LIBERA ME, Domine, Iesu Christe, ab omnibus iniquitatis meis et universis malis,
fac me tuis semper inhærere mandatis et a te numquam separari permittas. Amen.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Pray for us, S. George our Patron

Praise we now S. George our Patron,
Athlete in the heav’nly race;
Victor in the royal contest,
He beholds his Master’s face,
Palm and laurel crown receiving
In his own appointed place.

Long the conflict, fierce the torment,
For his Lord he gained renown,
Till the tyrant’s last devices
Mightier grace were forced to own,
Till at last the ancient dragon
See his power overthrown.

Trophy-bearer, now he beareth
Trophies to his Captain’s feet;
Soldier-martyr, now he leadeth
Heav’nly legions, as is meet,
And for us, still fighting, pleadeth
At Christ’s holy mercy-seat.

Pray for us, Saint George our Patron,
For thine England intercede,
Till from error purged, forgiven,
One in truth we chant our creed,
Till the Sacrifice she offers,
Catholic in word and deed.

Now to God the Father, glory;
Glolry be to God the Son,
Whom, triumphant in the contest,
In His Saint hath vict’ry won;
To the Holy Spirit glory,
While eternal ages run. Amen

Today is S. George’s Day; and a day not only for the English, but also for people of many other countries around the world to celebrate their Heavenly Patron : and I wish you all a very happy and blessed S. George’s Day.

In your prayers today, please remember England, and pray for the Conversion of England; but remember also all the other countries to look to St George as their Patron, and also all those who are locked in battle with demons within themselves . . . those who suffer from mental illnesses and disorders, addictions, disabling fears, and any other ‘personal demons’.

Pray, please, that S. George may be close to them, and give them some of his strength, his courage, and his determination, that they may overcome as he did, and be welcomed, in due course, with him into heaven.

(There is, incidentally, a very good post on S. George today on Godzdogz, written by fr Mark Davoren OP, which I would encourage you to go and read.)

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