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 September 1, 2023 

Friday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Saint of the day

Saint Giles (650-710)

Saint Giles was born in France during the seventh century. While in France, he built a monastery that became a popular halfway destination for pilgrims traveling from Spain to the Holy Land. Giles also became well known in England, where many churches and hospitals are dedicated to him. He also gained notoriety in Germany, where he was among a popular group of saints to whom people prayed for recovery from illness or for strength at the time of death. Saint Giles is the patron saint of beggars and the disabled.

Reflection

At the moment of death, as people pass from this world into another, they often need help. Saint Giles is a member of the group called the "14 Holy Helpers," saints whom people pray to for strength when they are dying. Dying can be a lonely and difficult process. Do you know sick or elderly people who are currently facing the prospect of death? Do you look for opportunities to help them and show them compassion?

Prayer

Dear Jesus, please help all those who are dying to feel your love and be strengthened in the confidence of your promises.

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 429

Place in Year: Ordinary Time

Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Green

Daily readings

Reading 1: 1 Thes 4:1-8

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 97:1 And 2B, 5-6, 10, 11-12

Alleluia: Lk 21:36

Gospel: Mt 25:1-13

View complete readings on USCCB.org
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