Tuesday, July 30, 2019William Wilberforce
Politician, Philanthropist and Abolitionist
Lesser Feasts and Fasts describes the contribution of William Wilberforce in this way:
He gave himself unstintingly to the promotion of overseas missions, popular education, and the reformation of public manners and morals. He also supported parliamentary reform and Catholic emancipation. Above all, his fame rests upon his persistent, uncompromising, and single-minded crusade for the abolition of slavery and the slave-trade. That sordid traffic was abolished in 1807. He died just one month before Parliament put an end to slavery in the British dominions. One of the last letters written by John Wesley was addressed to Wilberforce. In it Wesley gave him his blessing for his noble enterprise.
Let thy continual mercy, O Lord, enkindle in thy Church the never-failing gift of love, that, following the example of thy servant William Wilberforce, we may have grace to defend the poor, and maintain the cause of those who have no helper; for the sake of him who gave his life for us, thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019Ignatius of Loyola
Priest, Monastic and Founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
Almighty God, from whom all good things come: Thou didst call Ignatius of Loyola to the service of thy Divine Majesty and to find thee in all things. Inspired by his example and strengthened by his companionship, may we labor without counting the cost and seek no reward other than knowing that we do thy will; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Thursday, August 1, 2019Joseph of Arimathaea
Joseph of Arimathaea is often compared to Nicodemus, because they were both members of the Jewish Sanhedrin who were drawn, somewhat secretly, to Jesus.
After Christ's crucifixion, at a time of great fear and doubt, Joseph stepped up and offered his own tomb for our Lord's body.
Merciful God, whose servant Joseph of Arimathaea with reverence and godly fear did prepare the body of our Lord and Savior for burial, and did lay it in his own tomb: Grant, we beseech thee, to us thy faithful people, grace and courage to love and serve Jesus with sincere devotion all the days of our life; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Friday, August 2, 2019
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Sunday, August 4, 2019THE EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 13)