WEEK OF EASTER III
Commemoration of Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury
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 name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
In the morning: Psalm 92 Praise of God the creator
In the evening: Psalm 23 The good shepherd
Read hymn “O Love, how deep, how broad, how high”
Read one or more of the following lessons:
In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus
In the evening: Magnificat
Prayer of the Day
O God, in the waters of baptism you have given new birth to those who believe in you: Come to the help of all who have been reborn in Christ, that they may overcome the wiles of the devil, and faithfully keep hold of the gift they have received from you; 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 all those who need our prayer
For the neglected and those who have no one to pray for them
For an awareness of our mortality
For fellowship with the saints
For the peace of the world
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.