Feast of St. Robert Southwell (February 21)   Leave a comment

Above:  St. George’s Cross

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SAINT ROBERT SOUTHWELL (CIRCA 1561-1595)

Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr

Born at Horsham Saint, Norfolk, St. Robert Southwell left England to study at Douai then Paris.  He became a Jesuit at Rome in 1578 then prefect of studies a the English college there.  Ordained a priest in 1584, the saint began his English mission with Father Henry Garnet in 1586.  Betrayed in 1592, the saint faced imprisonment and torture for three years.  Convicted of being a Roman Catholic priest in 1595, he was hanged, drawn, and quartered on January 21, 1595.  He wrote many poems (published posthumously) in prison.

The Roman Catholic Church canonized him in 1970.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 8, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF MARTIN RINCKART, ARCHDEACON OF EILENBURG

THE FEAST OF RICHARD BAXTER, ANGLICAN THEOLOGIAN

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Gracious God,

in every age you have sent men and women

who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth.

Inspire us with the memory of Saint Robert Southwell,

whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross,

and give us courage to bear full witness with our lives

to your Son’s victory over sin and death,

for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Ezekiel 20:40-42

Psalm 5

Revelation 6:9-11

Mark 8:34-38

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 59

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Revised on December 4, 2016

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