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St. John Fisher’s prayer for good and holy bishops in the Catholic Church

JOHN FISHER

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Philip Kosloski - published on 06/22/22

St. John Fisher prayed that God would send to the Catholic Church good and holy bishops.

St. John Fisher was a Catholic bishop during the 16th century who was martyred by King Henry VIII.

In a sermon from 1508, St. John Fisher prayed for good and holy bishops, asking God to send the Church true shepherds.

Lord, according to Your promise that the Gospel should be preached throughout the whole world, raise up men fit for such work. The Apostles were but soft and yielding clay till they were baked hard by the fire of the Holy Ghost.

So, good Lord, do now in like manner again with Thy Church militant; change and make the soft and slippery earth into hard stone; set in Thy Church strong and mighty pillars that may suffer and endure great labors, watching, poverty, thirst, hunger, cold and heat; which also shall not fear the threatening of princes, persecution, neither death but always persuade and think with themselves to suffer with a good will, slanders, shame, and all kinds of torments, for the glory and laud of Thy Holy Name. By this manner, good Lord, the truth of Thy Gospel shall be preached throughout all the world.

Therefore, merciful Lord, exercise Thy mercy, show it indeed upon Thy Church.

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