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January 29

SAINT JOSEPH FREINADEMETZ
Priest
Memorial

Joseph Freinademetz was born in Oies/Abtei in the diocese of Bressanone/Brixen in 1852, and was ordained a priest in 1875. He joined the Society of the Divine Word at Steyl, Netherlands, and was sent as a missionary to China in 1879. There he tirelessly proclaimed the Gospel until his death in Taikia on January 28, 1908.

MASS

INTRODUCTORY RITES

I have become all things to all,
to save at least some.
All this I do
for the sake of the Gospel. (1 Cor 9:22-23)

COLLECT

Almighty and merciful God,
your Spirit impelled your priest Saint Joseph
to bring the good news of salvation
to the people of China.
Aided by his prayers,
may all come to know Jesus
and the power of his cross and resurrection.
May they profess belief in him as their Redeemer,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

FIRST READING

He has appointed me as a minister of Jesus Christ to make the gentiles acceptable as an offering

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans 15:13-19a, 20-21

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another. But I have written to you rather boldly in some respects to remind you, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in performing the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering up of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to boast in what pertains to God. For I will not dare to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to lead the Gentiles to obedience by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit (of God).

Thus I aspire to proclaim the gospel not where Christ has already been named, so that I do not build on another’s foundation, but as it is written: “Those who have never been told of him shall see, and those who have never heard of him shall understand.”

The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6

All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.

The Lord has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations
he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness
and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.

Sing praise to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
sing joyfully before the King, the Lord.

ALLELUIA See Luke 4:18-19

Alleluia.

The Lord has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives.

Alleluia.

GOSPEL

The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 10:1-9

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.

“Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’”

The Gospel of the Lord.

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

Most loving God,
give to us who offer these gifts at your altar
the same spirit of love
that filled Saint Joseph.
By celebrating this sacred Eucharist
may we offer a sacrifice pleasing to you.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE

Witness of God’s love and of the mission of the Church

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere
to give you thanks.

You give us the joy of celebrating the feast (memorial) of St. Joseph,
Priest according to your heart and
zealous missionary of the Chinese people.

In his unshakeable faith
you offer us sure light for our steps.

In his unfailing love
you show us the path of the Gospel
which unites races, cultures and nations.

With serene strength he embraced the cross, trusting in the pierced heart of your Son
from which you gave birth to the Church,
mother of new nations
and guardian of the lowly and marginalized.

With steadfast love we sing your unending praise; we join with the angels and saints in heaven
in their triumphant song:

Holy, holy, holy Lord...

COMMUNION RITE

I will gladly spend myself and be spent for your sakes. (2 Cor 12:15)

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord,
by the sacrament of the Eucharist
which we have received,
and by the example and missionary zeal
of Saint Joseph Freinademetz,
make us strong in the Spirit
so that we may offer faithful witness
to the truth of your Gospel.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.


INVITATORY

Invitatory Antiphon: How wonderful is God among his saints; come, let us adore him.

Invitatory Psalm
Psalm 94(95)

Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the God who saves us.
† Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord. (Antiphon)

A mighty God is the Lord,
a great king above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his.
To him belongs the sea, for he made it,
and the dry land shaped by his hands. (Antiphon)

Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand. (Antiphon)

O that today you would listen to his voice !
‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work. (Antiphon)

For forty years I was wearied of these people
and I said: “Their hearts are astray,
these people do not know my ways.”
Then I took an oath in my anger:
“Never shall they enter my rest.” (Antiphon)

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. (Antiphon)

Invitatory Antiphon: How wonderful is God among his saints; come, let us adore him.

OFFICE OF READINGS

HYMN

The saints who toiled from place to place,
Spreading the Gospel of God’s grace,
Now in their heavenly homeland dwell
With Christ, whom here they served so well.

Alert at thy command to go,
And everywhere thy word to sow,
They went, O Master, far and wide,
Eager, but yet unsatisfied.

Thine was the task they took in hand,
Thine their good news for every land,
Thine was their power, and thine again
Their passion for the souls of men.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1: If anyone wishes to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.

Psalm 20(21): 2-8, 14

O Lord, your strength gives joy to the king; *
how your saving help makes him glad!
You have granted him his heart’s desire; *
you have not refused the prayer of his lips.

You came to meet him
with the blessings of success, *
you have set on his head a crown of pure gold.
He asked you for life and this you have given, *
days that will last from age to age.

Your saving help has given him glory. *
You have laid upon him majesty and splendour,
you have granted your blessings to him for ever. *
You have made him rejoice with the joy of your presence.

The king has put his trust in the Lord: *
through the mercy of the Most High *
he shall stand firm.
O Lord, arise in your strength; *
we shall sing and praise your power.

Ant. 1: If anyone wishes to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.

