Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne

Celtic CrossInspire by thy blessed Spirit, O Lord God, all Bishops and Pastors, that they may tend their flocks after the pattern of thy servant Saint Aidan, with gentleness and strength; that thy people may be shepherded with the holy love of our Redeemer Jesus Christ, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

¶ Or this:

O loving God, who didst call thy servant Aidan from the peace of a cloister to re-establish the Christian mission in northern England, and endowed him with gentleness, simplicity and strength: Grant, we beseech thee, that we, following his example, may use what thou hast given us for the relief of human need, and may persevere in commending the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

¶ Or this:

O most loving Father, who gavest thy servant Aidan the gifts of gentleness, simplicity, and strength: Grant us the same gifts that we, following his example, may persevere in commending the saving Gospel of thy Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

¶ Or this:

O God, who of old time sentest thy servant Aidan to preach to the English thy saving Word: Grant unto all ministers of thy Word and Sacrament such simplicity of purpose and love for the souls of men, that they may truly follow him, even as he followed Christ; through the same thy Son, our only Mediator and redeemer. Amen.

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