Morning Collect: Hilda, Abbess of Whitby

O God of peace, by whose grace the abbess Hilda was endowed with gifts of justice, prudence, and strength to rule as a wise mother over the nuns and monks of her household, and to become a trusted and reconciling friend to leaders of the Church:  Give us the grace to recognize and accept the varied gifts you bestow on men and women, that our common life may be enriched and your gracious will be done; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.  Amen.

(Lesser Feasts and Fasts: Hilda)


I am glad that we have this day to honor the lady who encouraged Caedmon (the first English poet) in his song, and I take joy that her feast day falls on my birthday!
Thanks, and happy birthday, Charles! Many happy returns!