James de Koven, Priest

James DeKoven

Portrait of James DeKoven, author unknown. From Wikipedia.

Almighty and Everlasting God, the source and perfection of all virtues, who didst inspire thy servant James De Koven to do what is right and to preach what is true: Grant that all ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may afford to thy faithful people, . . . → Read More: James de Koven, Priest

Thomas Ken

NPG 1821; Thomas Ken by F. Scheffer

Thomas Ken by F. Scheffer (fl. 1700–1710). From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, who didst give to thy servant Thomas Ken grace and courage to bear witness to the truth before rulers and kings: Give us also thy strength that, following his example, we may constantly defend what is right, boldly reprove what is . . . → Read More: Thomas Ken

Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop

Thomas Cranmer by Gerlach Flicke

Portrait of Thomas Cranmer, by Gerlach Flicke (1495–1558). From Wikimedia

Merciful God, who through the work of Thomas Cranmer didst renew the worship of thy Church by restoring the language of the people, and through whose death didst reveal thy power in human weakness: Grant that by thy grace we may always worship . . . → Read More: Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop

Saint Benedict, Abbot of Monte Cassino

Totila e San Benedetto

Totila e San Benedetto (King Totila of the Goths tests St Benedict), by Spinello Aretino (1350–1410). From Wikipedia.

Almighty and everlasting God, whose precepts are the wisdom of a loving Father: Enable us, after the teaching and example of thy servant Saint Benedict, to walk as one family in the excellent paths of . . . → Read More: Saint Benedict, Abbot of Monte Cassino

Saint Cuthbert

Cuthbert and Ælfflaed at Coquet Island

Cuthbert meets Ælfflæd of Whitby on Coquet Island, from Bede’s Life of Cuthbert, 12th century

Almighty God, who didst call thy blessed Saint Cuthbert from following the flock to be a Shepherd and Bishop of souls: Inspire all Bishops and Pastors to tend their flocks after his pattern with gentleness and strength; that thy . . . → Read More: Saint Cuthbert

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Guido Reni St Joseph with the Infant Jesus

St Joseph with the Infant Jesus, by Guido Reni (1575–1642). From Wikipediea (Web Gallery of Art)

O God, who from the family of thy servant David didst raise up Joseph to be the guardian of thine incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of . . . → Read More: Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Patrick

St Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland

St Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland, shown with the shamrock he used to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity

O God, who in thy providence didst choose thy servant Patrick to be the Apostle of the Irish people, that he might cause the light of the Gospel to shine in the world: Grant us . . . → Read More: Saint Patrick

The Second Sunday in Lent

Lenten altar

Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus . . . → Read More: The Second Sunday in Lent

Spring (Lenten) Ember Days: III

Sebastiaan Vrancx (studio) Spring

Spring, by the studio of Sebastiaan Vrancx (1573–1647). From Wikipedia.

O God, who didst lead thy holy apostles to ordain ministers in every place: Grant that thy Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may choose suitable men for the ministry of Word and Sacrament, and may uphold them in their work . . . → Read More: Spring (Lenten) Ember Days: III

Spring (Lenten) Ember Days: II

Sebastiaan Vrancx (studio) Spring

Spring, by the studio of Sebastiaan Vrancx (1573–1647). From Wikipedia.

O Almighty God, who hast committed to the hands of men the ministry of reconciliation: We humbly beseech thee, by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, to put it into the hearts of many to offer themselves for this ministry; that thereby mankind . . . → Read More: Spring (Lenten) Ember Days: II