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St Cyprian (Thaschus Cæcilius Cyprianus) (c210-258). Anglican Feast Day (with alternative of 13 September) for the notable Early Christian writer, many of whose Latin works are extant. He was a rich pagan Berber (Roman African) born in Carthage, North Africa, where he received a classical education. Soon after converting to Christianity, he became Bishop of Carthage in 249. He was a controversial figure during his lifetime, but he established his reputation and proved his sanctity in the eyes of the Church by his strong pastoral skills, his firm conduct during the Novatianist heresy and following the outbreak of the Plague of Cyprian, and his eventual martyrdom at Carthage on 14 September 258. His skilful Latin rhetoric led to his being considered the leading Latin writer of Western Christianity until Jerome and Augustine. Notable works: De Ecclesiae Catholicae Unitate, Epistola ad Donatum de gratia Dei, Testimoniorum Libri III. Recognised as a saint in Christian churches. Venerated in Catholic, Eastern Orthodox Churches, Lutheranism, Anglicanism. Eastern Orthodox Feast is 31 August, historical Sarum Use is 14 September and the Western Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran Feast is 16 September. Image: youtube.com.
Prayer Holy Cyprian, in the name of the great and mighty power of God I invoke your sublime influence and in the name of Christ Jesus ask that you be my mentor and master, blessing my efforts by virtue of the grace bestowed upon you by God omnipotent Who was, Who is, and Who will ever be. Amen
St Meadhrán (Mirin, Mirren of Benchor (Bangor), Merinus, Merryn) (c565-c620). Celtic Feast for Irish Catholic monk and Abbot who was a missionary to Scotland and a contemporary of the better-known St Columba of Iona. Meadhrán was a disciple of St Comgall and was the young Prior of Bangor Abbey in County Down, Ireland before making his missionary voyage to Scotland in 580. He founded a religious community that grew to become the monastery of Passeleth (Paisley Abbey) and a chapel dedicated to him lies in ruins on Inchmurrin, the largest island in Loch Lomond. His shrine at Paisley Abbey became a centre of pilgrimage. Venerated in Catholic, Orthodox Churches and in both Ireland and Scotland. Patron of Paisley, Roman Catholic diocese of Paisley. Image: hi-in.facebook.com.
Erev Yom Kippur (Eve of Day of Atonement). The day preceding Yom Kippur on 9 Tishrei (תִּשְׁרֵי) 5782, the first month of the Jewish civil year and the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year that starts on 1 Nisan in the Hebrew lunisolar calendar. This evening, Jewish communities gather in synagogues across the world to begin Yom Kippur, the twenty-five hour fast of the Day of Atonement. From the evening of 15 September to the morning of 16 September the day is marked by afflicting the soul and Jews spend this evening and most of the day in prayer, asking for forgiveness for past wrongs and resolving to improve in future. The Book of Jonah is read and the evening service is named after its opening prayer Kol Nidrei (All Vows) with music composed by a Protestant in Liverpool and that the Jewish people love. Together they say: “God, we will vow and strive. We will fall short and fail. We know it. But don’t hold that against us. For we will not cease from aspiration. We shall put our whole heart into our lives.” Park Row Orthodox Synagogue in Bristol, the 1871 historic home of the Bristol Orthodox Hebrew Congregation, has a pre-fast meal, prayer services and a breakfast buffet. Image: hope-challenged.com.