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26th May: For the Feast of St. Augustine of Canterbury

May 26, 2011

O Lord our God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst call thine apostles and send them forth to preach the Gospel to the nations: We bless thy holy name for thy servant Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, whose labors in propagating thy Church among the English people we commemorate today; and we pray that all whom thou dost call and send may do thy will, and bide thy time, and see thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

the ruins of St. Augustine's Abbey, founded by Augustine in 597 prior to the establishment of the Cathedral.

If you have found anything, in the church of Rome, or of Gaul, or any other church, which may be more pleasing to Almighty God, I wish you to choose carefully, and teach the church of the English, which is as yet new in the faith, whatever you have been able to learn with profit from the various churches.

— Pope St. Gregory the Great, writing to St. Augustine in response to his discovery of liturgical practices at odds with what he was accustomed to in Rome.

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