Octave of the Ascension



The Collect.

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without...

Saint Venerable Bede



Confessor and Doctor of the Church

Bede the priest was born about the year 673, at Jarrow, on the borders of England and Scotland. At the age of seven, as he himself hath left on record, he was placed under the care of holy Benedict Biscop, Abbot of...

Saint John I



Pope and Martyr. 

Pope John I was a Tuscan, who began to rule the Church in 523; and almost immediately it became necessary to get the help of the Emperor Justinian, because of the troubles which the heretical King Theodoric was then causing in Italy....

Saint Augustine of Canterbury



Bishop and Confessor.  

First Archbishop of Canterbury and Apostle of the English. 

Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury and the Apostle of the English, was sent into England by blessed Gregory, and came...