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The saint who is venerated as the first English martyr

A 13th-century manuscript at Trinity College Library, Dublin, shows the executioner’s eyes falling out as he kills the saint

Saint of the week

St Alban (June 22) is venerated by Anglicans, Catholics and Orthodox Christians

Daily readings: June 1 – 7

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Ascension marks our new beginning in Christ

The word this week

The Ascension of the Lord, Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Mt 28:16-20 (Year A)

The saint who chopped down a sacred oak

An image from the Fulda Sacramentary depicts the martyrdom of St Boniface

Saint of the week

St Boniface (June 5) was named after a fourth-century martyr from Tarsus in Syria

Daily readings: May 25-31

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

To experience Christ’s Resurrection is to know that we are loved by the Father

The word this week

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Ps 66; 1 Pet 3:15-18; Jn 14:15-21 (Year A)

The saint who began the society that became the Oratory

A painting depicts St Philip Neri levitating while celebrating Mass

Saint of the week

St Philip Neri (May 25) was beatified in 1615 and canonised just seven years later

The saint who loved roses

A popular, early modern portrait of St Rita

Saint of the week

St Rita (May 22), along with St Jude, is known as the patron saint of impossible cases

Daily Readings: May 18 – 24

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The power of Christ’s Resurrection brings us into communion with the Father and the Son

The word this week

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Acts 6:1-7; 1 Peter 2: 4-9; John 14: 1-12