It is also the Optional Memoria of St Oswald, Benedictine monk of Fleury-sur-Loire, who became Bishop of Worcester in the year 961. He became Archbishop of York in 972, and cared for both dioceses until his death in the year 992.

May he pray for us, that we may be faithful in following the spiritual path mapped out here in the West Midlands by those who have gone before us, and may God bless you this day.