Saint Andrew, Apostle

crucifixion of St Andrew

Crucifixion of St Andrew, by Carlo Maratta (1625–1713).

Almighty God, who didst give such grace unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him without delay: Grant unto us all, that we, being called by thy holy Word, may forthwith give up . . . → Read More: Saint Andrew, Apostle

The First Sunday in Advent

Advent Wreath Advent I

¶ This Collect is to be repeated every day, after the other Collects in Advent, until Christmas Day.

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son . . . → Read More: The First Sunday in Advent

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving feast

O most merciful Father, who hast blessed the labours of the husbandman in the returns of the fruits of the earth: We give thee humble and hearty thanks for this thy bounty; beseeching thee to continue thy loving–kindness to us, that our land may still yield her increase, to thy glory and our comfort; . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving Day

Sojourner Truth, Prophetic Witness

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth, from the Randall Studio, c. 1870. From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, who hast made thy Church to be one body with many members and many gifts: we thank thee for the witness of thy daughter, Sojourner Truth, and for her courage to preach the truth of thy liberating love in the . . . → Read More: Sojourner Truth, Prophetic Witness

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr

The Martyrdom of St Catherine of Alexandria

The Martyrdom of St Catherine of alexandria, Altarpiece in the Cesi chapel, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, by Girolamo Siciolante da Sermoneta (1521–c. 1580). From Wikipedia.

O God, who didst endue blessed Catherine, thy Virgin, with grace to witness a good confession, and to suffer gladly for thy name: Grant us, . . . → Read More: Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr

Saint Clement, Bishop of Rome and Martyr

Martyrdom of St Clement

Martyrdom of St Clement, by Bernardino Fungai (1460–1516).

O Lord, who in every age dost write names in thy Book of Life, and dost lead the meek of the earth to be followers of the Lamb of God: Raise up to us teachers like thy servant Clement, the disciple of thy first Apostles, . . . → Read More: Saint Clement, Bishop of Rome and Martyr

C. S. Lewis, Apologist and Spiritual Writer

Celtic Cross

O God of searing truth and surpassing beauty, we give thee thanks for Clive Staples Lewis, whose sanctified imagination lighteth fires of faith in young and old alike; Surprise us also with thy joy and draw us into that new and abundant life which is ours in Christ Jesus, who liveth and reigneth with . . . → Read More: C. S. Lewis, Apologist and Spiritual Writer

Saint Cecilia, Martyr at Rome

Nicolas Poussin St Cecilia

St Cecilia, by Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665). From Wikipedia.

O God, who as on this day didst cause thy blessed Virgin Saint Cecilia to attain unto the heavenly palm of martyrdom: Grant us, we beseech thee, so to follow her example that we may be accounted worthy to be admitted into thy presence; . . . → Read More: Saint Cecilia, Martyr at Rome

The Sunday next before Advent

Trinity (celtic knot)

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

William Byrd, John Merbecke, and Thomas Tallis, Musicians

William Byrd

William Byrd. From Wikipedia.

Sound out thy majesty, O God, and call us to thy work, so that like thy servants William Byrd, John Merbecke, and Thomas Tallis, we might present our lives and our works to thy glory alone; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and . . . → Read More: William Byrd, John Merbecke, and Thomas Tallis, Musicians