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The Prayer of St Richard

Today, June 16th, is the prayer of  St Richard of Chichester ( died 1253)

Here are a few saliant facts about him before including his timeless prayer:

Born c. 1197, Droitwich, Worcestershire, England
Died April 3, 1253, Dover, Kent, England
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Anglican Communion
Canonized 1262, Viterbo, Lazio, Papal States by Pope Urban IV
Major shrine Chichester Cathedral
Feast April 3 (Roman Catholic Church), June 16 (Anglican Communion)
Attributes Bishop with a chalice on its side at his feet because he once dropped the chalice during a Mass and nothing spilled from it; kneeling with the chalice before him; ploughing his brother’s fields; a bishop blessing his flock with a chalice nearby

Patron of:

Coachmen; Diocese of Chichester; Sussex, England

So, if any of us ever drop the chalice, know that we have a friend in St Richard!

Here is his famous prayer:

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.


It is said he uttered this prayer as he lay dying surrounded by the clergy of the Diocese.

chichester cathedral

Chichester Cathedral. I remember my parents taking me sometimes from Bournemouth for a day out when I was very young – the place seemed ENORMOUS!

June 16, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. How did your Archdeacons Visitation go last evening?
    I always think its lovely to see a congregation of Churchwardens all together for a special service.They do such a quiet job, and get on with it well… quietly and effectively.
    That poses a question; what would be a good collective noun for a gathering of Churchwardens ???

    Will you be at the St Etheldreda Day Pilgrimage in Ely on Saturday; we certainly hope to be there, if spared.

    I think a ‘Squall’ of Churchwardens.
    The Ayatollah thinks a ‘cackle’.

    Comment by Wingy | June 17, 2009 | Reply

    • Wingy – Im not sure what you would call a gathering of churchwardens? Maybe we could have it as a competition!

      Comment by paxtonvic | June 17, 2009 | Reply


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