These third century martyrs, whose names are in the Roman Canon, remind us of the ancientness of Church tradition. St Cyprian is said to have been the first Bishop in Africa to obtain the crown of martyrdom.

His treatise on the Lord’s Prayer is a true guide to the understanding of that prayer. He said: ‘Therefore let us pray, beloved Brethren, as God our Teacher has taught us. It is a trusting and intimate prayer to beseech God with his own word, to raise to his ears the prayer of Christ. Let the Father acknowledge the words of his Son when we pray, and let him also who dwells within our breast himself dwell in our voice.’

Today, let us pray that prayer slowly and with the heart, and may God bless you this day.