Missionaries and Martyrs

Triumph of faith by Eugène Thirion

O eternal Lord God, who by the noble fortitude of missionaries and martyrs hast caused thy Word to grow mightily and to prevail: Pour thy Spirit upon the Church in the land that, by the service and sacrifice of our faith, thy saving health may be known among the nations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. . . . → Read More: Missionaries and Martyrs

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

For a Civl Rights Worker

Photo of Frederick Douglass by George Kendall Warren. From the National Archives and Records Administration, National Archives Identifier (NAID) 558770., Public Domain, courtesy Wikimedia.

Almighty God, father of all mercies: We bless thy name for those who work to make justice a reality for all of thy . . . → Read More: Frederick Douglass

Martin Luther, Reformer

Portrait of Martin Luther by Cranach

Portrait of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553). From Wikpedia.

O God, our refuge and our strength: Thou didst raise up thy servant Martin Luther to reform and renew thy church in the light of thy word. Defend and purify the church in our own day and grant that, through . . . → Read More: Martin Luther, Reformer

Sexagesima Sunday: Second Sunday before Lent

Chi Rho mosaic

Chi Rho mosaic from Saint Gregory of Sinai Monastery

O Lord God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing that we do: Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Saint Isaac the Great

Sahak Parthev Catholicos

Sahek Parthev Catholicos (Pontiff Isaac the Parthian) by Francesco Maggiotto (1750-1805)

Be mindful, Lord, of thy holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, and bless it with shepherds who will lead it as St Isaac the Great led the ancient church in Armenia: causing an alphabet to be created, and the Holy Bible to be . . . → Read More: Saint Isaac the Great

Thomas Bray, Priest and Missionary, Founder of the SPCK and the SPG

Thomas Bray

Engraving of Thomas Bray, from Charles Knowles Bolton’s The Founders: Portraits of Persons Born Abroad Who Came to the Colonies in North America Before the Year 1701, Vol. I. From Wikipedia.

O God, who dost ever hallow and protect thy Church: Raise up therein through thy Spirit good and faithful stewards of . . . → Read More: Thomas Bray, Priest and Missionary, Founder of the SPCK and the SPG

Saint Valentine

Saint Valentine baptizing saint Lucilla

St Valentine baptizing Saint Lucilla by Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte) (1510—1592). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Almighty God, by whose grace and power thy holy Martyr Valentine triumphed over suffering and despised death: Grant, we beseech the, that enduring hardness and waxing valiant in fight, we may with . . . → Read More: Saint Valentine

Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius

Cyril and Methodius

Saints Cyril and Methodius holding the Cyrillic alphabet, a mural by Bulgarian iconographer Z. Zograf, 1848, Troyan Monastery

O God, who by the preaching of thy servants Cyril and Methodius didst cause the light of the Gospel to shine in Slavonic lands: Lead thy people by its brightness to become sons of a . . . → Read More: Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius

Absalom Jones, Abolitionist

Absalom Jones by Peale

Portrait of the Rev’d Absalom Jones, by Raphaelle Peale (1774–1825). From Wikipedia.

Set us free, O heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of thy servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of . . . → Read More: Absalom Jones, Abolitionist

It’s good for your health to be on a parish’s prayer list

Fr Hawtin

Folks who have gotten out of the habit of saying their prayers frequently feel self-conscious and embarrassed about taking it up again. But it’s vitally important to make the effort—and by no means solely for the sake of your spiritual health.

Scientific studies show that prayer is good for your physical health as well. Patients . . . → Read More: It’s good for your health to be on a parish’s prayer list