September 22, 2023 

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint of the day

Saint Maurice (d.287)

Saint Maurice was a soldier. He was an officer of the Theban Legion of Emperor Maximian's army. Emperor Maximian's army was made up of Christians from Upper Egypt. When he and his fellow soldiers were ordered to sacrifice to gods to insure victory in battle, they refused and left their encampment. Emperor Maximian had the entire Theban Legion put to death for refusing; over 6,000 men. Maurice and his fellow officers encouraged the other soldiers to remain faithful to the one true God. Saint Maurice is the patron saint of soldiers, swordsmiths, armies, and infantrymen.


In the United States, we often take for granted our right to practice the religion of our choosing. But throughout history, and even today in many countries, religious freedom is unimportant. Many Christians around the world are still persecuted for simply choosing their faith. Take a moment to meditate on the quality of a life lived in constant fear that others will hurt you because of your religion.


Dear Jesus, please help those who are religiously persecuted to maintain their faith and help them to know and feel your love for them.

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 447

Place in Year: Ordinary Time

Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Green

Daily readings

Reading 1: 1 Tm 6:2C-12

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20

Alleluia: See Mt 11:25

Gospel: Lk 8:1-3

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