The Saints and Martyrs of England and Wales

[The image represents Saints Aethelwold, Aidan, Augustine of Canterbury, Bede the Venerable, Benet Biscop, Cuthbert, David of Wales, Erconwald, George, Hilda of Whitby, John Henry Newman, John Roberts, Julian of Norwich, Margaret Clitherow, Our Lady of Walsingham, and Wilfrid]

[Hood-doff to Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B., for the reminder of this feast day.]

The Church of England and the Anglican Church in Wales celebrate today, 8 November, as the feast of All Saints and Martyrs of England and Wales.  I do not know whether both English and Welsh saints would be commemorated together, whether in Llandaff or London.  It also seems that this feastday did not make its way into the calendar of the Ordinariates.  But we need no excuse or permission to seek the intercessions of these holy men and women who are part of the mighty cloud of witnesses on which we can rely for fraternal support.

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we may in all things be comforted by the intercession of holy Mary, Mother of God, of all the holy Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, and Virgins, and all the Saints of England and Wales: and that like as we do call to mind their godliness of life; so we may be effectually defended by their help; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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