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Feast of Blessed David Gonson (July 11)   Leave a comment

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BLESSED DAVID GONSON (DIED JULY 12, 1541)

English Roman Catholic Martyr

Also known as Blessed David Gunston

His feast transferred from July 12

Blessed David Gonson, from a family with naval traditions, died for the sake of conscience, officially as a traitor to the Crown.  Gonson, son of a vice-admiral in the Royal Navy, became a Knight of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem in 1533.  He was, by reputation, “the Good Knight.”  Our saint, a sailor, was at sea until 1540.  That year, when he returned to England, he refused to accept the spiritual and religious authority of King Henry VIII.  For that offense the penalty was death–hanging, drawing, and quartering, to be precise.  Gonson died in London on July 12, 1541.

Pope Pius XI declared Gonson a Venerable then a Blessed in 1929.

Theological dissent does not equal treason, regardless of the theologies of the dissenters and the authorities.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 10, 2018 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION

THE FEAST OF SAINT ENRICO RUBUSCHINI, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND SERVANT OF THE SICK; AND HIS MENTOR, SAINT LUIGI GUANELLA, FOUNDER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF SAINT MARY OF PROVIDENCE, THE SERVANTS OF CHARITY, AND THE CONFRATERNITY OF SAINT JOSEPH

THE FEAST OF ANNA LAETITIA WARING, HUMANITARIAN AND HYMN WRITER; AND HER UNCLE, SAMUEL MILLER WARING, HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT IVAN MERZ, CROATIAN ROMAN CATHOLIC INTELLECTUAL

THE FEAST OF JOHN GOSS, ANGLICAN CHURCH COMPOSER AND ORGANIST; AND WILLIAM MERCER, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN TRANSLATOR

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Almighty God, by whose grace and power your holy martyr Blessed David Gonson

triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death:

Grant us, who now remember him in thanksgiving,

to be so faithful in our witness to you in this world,

that we may receive with him the crown of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with

you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Sirach (Ecclesiastics) 51:1-12

Psalm 116 or 116:1-8

Revelation 7:13-17

Luke 12:2-12

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 714

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