Blessed Agnellus of Pisa, Confessor
c.1195-1236. Founder of the English Franciscan province. He was received into the Order at Pisa his native city, by St Francis, who sent him to Paris to erect a convent. Later he returned to Italy. In 1224 he was dispatched to England, and on 12 September arrived at Dover with eight other friars, four of them English. Shortly afterwards he established friaries at Canterbury and at Oxford. He engaged R Grossteste to teach in the latter which, (though Agnellus himself was not a scholar) rapidly became a famous centre of learning. He exercised considerable political influence in the conflict between Henry III and the Earl Marshal. Until the Reformation his remains were venerated at Oxford. His cultus was confirmed by Leo XIII in 1892. His feast is kept on 13 March, and (in the Order) on 7 May. (From FL Cross, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church).
Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, et lingua ejus loquetur judicium; lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius. * Noli aemulari in malignantibus: neque zelaveris facientes iniquitatem.
The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgement: the law of his God is in his heart. * Be not emulous of evildoers: nor envy them that work iniquity.
(Psalm 36:30-31,1 from the Introit of Mass)
O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst make the blessed Agnellus, freed from earthly wiles, to follow after Thy cross: make us so to follow in his footsteps that we may also deserve to obtain that crown of glory which he received in heaven.
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Photo by Friar Lawrence Lew: the church of St Edmund and Frideswide, Oxford, http://farm1.static.flickr.com/133/323956509_713c4aa994.jpg?v=0