25 August 2011

St. Louis, King of France

St. Louis IX, King of France from 1226 to 1270, was a devoted husband, the father of eleven children, a brave crusader on the battlefield, zealous in his faith, known for his insistence upon justice for all, and benefactor of the poor.  When he died he was in a foreign land, and on his lips were the words of the fifth Psalm, "I will enter Thy house; I will worship in Thy holy temple and sing praises to Thy Name."

O God, who didst call thy servant St. Louis of France to an earthly throne that he might advance thy heavenly kingdom, and didst give him zeal for thy Church and love for thy people: Mercifully grant that we who commemorate him this day may be fruitful in good works, and attain to the glorious crown of thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.