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Saint Andrew Corsini


Andrew was born at the beginning of the fourteenth century in Florence and entered the Carmelite Order there. He was elected provincial of Tuscany at the general chapter of Metz in 1348. He was made bishop of Fiesole on October 13, 1349, and gave the Church a wonderful example of love, apostolic zeal, prudence and love of the poor. He died on January 6, 1374.

From the common of pastors

Office of Readings


Sing out with thankfulness Saint Andrew’s mighty deeds,
Trust in his fervent prayer for you are all his kin,
You who in faith and hope, hearts all with love aflame,
Seek fulfillment of endless life.

The saint was resolute, steadfast about his quest,
Knowing that earthly joy never could fill his heart;
Wealth, honors and high rank, compared with life in Christ,
Seemed more vanishing than the wind.

Like strongly growing tree planted in Carmel’s soil,
He persevered in prayer, fruitful in kindly deeds;
God gave him light to see how he could mirror Christ,
Serving others with constancy.

Adhering to the Cross, God’s servant soon became
Exemplary in life, wise, calm, mature in grace;
Set over other men; their profit was his care,
Their perfection his quest and aim.

Most Holy Trinity, hear his appeal for us,
That we may come to you when our life’s task is done;
There silence is your praise, there praise is melody,
Soaring, swelling while ages run. Andreae meritis pangite gloriam


From The Pastoral Rule of Pope Saint Gregory the Great (P.1, c. 10: PL 77, 23A)

Portrait of a good pastor

It is important that a man who is set up as a model of how to live should be one who is dead to all the passions of the flesh and lives by the spirit; turns his back on what the world has to offer, is unafraid of hardship, and is attracted only by the interior life. He does not let his body shirk its duty out of frailty; he does not become depressed when abused, for he realizes that things of this kind further his true ends. He does not readily covet what is not his but with what he does possess he is generous. His loving nature is quick to forgive, though he never allows himself to be misled into condoning more than he should. While he does no wrong himself, he grieves over the misdeeds of others as if they were his own. His compassion for others when they are sick is heartfelt, and he is just as glad when good befalls his neighbor as when his own interests are advanced. His behavior is so exemplary in all respects that he need never fear being made to blush, even for past faults. He so conducts his life that those whose hearts are in need of refreshment can always find it in the guidance he gives. He is so well versed in the art of prayer that he can obtain anything he asks for from the Lord; it is as though he were singled out by a prophetic voice saying to him: While you are still speaking I will say; “See, I am here.”

If someone happened to come and ask one of us to intercede for him with an influential man we did not know and who was annoyed with him, we should at once say: I cannot come and intercede—I do not know what he is like. So if a person is afraid to intercede with a mere man about whom he knows nothing, how can one who is not sure whether or not his conduct makes him worthy to be counted God’s friend, take it upon himself to be the people’s advocate before God? How can he ask pardon for others if he is not sure that his own sins have been forgiven?

RESPONSORY Eph 4:32-5:1; 1 Pt 5:2

Be kind and compassionate to one another; forgive each other as God has forgiven you in Christ.

—Be imitators of God the Father who loves you as his own dear children.

Tend the flock that is placed under your care, willingly as God would have you do, being examples to your flock.

—Be imitators of God the Father who loves you as his own dear children.

Morning Prayer


Let all unite in joyous song
To celebrate Saint Andrew’s praise;
His glory, like a flaming star
Lights Carmel with undying rays.

His cell of blessed solitude
For love of souls he sacrificed,
The Spirit having nourished him
That he might feed the flock of Christ.

Devoted to his bishopric
Both priests and flock his precepts heard;
He made them shape their lives anew,
Example speaking more than word.

Still poor in spirit, he could make
The poor man’s suffering his own,
Thus in each place where he held sway
The seeds of peace and love were sown.

Now high in heav’n, fulfillment found,
He prays that Mary may obtain
The grace of Christ for this poor world,
The Holy Spirit’s gentle reign.

Then through Saint Andrew’s powerful prayer
May we attain to endless bliss,
And venerate the Trinity
With adoration like to his.                                                                Sr. Margarita of Jesus, O.C.D.


Ant: Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be called children of God, says the Lord.


God our Father,
you reveal that those who work for peace will be called your children.
Through the prayers of Saint Andrew Corsini,
who excelled as a peacemaker,
help us to work without ceasing
for that justice which brings true and lasting peace.
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.

Evening Prayer

HYMN, as at Morning Prayer, p. 12.


Ant. The kingdom of God consists of justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit; whoever serves Christ in this way pleases God and wins the esteem of all.

As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."