St Ambrose was born about the year 340. It was while he was still receiving instruction in preparation for baptism that he was named as Bishop of Milan. On this day in 374 he was ordained a Bishop, and after a lifetime’s service, he died in the year 397.

He said: ‘The Church of the Lord is built upon the rock of the apostles among so many dangers in the world; it therefore remains unmoved. The Church’s foundation is unshakeable and firm against assaults of the raging sea. Waves lash at the Church but do not shatter it. Although the elements of this world constantly beat upon the Church with crashing sounds, the Church possesses the safest harbour of salvation for all in distress’.

As we pray for the Church in our own day, let us ask the intercession of St Ambrose. May God bless you this day, and keep you close to Himself.