Both these saints lost their lives under Henry VIII, and were friends. Of St John Fisher, St Thomas More said: ‘I reckon that in this realm no one man, in wisdom, learning and long approved virtue together, meet to be matched and compared with him’. St Thomas More, in meeting his own death, said: ‘I die the King’s good servant, but God’s first’.

Many Christians today face the same choices that today’s saints made. May they pray for us all, and may God bless you this day.