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

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 . . . → 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 . . . → Read More: The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Saint Peter

Crucifixion of Saint Peter Caravaggio

Crucifixion of Saint Peter, by Caravaggio (1571–1610). From Wikipedia.

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 the . . . → Read More: Saint Peter

Freedom of the Press Day

Benjamin Franklin at the printing press

Benjamin Franklin at a Printing Press, by E. Boyd Smith (1860–1943), from an illustrated version of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. From Project Gutenberg.

Almighty God, who sendest thy messengers with glad tidings and dire warnings: Watch over thy servants the members of the press, keeping them safe from peril in their . . . → Read More: Freedom of the Press Day

For the Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

Judas Maccabeus before the Army of Nicanor

Judas Maccabeus before the Army of Nicanor (1 Macc. 7:26-32), by Gustave Doré (1832–1883). From Wikimedia.

Merciful God, whose love is ever unfailing and knoweth no bounds: Show thy mercy upon them that have been oppressed and persecuted because of their identity. Succour them in their fight for equality, and turn the . . . → Read More: For the Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

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:

Almighty God, who didst uphold thy . . . → Read More: Saint Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons and Doctor

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.

National PTSD Awareness Day (I)

Antonio Canova Madness of Hercules

For Veterans with PTSD

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 . . . → 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 . . . → Read More: The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist