St Philip has a real connection with our own St Benedict, for he was sent as a young man to work for his uncle, who lived near Monte Cassino. Living in close proximity to the great abbey there, he developed a love for the liturgy that is seen in Oratories all over the world, even today.

So today, we pray for the Congregation of the Oratory, which he founded, and for all the Fathers and Brothers, for an increase in merit and in numbers. May God bless you in your own life this day.