merciful God, that this saving oblation may forever rid us of our own guilt and defend us from all adversities. Through our Lord.

Communion • Matt. 24, 46, 47

I have cried, for Thou, O God, hast heard me: O incline Thy ear unto me, and hear my words.


We have taken the gifts of the sacred mystery, O Lord, humbly imploring that what Thou hast bidden us do in commemoration of Thee may avail unto the help of our infirmity. Through our Lord.