In memoriam Fr Jacques Hamel

For All True Martyrs

martyrdom of st stephen by carracci

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, and hatred with charity. Grant, we beseech thee, that like thy proto-martyr St Stephen, all true martyrs may face their tribulations with fortitude and faith, and that they may sow in their oppressors the seed of repentance; to the glory of thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the soul of Fr Jacques Hamel, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
℣. Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord.
℟. And let light perpetual shine upon him.

℣. May he rest in peace.
℟. Amen.

This collect was originally written for the Commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11.

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