St Richard of Chichester

Featured Saint: St Richard of Chichester (1197 Approx. – 1253)

St Richard was born into a ‘gentry’ family at Burford, England, but sadly, orphaned at a young age. He received a good education and worked for his older brother on the family farm estate. St Richard chose a life of study and the Church, rather than marriage and family wealth. He studied at Oxford and taught at the University as well as in Paris and Bologna. On his return to England he was elected Chancellor of Oxford University. Five years later, St Richard started studying for the Priesthood with the Dominicans, and a few years after his ordination he was elected Bishop of Chichester.

St Richard eagerly reformed the moral practices of Church clergy and introduced much greater reverence to Church services. His many rules included;

  • married clergy being deprived of their partners and their partners denied Church privileges,
  • a vow of chastity for newly ordained clergy,
  • Rectors to reside in their parishes,
  • Vicars allowed only one parish,
  • Deacons banned from performing baptisms and reconciliation,
  • clergy to wear proper dress,
  • equally applied minimal fees for all services and
  • strict rules governing service robes, chalices and other church items.

St Richard is the Patron Saint of Sussex, England.

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen +

Richard of ChichesterShort Story: Jesus said, “Love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

Thoughts: Loving an enemy is perhaps like saying, love a sinner! Jesus tells us that we must pray for our enemies, even those who injure us, and for all sinners.

Reflection: Lord Jesus, as I carry my small burden today, help me to recognise my “enemy”, and give me the strength to pray for them.

Reflection: Day-by-day ~ by St Richard
Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
For all the benefits you have given me,
For all the pains and insults you have carried for me.

O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know you more clearly,
Love you more dearly
and follow you more nearly.

PrayerCome Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of Your Divine Love.
Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created,
and You shall renew the face of the earth.

Oh God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit
instructed the hearts of the faithful.
Grant, that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and
ever rejoice in His consolation.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

St Richard:   Pray for Us

Today’s Music Suggestion: Change My Heart, O God

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen +

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(16th June 2015)