Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Collect - St. John Ogilvie

A. Mor (1519-1575): Risen Christ surrounded by Sts. Peter and Paul and two angels (1564)

May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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A new painting of Scottish martyr St John Ogilvie was unveiled in 2010. The painting was placed in St Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow once renovations were complete in 2011.

It shows St John Ogilvie, a Scot who became a Jesuit priest and ministered secretly to Catholics in Glasgow, with his head in a noose just as he is about to be hanged.

The artist, Peter Howson, converted to Christianity in 2000 after being treated for alcohol and drug addiction.

St. John Ogilvie is the patron of the Jesuit residence in Ottawa which opened here a little over fifty years ago; the feast day--observed on October 14 in the Jesuit Ordo (but on March 10 in Scotland)--is not kept this year as it falls on the Day of the Lord's Resurrection.
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‘In all that concerns the king, I will be slavishly obedient; if any attack his temporal power, I will shed my last drop of blood for him. But in the things of spiritual jurisdiction which a king unjustly seizes I cannot and must not obey.’ ~ St. John Ogilvie

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