Ant. 2: When the chief shepherd appears, you will be given the crown of unfading glory.

Psalm 91(92)

I

It is good to give thanks to the Lord *
to make music to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your love in the morning *
and your truth in the watches of the night,
on the ten-stringed lyre and the lute, *
with the murmuring sound of the harp.

Your deeds, O Lord, have made me glad; *
for the work of your hands I shout with joy.
O Lord, how great are your works! *
How deep are your designs!
The foolish man cannot know this *
and the fool cannot understand.

Though the wicked spring up like grass *
and all who do evil thrive:
they are doomed to be eternally destroyed. *
But you, Lord, are eternally on high.

Ant. 2: When the chief shepherd appears, you will be given the crown of unfading glory.

Ant. 3: Well done, good and faithful servant; come and join in your Master’s joy!

II

See how your enemies perish; *
all doers of evil are scattered.

To me you give the wild-ox’s strength; *
you anoint me with the purest oil.
My eyes looked in triumph on my foes; *
my ears heard gladly of their fall.
The just will flourish like the palm-tree *
and grow like a Lebanon cedar.

Planted in the house of the Lord *
they will flourish in the courts of our God,
still bearing fruit when they are old, *
still full of sap still green,
to proclaim that the Lord is just. *
In him, my rock, there is no wrong.

Ant. 3: Well done, good and faithful servant; come and join in your Master’s joy.

You will hear the word from my mouth.

You will speak to them in my name.

FIRST READING Phil 3:7-14

From the letter of Paul to the Philippians

May I know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings.

Whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss because of Christ. More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God, depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection and (the) sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ (Jesus). Brothers and sisters, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.

The Word of the Lord.

RESPONSORY See 2 Cor 12:9-10

My grace is enough for you, my power is at its best in weakness.

When I am weak, then I am strong.

I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships and persecutions for the sake of Christ.

When I am weak, then I am strong.

SECOND READING

From the Rules for Catechists of Saint Joseph Freinademetz

(Manual used by missionaries in the Apostolic Vicariate of South Shandong, third edition, 1895, Puoli).
The Dignity of the Missionary

In the beginning of his redemptive work, Jesus sent Peter and the other apostles to proclaim the Gospel. You who today continue to preach the good news are likewise apostles. People, weighed down by error, are like sheep without a shepherd. It is your task to help them and to lead them to green pastures, for the sheep are going astray for want of a shepherd. You are to be helmsmen for people on the sea of life, tossed about by storms of various kinds. If there is no pilot the ship will surely flounder. You are to be generals of troops at war against the enemy. An army has no morale if there are no leaders. When the sun does not shine the world is wrapped in gloom. When flowers are deprived of dew and rain they soon wither. Likewise, if there is no one to proclaim the Gospel, people do not draw near to the Lord.

Above all else be devoted to the Holy Spirit, if you would persevere to the end and would spread the faith effectively. In Jesus’ time those who were taught by him remained uncertain and lacked courage. However, when the Holy Spirit came down from heaven and filled the hearts of the apostles and the faithful they were no longer afraid of anything. Relentlessly they carried out their task.

When the great emperors and wise teachers no longer flourished in China, the earlier virtues of the people began to disappear. People of good will, however, eagerly awaited messengers who would lead them along the true way, preaching Jesus as the apostles did. You fill the desires of these people as you faithfully proclaim the Gospel among them today.

RESPONSORY See Isaiah 66:19, 23

I will send them to the distant coastlands that have never heard of my fame or seen my glory.

They shall proclaim my glory among the nations.

All peoples will come to bow down in my presence.

They shall proclaim my glory among the nations.

PRAYER

Almighty and merciful God,
your Spirit impelled your priest Saint Joseph
to proclaim the good news of salvation
to the people of China.
Aided by his prayers,
may all come to know Jesus
and the power of his cross and resurrection.
May they profess belief in him as their Redeemer,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


MORNING PRAYER

HYMN

The saints who toiled from place to place,
Spreading the Gospel of God’s grace,
Now in their heavenly homeland dwell
With Christ, whom here they served so well.

Alert at thy command to go,
And everywhere thy word to sow,
They went, O Master, far and wide,
Eager, but yet unsatisfied.

Thine was the task they took in hand,
Thine their good news for every land,
Thine was their power, and thine again
Their passion for the souls of men.

PSALMODY (Morning Prayer, SUNDAY I)

Ant. 1: May the glory of God, which shines on the face of Jesus Christ, enlighten all through the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 62(63): 2-9

O God, you are my God, for you I long; *
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you *
like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary *
to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life, *
my lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life, *
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet, *
my mouth shall praise you with joy.

On my bed I remember you. *
On you I muse through the night
for you have been my help; *
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
My soul clings to you ; *
your right hand holds me fast.

