Today is also the Optional Memoria of the eighth century Benedictine nun St Frideswide, patroness of the City and University of Oxford. Her monastery was established in what is now Oxford, and dedicated to the Mother of God.

She is said to have declared, ‘Whatever is not God is nothing’. May St Frideswide’s words sink deeply into our hearts, and help us to reject what is not of God. May she pray for us, and may God bless you this day.