紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Josephine Bakhita, Virgin
St. Josephine (1868-1947) was a young Sudanese girl sold into slavery and bought to Italy where, while serving as a nanny, she was sent to live with the Canossian Sisters of the Institute of the Catechumens in Venice. There she was baptized and eventually granted her freedom. In 1896 she joined the Canossian Daughters of Charity where she served for twenty-five years. She died after a long and painful illness, during which she would cry out to the Lord: “Please loosen the chains … they are so heavy!” Her dying words were, “Our Lady! Our Lady!”
O God, who led Saint Josephine Bakhita from abject slavery to the dignity of being your daughter and a bride of Christ, grant, we pray, that by her example we may show constant love for the Lord Jesus crucified, remaining steadfast in charity and prompt to show compassion. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
English text: Daily Roman Missal, 2011