Camillus de Lellis, Priest

From Christian Prayer:

Saint Camillus de Lellis was born at Chieti in the Abruzzi in 1550. He first entered the military profession, but upon his conversion he devoted himself to the care of the sick. His studies completed, he was ordained to the priesthood and founded a society which established hospitals and cared for the sick. He died in Rome in 1614.

Prayer from Morning Prayer:

Father,
you gave Saint Cammillus a special love for the sick.
Through his prayers inspire us with your grace,
so that by serving you in our brothers and sisters
we may come safely to you at the end of our lives.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

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Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr

From Christian Prayer:

Saint Maria Goretti was born of a poor family at Corinaldi, Italy in 1890 Near Nettuno she spent a difficult childhood assisting her mother in domestic duties. She was of a pious nature and often at prayer. In 1902 she was stabbed to death, preferring to die rather than be raped.

Prayer from Morning Prayer:

Father,
source of innocence and lover of chastity,
you gave Saint Maria Goretti the privilege
of offering her life in witness to Christ.
As you gave her the crown of martyrdom,
let her prayers keep us faithful to your teaching,

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

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Anthony Zaccaria, Priest

From Christian Prayer:

Saint Anthony Zaccaria was born in Cremona in Lombardy in 1502. He studied medicine at Padua. After his ordination to the priesthood, he founded Society of Clerics of Saint Paul, also known as the Barnabites. The Society did much to reform the morals of the faithful. He died in 1539.

Prayer for Morning Prayer:

Lord,
enable us to grasp in the spirit of Saint Paul
the sublime wisdom of Jesus Christ,
the wisdom which inspired Saint Anthony Zaccaria
to preach the message of salvation in your Church.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

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Elizabeth of Portugal

From Christian Prayer:

Saint Elizabeth was born of the Aragonese royal family in 1271. As a young maiden she was given in marriage to the king of Portugal and bore him two children. She bravely endured afflictions and troubles through prayer and works of charity. When her husband died she distributed her property to the poor and received the habit of the Third Order of Saint Francis. After ending a serious dispute between her son-in-law, she died in 1336.

Prayer for Morning Prayer:

Father of peace and love,
you gave Saint Elizabeth the gift of reconciling enemies.
By the help of her prayers
give us the courage to work for peace among men,
that we may be called the sons of God.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

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Thomas, Apostle

From Christian Prayer:

Saint Thomas is remembered for his incredulity concerning Christ’s resurrection from the dead. When confronted by the risen Lord, his disbelief gave way to belief and he proclaimed the Easter faith of the Church: “My Lord and my God!” Nothing certain is known of his life except for this evidence in the gospels. He is said to have subsequently preached the Gospel to the people of India. Since the fourth century the celebration of the transference of his body to Edessa has been commemorated on July 3.

The Prayer from Morning and Evening Prayer for the Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle:

Almighty Father,
as we honour Thomas the apostle,
let us always experience the help of his prayers.

May we have eternal life by believing in Jesus,
whom Thomas acknowledged as Lord,
for his lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

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