St. Richard's Prayer

Images of St. Richard.

Saint Richard (de Wych) of Chichester (approx. 1197-1253) was condsidered a Friend to the Homeless and canonized in 1262, though despite an annual April 3rd celebration by Anglo-Catholics due to his listing in the authoritative Roman Martyrology (Hathway, Rev. James.  1937.  The Roman Martyrology, in accordance with the reforms of Pope Pius X, in which are to be found the eulogies of the saints and blessed approved by the sacred Congregation of rites up to the present time.  An English translation by Rev. James Hathway.  London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne), unfortunately Roman Catholics are a busy bunch and don’t allow time to honor the remarkable work of this saintly individual.  His "Prayer on his Deathbed" still inspires (despite King Henry VIII's destruction of his grave and shrine and the scattering of his bones).

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.

Early Godspell cover-art.

St. Richard's Prayer was also incorporated into the musical play, Godspell.  Click or save per your browser "Day by Day" fom Godspell Original Cast Performance (Arista 1972), written by John-Michael Tebalak & Stephen Schwartz using the Episcopal Hymnal, with solo vocalist, Robin Lamont.

Fondly recalling Dowagiac, MI's "Free Expression,"
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