An angel in the flesh, the foundation of the prophets, and the second forerunner of Christ, the glorious Elijah from on high sent grace to
Elisha, to cure sicknesses & cleanse lepers. He likewise overflows with
healing for those who honor him.
(Troparion of the feast, Tone 4)
Let all Christ’s Church assemble here
And, gathered in His holy Name,
Keep solemn, joyful festival
To sing of great Elijah’s fame.
Of all the prophets who foretold
God’s hidden plan of saving grace,
He is the chief: to him we give,
The Tishbite, now the choicest place.
He called the folk of Israel
Back to their covenant with God;
Through kingly wrath and violence
God’s narrow way of truth he trod.
When earthly tasks for him were done,
You called him in a special way:
A fiery chariot came for him,
Foretelling Christ’s ascension day.
For all the graces You have giv’n
Through what Elijah did for You,
Your Church on earth gives endless praise,
O Father, Son, and Spirit true.
James Michael Thompson (2009)
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my
love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have
kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken
to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
gave Saint Camillus a special love for the sick. Through his prayers inspire us
with your grace, so that by serving you in our brothers and sisters we may come
safely to you at the end of our lives.
A bio on Saint Camillus
God, you called the virgin, blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, to shine among the
Indian people as an example of innocence of life. Through her intercession, may
all peoples of every tribe, tongue, and nation, having been gathered into your
Church, proclaim your greatness in one song of praise.
The National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha staffed by the Conventual Franciscans.