The Annunciation

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1896

The Annunciation, by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859–1937). From christimages.org via Wikimedia Commons.

We beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts; that, as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion we may be brought unto . . . → Read More: The Annunciation

James de Koven, Priest (1879)

notched celtic cross

Almighty and Everlasting God, the source and perfection of all virtues, who didst inspire thy servant James De Koven to do what is right and to preach what is true: Grant that all ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may afford to thy faithful people, by word and example, the knowledge of thy grace; through . . . → Read More: James de Koven, Priest (1879)

Saint Benedict, Abbot of Monte Cassino

St Benedict medal (front)

Almighty and everlasting God, whose precepts are the wisdom of a loving Father: Enable us, after the teaching and example of thy servant Saint Benedict, to walk as one family in the excellent paths of obedience, that thy blessing may prosper the works of our hands, and thine ears be open unto our prayers; . . . → Read More: Saint Benedict, Abbot of Monte Cassino

Saint Cuthbert

Cuthbert and Ælfflaed at Coquet Island

Cuthbert meets Ælfflæd of Whitby on Coquet Island, from Bede’s Life of Cuthbert, 12th century

Almighty God, who didst call thy blessed Saint Cuthbert from following the flock to be a Shepherd and Bishop of souls: Inspire all Bishops and Pastors to tend their flocks after his pattern with gentleness and strength; that thy . . . → Read More: Saint Cuthbert

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Guido Reni St Joseph with the Infant Jesus

St Joseph with the Infant Jesus, by Guido Reni (1575–1642). From Wikipediea (Web Gallery of Art)

O God, who from the family of thy servant David didst raise up Joseph to be the guardian of thine incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of . . . → Read More: Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Third Sunday in Lent  

Lenten Altar with wooden candlesticks

We beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St Patrick’s Breastplate

celtic trefoil

Also known as the “Lorica* of St Patrick”, this poem is most familiar to churchgoers in the metrical version by Cecil Frances Alexander. (She also wrote the texts for “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, “There is a Green Hill Far Away”, and “Once in Royal David’s City”.) In honor of the Saint, we present two . . . → Read More: St Patrick’s Breastplate

Saint Patrick

St Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland

St Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland, shown with the shamrock he used to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity

O God, who in thy providence didst choose thy servant Patrick to be the Apostle of the Irish people, that he might cause the light of the Gospel to shine in the world: Grant us . . . → Read More: Saint Patrick

Saint Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome and Doctor

Almighty and everlasting God, who gavest thy servant Saint Gregory a great apostleship in the Church, and among manifold cares an earnest longing to convert the English people: Renew in us thy grace, that we also, forsaking the world’s honour, may serve thee as thou wilt appoint, and labour that thy praises may be sung . . . → Read More: Saint Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome and Doctor

The Second Sunday in Lent

Lenten Altar with wooden candlesticks

Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus . . . → Read More: The Second Sunday in Lent