17 November 2017

Prof. Rachel Fulton Brown's "Mary & the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life"

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Rachel Fulton Brown, Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Chicago, has written a most important work for anyone interested in understanding the authentic way mediaeval people of faith understood and lived their devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God the Lord Jesus Christ.  

The work is entitled Mary & the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought, and, although it is a scholarly work, this book is also a very important work today for those who love the Blessed Mother and those who wish to understand the beautiful Medieval devotion to Mary the Mother of God from the point of view from the Medieval faithful whose profound devotion to the Holy Virgin has long stood as a witness against the claims of revolutionaries and reformers.



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16 November 2017

S. Albertus Magnus (a day late)

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“The Blessed Virgin Mary 
wrapped the Word of the Father 
in humble bands to teach us
that the Divine Word 
should be clothed by preachers 
in simple language 
rather than in rhetorical finery.”

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“Hail, Saviour of the world, 
the Father’s Word — 
true victim, living flesh, 
wholly God, truly man. 
Ingrafted in you, 
may we be worthily offered 
in your Majesty’s divine temple. 
Brought near to the Body 
at the Father’s right hand, 
may we one day 
share your eternity, 
have fellowship in your bliss, 
and be incarnate 
in your Incarnation, 
for yours is all honour and glory 
for ever and ever. Amen.”


Saint Albert the Great

14 November 2017

Our Duty according to St. Cyril of Alexandria

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"It is our duty, therefore, 
to be faithful to God, 
pure in heart, 
merciful and kind, 
just and holy; 
for these things imprint in us 
the outlines of the Divine likeness, 
and perfect us as heirs of eternal life."

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

03 November 2017

A Hymn of St. Alcuin, trans. Fr. Adrian Fortescue

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Luminis fons, lux et origo lucis

Fountain of light, thyself the light unending,
Lord, hear our prayer and, cleansing us from evil,
Take away darkness; let thy holy radiance
Shine on thy servants.

Now that the evening brings the end of labour,
Lord, who hast kept us safe in thy protection,
Grateful we offer thee our thanks and worship
Now and at all times.

Since then the daylight fades into the darkness,
Let that sun light us which enlightens always
Choirst of angels in they holy presence,
Light never failing.

From all the sins which we this day committed
Cleanse thou our conscience, Christ our Lord and Saviour,
So in the night time we may rest uninjured,
Safe in thy friendship.

Six days we labour, working as thou willest;
Then on the seventh resting by thine order,
We look to that day which at last shall bring us
Rest everlasting.

S. Alcuin of York (d. 804) 
translation by Fr. Adrian Fortescue

from Latin Hymns 
as sung at St. Hugh, Letchworth 
Fr. Adrian Fortescue

02 November 2017

ALL SOULS DAY

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Listen kindly to our prayers, O Lord,
and, as our faith in your Son,
raised from the dead, is deepened,
so may our hope of resurrection for your departed servants
also find new strength.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Roman Missal, 3rd ed.


Father of all,
we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer.
Grant them your peace,
let light perpetual shine upon them,
and in your loving wisdom and almighty power,
work in them the good purpose of your perfect will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The Book of Alternative Services
Anglican Church of Canada

O God, the Maker and Redeemer of all believers;
Grant to the faithful departed
the unsearchable benefits
of the passion of your Son;
that on the day of his appearing
they may be manifested as your children;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Lesser Feasts and Fasts
The Episcopal Church USA

Eternal God, our maker and redeemer,
grant us, with all the faithful departed,
the sure benefits of your Son’s saving passion
and glorious resurrection
that, in the last day,
when you gather up all things in Christ,
we may with them enjoy the fullness of your promises;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Common Worship
The Church of England


01 November 2017

Enid Chadwick: All Saints and All Souls

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O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, 
we pray thee to set thy passion, cross, and death, 
between thy judgement and our souls, 
now and in the hour of our death. 
Give mercy and grace to the living, 
pardon and rest to the dead, 
to thy holy Church peace and concord, 
and to us sinners everlasting life and glory; 
who with the Father and the Holy Ghost 
livest and reignest, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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ALL SAINTS DAY

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O God, the King of saints, we praise and magnify thy holy Name for all thy servants who have finished their course in thy faith and fear; for the Blessed Virgin Mary; for the holy patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs; and for all other thy righteous servants, known to us and unknown; and we beseech thee that, encouraged by their examples, aided by their prayers, and strengthened by their fellowship, we also may be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The Book of Common Prayer, 1979, USA




Almighty ever-living God, by whose gift we venerate in one celebration the merits of all the Saints, bestow on us, we pray, through the prayers of so many intercessors, an abundance of the reconciliation with you for which we earnestly long. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Roman Missal, 3rd ed.


Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may come to those inexpressible joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Common Worship, Church of England