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    10 April William Law
White
     
Priest, Spiritual Writer, 1761
 
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
who didst call thy servant William Law
to a devout and holy life:
grant that by thy spirit of love
and through faithfulness in prayer
we may find the way to divine knowledge
and so come to see the hidden things of God;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    The Post Communion of Teachers of the Faith is used.
     
     
    19 April  Alphege
Red
   
Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1012
 
     
    Collect
     
    O merciful God,
who didst raise up thy servant Alphege
to be a pastor of thy people
and gavest him grace to suffer for justice and true religion:
grant that we who celebrate his martyrdom
may know the power of the risen Christ in our hearts
and share his peace in lives offered to thy service;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    One of the Post Communions of Martyrs is used.
         
         
    21 April Anselm
White
   
Abbot of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury,
 
   
Teacher of the Faith, 1109
 
     
    Collect
     
    O everlasting God,
who gavest to thy servant Anselm
singular gifts as a pastor and teacher:
grant that we, like him,
may desire thee with our whole heart
and, so desiring, may seek thee
and, seeking, may find thee;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    The Post Communion of Teachers of the Faith is used.
     
     
    29 April   Catherine of Siena
White
   
Teacher of the Faith, 1380
 
     
    Collect
     
    O merciful God,
who gavest to thy servant Catherine of Siena
a wondrous love of the passion of Christ:
grant that we thy people may be united to him in his majesty
and rejoice for ever in the revelation of his glory;
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
     
    Post Communion
     
    The Post Communion of Teachers of the Faith is used.
     
     
The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2004
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