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Optional Memorial of Saint Faustina Kowalska

 

On May 18, 2020, Pope Francis ordered the inscription of Saint Faustina Kowalska, Virgin, into the General Roman Calendar.  St. Faustina is celebrated each year as an Optional Memorial on October 5.

The proper liturgical texts were released by the Holy See in Latin. English and Spanish translations must be approved by the USCCB and confirmed by the Holy See before they can be implemented in the United States.

Below are interim liturgical guidelines for the celebration of St. Faustina Kowalska:

Roman Missal

From the Common of Virgins: For One Virgin, or the Common of Holy Men and Women: For Religious.

Lectionary for Mass

Aside from the usual Mass readings of the day, any Lectionary readings from the Common of Virgins or Common of Holy Men and Women may be used for St. Faustina Kowalska. The following readings are also recommended by the Holy See, and will appear in a future edition of the Lectionary for Mass. (Current citations from the Lectionary's Common of Virgins are provided for convenience.)

From the Common of Virgins, or the Common of Holy Men and Women, or:

First Reading – Ephesians 3:14-19 (no. 740-7)
To know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 103:1bc-2, 3-4, 8-9, 13-14, 17-18a (no. 739-6)
R/. O bless the Lord, my soul!

Gospel Acclamation – Matthew 11:28 (no. 741-5)
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.

Gospel – Matthew 11:25-30 (no. 742-4)
Although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned,
you have revealed them to the childlike.

Liturgy of the Hours

Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, and Evening Prayer

Psalmody of the day. Other elements from the Psalter of the day or the Common of Virgins or Common of Holy Women: For Religious.



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