O Lord our God, you call whom you will and send them where you choose: We thank you for sending your servant Willibrord to be an apostle to the Low Countries, to turn them from the worship of idols to serve you, the living God; and we entreat you to preserve us from the temptation to exchange the perfect freedom of your service for servitude to false gods and to idols of our own devising; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Today is the Feast of St. Willibrord, seventh century Archbishop and missionary. I don't know much about him outside of what I read in the Venerable Bede's book, and I'm not writing a post about him. Happy Willibrord Day, and good for you if you can pronounce his name!
Today is a big day because one of the denizens of the Dance Party, Andy, is being ordained into the Holy Order of Deacons. Like many of us, he's come a long way, from being a member of the Dead Milkmen to Deacon. We don't always agree with him but he's part of the gang and our prayers are with him and his family on this day. ¡Felicidades, Andy!
Make Andy, O Lord, modest and humble, strong and constant, to observe the discipline of Christ. Let his life and teaching so reflect your commandments, that through him many may come to know you and love you. As your Son came not to be served but to serve, may this deacon share in Christ's service, and come to the unending glory of him who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.