On the Kalendar: Saint Cecilia

November from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

Cecilia may or may not have been real, and the stories about her and her companions are certainly fictional, but she has remained securely ensconced on the kalendar since the fourth century.

“November”, kalendar page from Les Petites Heures d’Anne de Bretagne (The Little Hours of Queen Anne of Bretagne), by the Maître . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Saint Cecilia

Saint Hilda, Abbess of Whitby

St Hilda memorial with ammonites

O God, the author of all virtues, by whose gift thy blessed Saint Hilda chose the heavenly vision before the fleeting glories of the world: Grant that we may learn by her example to despise the passing things of earth, and seek after the things which are eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Saint Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln

Hugh of Lincoln

Altarpiece from the Carthusian monastery of Saint-Honoré, Thuison-les-Abbeville, France, depicting Saint Hugh of Lincoln with his swan.

O merciful Father, who didst endow thy servant Hugh of Lincoln with a wise and cheerful boldness, and didst teach him how to commend the discipline of holy life to kings and princes: Grant that we, fearing . . . → Read More: Saint Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln

The Twenty–Second Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy household the Church in continual godliness; that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland

Saint Margaret of Scotland

Saint Margaret of Scotland. Detail from a medieval manuscript.

O God, who didst call thy servant Margaret to an earthly throne that she might advance thy heavenly kingdom, and didst give her zeal for thy Church and love for thy people: Mercifully grant that we who commemorate her this day may be fruitful in . . . → Read More: Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland

Consecration of Samuel Seabury, First American Bishop

November from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

Samuel Seabury was born in North Groton, CT, in 1729. His father (also named Samuel) was a Congregationalist minister who was later ordained deacon and priest in the Church of England in 1720. Samuel the younger was graduated from Yale in 1748, and then travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland, where he studied medicine. In 1753, he . . . → Read More: Consecration of Samuel Seabury, First American Bishop

The Consecration of Samuel Seabury

Samuel Seabury

We give thee thanks, O Lord our God, for thy goodness in bestowing upon this Church the gift of the episcopate, which we celebrate in this remembrance of the consecration of Samuel Seabury; and we pray that, joined together in unity with our bishops, and nourished by thy holy Sacraments, we may proclaim the . . . → Read More: The Consecration of Samuel Seabury

Saint Dyfrig (Dubricius)

Y Ddraig Goch

O God, the light of the faithful and shepherd of souls, who didst set blessed Dyfrig to be a Bishop in the Church, that he might feed thy sheep by his word, and guide them by his example: Grant us, we beseech thee, to keep the faith which he taught, and to follow in . . . → Read More: Saint Dyfrig (Dubricius)

Veterans Day

Remembrance Day poppy

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead: We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun . . . → Read More: Veterans Day

Saint Martin

San Martín y el mendigo

San Martín y el mendigo (Saint Martin and the beggar), by El Greco (1541–1614). From Wikimedia.

O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst endue thy soldier Saint Martin with the spirit of sacrifice, and didst exalt him as Bishop to be a great defender of the Faith: Grant us grace to follow in his . . . → Read More: Saint Martin