05 - Liturgy of the Canonisation

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On May 10, 1970, our Mother Thérèse was canonized by the Pope at St. Peter’s Basilica. To have a taste of the beauty of this great day, we suggest  look over some pages of the missalette.

Click on the link to read the Holy Father's Homily in original language (Italian) or the French translation

Small format (13,3 x 13,8 cm), the missalette is illustrated by Lello Scorzelli.
The chant of the Introit alternates the Veni sponsa Christi («Come, bride of Christ, receive the crown which the Lord has prepared for you for eternity», Magnificat antiphon of the Second Vespers from the Common of Virgins) with Psalm 23 (Latin numbering).
For the honor of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own, after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother bishops, we declare and define Blessed Thérèse Couderc to be Saint and we enroll her among the Saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church.
O God who guided St Thérèse Couderc to follow you with strength in humility and to serve you in the hidden life, grant us, through her intercession, to respond faithfully to our vocation and to meet you always on the path of our life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…
The first reading was read in English (Acts 1:12-14). The second reading was read in French (1 Jn 4:11-16). The gospel was read in Latin and then in Greek (Jn 15:1-8).
During the Offertory Procession, we offered the Holy Father the usual gifts on this occasion: bouquet of flowers, doves, 2 baskets of bread, wine, and candles.
May the Holy Spirit make of us an eternal offering to you, so that we may obtain an inheritance with your elect, especially with the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs, with Saint Thérèse and with all the Saints, on whose constant intercession in your presence we rely for unfailing help.
May the holy reception of the Body and Blood of your Only Begotten Son, O Lord, turn us away from the cares of this fallen world, so that, following the example of Saint Thérèse, we may grow in sincere love for you on earth and rejoice to behold you for eternity in heaven. Through Christ our Lord.