SAINT PIUS X UNDERSTOOD THAT A LIFE LIVED IN THE TRUTH OF THE FAITH TAKES ENDURING ROOT ONLY IN THE COMMUNITY OF WORSHIP. HIS VISION FOR THE CHURCH INCLUDED A STRONG EMPHASIS ON LITURGICAL RENEWAL. HIS WORK TO OPEN THE EUCHARIST MORE WIDELY TO THE FAITHFUL, ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN, WAS ONE OF HIS ENDURING GIFTS TO THE CHURCH. (He was born Giuseppe Sarto in Riese, Italy, of poor, hardworking parents. Before his election as pontiff in 1903, he labored unceasingly as a parish chaplain, the bishop and then Patriarch of Venice to awaken the hearts of the people.He allowed children to make their First Communion at age 7 and allowed people to receive Communion regularly. Many miraculous cures were attributed to this “pope of the Eucharist” during his lifetime. He died in1914.)
(I WOULD FEED MY PEOPLE WITH FINEST WHEAT AND FILL THEM WITH HONEY FROM THE ROCK. (PS 81:17)
GOD MADE HIM perpetual in his office as Pope when he bestowed on him the priesthood of his people; He established him in honor and crowned him with lofty majesty. He gave to him his laws, and authority to prescribe and to judge; To teach the precepts to his people, and the ritual to the descendants of Israel. (Sirach 45;7,17)
PRAYER: GOD OF MAJESTY and glory, we give you thanks for your presence in our midst as we gather day by day to praise your holy name. Through the intercession of Saint Pius X, may we worship you always in spirit and in truth as we seek to grow into one in Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, in whose name we make our prayer.