Independence Day (U.S.)



The Collect.

O ETERNAL God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old; Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Leo II



Pope and Confessor

Leo II succeeded Saint Agatho as Pope in 681. According to the Pontifical Book, he was a Sicilian, learned in Greek and Latin, and an excellent musician. It is believed that he bettered the form of the ecclesiastical chant of his...

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary



We must here consider that the greater cometh unto the lesser, in order to help the lesser; Mary unto Elisabeth, Christ unto John. And again afterwards, that he might sanctify John's baptisms, the Lord came unto him to be baptized. And quickly were these blessings of Mary's coming, and of the...