King Charles I, Martyr

King Charles I after original by van Dyck

King Charles I, after Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Almighty Father, who by the Apostle of thy dear Son hast taught us to obey God rather than man: Mercifully grant that, as thy servant King Charles was faithful unto death in defence of thy Church, so . . . → Read More: King Charles I, Martyr

Choral Evensong for Candlemas

Hans Holbein the Elder-Darstellung Christi im Tempel

Choral Evensong Candlemas Day Sunday, February 2rd, 2020 N.B.: 4:00 PM

Evensong, a fusion of the monastic prayer offices Vespers and Compline, is one of the greatest treasures of the Anglican tradition. Presented by Saint Stephen’s Choir of Men & Boys on the First Sunday of the month, the service begins at 4:00 PM and . . . → Read More: Choral Evensong for Candlemas

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Theresienstadt concentration camp archway

For the Victims of Genocide

The Theresienstadt concentration camp archway. From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, gracious Father: we remember before thee this day all those who have perished in genocides, especially those who died in the Shoah. Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to sear into our memories the story of their peril, lest we . . . → Read More: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople and Doctor

Saint John Chrysostom

Saint John Chrysostom of Antioch (Hagios Ioannis Chrysostomos). An early Byzantine mosaic from the Cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (modern Istanbul). From Wikipedia.

O God, who didst illuminate the minds and warm the hearts of the faithful by the heavenly doctrine and example of Saint John Chrysostom: Call us by thy . . . → Read More: Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople and Doctor

Saint Timothy and Saint Titus

Saint Titus

Saint Titus, from the Saint Nicholas church in Kosovo. From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, who didst call Timothy and Titus to do the work of evangelists and teachers, and didst make them strong to endure hardship: Strengthen us to stand fast in adversity, and to live godly and righteous lives in this present . . . → Read More: Saint Timothy and Saint Titus

Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr

The Martyrdom of Saint Polycarp

The Martyrdom of Saint Polycarp, by Niccolo Circignani (“Il Pomarancio”) (c. 1517/1524—after 1596).

O God, the maker of heaven and earth, who didst give to thy venerable servant, the holy and gentle Polycarp, boldness to confess Jesus Christ as King and Saviour, and stedfastness to die for his faith: Give us grace, after . . . → Read More: Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

color celtic cross knot

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

R.I.P. Terry Jones

Galahad and the grail

A Grail Collect

Almighty God, Father of all mercies: Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, thy Holy Spirit to walk with us on our peculiar paths; and help us to see thy hand in all things, to keep a cheerful countenance in the face of adversity, and to look on the bright side of life; through Jesus . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Terry Jones

Saint Timothy

Rembrandt St Timothy

Timothy and his grandmother, by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669). From Wikipedia. Timothy, his mother Eunice, and his grandmother Lois, were all members of the Christian community in Lystra in Lycaonia, when Paul visited Lystra for the second time, in the company of Silas.

O God, eternal and only wise, who by . . . → Read More: Saint Timothy

January Newsletters

Here are the January newsletters:

St Stephen’s News XXXI 1 January 22nd St Stephen’s News XXXI 2 January 29th