Here is the Collect which we say on this wonderful feast: ‘Almighty Father, through whose grace the countless disciples of blessed Benedict have reflected your holiness in many and varied ways, grant that, encouraged by their example and aided by their prayers, we may reach the heights of wisdom and virtue to which we are called. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever’.

May Saints Benedict, Scholastica, and their followers down the centuries pray for us, as we seek to ‘listen with the ear of the heart’ to the God who loves us, and strive to put the Gospel into practice. May God bless you this day.