The year was 1973, and we remember John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. The reading is a bit of hope from a denizen of Middle Earth.
The year was 1727, and we remember Jean Baptiste Joseph Gobel. The reading is from Robert Herrick, a 17th century English poet and divine, “Gods Keyes.”
The year was 1240, and we remember Raymond Nonnatus. The reading is from C.S. Lewis, his "Footnote to All Prayers."
The year was 1938, and we remember Estefan Nehme. The reading is from St. Ephrem, an excerpt on Adam, Eve, and the cross.
The year was 1749, and we remember Matthias Bel. The reading is the first stanza of Jaroslav Vajda, “Go My Children, With My Blessing.”
The year was 1828, and we remember Leo Tolstoy. The reading is from the preface to Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Discipleship."
The year was 1955, and we remember Joachim Wach. The reading is a prayer from Soren Kierkegaard.
The year was 1732, and we remember William Morgan. The reading is from Charles Wesley, from his “Prayers for Condemned Malefactors.”
The year was 1270, and we remember King Louis IX. The reading is from 18th-century poet John Byrom, his “My Spirit Longs For Thee.”
The year was 1968. Pope Paul VI opened the Second Episcopal Conference of Latin America in Medellin, Columbia. The reading is from Martin Luther, an excerpt from his 1521 Defense written to the Pope.
The year was 1838, and we remember Gideon Blackburn. The reading is from Luci Shaw, “The Foolishness of God.”
The year was 1433, and we remember Pavel Cravar. The reading is from Rainer Maria Rilke, "Death."
The year was 1724, and we remember Alexander Natalis. The reading is an 18th-century Welsh hymn by William Williams.
The year was 1384, and we remember Geert Groote. The reading is from John Walton, "God, the Port of Peace."
The year was 1886, and we remember the formation of the Church of God. The reading is a brief excerpt from C.S. Lewis' "The Dawn Treader."
The year was 849, and we remember Walafrid Strabo. The reading is the 9th-century hymn, “Dawn Reddens with Light.”
The year was 1957, and we remember Alice Stebbins Wells. The reading is from Gregory Boyle’s “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.”
The year was 1794, and we remember Jean-Henri Merle D'Augbine. The reading is a maxim from Swiss theologian, Karl Barth.
The year was 1195, and we remember Anthony of Padua. The reading is from Richard Trench, "God Our Refuge."
The year was 1941, and we remember Maximillian Kolbe. The reading is two stanzas from George Herbert's "The Sacrifice."
The year was 1836, and we remember St. Nicholas of Japan. The reading is a selection from Kazoh Kitamori, "Theology of the Pain of God."
The year was 1859, and we remember missionary Ashbel Green Simonton. The reading is a poem from Sir Walter Raleigh.
The year was 1519, and we remember Johann Tetzel. The reading is the first stanzas of Psalm 46 from the Metrical Psalter.
The year was 258, and we remember the martyrdom of St. Laurence. The reading for today comes from St. Cyprian, a word on the connection between martyrdom and the Lord's Supper.
The year was 1516, and we remember the dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. The reading is a stanza from “Christ is Risen” by Nicolas Martinez.