FIRST LESSON                                                                                              Jeremiah 22:13-16
Lector         A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah.
Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice; who makes his neighbors work for nothing, and does not give them their wages; who says, ‘I will build myself a spacious house with large upper rooms’, and who cuts out windows for it, paneling it with cedar, and painting it with vermilion. Are you a king because you compete in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him. He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me? says the Lord.
SECOND LESSON                                                                                            Galatians 6:14-18
Lector        A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians.
May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule-- peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.
Let us pray to God, whose saints have shown his glory in the Church and in the world.

Guide your Church to follow the example of blessed St. Francis and of all your saints through the ages, and in this generation to glorify your name with joyful praise and reverent worship. May we ever remember that to be called to your service is to be called to holiness.

We pray for a spirit of service towards those in need. Fill our lives with love for you and for your creatures. Sanctify all human striving towards a better world, that all may work together for good.

In all our relationships, grant us such love and grace that our discipleship shall be made known. Take away false showing and self-regard, to enable us to share our faith with those with whom we share our lives.  

Be close to those whose lives have been damaged because they stood firm for truth and righteousness. Give them strength to continue following those who have been your chosen witnesses.

We give thanks for all who have glorified you by their lives on earth and left us a good example, remembering especially blessed St. Francis. Give us grace to praise the memory of the saints not in words alone, but in lives that may make us worthy to share with them in your everlasting glory.

[Here other intercessions may be offered.]

Knowing that we too are called to be saints, we pray for our sanctification through Christ.  Amen.