20 October 2013

St. Paul of the Cross

Born in 1694, St. Paul founded the Passionists in 1720 and gave himself to preaching the Gospel and bringing others into a life of holiness through the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  He died at the age of eighty-one.

O Lord Jesus Christ, who for the preaching of the mystery of the Cross, didst endue thy blessed confessor Saint Paul with singular gifts of charity, and didst likewise through him cause a new household of servants to flourish in thy Church: We beseech thee, that at his intercession we may learn so steadfastly to remember thy passion in this our life on earth, that we may be found worthy to attain to the benefits of the same in heaven; who livest and reignest with the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.