Day by Day

Today the Episcopal Church remembers the life of Richard of Chichester, a medieval English bishop most known for the following prayer:

Dear Lord, of thee
three things I pray:
To see thee more clearly,
Love thee more dearly,
Follow thee more nearly.

This is one of my favorite prayers, and one of my favorite musical numbers in the Broadway musical, Godspell:

The Church offers the following collect for the day:

We thank you, Lord God, for all the benefits you have given us in your Son Jesus Christ, our most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother, and for all the pains and insults he has borne for us; and we pray that, following the example of your saintly bishop Richard of Chichester, we may see Christ more clearly, love him more dearly, and follow him more nearly; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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