June 20th FEAST of ST. ALBAN
The first Martyr of the Britons. Saint Alban was a Romano-Briton, living in Verulamium (now the city of St Albans). During the persecutions of the Emperor Diocletian he is said to have sheltered a Celtic Priest, St. Amphilbalus, who baptised him. When soldiers came looking for the Priest, Alban dressed in the Priest’s clothes to enable the Priest to escape. He was arrested and, after refusing to offer sacrifice to their Pagan gods, was martyred by beheading in 209. A church was soon built over his grave, on which site is now the great St. Alban’s Cathedral.
THE COLLECT: O Almighty God, by Whose grace, Blessed Alban, Thy Martyr, gave himself up for his friend and received the Martyr’s crown as the first in this land to shed his blood for Christ; grant, we beseech Thee, that following his example, and supported by his prayers, we mayest worship Thee, the living and true God, and give true witness to Christ our Lord. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Thine only begotten Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit, God, for ages unending. Amen.
THE EPISTLE: 2 Timothy 2:8-13; 3: 10-12
THE GRADUAL: (Ps. 123) Indeed the snare has been broken and we have escaped; our help is in the Name of the Lord, Who made Heaven and earth. Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed be God, a gentle Father, and the God of all consolation, Who comforts us in all our sorrows. Alleluia.
THE GOSPEL: John 12:24-26
THE SECRET: May our service be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, and may it bring unto us salvation through the prayers of him on whose festival it is being offered. We ask this…
POST-COMMUNION: With our strength renewed from having shared in Thy sacred gift, we beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that by the intercession of Blessed Alban, Thy Martyr, we may feel the benefit of the worship we offer unto Thee. We ask this…