Memorial Day

Decoration Day

From A Prayer Book for Soliders 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 . . . → Read More: Memorial Day

Memorial Day (Observed)

An aerial view of the USS Arizona Memorial

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 in . . . → Read More: Memorial Day (Observed)

The Sunday after Ascension Day

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

O God, the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven: We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless; but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the . . . → Read More: The Sunday after Ascension Day

The Venerable Bede

The Venerable Bede Translates John

The Venerable Bede Translates John by James Doyle Penrose (1862-1932)

O God, the light of our fathers, the rock of their whole strength: Grant us, with thy servant Saint Bede, all diligence to study the noble works thou didst in their days, that we may discern and trust thy power in our own; through . . . → Read More: The Venerable Bede

Saint Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury

Celtic Cross

Augustine before Ethelbert and Bertha, from Illustrated Notes on English Church History by the Rev’d C. Arthur Lane.

Almighty and everlasting God, who didst strengthen Saint Augustine to bring the English people, by his travail, unto the faith and grace of Christ: Grant to thy servants in this age a like courage that, by . . . → Read More: Saint Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury

Saint Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne

Celtic Cross

O God, who hast made man’s lips to extol thee, and acceptest the art of his hand and voice: We praise thee for the example of thy servant Aldhelm as a leader of the minds of men and a sweet singer of the divine praises: beseeching thee to continue to the Church in this . . . → Read More: Saint Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne

The Ascension Day

Jesus ascending to Heaven

Ascension by John Singleton Copley (1738–1815)

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

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 mind thither . . . → Read More: The Ascension Day

Ascension Eve

Ascension of Christ, Benvenuto Tisi

Ascension of Christ, by Benvenuto Tisi (1481–1559)

O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our . . . → Read More: Ascension Eve

Rogation Wednesday

morning day on the farm

Morning Day on the Farm, by Anna Mary Robertson Moses, a.k.a. “Grandma Moses” (1860–1961). From Wikipedia.

Almighty Father, who by thy Son Jesus Christ hast sanctified labour to the welfare of mankind: Prosper, we pray thee, the industries of this land and all those who are engaged therein; that, shielded in all their . . . → Read More: Rogation Wednesday

Rogation Tuesday

The Fog Warning, by Winslow Homer (1836–1910). From Wikipedia.

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 . . . → Read More: Rogation Tuesday