Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
Come, spouse of Christ,
receive the crown the Lord has prepared for you from all eternity, alleluia.
From the Dominican Ordo:
Blessed Jane, the only daughter of Alphonso V of Portugal, was born in Lisbon in 1452. For a time she served as regent of Portugal during her father’s absence, but had little taste for the life of the royal court. She desired to embrace religious life and despite the violent opposition of her brother and father, she entered the Dominican monastery of Aveiro in 1472. Dedicated to prayer and penance she lived for the conversion of sinners and the liberation of the Christian captives in Africa. She lived a life of humility and simplicity and died at the monastery on May 12, 1490.
Click here for more on the intriguing political and religious life of Blessed Jane.
in the midst of the royal court
you strengthened Blessed Jane
with purity of heart.
By her prayers
may your faithful turn from the things of earth
and seek after the things of heaven.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.