Liturgical: The Dormition and Assumption of Mary, The Mother of God

A Collect:

Almighty ever-living God, who assumed the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son, body and soul into heavenly glory, grant we pray, that, always attentive to the things that are above, we may merit to be sharers of her glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Liturgical: Transfiguration Sunday

Collect:

O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Liturgical: Saint John Vianney

John Vianney was a French priest during the early to mid 1800’s. Raised during the French Revolution, the Church was undergoing a time of suppression. Facing many challenges in his religious upbringing, he persevered in his love for the faith and was eventually ordained to the priesthood.

John is often cited as a patron for parish priests, remembered most for his service as a confessor, apologist and pastor. While our cultural, economic and societal conditions vary greatly from that which John Vianney faced, let us remember him as an example of perseverance in the faith against all difficulties and troubling times. 

A Collect:

Father of mercy, you made St. John Vianney outstanding in his priestly zeal and concern for your people. By his example and prayers, enable us to win our brothers and sisters to the love of Christ and come with them to eternal glory.

Liturgical: Elizabeth of Portugal

Elizabeth is remembered as a faithful, pious lady, serving as the queen of portugal. She is often cited for her roles as a peacekeeper and a servant of the needy. When her husband passed, she entered the Third Order of St. Francis and devoted the rest of her life to being a faithful religious.

Collect: (Roman)

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.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.


Also, for American readers,

A Prayer for Independence Day: Source  Here

Lord, we stand today as our forefathers have stood before You in times gone by,
Celebrating our history and revelling in all the great things that our country has achieved.
On this day we rejoice in the favor You have graciously given us.
We thank You for the blessings of liberty, for this generation and for the generations to come.
We thank You for our independence, peace and for all those who have bravely given their lives in the defence of freedom and justice.
We thank You that Your gracious and provident hand has given us so much.

Yet as a nation and people we have not always chosen the right way.
We ask You to forgive us for these times.
On this day we commit ourselves to wholeheartedly honoring and serving You.
With everything that we are, we lay our lives before You.
Make us a generous people,
A holy nation,
A people set aside to love You forever,
For the sake of the land of the brave and free,
And the peoples and nations of this world.

Today, we do not presume Your grace for our country.
Our land is in need of You,
Our people are in need of You,
Our industry and business is in need of You.
May we look only to You
This Independence Day, dependent on You.

Please come now by Your glorious Holy Spirit,
Breathe new life into the sinews of this nation.
May justice flow like rivers,
And righteousness like a never failing stream,
Until the whole of our country is covered with Your glory,
As the waters cover the sea.

We ask all this in the wonderful name of Jesus,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit.
One God, now and for all eternity.
Amen.

Liturgical: Saint Thomas, Apostle and Martyr

Thomas is often discredited and shamed due to his presence of doubt at the resurrection of Our Lord prior to his seeing him face-to-face. However, I take a different view towards Thomas – whom I share a name with – “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Thomas is a model Christian all the same, being a closer representation to the contemporary disciple than any who are said to have never struggled with doubt. Doubt is not something to  be shamed, it is a natural obstacle upon our pilgrimage of life – which while also being a stone to stumble over, is also necessary for true growth. From my perspective, for faith to truly be meaningful to the believer, it is something we must grapple with, both through education, prayer and even doubt at times. 

After the resurrection of Our Lord, Thomas lived a long life, serving as an evangelist and missionary, most often cited for his service in India as the cornerstone and founder of the tradition of Christians which would take his namesake as “St. Thomas Christians”.

A Collect: 

Almighty and eternal God,
who, for the firmer foundation of our faith,
allowed your holy apostle Thomas
to doubt the resurrection of your Son
till word and sight convinced him:
grant to us, who have not seen, that we also may believe
and so confess Christ as our Lord and our God;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

Liturgical: First Martyrs of The Church of Rome

In the first instance of institutionalized persecution of The Church, Roman Emperor Nero ordered the torturing and execution of many early Christians. May their memory be eternal and may they continue to pray for us on Earth.

A Collect: 

Father, you sanctified the Church of Rome with the blood of its first martyrs. May we find strength from their courage and rejoice in their trumph. 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.

Liturgical: Peter and Paul

A Collect:

Almighty God,
whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul
glorified you in their death as in their life:
grant that your Church,
inspired by their teaching and example,
and made one by your Spirit,
may ever stand firm upon the one foundation,
Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

 

Liturgical: Irenaeus

A Collect:

O God, who called the Bishop Saint Irenaeus to confirm true doctrine and the peace of the Church, grant, we pray, through his intercession, that, being renewed in faith and charity, we may always be intent on fostering unity and concord. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.