Posts Tagged ‘Saint’s Days’

Tomorrow at St. Alban’s, a relic of the first class of St. Gregory Nazianzus will be on the altar from 0800-0900 during the morning office.  All are welcome for prayer and veneration of this extraordinary saint of the undivided Church. Gregory of Nazianzus also known as Gregory the Theologian or Gregory Nazianzen, was a 4th-century Archbishop of Constantinople. He is widely considered the most accomplished rhetorical stylist of the patristic age.[As a classically trained orator and philosopher he infused Hellenism into the early church, establishing the paradigm of Byzantine theologians and church officials. St. Gregory made a significant impact on the shape of Trinitarian theology among both Greek- and Latin-speaking theologians, and he is remembered as the “Trinitarian Theologian”. Along with the brothers St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nyssa, he is known as one of the Cappadocian Fathers.

Almighty God, who hast revealed to thy Church thine eternal Being of glorious majesty and perfect love as one God in Trinity of Persons: Give us grace that, like thy bishop Gregory of Nazianzus, we may continue steadfast in the confession of this faith, and constant in our worship of thee, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who livest and reignest for ever and ever.


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St. Etheldreda

etheldredaAfter a long haitus, we reopen with  the commemoration of a quintessentially English saint’s day today. St. Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely (AD 636-679).

The praises of that saint we sing,
to whom all lands their tribute bring,
who with indomitable heart,
bore throughout life true woman’s heart.

Restraining every froward sense
by gentle bonds of abstinence,
with prayer her hungry souls she fed,
and thus to heavenly joys hath sped.

King Christ, from whom all virtue springs,
who only doest wondrous things,
as now to thee she kneels in prayer,
in mercy our petitions hear.

All praise to God the Father be,
all praise, eternal Son, to thee;
whom with the Spirit we adore
forever and forevermore.

-English Hymnal (1906)

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