Saint Frideswide

St Frideswide

The Legend of St Frideswide

O God, who didst endue with heavenly grace thy servant Saint Frideswide: Mercifully grant that we, who commemorate her life of charity and holiness, may be fruitful in good works, and attain by thy grace to the reward of the poor in spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Saint Luke

St Luke the Evangelist

St Luke the Evangelist (Icon from the royal gates of the central iconostasis of the Kazan Cathedral in Stt Petersburg), by Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757–1825). From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, who didst inspire thy servant Saint Luke the Physician, to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of thy Son: Manifest in . . . → Read More: Saint Luke

The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

Lord, we beseech thee, grant thy people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil; and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Ávila

Saint Teresa of Ávila by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640)

Harken unto us, O God our Saviour, that as we rejoice in the festival of blessed Teresa, Thy virgin, so we may find food for the nourishment of our souls in her heavenly doctrine, and be instructed by the affection of pious devotion; through Jesus . . . → Read More: Saint Teresa of Avila

King Edward the Confessor

Edward Rex

Edward the Confessor and Duke William of Normandy, from the Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery, 11th century, located at the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, Bayeux, France.

O God, who art the King of kings and Lord of lords: Give grace, we beseech thee, to the earthly rulers of thy people, that they, following the . . . → Read More: King Edward the Confessor

Saint Philip the Deacon

St Philip baptizing the eunuch, by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669).

St Philip baptizing the eunuch, by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669).

O God, who didst inspire Saint Philip the Deacon to preach Christ unto the people, and leddest them thereby to thy Holy Sacraments: Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning . . . → Read More: Saint Philip the Deacon

The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

William Tyndale

William Tyndale

William Tyndale, from Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

Almighty God, who didst plant in the heart of thy servant William Tyndale a desire to bring the Scriptures to thy people in their native tongue, and didst endow him with felicity of speech and the strength to persevere: Reveal to us thy Word which he set . . . → Read More: William Tyndale

Saint Faith of Aquitaine, Martyr

fleur-de-lis

O God, by whose strength Saint Faith laid down her life to simple trust and marvellous constancy: Mercifully grant that, as she was true to her name, so we may ever be constant in our Christian profession; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Saint Francis of Assisi

Bartolomeo della Gatta Stigmata of St Francis

Stigmata of St Francis, by Bartolomeo della Gatta (1448–1502). Francis is accompanied, on the right, by Brother Leo, his secretary and confessor. From Wikimedia

O God, who by the life of blessed Francis didst move thy people to the love of simple things: Grant that after his example, we may hold lightly to . . . → Read More: Saint Francis of Assisi