21 August 2010

Pope St. Pius X

The relic of Pope St. Pius X (Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto) was exposed for veneration on this, the day of his commemoration.  It was during the pontificate of St. Pius X that the Society of the Atonement entered the Catholic Church, bringing with them our beloved title of Our Lady of the Atonement.  The relic we have (pictured above) belonged originally to the Atonement Friars in Graymoor, and was a gift to us after our parish was established as a Catholic parish.

O heavenly Father, Shepherd of thy people, we give thee thanks for thy servant Pope St. Pius X, who was faithful in the care and nurture of thy flock; and we pray that, following his example and the teaching of his holy life, we may by thy grace grow into the stature of the fullness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.