Saint Otteran (Odhrán)

God of faithfulness, you have given us the joy of commemorating Saint Otteran, who left family and country for love of the Gospel. Through his intercession grant us a strong faith to recognize your voice and to respond readily to your call. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Saint Chad and Saint Cedd

All-powerful, ever-living God, you made Chad and Cedd bishops and leaders of your people. May their prayers help to bring us your forgiveness and love. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:34-40)

Let us pray: Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Saint Antony Mary Claret

O God, who for the evangelization of peoples strengthened the Bishop Saint Anthony Mary Claret with admirable charity and long-suffering, grant, through his intercession, that, seeking the things that are yours, we may earnestly devote ourselves to winning our brothers and sisters for Christ. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Saint John Paul II

O God, who are rich in mercy and who willed that Saint John Paul the Second should preside as Pope over your universal Church, grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching, we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ, the sole Redeemer of mankind, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Gift and Choice

“The sacrament of Baptism is a gift. Christian discipleship is a choice.” ~Br. Jason Roberts

Blessed Daudi Okelo and Blessed Jildo Irwa

Lord God, you enkindled in the hearts of the Blessed catechists Daudi and Jildo an ardent desire to proclaim the Gospel and, through their martyrdom, strengthened the early growth of the Church in Uganda. By their example, strengthen our faith and grant that we may share it with our brothers and sisters and may all come to enjoy the fruits of your redemption. We ask this 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

Saint Frideswide of Oxford

Almighty God, by whose grace Saint Frideswide persevered in imitation of Christ’s humility and poverty: grant through her prayer that we also may remain faithful to our vocation, and so come to that perfection which you have set forth for us in your Son. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. 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

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

Almighty, ever-living God, the sufferings of the martyrs adorn the Church, which is the Body of Christ. As we celebrate the martyrdom of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, grant that it may be for us a constant source of strength, as it was for him the entry into glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen