Marie du jour 2023, 1 May: St. Thérèse

“I weave a crown from wildflowers; I give it to Mary with my sweetest songs” (St. Therese of Lisieux, RP 1). #faith #nature

I, Joan the shepherdess,
Cherish my flock.
My staff is light
And I love my spindle.

I love the solitude
Of this pretty grove.
I have the sweet habit
Of coming here in secret.

There I weave a crown
From wildflowers;
I give it to Mary,
With my sweetest songs…

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

RP 1, The Mission of Joan of Arc, scene 1 (excerpt)

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of Lisieux, T 2008, The plays of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: “pious recreations”, translated from the French by Conroy S and Dwyer D J, ICS Publications, Washington, DC.

4 thoughts on “Marie du jour 2023, 1 May: St. Thérèse

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  1. Hello,

    I had it in mind that the OCDs celebrate St. Joseph the Worker’s feast on May 1, as well as the principal feast of St. Joseph on March 17. Is that incorrect? Could it be that it is the OCarms who celebrate May 1? Or perhaps neither?

    I appreciate your clarification.

    Kathy Tague

    1. Since the 1st of May this year was the Fourth Sunday of Easter, dioceses who have St. Joseph the Worker for their principal or secondary patron are observing the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 2nd. The OCDS do not observe St. Joseph the Worker in 2023, but we’re including mention of this feastday for purely devotional purposes. The Solemnity of St. Joseph falls on March 19th. I’m uncertain if Carmelites who observe the Usus Antiquiorum keep the patronage of St. Joseph on May 7th.

      1. Thank you for your reply. I Googled “usus antiquiorem” and found that they do celebrate the feast of “St. Joseph the Workman” on May 1 of this year. “This is a Catholic ordo (liturgical calendar) for the 2023 liturgical year for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form according to the Missale Romanum (1962) of Pope St. John XXIII.”

        Just a correction – today, May 1, is a Monday this year😊

        Thank you again. I appreciate the work you do to bring us beautiful reminders each day.

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