God of power and mercy,
you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst
and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be called
your sons and daughters.
Keep in your mercy those men and women
who have died in the cause of freedom
and bring them safely
into your kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord.
St. Augustine of Canterbury Preaching Before King Ethelbert, by Edmund Evans, 1864
Prayer for the Feast of Saint Augustine of Canterbury
O God, Who by the preaching and
miracles of blessed Augustine,
Thy Confessor and Bishop,
didst vouchsafe to shed upon the English people
the light of the true faith;
grant that, through his intercession,
the hearts of those that have gone astray
may return to the unity of Thy truth,
and that we may be of one mind in doing Thy will.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
Who liveth and reigneth with Thee
in the unity of the Holy Ghost,
one world without end.
Saint Michael Archangel, by Johann Michael Rottmayr, 1697
Prayer to Saint Michael
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.