EASTER FRIDAY (Friday in Bright Week)
Commemoration of St. Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher
Anselm was born in Lombardy ca. 1033. He attended a humanistic school in France and became a monk in 1060 at the Abbey of Bec in Normandy. He succeeded his teacher Lanfranc as Prior of Bec in 1063 and as Archbishop of Canterbury in 1093. Although his greatest ability was as a teacher and spiritual director, for much of his career he was caught in the conflict between Church and state. A leading theologian and philosopher, he was the brightest lamp of learning between Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. He died on this date in 1109.
In the morning: Psalm 96 The Lord, king and judge of the world
In the evening: Psalm 8 The majesty of the creator
Read hymn no. 88 “O Love, how deep, how broad, how high”
One or more of the following lessons:
Song of Solomon 5:9-6:3 The beloved in the garden
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Witnesses to the risen Christ
In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus
In the evening: Magnificat
Prayer of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, in the paschal mystery you have established with all humanity the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s body may show forth in their lives the faith they profess with their lips; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Almighty God, you gave to your servant Anselm special gifts of grace to understand the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Pray for the mission of the Church
For Christian witness by all the faithful
For missionaries and their families
For the salvation of the world
For catechumens and learners
For the whole human family
For quiet confidence in God’s care and for faith in his wondrous purpose
For a sense of the majesty of God
For forgiveness for those who wrong us
For the spirit of prayer and devotion
For those who inquire into the mysteries of God and God’s relation to the world
For those who seek to be certain of the existence of God
The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.