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    2 January Basil the Great
White
   
and Gregory of Nazianzus
 
   
Bishops, Teachers of the Faith, 379 and 389
 
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
whose servants Basil and Gregory
proclaimed the mystery of thy Word made flesh,
that thy Church might be built up in wisdom and strength:
grant that we, 
rejoicing in his presence among us,
may with them be brought to know the power
      of thine unending love;
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.
     
     
    12 January Aelred of Hexham
White
   
Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167
 
     
    Collect
     
    Almighty God,
who didst endow the blessed abbot Aelred
with the gift of Christian friendship
and the wisdom to lead others into the way of holiness:
grant to thy people that same spirit of mutual affection,
that in loving one another 
we may know the love of Christ
and rejoice in the eternal possession
      of thine unsurpassable goodness;
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 Members of Religious Communities is used.
     
     
    13 January Hilary
White
   
Bishop of Poitiers, Teacher of the Faith, 367
 
     
    Collect
     
    Everlasting God,
whose servant Hilary
steadfastly confessed thy Son Jesus Christ
      to be both human and divine:
grant us his gentle courtesy
to bring to all the message of redemption
      in the incarnate Christ,
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.
     
     
    17 January Antony of Egypt
White
   
Hermit, Abbot, 356
 
     
    Collect
     
    Most gracious God,
who didst call thy servant Antony to sell all that he had
and to serve thee in the solitude of the desert:
grant that we, following his example,
may learn to deny ourselves
and to love thee before all things;
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 Members of Religious Communities is used.
     
     
    19 January Wulfstan
White
   
Bishop of Worcester, 1095
 
     
    Collect
     
    O Lord God,
who didst raise up Wulfstan to be a bishop among thy people
      and a leader in thy Church:
give us grace, after his example,
      to live simply,
      to work diligently,
      and to make thy kingdom known;
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 Bishops is used.
     
     
    21 January Agnes
Red
   
Child Martyr at Rome, 304
 
     
    Collect
     
    Eternal God, Shepherd of thy sheep,
by whose grace thy child Agnes was strengthened to bear witness,
in her life and in her death,
to the true love of her redeemer:
grant us the power to understand, with all thy saints,
what is the breadth and length and height and depth
and to know the love that passeth all knowledge,
even 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.
     
     
    24 January Francis de Sales
White
   
Bishop of Geneva, Teacher of the Faith, 1622
 
     
    Collect
     
    God of all holiness,
who didst call thy bishop Francis de Sales
to bring many to Christ through his devout life,
and to renew thy Church with patience and understanding,
grant that we may, by word and example,
reflect thy gentleness and love to all those whom we meet;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour,
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.
     
     
    26 January Timothy and Titus
White
   
Companions of Paul
 
     
    Collect
     
    Heavenly Father,
who didst send thine apostle Paul to preach the gospel,
and gavest him Timothy and Titus
      to be his companions in the faith:
grant that our fellowship in the Holy Spirit
may bear witness to the name of Jesus,
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 Missionaries is used.
     
     
    28 January Thomas Aquinas
White
   
Priest, Philosopher, Teacher of the Faith, 1274
 
     
    Collect
     
    Everlasting God,
who didst enrich thy Church with the learning and holiness 
      of thy servant Thomas Aquinas:
grant to all who seek thee
a humble mind and a pure heart
that they may know thy Son Jesus Christ
      to be the way, the truth and the life;
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.
     
     
    30 January  Charles
Red
   
King and Martyr, 1649
 
     
    Collect
     
    King of kings and Lord of lords,
whose faithful servant Charles
prayed for his persecutors
and died in the living hope of thine eternal kingdom:
grant us, by thy grace, so to follow his example
that we may love and bless our enemies,
through the intercession of thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
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.
     
     
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