Ant. 1: May the glory of God, which shines on the face of Jesus Christ, enlighten all through the Holy Spirit.

Ant. 2: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who bring Good News.

The Canticle of Daniel: Dan 3:57-88, 56

O all you works of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
And you, angels of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, the heavens of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *
And you, clouds of the sky, O bless the Lord.
And you, all armies of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, sun and moon, O bless the Lord. *
And you, the stars of the heav’ns, O bless the Lord.
And you, showers and rain, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, all you breezes and winds,
O bless the Lord. *
And you, fire and heat, O bless the Lord.
And you, cold and heat, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, showers and dew, O bless the Lord. *
And you, frosts and cold, O bless the Lord.
And you, frost and snow, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, night-time and day, O bless the Lord. *
And you, darkness and light, O bless the Lord.
And you, lightning and clouds, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

O let the earth bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, mountains and hills, O bless the Lord. *
And you, all plants of the earth, O bless the Lord.
And you, fountains and springs, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, rivers and seas, O bless the Lord. *
And you, creatures of the sea, O bless the Lord.
And you, every bird in the sky, O bless the Lord. †
And you, wild beasts and tame, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, children of men, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

O Israel, bless the Lord. O bless the Lord. *
And you, priests of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
And you, servants of the Lord, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, spirits and souls of the just,
O bless the Lord. *
And you, holy and humble of heart,
O bless the Lord.
Ananias, Azarias, Mizael, O bless the Lord. *
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

Let us praise the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit; *
To you be highest glory and praise for ever.
May you be blessed, O Lord, in the heavens. *
To you be highest glory and praise for ever.

Ant. 2: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who bring Good News.

Ant. 3: Of all the places in the world, the very best for us is the one where God wants us to be.

Psalm 149

Sing a new song to the Lord, *
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its Maker, *
let Sion’s sons exult in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing *
and make music with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord takes delight in his people. *
He crowns the poor with salvation.
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory, *
shout for joy and take their rest.
Let the praise of God be on their lips *
and a two-edged sword in their hand,

to deal out vengeance to the nations *
and punishment on all the peoples;
to bind their kings in chains *
and their nobles in fetters of iron;
to carry out the sentence pre-ordained: *
this honour is for all his faithful.

Ant. 3: Of all the places in the world, the very best for us is the one where God wants us to be.

SCRIPTURE READING Rom 8:35, 37-39

What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

RESPONSORY See 2 Cor 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who comforts us in all our sorrows.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who comforts us in all our sorrows.

Our strength comes from the Lord Jesus Christ,

who comforts us in all our sorrows.

Glory be.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who comforts us in all our sorrows.

Benedictus

Ant.: People will not draw near to God if there is no one to preach the Gospel of Christ crucified, who is the power and the wisdom of God.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel! *
He has visited his people and redeemed them.

He has raised up for us a mighty saviour *
in the house of David his servant,
as he promised by the lips of holy men, *
those who were his prophets from of old.

A saviour who would free us from our foes, *
from the hands of all who hate us.
So his love for our fathers is fulfilled *
and his holy covenant remembered.

He swore to Abraham our father to grant us, *
that free from fear,
and saved from the hands of our foes,
we might serve him in holiness and justice *
all the days of our life in his presence.

As for you, little child, *
you shall be called a prophet of God,
the Most High.
You shall go ahead of the Lord *
to prepare his ways before him,

To make known to his people their salvation *
through forgiveness of all their sins,
the loving kindness of the heart of our God *
who visits us like the dawn from on high.

He will give light to those in darkness,
those who dwell in the shadow of death, *
and guide us into the way of peace.

Ant.: People will not draw near to God if there is no one to preach the Gospel of Christ crucified, who is the power and the wisdom of God.

INTERCESSIONS

Christ is the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep. May the petitions we present to Him, through the intercession of Saint Joseph, be granted by God the Father Almighty:

Listen to your people, Lord.

You have continually provided your Church with shepherds to lead your flock, - may there always be dedicated missionaries and pastors to gather your people.

You have called men and women to lead holy lives, - may there always be disciples willing to lead lives of evangelical poverty, consecrated chastity, and apostolic obedience.

Send the Holy Spirit to be the Church’s comforter and advocate, - may the love and power of your Spirit strengthen us in our mission.

You healed the sick and cast out demons, - may we learn to comfort those who suffer.

You can be found in the least of our brothers and sisters, - may we learn to welcome the stranger, feed the hungry, and share with those in need.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

PRAYER

Almighty and merciful God,
your Spirit impelled your priest Saint Joseph
to proclaim the good news of salvation
to the people of China.
Aided by his prayers,
may all come to know Jesus
and the power of his cross and resurrection.
May they profess belief in him as their Redeemer,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


EVENING PRAYER

HYMN

Who are these, like stars appearing,
These before God’s throne who stand?
Each a golden crown is wearing;
Who are all this glorious band?
Alleluia, hark! they sing,
Praising loud their heav’nly King.

