|Martyrs of Douai|
The date when Christianity first came to England is not known. Some think Roman slaves or traders brought their faith to England in the second century, maybe even earlier. We do know there were British bishops at the Council of Arles in the year 314, indicating there was a Church with order and worship at that time. Since those days, Christians from England have shared the message of the good news at home and around the world. And some have given their lives for the sake of Christ.
God, whom the glorious company of the redeemed adore,
assembled from all times and places of your dominion:
we praise you for the saints of our own land
and for the many lamps their holiness has lit;
and we pray that we also may be numbered at last
with those who have done your will
and declared your righteousness;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.