St Ambrose was born in Germany in 340, and died in Milan in the year 397. He is remembered as one of the great Latin Fathers of the Church. Alongside his theological works, which have earned him the title of ‘Doctor of the Church’, he is also credited with the introduction of hymns into the liturgy, some of which are still sung today.

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 unshakable 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’.

May he pray for us, that we may stand firm upon the rock of the Apostles, and may God bless you this day.