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Nicholas Ferrar Deacon and Religious 1637


God our Father,
you inspired Nicholas Ferrar with your love
To accept your calling
And become a burning and shining light
In your Church:
Grant that we too may be on fire
With the same spirit of discipline and love;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

He was the most brilliant student of his time at Cambridge University, and seemed destined for a successful political career. Instead, he founded a novel religious community at Little Gidding, where he and his brother and brother-in-law with their families lived together under a strict rule of work and prayer. After his death the community was broken up by the Puritans who saw int it an attempt to bring back Roman Catholicism to England. – Sourced from Saints and Seasons.

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