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 counting . . . → Read More: Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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 and . . . → Read More: Saint Mary and Saint Martha of Bethany

The Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as are right; that we, who cannot do any thing that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Saint Samson of Dol

Y Ddraig Goch

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 of Dol

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 and . . . → Read More: Saint Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint James the Great, Apostle

Saint James the Greater, by Rembrandt

Saint James the Greater, by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669)

Grant, O merciful God, that, as thine holy Apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, without delay was obedient unto the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him; so we, forsaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be . . . → Read More: Saint James the Great, Apostle

Saint Thomas à Kempis

Thomas von Kempen JS

A contemporary portrait of St Thomas à Kempis, painted by an anonymous painter eleven years before Thomas’s death.

Holy Father, who hast nourished and strengthened thy Church by the inspired writings of thy servant Thomas a Kempis: Grant that we may learn from him to know what is necessary to be known, to love . . . → Read More: Saint Thomas à Kempis

This Week’s Newsletter

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Here is this week’s newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXIX No 28

Saint Mary Magdalene

Paolo Veronese The Conversion of Mary Magdalene

The Conversion of Mary Magdalene, by Paolo Veronese (1528–1588). From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of body and mind, and called her to be a witness of his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by thy grace we may be healed of all our infirmities and know thee in . . . → Read More: Saint Mary Magdalene

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

O God, whose never–failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth: We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.