Saint John before the Latin Gate

St John before the Latin Gate

St John before the Latin Gate, by Daniel Hallé (1614–1675).

Merciful Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church, that it being enlightened by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Saint John, may so walk in the light of thy truth, that it may at length . . . → Read More: Saint John before the Latin Gate

Saint Asaph

Y Ddraig Goch

O God, the light of the faithful and shepherd of souls, who didst set blessed Asaph 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 Asaph

The Second Sunday after Easter

Almighty God, who hast given thine only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an ensample of godly life: Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through . . . → Read More: The Second Sunday after Easter

May the Fourth

Rey takes Luke Skywalker's light sabre from Kylo Ren

May the Fourth

Almighty God, King of Heaven: Grant, we beseech thee, that as we go forth against the forces of darkness, so we may be prevented by the force of thy Holy Spirit and all the heavenly host; that at the last we may enter into the Kingdom of Peace; through Jesus Christ our . . . → Read More: May the Fourth

Saint Monnica

Monica of Hippo by Gozzoli

Monica of Hippo, by Benozzo Gozzoli (c. 1421—1497). From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, who didst graciously hear the prayers of blessed Monnica for the conversion of Augustine her son: Grant that we in our intercession may likewise never falter in love nor be wearied in asking; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and . . . → Read More: Saint Monnica

The Finding of the Cross

Zurbarán The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion, by Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664). From Art Institute Chicago.

O God, who by a wonderful mercy didst make the instrument of shameful death the means of our salvation: Out of weakness make us strong to take up the Cross, that we may be numbered among the redeemed who follow the Lamb . . . → Read More: The Finding of the Cross

National Day of Prayer 2019

Almighty God, unto whom our prayers rise as the incense of the evening sacrifice: Inspire us with thy Holy Spirit, that our prayers may be right and good in thy sight, and worthy of thy lovingkindness. Direct our hearts to pray for the well-being of others: for them that are down-trodden, that their suffering may . . . → Read More: National Day of Prayer 2019

Saint Athanasius

Scutum Fidei variants

earliest and latest variants of the “Scutum Fidei”. From Wikipedia

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that, like as blessed Athanasius contended earnestly for the faith of thy Consubstantial and Incarnate Word, so we may both believe in our hearts and confess with our mouth the Godhead of thy Son our Saviour Jesus . . . → Read More: Saint Athanasius

International Workers’ Day

Pieter Bruegel the Elder The Harvesters

Almighty God, who hast given unto us the Sabbath to be a day of rest, and who hast promised to be a swift witness against them that oppress the hireling in his wages: In thy mercy, grant the labourer to be strong, and let not his hand be weak, and let his work be rewarded. . . . → Read More: International Workers’ Day

Yom HaShoah (יום השואה)

Theresienstadt concentration camp archway

For the Victims of Genocide

Almighty God, gracious Father: we remember before thee this day all those who have perished in genocides, especially those who died in the Shoah. Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to sear into our memories the story of their peril, lest we forget their anguish and tribulations. Embolden us with thy Holy . . . → Read More: Yom HaShoah (יום השואה)