Spring (Lenten) Ember Days: I

Sebastiaan Vrancx (studio) Spring

Spring, by the studio of Sebastiaan Vrancx (1573–1647). From Wikipedia.

O God, who hast made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth, and didst send thy blessed Son Jesus Christ to preach peace to them that are afar off and to them that are . . . → Read More: Spring (Lenten) Ember Days: I

Saint Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome and Doctor

Saint Gregory the Great inspired by a dove

Saint Gregory the Great inspired by a dove. By the Master of the Registrum Gregorii (a collection of the letters of Gregory the Great). From Wikipedia.

Almighty and everlasting God, who gavest thy servant Saint Gregory a great apostleship in the Church, and among manifold cares an earnest longing to convert the English . . . → Read More: Saint Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome and Doctor

Daylight Saving Time Sunday

Pythagoreans celebrate sunrise

Almight God, Father of mercies and giver of all comfort: Deal graciously, we pray thee, with all those who mourn the loss of an hour and dread the earlier coming of thy most bright and glorious morning light; that, casting every care on thee, they may know the consolation of thy love and tender mercies . . . → Read More: Daylight Saving Time Sunday

The First Sunday in Lent

Lenten altar

O Lord, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights: Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the . . . → Read More: The First Sunday in Lent

International Women’s Day

Peter von Cornelius The Three Marys at the Tomb

O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast given us a wonderful example of faith and obedience in the person of thy blessed Mother Mary: Grant us to see her image in all women, that we should treat them with honor and respect; and likewise vouchsafe to endow all women with the strength and courage of thy . . . → Read More: International Women’s Day

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor

Saint Thomas Aquinas by Diego Velázquez

Tentación de Santo Tomás d’Aquino( The Temptation of Saint Thomas Aquinas) by Diego Velázquez (1599–1660)

O God, who hast enlightened thy Church with the wondrous learning of thy blessed Confessor Thomas Aquinas, and enriched the same with his holiness of life: grant, we beseech thee; that we may understand aright the doctrine that he . . . → Read More: Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor

Saint Perpetua and her Companions, Carthaginian Martyrs

Martyrdom of Perpetua, Felicitas, Revocatus, Saturninus, and Secundulus (Menologion of Basil II)

Martyrdom of Perpetua, Felicitas, Revocatus, Saturninus, and Secundulus, from the Menologion of Basil II (c. AD 1000)

O God, who didst give a splendid courage to the Martyrs Perpetua and Felicitas, when leaving their babes, they went with bright and flashing eyes into the arena, and thus, with their companions, most nobly met their . . . → Read More: Saint Perpetua and her Companions, Carthaginian Martyrs

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

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Saint Non (Nonnita)

Y Ddraig Goch

Eternal Father, who by the motherhood of blessed Mary hast crowned the calling of women: We praise the for Saint Non and all godly matrons, who have kept thy Son’s sayings in their hearts, and taught their children the same, to thine honour and glory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Quinquagesima Sunday: the Sunday Next before Lent  

Chi Rho mosaic

Chi Rho mosaic from Saint Gregory of Sinai Monastery

O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth: Send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is . . . → Read More: Quinquagesima Sunday: the Sunday Next before Lent