Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A week ago (June 18): commemoration of Bernard Mizeki

A week ago today I was at vespers with the Order of the Holy Cross monks (Episcopal/Anglican Benedictines) and we commemorated Bernard Mizeki, martyr, but I didn't have a chance to post anything about him.

So here is his story, which we need to remember, full of honor and faith, interwoven as it is --as are the stories of many, many saints-- with the histories of mission and colonialism.

Almighty and everlasting God, who kindled the flame of your love in the heart of your holy martyr Bernard Mizeki: Grant to us, your humble servants, a like faith and power of love, that we who rejoice in his triumph may profit by his example; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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