St. Margaret Mary Alacoque


October 17

MARGARET MARY was born at Terreau in Burgundy, on the 22d July, 1647. During her infancy she showed a wonderfully sensitive horror of the very idea of sin. In 1671 she entered the Order of the Visitation, at Paray-le-Monial, and was professed the following year. After purifying her by many trials, Jesus appeared to her in numerous visions, displaying to her His Sacred Heart, sometimes burning as a furnace, and sometimes torn and bleeding on account of the coldness and sins of men. In. 1675 the great revelation was made to her that she, in union with Father de la Colombière, of the Society of Jesus, was to be the chief instrument for instituting the feast of the Sacred Heart, and for spreading that devotion throughout the world. She died on the 17th October, 1690.

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

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

October 17

Introit • Cant. 2, 3

Under the shadow of Him Who I had desired, did I sit: and His fruit was sweet to my taste. Ps. 83, 2, 3. How lovely are thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts! My soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst reveal the unsearchable riches of Thy Heart to blessed Margaret, the virgin, grant us, by her merits and our imitation of her that, loving Thee in all things and above all things, we may deserve to have our continual abode in that same Heart of Thine. Who livest.

Epistle • Eph. 3, 8-19

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians.

[The mystery hidden from former ages was discovered to the apostle, to be imparted to the Gentiles. He prays that they may be strengthened in God.]

BRETHREN: To me, the least of all the saints, is given this grace, to preach among the Gentiles, the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to enlighten all men, that they may see what is the dispensation of the mystery which hath been hidden from eternity in God, who created all things: That the manifold wisdom of God may be made known to the principalities and powers in heavenly places through the church: according to the eternal purpose, which he made, in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I pray you not to faint at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom all paternity in heaven and earth is named,

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened by his Spirit with might unto the inward man, That Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts; that being rooted and founded in charity, You may be able to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth: To know also the charity of Christ, which surpasseth all knowledge, that you may be filled unto all the fulness of God.


Gradual • Cant. 8, 7

Many waters have not been able to quench charity: neither shall floods drown it. Ps. 72, 26. My flesh hath fainted, and my heart: O God, the God of my heart, and my portion forever.

Lesser Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia. Cant. 7, 10. I unto my Beloved: and His turning is toward me. Alleluia.

Gospel • Matt. 11, 25-30

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew. 

[John sends his disciples to Christ, who upbraids the Jews for their incredulity, and calls to him such as are sensible of their burdens.]

At that time Jesus answered and said, I praise Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to the little ones.

Yea, Father; for so hath it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered to me by my Father; and no one knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither doth any one know the Father, but the Son, and he to whom it shall please the Son to reveal him. Come to me, all you that labor, and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is sweet and my burden light.


Offertory • Zach. 9, 17

What is His good, and what is His beautiful thing: but the corn of the elect, and wine springing forth virgin?


May the offerings of Thy people be accepted by Thee, O Lord, and grant that we be enkindled with that divine fire sent forth from the Heart of Thy Son, with which blessed Margaret was so ardently inflamed. Through the same.

Communion • Matt. 24, 46, 47

I unto my Beloved, and my Beloved unto me: He that feedeth among the lilies.


Having received the mysteries of Thy body and blood, we beseech Thee, O Lord Jesus, grant us by the intercession of blessed Margaret, the virgin, that, putting off the proud vanities of the world, we may have grace to put on the meekness and humility of Thy Heart. Who livest.