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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Newman's Collect

Blessed John Henry Newman as an Anglican priest
Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman's best known prayer is a hymn "Lead Kindly Light". During my college days at UP, we had a Catholic priest who was a fan of Newman and he always sang this hymn after the Mass had ended.

However there is a collect for Evening Prayer written by Newman years before he even contemplated becoming a Roman Catholic which has been largely forgotten in the Philippines and virtually unheard of in the Catholic Church in the Philippines

And here it is

Support us all day long

"O LORD, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shades lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work done. Then, Lord, in thy mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

This prayer was once said during Evensong at Brent School, according to Dr Rafael B Rodriguez, former President of Trinity College (now Trinity University of Asia) in Quezon City. However over the years as Dr Rodriguez told me, the prayer has been relegated to the sidelines. 

This is unfortunate for it is one of the best, night time prayers I have ever said. My grandfather has  
it written down longhand probably from memory in his wartime (1942-1945) diary. It provided him with the comfort and peace of God during those troubled times.

John Henry Newman lived up to his calling as a cardo, Latin for hinge, that links the Anglican and Roman Catholic faith together.

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, pray for us to God!

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