Saint Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury

Augustine before Ethelbert and Bertha

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

Towel Day

Towel Day

Towel Day, May 25th, commemorates the life and work of Douglas Adams.

O Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, whose angels tell us to fear not, nor be dismayed: We beseech thee that we may always know the presence of thy Holy Comforter; that we should not panic in the face of . . . → Read More: Towel Day

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

Tuesday in Whitsun Week

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful God, that thy Church, being gathered together in unity by thy Holy Spirit, may manifest thy power among all peoples, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Saint Alcuin

Charlemagne et Alcuin

Charlemagne et Alcuin, by Jean-Victor Schnetz (1787–1870). From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, in a rude and barbarous age thou didst raise up thy deacon Alcuin to rekindle the light of learning: Illumine our minds, we pray, that amid the uncertainties and confusions of our own time we may shew forth thy eternal truth; through . . . → Read More: Saint Alcuin

Monday in Whitsun Week

Send, we beseech thee, Almighty God, thy Holy Spirit into our hearts, that he may direct and rule us according to thy will, comfort us in all our afflictions, defend us from all error, and lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the same Holy Spirit liveth and . . . → Read More: Monday in Whitsun Week

Pentecost, commonly called Whitsunday


Pentecôte (Pentecost), by Jean_II_Restout. From Wikipedia.

¶ This Collect is to be said daily throughout Whitsun Week.

O God, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a . . . → Read More: Pentecost, commonly called Whitsunday

Saint Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury

St Dunstan praying before Christ.

“St Dunstan praying before Christ”, from the Glastonbury Classbook (10th century). The kneeling monk in the lower right is believed to be a self-portrait by Dunstan, who was a famous illustrator. From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, who didst raise up Saint Dunstan to restore the discipline of the Church and to be a faithful . . . → Read More: Saint Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury

The Sunday after Ascension Day

the ascension giotto

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

Saint Joan of Arc

Joan at the Coronation of Charles VII

Joan at the Coronation of Charles VII, by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780—1867). From Wikipedia.

O God, who didst endue thy servant Saint Joan with singular courage to withstand her enemies in the evil day: Grant us grace that, enduring hardness and waxing valiant in fight, we may with her receive the crown of everlasting . . . → Read More: Saint Joan of Arc