Thursday, April 19, 2018


Commemoration of Olavus Petri, Priest, and Laurentius Petri, Archbishop of Uppsala

The brothers Olavus and Laurentius Petri were instrumental in bringing the Reformation to Sweden. Olavus was born in 1493, Laurentius in 1499. Both were educated at Wittenberg. Olavus was ordained a deacon, later a priest. He prepared a Swedish translation of the New Testament, based on the Latin Vulgate but with some reference to Luther’s translation from the Greek. In 1531 he prepared a Swedish Mass, and in 1536 he prepared a collection of hymns in Swedish. He died on this date in 1552.

Laurentius Petri was appointed to a professorship at Uppsala in 1527. He was ordained priest, and four years later (September 22, 1531) he was consecrated Archbishop of Uppsala, the first evangelical Primate of Sweden. In 1561, at the coronation of King Erik VIV, Archbishop Petri preached a sermon setting forth the principles of the Reformation. He assisted his brother in the translation of the Bible and in the revision of the liturgy. He died September 22, 1573.

In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

In the morning: Psalm 47   To God, king of the world

In the evening: Psalm 68  National song of triumph  

Read hymn  “My Shepherd  will supply my need”

Read one or more of the following lessons:

Genesis 30:25-43,  Acts 3:17-26

In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus

In the evening: Magnificat

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, who at this joyful Eastertide made known to us the depths of your love: Open our hearts wide to welcome your great love, and as you have delivered us from the night of error and sin, help us to cling more firmly to your Word of truth, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Almighty God, we praise you for the men and women you have sent to call the Church to its tasks and renew its life, particularly on this day your servants Olavus and Laurentius Petri. Raise up in our day teachers and prophets inspired by your Spirit, whose voices will give strength to your Church and proclaim the reality of your kingdom; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to lead a holy life
For the remembrance of our baptism
For a deepened love of the Holy Communion
For the gift of love
For the grace of humility
For the Church in Sweden: its archbishop, bishops, priests, and people
For the gift of wisdom and learning for the clergy
For a deepened appreciation of the long tradition of the Church

Our Father…

The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.


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