we are told that your devotion to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
was so great that you would rise before it
was light in order to be able to attend Mass
before beginning your work in the fields.
Obtain for us, we pray you,
some of that loving devotion to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
There it is that the fruits of our farm labor,
bread and wine,
are brought and offered to God by the priest.
Then, in the consecration,
Christ Himself, Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity,
becomes present on our altars
under the appearances of this same bread and wine.
And in what was the altar bread.
He comes to us to be the very food of our souls.
If we deeply realize the value and beauty of Holy Mass,
we will be very happy to attend as often as we possibly can.
Help us to understand that in the Mass
we offer ourselves to God with Christ by the hands of the priest.
There we can bring to God all that we do,
and offer it to Him in union with His Holy Sacrifice.
The oftener we do this now,
the happier we shall be hereafter.
Good Saint Isidore,
bless us and our labors,
that we may some day reap the reward of good works with you in heaven.
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