Saint Osmund

Celtic Cross

O God of grace, who didst turn the thoughts of thy servant Saint Osmund from the cares of this world to the right ordering of thy worship: We humbly beseech thee that thy people, ever standing in the old paths and guided by the Holy Spirit, may offer unto thee an acceptable sacrifice of . . . → Read More: Saint Osmund

The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for the . . . → Read More: The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

The Third Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

O Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom thou hast given an hearty desire to pray, may, by thy mighty aid, be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Independence Day

Fourth of July fireworks behind the Washington Monument 1986

Fourth of July fireworks behind the Washington Monument, 1986. Photo by SSgt Lono Kollars, USAF. From Wikimedia.

O Eternal God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old: Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness . . . → Read More: Independence Day

The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Sacrament of the Last Supper, 1955

The Sacrament of the Last Supper, by Salvador Dalí (1904–1989).

Almighty and everlasting God, who didst appoint thine only–begotten Son to be the Redeemer of the world, and didst vouchsafe to be appeased by his Blood: grant, we beseech thee, that by our solemn service, we may so venerate the Price of our . . . → Read More: The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Second Sunday after Trinity

Trinity (celtic knot)

O Lord, who never failest to help and govern those whom thou dost bring up in thy stedfast fear and love: Keep us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Saint Peter

reni crucifixion of st peter

The Crucifixion of St Peter, by Guido Reni (1575–1642). From Wikiart.

O Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy Apostle Saint Peter many excellent gifts, and commandedst him earnestly to feed thy flock: Make, we beseech thee, all Bishops and Pastors diligently to preach thy holy Word, and . . . → Read More: Saint Peter

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.

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National PTSD Awareness Day (I)

Antonio Canova Madness of Hercules

Hercules Firing Arrows at His Children, by Antonio Canova (1757—1822). Source unknown.

Almighty Father, our help and our shield: look with mercy upon thy servants who have suffered in the service of our country. Soothe their distress, and grant them a sure recovery from the wounds of heart and mind and spirit. Grant also . . . → Read More: National PTSD Awareness Day (I)

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Jacopo Pontormo Nativity of John the Baptist

The Birth of John the Baptist by Jacopo Pontormo (1494-1557). From The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Almighty God, by whose providence thy servant John Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of . . . → Read More: The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist