Saint Woolos (Woolo)

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Almighty God, who dost choose thine elect out of every nation, and dost shew forth thy glory in their lives: Grant, we pray thee, that following the good example of thy servant Saint Woolos, we may be fruitful in good works to the praise of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. . . . → Read More: Saint Woolos (Woolo)

John Keble, Priest (1866)

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Grant, O God, that in all time of our testing we may know thy presence and obey thy will; that, following the example of thy servant John Keble, we may accomplish with integrity and courage that which thou givest us to do, and endure that which thou givest us to bear; through Jesus Christ . . . → Read More: John Keble, Priest (1866)

The Fourth Sunday in Lent  

Lenten Altar with wooden candlesticks

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Annunciation

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1896

The Annunciation, by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859–1937). From christimages.org via Wikimedia Commons.

We beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts; that, as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion we may be brought unto . . . → Read More: The Annunciation

James de Koven, Priest (1879)

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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, by word and example, the knowledge of thy grace; through . . . → Read More: James de Koven, Priest (1879)

Saint Benedict, Abbot of Monte Cassino

St Benedict medal (front)

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 obedience, that thy blessing may prosper the works of our hands, and thine ears be open unto our prayers; . . . → 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

The Third Sunday in Lent  

Lenten Altar with wooden candlesticks

We beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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