For the Victims of the Flooding in Ellicott City

Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum

O Lord of Hosts, who lookest on the earth, and it trembleth; who touchest the hills, and they smoke: in thy great mercy, soothe the suffering of thy servants devastated by the flooding in Ellicott City. Grant peace to them that perished, and comfort to them that mourn them. Defend the inhabitants of Ellicott City . . . → Read More: For the Victims of the Flooding in Ellicott City

The Sermon for Sunday July 31st – Trinity X

Here is the sermon for Sunday July 31st: Trinity 10, 2016

This Week’s Newsletter

new church tower with weathercock-bw

Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephens News XXVII No 28

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

St Ignatius of Loyola

St Ignatius of Loyola, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640). From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, from whom all good things come: Thou didst call Ignatius of Loyola to the service of thy Divine Majesty and to find thee in all things. Inspired by his example and strengthened by his companionship, may we labour without . . . → Read More: Saint Ignatius of Loyola

The Tenth Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

Let thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants; and, that they may obtain their petitions, make them to ask such things as shall please thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Mary and Saint Martha of Bethany

St Mary and St Martha

Christ in the House of Mary and Martha by Jan Vermeer (1623—1675)

Merciful Saviour, who didst love Mary, and Martha, and Lazarus, blessing their home with thy sacred presence: Help us, we beseech thee, to choose that better part which shall not be taken away from us, that we may grow in grace . . . → Read More: Saint Mary and Saint Martha of Bethany

For Civil Discourse

Disputation of the Holy Sacrament

Disputation of the Holy Sacrament(frescoe in the Stanza della Segnatura in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican),by Raphael (1483-1520). From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, who spakest to Elijah, not in a strong wind, nor in earthquake, nor in fire, but in a still small voice: Vouchsafe us to refrain our tongues from evil, . . . → Read More: For Civil Discourse

Saint Samson

Celtic Cross

O God, the light of the faithful and shepherd of souls, who didst set blessed Samson to be a Bishop in the Church, that he might feed thy sheep by his word, and guide them by his example: Grant us, we beseech thee, to keep the faith which he taught, and to follow in . . . → Read More: Saint Samson

In memoriam Fr Jacques Hamel

martyrdom of st stephen by carracci

For All True Martyrs

The Martyrdom of St Stephen by Annibale Carracci (1560—1609)

O Lord God, whose Son hath taught us that the greatest love is to lay down one’s life for one’s friends: we bless thee for the example of Fr Jacques Hamel, who answered pride with humility, anger with forgiveness, . . . → Read More: In memoriam Fr Jacques Hamel

Saint Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Anne

The Education of the Virgin, with Saint Joachim, Saint Anne, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577—1640)

O Lord God, who in the deep counsels of thy mercy didst entrust to Saint Anne the preparation of the Blessed Virgin for her most holy calling: Bestow upon all mothers such godliness . . . → Read More: Saint Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary