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The Patriarch who did not allow servants to wait on him

Saint of the week

St Tarasius (February 18) was a humble and sensible man appointed as Patriarch of Constantinople to resolve the Iconoclast controversy

Daily readings: February 27 – March 5

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

‘In God alone is my soul at rest’

The word this week

Eighth Sunday of the Year Is 49: 14-15; 1 Cor 4: 1-5; Mt 6: 24-34

St Polycarp, a martyr at the age of 86

St Polycarp was killed by the sword after refusing to deny Christ

Saint of the week

St Polycarp (February 23), instructed by the Apostles, served as Bishop of Smyrna for 50 years and died during persecution

Daily readings: February 20 – 26

The word this week

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Can we truly love our enemies?

The word this week

Seventh Sunday of the Year: Lev 19:1-2 & 17-18; 1 Cor 3:16-23; Mt 5:38-48

Why Jesus came to ‘complete the law’, not abolish it

The word this week

Sixth Sunday of the Year: Sirach 15:15-20; 1 Cor 2:6-10; Mt 5:17-37

The Jesuit who fostered devotion to the Sacred Heart

Saint of the week

St Claude de La Colombière (February 15) had the misfortune of being in London at the time of the alleged Popish Plot

Daily readings: February 13 – 19

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Englishman whose order numbered 2,000 religious when he died at 106

The Abbey Church of St Andrew, Sempringham

Saint of the week

Gilbert of Sempringham (c 1083-1189) founded the only distinctively English medieval religious order