Saturday, May 27, 2006

Augustine of Canterbury ...

Today is his feast. The one sent to evangelize the Angles after Pope St. Gregory saw some fair blond slaves in the market in Rome. "Angeli non Anglii" he is supposed to have remarked, according to the Venerable Bede. (Incidentally, one of the earliest works of church history I ever read. Not to be confused with the Venemous Bede of 1066 and All That :-)). Blog-by-the-Sea has an interesting post on the evangelization, Cardinal Ratzinger and St. Augustine.

Here's a prayer for St. Augustine, from titusonenine (a conservative Anglican blog):
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.
And definitely pray for the current occupant of the Chair of St. Augustine, and for unity with our Anglican brothers and sisters.

Finally, on this feast day, it is worth reading Archbishop Rowan Williams masterful talk on Christian basics, given at the Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan, in November 2005.

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