Saint Boniface, Bishop of Mainz and Martyr

St Boniface baptising and being Martyred

St Boniface baptising and being Martyred, from the Sacramentary of Fulda (Fuldaer Sakramentar) (11th century)

Almighty God, who didst call thy faithful servant Boniface to be a witness and martyr in Germany, and by his labor and suffering didst raise up a people for thine own possession; Pour forth thy Holy Spirit upon thy Church in every land, that by the service and sacrifice of many thy holy Name may be glorified and thy kingdom enlarged; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

¶ Or this:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who callest to thee whom thou willest, and sendest them whither thou dost choose: We thank thee for calling thy servant Boniface from our land to be the apostle of Germany and to lay down his life for the faith; and we humbly pray thee to raise up among us men to go forth to destroy the strongholds of idolatry, and to build up thy Church in heathen lands; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

¶ Or this:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who callest to thee whom thou willest, and sendest them whither thou dost choose: We thank thee for calling thy servant Boniface to preach the Gospel to the Northern people, and to lay down his life for the faith; and we humbly pray thee to raise up among us those who will go forth to destroy the strongholds of idolatry and build up thy Church in heathen lands; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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