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The Translation of Saint Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino

Fra Angelico Benedict

Fra Angelicl, detail from Crucifixion and Saints, by Fra Angelico (1395–1455). From Wikimedia Commons.

Almighty and Everlasting God, whose precepts are the  wisdom of a loving Father: Give us grace, following the teaching and example of thy servant Benedict, to walk with loving and willing hearts in the school of the Lord’s service; let thine ears be open unto our prayers; and prosper with thy blessing the work of our hands; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

¶ Or this:

Almighty and everlasting God, we give thee thanks for the  purity and strength with which thou didst endow thy servant Benedict; and we pray that by thy grace we may have a like power to hallow and conform our souls and bodies to the purpose of thy most holy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Or this:

Gracious God, whose service is perfect freedom and in  whose commandments there is nothing harsh nor burdensome, grant that we with thy servant Benedict, may listen with attentive minds, pray with fervent hearts, and serve thee with willing hands so that we live at peace with one another and in obedience to thy Word, Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

⸬ March 21 is the date of Benedict’s death. Some jurisdictions commemorate him on July 11, the date of his translation, either as an alternative (to avoid conflicts with Lent), or in addition to his dies natalis.

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