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Saint Cornelius the Centurion

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout Vision of Cornelius the Centurion

Vision of Cornelius the Centurion, by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621–1674). From Wikipedia.

O God, who by thy Spirit didst call Cornelius the Centurion to  be the first Christian among the Gentiles: Grant to thy Church, we beseech thee, such a ready will to go where thou dost send and to do what thou dost command, that under thy guidance it may welcome all who turn to thee in love and faith, and proclaim the Gospel to all nations; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

¶ Or this:

O God, who by thy Spirit didst call Cornelius the Centurion to  be the first Christian among the Gentiles: Grant to thy Church in every nation a ready mind and will to proclaim thy love to all who turn to thee with unfeigned hope and faith; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

Some versions of the General Roman Calendar commemorate Cornelius on February 2, notwithstanding the fact that this is the Feast of the Purification. The Orthodox Church commemorates Cornelius on September 9.

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