National Day of Healing

The view from the Lincoln Memorial toward the Washington Monument on August 28, 1963, the date of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. US Government Photo, public domain. From Wikimedia.

O God our Father, whose love reachest to the uttermost parts of the earth: Open our eyes and hearts to . . . → Read More: National Day of Healing

The Tenth Sunday after Trinity

celtic trefoil

Let thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants; and, that they may obtain their petitions, make them to ask such things as shall please thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Bartholomew

St Bartholomew (Last Judgement)

St Bartholomew displaying his flayed skin, detail from The Last Judgement, by Michaelangelo (1475–154).

O Almighty and everlasting God, who didst give to thine Apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach thy Word: Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church, to love that Word which he believed, and both to preach and . . . → Read More: Saint Bartholomew

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot

Francisco Ribalta Christ Embracing St Bernard

Christ Embracing St Bernard, by Francisco Ribalta (1565– 1628). From Wikipedia.

Enable us, O Lord, with Saint Bernard and all thy blessed servants, to bring the talents and graces of thy giving unto the sole service of the Holy Catholic Church, the Body of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; who liveth with . . . → Read More: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot

On the Kalendar: Louis IX, King of France, Confessor

Mort de Louis IX le Saint

Louis taken prisoner during the Seventh Crusade, by Gustave Doré (1832–1883). From Wikipedia.

Louis IX of France is the only French king to have been canonized. Born in 1214, he was crowned king at the age of 12. As an adult, he successfully defeated Henry III of England at Taillebourg, halting Henry’s attempt . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Louis IX, King of France, Confessor

The Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as are right; that we, who cannot do any thing that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Saint Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Anne

The Education of the Virgin, with Saint Joachim, Saint Anne, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577—1640)

O God, who didst choose blessed Joachim from among the company of thy Saints, that of him might be begotten the Mother of thy Son: Grant that we who on his feast day devoutly . . . → Read More: Saint Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Mary, Mother of God (The Dormition, or Falling–Asleep, of the Theotokos)

Rubens woman of apocalypse

The Virgin as the Woman of the Apocolypse, by Pierre Paul Rubens (1577—1640). From Wikipedia.

O God, who hast taken to thyself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of thine incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of thine eternal kingdom; through . . . → Read More: Saint Mary, Mother of God (The Dormition, or Falling–Asleep, of the Theotokos)

Jonathan Myrick Daniels

Jonathan Daniels

Photograph of Jonathan Daniels. From Wikipedia.

O God of justice and compassion, who dost put down the proud and the mighty from their place, and dost lift up the poor and afflicted: We give thee thanks for thy faithful witness Jonathan Myrick Daniels, who, in the midst of injustice and violence, risked and . . . → Read More: Jonathan Myrick Daniels

Blessed Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor

Anonymous portrait of Jeremy Taylor, from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. From Wikipedia.

O God, whose days are without end, and whose mercies cannot be numbered: Make us, we beseech thee, like thy servant Jeremy Taylor, deeply sensible of the shortness of human life; and let thy Holy Spirit lead us in holiness . . . → Read More: Blessed Jeremy Taylor