I mentioned at Mass this morning that this was a uniquely special celebration of his feast, because today we honor him as a Blessed in the Church, but within a few short months, during his September visit to this country, Pope Francis will canonize Father Junipero Serra to the ranks of the saints in a ceremony at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, the first canonization held in the United States. Father Serra is buried at the Mission of San Carlos Borromeo in Carmel, California.
The Collect for the Mass today prayed:
"O God, who by your ineffable mercy
have been pleased through the labors
of your priest Blessed Junipero Serra
to count many American peoples within your Church,
grant by his intercession
that we may so join our hearts to you in love,
as to carry always and everywhere before your people
the image of your Only Begotten Son."