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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Saint Richard - April 3 - Follow Thee More Nearly Day By Day

Saint Richard
Bishop of Chichester
April 3

Follow Thee More Nearly Day By Day
Born just outside of Worcester England in 1197, Richard became Bishop of Chichester in 1245. The miracle for which Richard is primarily known is that of the overturned chalice. Tradition holds that tired after a long day, Richard was celebrating Mass and dropped the chalice containing the consecrated wine. Though the chalice was overturned a miracle occurred - none of the precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord was spilled. For this reason Saint Richard is depicted in art with a chalice at his feet.
But this is not the only thing that is ascribed to today’s saint.  In 1971 Godspell a musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak opened off Broadway. One of their songs, Day by Day (the sound of which still brings me back to the Summer of 1972) was inspired by a prayer written by Saint Richard in the 13th century. 

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

The Journey Continues.....Day by Day

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