Prayer, Community Living, Ministry
The Alexian Crest

Alexian Brothers Crest
The Alexian charism and mission is found expressed in the Alexian crest. The top half of the crest depicts the Pelican feeding her young with her life blood (a popular medieval symbol) representing total self giving and the self-sacrifing imperative Alexians choose in order to serve wholeheartedly those who come to them for spiritual and material sustinence.

In the lower half there are two sections: on the left the crossed spades, a rather grim reminder of the burial ministry of the past yet a source of inspiritaion for Brothers currently working with the dying whom they assist with 'hands-on' ministry and counselling. On the section to the right, the raven with bread in its beak is a symbol of trust in Providence and also reminds Alexians of their origins when they begged for bread for the poor. Centrally to the ministry today is feeding the poor spiritually and physically.

The cross on which the crest rests is the emblem of dedication to the Alexian mission for the sake of Christ. The Christ who was born, lived and died for us in his faithful mission journey is the same incentive they chose to faithfully dedicate themselves to their mission today.

Across the crest is the banner which bears the words which carry the driving force of their charism: 'Caritas Christi Urget Nos', the love of Christ inspires us.


Daily Readings

  • Daily Readings for Monday, May 29, 2023
    Reading 1: Ecclesiasticus / Sirach 17:19-27, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 32:1-2, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 32:5-7, Gospel: Mark 10:17-27
  • Daily Readings for Sunday, May 28, 2023
    Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 2:1-11, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 104:29-31, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 104:1, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 104:34, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 104:24, Gospel: John 20:19-23, Reading 2: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, Reading 2: 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
  • Daily Readings for Saturday, May 27, 2023
    Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 28:16-20, Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 28:30-31, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 11:7, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 11:4-5, Gospel: John 21:20-25
  • Daily Readings for Friday, May 26, 2023
    Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 25:13-21, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 103:11-12, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 103:19-20, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 103:1-2, Gospel: John 21:15-19
  • Daily Readings for Thursday, May 25, 2023
    Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 22:30, Reading 1: Acts of Apostles 23:6-11, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 16:7-11, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 16:1-2, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 16:5, Gospel: John 17:20-26