Saint Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons and Doctor

Martyrdom of Saint Irenæus

Martyrdom of Saint Irenæus

Almighty God, who of old through thy servant Irenæus didst hand on the faith and extend thy Church; Keep it true to the apostolical tradition and fervent to win new peoples for thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Or this:

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Memorial Day

Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

From A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors (1941)

I. For Justice and Freedom

O God, the King of righteousness: Lead us, we pray thee, in ways of justice and peace; inspire us to break down all tyranny and oppression, to gain for every man his due reward, and from every man his due service, . . . → Read More: Memorial Day

The Ascension Day  

the ascension giotto

¶ This Collect is to be said daily throughout the Octave.

The Ascension, by Giotto di Bondone (1266/7–1337). From Wikiart.

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only–begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and . . . → Read More: The Ascension Day  

Rogation Tuesday

Cambell Town fishing boats

Cambell Town fishing boats, by Andrew Black (1851–1916).

O Almighty God, who hast made the sea and all that moveth therein : Bestow thy blessing on the harvest of the waters, that it may be abundant in its season, and on our fishermen and mariners, that they may be safe in every peril of . . . → Read More: Rogation Tuesday

National Sorry Day

The Massacre of the Innocents

For the Victims of Genocide

The Massacre of the Innocentsby Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1525?–1569)

Almighty God, gracious Father: we remember before thee this day all those who have perished in genocides, especially those members of Australia’s Aboriginal People. Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to sear into our memories the story of their peril, lest . . . → Read More: National Sorry Day

Daylight Saving Time Sunday

Pythagoreans celebrate sunrise

Almight God, Father of mercies and giver of all comfort: Deal graciously, we pray thee, with all those who mourn the loss of an hour and dread the earlier coming of thy most bright and glorious morning light; that, casting every care on thee, they may know the consolation of thy love and tender mercies . . . → Read More: Daylight Saving Time Sunday

International Women’s Day

Peter von Cornelius The Three Marys at the Tomb

O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast given us a wonderful example of faith and obedience in the person of thy blessed Mother Mary: Grant us to see her image in all women, that we should treat them with honor and respect; and likewise vouchsafe to endow all women with the strength and courage of thy . . . → Read More: International Women’s Day

Emergency plumbers

Brian and Victoria Mullaney fixing a water problem at Saint Stephen's

A hearty thanks to Brian and Victoria Mullaney for spending part of their Saturday night (last night) fixing a water problem. Photo courtesy Carolyn Kerouac.

Brian and Victoria Mullaney fixing a water problem at Saint Stephen’s

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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

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An alchemist in his laboratory

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An alchemist in his laboratory. From Wikimedia.

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