Liturgy Alive Friday, August 14, 2015
Saint MAXIMILIAN KOLBE, Priest, Martyr Memorial August 14
MAXIMILIAN KOLBE, Priest, Martyr
Maximilian Mary Kolbe became a Franciscan Conventual. He was a great devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was interned in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. When the father of a large family was hand-picked for extermination, Fr. Maximilian offered himself to the commander to die in the man's place. He was starved to death. Pope John Paul II proclaimed him the Patron of our Suffering Century.
God our Father,
St. Maximilian Kolbe practiced
what your Son Jesus called
the greatest love that disposes a person
to lay down one's life for one's friends.
Through Jesus, who calls us his friends,
and with the help of the prayers of St Maximilian
make our love as strong as life and death.
Let it always have the last word in us
and be given for free, like yours.
Make us love one another as Jesus has loved us,
he who is our Lord for ever.
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord our God, loving Father,
your love appeared with a human face
in your Son Jesus Christ.
He showed all the depth of your love and his
by laying down his life for us, his friends.
May he be our food
on the road of life and of love
not only when it is easy to love
but also when it is hard to be faithful
and when love demands self-forgetting sacrifice.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Prayer after Communion
Our loving God,
in this eucharistic celebration
you have given us new proof of your love
by giving us your Son and his Spirit.
Jesus has strengthened our love.
Accept our thanks and bring out the best in us,
that we may bear rich fruit of faithful, reliable love.
Let your Spirit unite us
to build community with one another
and to live in your love and joy
now and for ever.