Feast of Saint Josaphat, Apostle of Unity
One Spirit, One Faith
Saint Josaphat (c. 1580–1623) worked to unite the Eastern and Western branches of the Church. For his efforts he was hacked to death by an angry Orthodox mob on November 12, 1623. His murderers repented and became Catholics. Through his intercession may those who foment disorder, destruction, and violence in society come to know the peace of God and become coworkers in truth.
Collect for Mass
Stir up in your Church, we pray, O Lord,
the Spirit that filled Saint Josaphat
as he laid down his life for the sheep,
so that through his intercession
we, too, may be strengthened by the same Spirit
and not be afraid to lay down our life for others.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Psalm of the Day: 133, a benediction over a peaceful community
A song of ascents. Of David.
How good and how pleasant it is,
when brothers dwell in unity!
Like fine oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
Upon the beard of Aaron,
upon the collar of his robe.
Like dew of Hermon coming down
upon the mountains of Zion.
There the LORD has decreed a blessing,
life for evermore!
Scripture of the Day: Third Letter of Saint John 5–8
Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers and sisters,
especially for strangers;
they have testified to your love before the Church.
Please help them in a way worthy of God to continue their journey.
For they have set out for the sake of the Name
and are accepting nothing from the pagans.
Therefore, we ought to support such persons,
so that we may be co-workers in the truth.
Question of the Day
My children, what are you doing? — Saint Josaphat to the angry mob attacking him
- Read more about Saint Josaphat – New Advent – Basilica of Saint Josaphat
- Read Light of the East, Pope Saint John Paul II (1995)