These are they who have contended;
For their Saviour’s honour long,
Wrestling on till life was ended,
Following not the sinful throng;
These, who well the fight sustained,
Triumph through the Lamb have gained.

These your priests have watched and waited,
Offering up to Christ their will,
Soul and body consecrated,
Day and night to serve him still:
Now, in God’s most holy place
Blest they stand before his face.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1: There is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends.

Psalm 14(15)

Lord, who shall be admitted to your tent *
and dwell on your holy mountain?

He who walks without fault; *
he who acts with justice
and speaks the truth from his heart; *
he who does not slander with his tongue;

he who does no wrong to his brother, *
who casts no slur on his neighbour,
who holds the godless in disdain, *
but honours those who fear the Lord;

he who keeps his pledge, come what may; †
who takes no interest on a loan *
and accepts no bribes against the innocent.
Such a man will stand firm for ever.

Ant. 1: There is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends.

Ant. 2: I do all this for the sake of the Gospel that I may share its blessings with others.

Psalm 111(112)

Happy the man who fears the Lord, *
who takes delight in all his commands.
His sons will be powerful on earth; *
the children of the upright are blessed.

Riches and wealth are in his house; *
his justice stands firm for ever.
He is a light in the darkness for the upright: *
he is generous, merciful and just.

The good man takes pity and lends, *
he conducts his affairs with honour.
The just man will never waver: *
he will be remembered for ever.

He has no fear of evil news; *
with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord.
With a steadfast heart he will not fear; *
he will see the downfall of his foes.

Open-handed, he gives to the poor; †
his justice stands firm for ever. *
His head will be raised in glory.

The wicked man sees and is angry, †
grinds his teeth and fades away; *
the desire of the wicked leads to doom.

Ant. 2: I do all this for the sake of the Gospel that I may share its blessings with others.

Ant. 3: The language that all people understand is the language of love.

Canticle: Rev 15:3-4

Great and wonderful are your deeds, *
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways, *
O King of the ages!

Who shall not fear and glorify your name, O Lord? *
For you alone are holy.
All nations shall come and worship you, *
for your judgments have been revealed.

Ant. 3: The language that all people understand is the language of love.

SCRIPTURE READING I Cor 1:17-18

For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel, and not with the wisdom of human eloquence, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

RESPONSORY See 1 Cor 1:23-24; 2:2

We proclaim Christ crucified, the power of God and the wisdom of God.

We proclaim Christ crucified, the power of God and the wisdom of God.

I resolved to know nothing except Jesus Christ, and him crucified,

the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Glory be.

We proclaim Christ crucified, the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Magnificat

Ant.: The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

My soul glorifies the Lord, *
my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her lowliness; *
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

The Almighty works marvels for me. *
Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age, *
on those who fear him.

He puts forth his arm in strength *
and scatters the proud-hearted.
He casts the mighty from their thrones *
and raises the lowly.

He fills the starving with good things, *
sends the rich away empty.

He protects Israel, his servant, *
remembering his mercy,
the mercy promised to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his sons for ever.

Ant.: The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

INTERCESSIONS

Christ is the Good Shepherd who knows his sheep and calls them by name. Through the intercession of Saint Joseph, let us ask him:

Lord, open our hearts to your call.

Look with mercy on the flock you have gathered together in your name, - may there be unity and peace among all your disciples.

Nourish the Church at the table of the Word and of the Eucharist, - may we be strengthened in our mission of sharing the Gospel.

You have other sheep which do not belong to our fold, - may people from every nation, culture, and religion recognize your voice and follow you.

Gather together all those who suffer or feel rejected, - grant your help to those who are in need of your love.

You were willing to live as a stranger in our world, - may we learn to accept all people as our brothers and sisters.

Remember all the dead who dedicated their lives to the propagation of the faith, - may they live in the eternal glory of your kingdom.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

PRAYER

Almighty and merciful God,
your Spirit impelled your priest Saint Joseph
to proclaim the good news of salvation
to the people of China.
Aided by his prayers,
may all come to know Jesus
and the power of his cross and resurrection.
May they profess belief in him as their Redeemer,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Text of the Psalms and Canticles is taken from the Divine Office approved by the Episcopal Conference of Australia, England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Also approved for use in Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia and Singapore, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

The texts of the Prayers and Readings for the Mass are those approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, or taken from the Roman Missal.

The texts of the Liturgy of the Hours proper of the SVD are those approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

This publication was approved by the SVD General Council on February 13, 2008 for internal use by the members of the Society.