July 24, St Cunegunda (Kinga)

July 24
SAINT CUNEGUNDA, NUN
Obligatory memorial

Cunegunda was born in 1234 as a daughter of the Hungarian King – Béla IV. She was St Margaret of Hungary and Bl Yolanda’s sister, and Boleslaus the Chaste’s wife. They took up the vow of chastity. She shared the ups and downs of a long and difficult reign, serving as a mother of all the poor and afflicted. After her husband’s death she entered the Order of the Poor Clares that she herself had founded in Stary Sącz. She combined the spirit of austere penance with internal Franciscan happiness attained with suffering and the difficulty of life. She died in Stary Sącz on 24 July 1292. Her cult began immediately after her death. She was canonised by Pope John Paul II in 1999.

Common of Holy Women.

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OFFICE OF READINGS

SECOND READING

The Foundation document of the Convent of the Poor Clares in Stary Sącz
(Jan Długosz, Liber Beneficiorum III)
Works of mercy open the gates of eternal happiness

Boundless human perversity often abolishes what has been done for the sake of the mortal ones, and even the works made for the glory and praise of the eternal and living God. In order to prevent such vile dealings, we claim in writing before witnesses so that it may not be forgotten by both the contemporary and future generations:

We, Cunegunda, Lady and Proprietress of Sącz, dowager Princess of the late Boleslaus, Prince of Kraków and Sandomierz, having piously and deeply considered that on the day the final and detailed account will be expected of us, only the works of mercy will propitiate and appease the strict Judge, the One who gives life to the just, and the godless He gives out to death, and only for the merciful the gates of eternal happiness will be opened, hereby state: in the aforementioned town of Sącz a convent of the Sisters of Saint Clare,for the glor of God and the Blessed Mother of God and for the praise of the glorious confessor, blessed Francis, for the strengthening of our holy faith and for the salvation of our husband’s soul and our own too. In the house an abbess and a community of sisters is to be living to serve God fearfully, day and night, and having renounced their own will, may they renounce themselves and their property and walk before God in sanctity and justice, having decided to enter the life, walking the narrow path, they ought to be duly supported in their earthly needs so that they may serve the Lord in peace and with devotion; they shall be given the reward of pious life and be a good example for their neighbours to whom they shall offer the fruit of their prayer. We therefore should like them not to suffer poverty, but instead progress in the spiritual life. Consequently, we bequeath them indefinitely the aforementioned town of Sącz with all its income, handing them to the venerable Father in Christ, brother Nicolaus, the Provincial, who will accept it on behalf of the convent of the Sisters of Saint Clare with the authority of the honourable Mathias, Cardinal deacon of the Blessed Mary, Vice-rector of the aforementioned Order of Saint Francis.

As the evidence we ordered to prepare this Act and affix our seal to it , AD 1280, in the Octave of Saint Apostles, in the presence of Prince Leszek, ruler of Kraków, Sandomierz and Sieradz, who has hereby publicly confirmed the donation and affixed his seal to it.[1]

RESPONSORY Ephesians 5:8-9; Matthew 5, 14;16

You are light in the Lord. Live as children of light,
– For light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.

You are the light of the world. Your light must shine before others.
– For light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

God,
you gave abundant blessing to Saint Cunegunda, preserving her virginity even in marriage,
grant, through her intercession, that we may always stand by you thanks to the purity of our hearts,
and following her path, reach you.
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.

[1]Translated by DChojnacki (2014)

 

 

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