V. Dóminus vobíscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Deus, qui sanctum Ioánnem Confessórem tuum adolescentium patrem et magístrum excitásti, ac per eum, auxiliatríce Vírgine María, novas in Ecclésia tua famílias floréscere voluísti: concéde, quaesumus; ut eódem caritátis igne succénsi, ánimas quaerere, Ubíque soli servíre valeámus.
Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
O God, Who in Your Confessor, blessed John, raised up a father and teacher of youth, and willed that through him, with the help of the Virgin Mary, new religious families should bloom in the Church, grant, we beseech You, that, inflamed by the same fire of love, we may seek to win souls and to serve You alone.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
From the Office of Matins:
Ioánnes Bosco, húmili loco natus, post ærumnósam innocentissimámque puerítiam, stúdiis Chérii óperam dedit, quo quidem témpore ingénii et virtútum laude enítuit. Sacérdos creátus, Augústam Taurinórum pétiit, ubi ómnibus ómnia factus est; sed præsértim in adolescéntulos eósque páuperes ac derelíctos adiuvándos curam impéndit. Liberálibus disciplínis, opifícum scholis, festórum diérum ascetériis a venenátis errórum vitiorúmque pábulis puerílem ætátem removére omni ope stúduit: quam ad rem duas in Ecclésia virórum virginúmque famílias excitávit. Plúrimos ipse édidit libros christiána sapiéntia refértos. De ætérna étiam infidélium salúte per sacras suórum sodálium expeditiónes óptime méruit. Mente in Deum constánter erécta, nullis homo sanctíssimus, nec minis terréri, nec labóribus fatigári, nec curis ópprimi, nec rebus advérsis perturbári videbátur. Obiit anno salútis millésimo octingentésimo octogésimo octávo, ætátis septuagésimo tértio. A Pio undécimo, Pontífice máximo, in Sanctórum númerum relátus est.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.
The childhood of Don Bosco, who was born in a small village was marked both by its hardship and by his happy innocence of soul. He studied at Chieri, where in a short time he earned great praise for his brilliance and his virtue. Ordained priest, he went to Turin, where he made himself all things to all men, and undertook in particular the work of aiding poor and neglected boys. By providing them with teaching in the liberal arts and in trades and keeping them occupied on holidays, he strove with all his might to remove young people from poisonous sources of delinquency and vice. For this purpose, he established two congregations in the Church, one for men and one for women religious. He himself published many books filled with Christian wisdom. He also accomplished great things for the eternal salvation of unbelievers through the missionary enterprises of his congregations. With his mind constantly raised to God, this holy man never seemed to be terrified by threats, worn out by labors, oppressed by cares, or disturbed by adversities. He died in the year of salvation 1888 at the age of seventy-three, and was numbered among the Saints by Pope Pius XI.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.