Saint Prisca

St Prisca

O God, who didst endue blessed Prisca, thy Virgin, with grace to witness a good confession, and to suffer gladly for thy name: Grant us, we beseech thee, so to follow her stedfastness that we may attain to the glorious fellowship of thy Saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Confession of Saint Peter (Saint Peter’s Chair in Rome)

Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter

Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter, by Pietro Perugino (c. 1446/1450–1523). From Wikipedia.

Almighty Father, who didst inspire Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep thy Church stedfast upon the rock of this faith, so that in unity and peace we . . . → Read More: The Confession of Saint Peter (Saint Peter’s Chair in Rome)

Saint Antony of Egypt, Abbot

Temptation of St Antony

The Temptation of St Antony, by Martin de Vos (1532–1603).

O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to thy disciples, Be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect: Give us grace so to follow thy blessed Saint Antony in the way of perfection, that we may count all things but loss for the . . . → Read More: Saint Antony of Egypt, Abbot

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaac on Epiphany

Isaac on Epiphany

Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Kentigern (Mungo)

Y Ddraig Goch

O God, who by the preaching of thy blessed servant Saint Kentigern didst cause the light of the Gospel to shine in these islands: Lead us by its brightness to become sons of a new birth, growing into thine image from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Saint Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers and Doctor

Hilary of Poitiers

The Ordination of Hilary of Poitiers, from a 14th century Lives of the Saints, by Richard de Montbaston and others. From Wikipedia.

O God, who hast enlightened thy Church by the teaching of thy servant Saint Hilary: Enrich it evermore, we beseech the, with thy heavenly grace, and raise up faithful witnesses, who . . . → Read More: Saint Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers and Doctor

The Epiphany, or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles

The Star of Bethlehem

¶ This Collect is to be said daily throughout the Octave.

O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only–begotten Son to the Gentiles: Mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through the same thy . . . → Read More: The Epiphany, or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles

The Circumcision of Christ, or The Holy Name

Albrecht Dürer Circumcision

The Circumcision, from the middle panel of The Seven Sorrows of Mary, by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1518. From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, who madest thy blessed Son to be circumcised, and obedient to the law for man: Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit; that, our hearts, and all our members, being mortified from . . . → Read More: The Circumcision of Christ, or The Holy Name

The First Sunday after Christmas Day

Advent Wreath Christmas

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only–begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus . . . → Read More: The First Sunday after Christmas Day

Saint Sylvester

St Sylvester and the Dragon

Saint Sylvester overcomes the dragon of the Tarpeian Rock, by Battista da Vicenza (1375?–1438)

Most merciful God, we humbly pray thee, that like as when thy blessed Abbot Sylvester was devoutly meditating over an open tomb on the vanity of this life, thou didst vouchsafe to call him thence unto the desert, and to . . . → Read More: Saint Sylvester