Integrity USA

Resources for St. Aelred's Day

aelredSt. Aelred is the Patron Saint of Integrity USA.  Born in 1110 in Hexham, England, Aelred became a monk whose teachings on "spiritual friendship" have been revered for centuries.  He is widely considered to have been gay, although the modern concept of homosexuality did not exist at the time.

For over 25 years, Integrity USA has celebrated the Feast of St. Aelred (January 12) as a special day for chapters and parishes to hold Eucharistic services in St. Aelred's honor. In 2012, Integrity's Connecticut chapter developed the resources below to aid in these services.

Please click the links below to see suggested collects, scripture readings, hymns, anthems and other liturgical resources that you can use for your St. Aelred's Day celebration. Questions? Contact us.

Worship ResourcesPDFWord )
Aelred Hymn for CongregationsCongregational SheetHymn with accompaniment )

Bert Landman of Integrity / Connecticut has also authored an anthem for St. Aelred's Day.  Click here to see a video of the Prayer of St. Aelred Anthem being performed in 2012.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like more information about using the anthem in your service.

The Prayer of St. Aelred:

Sweet Lord, sweet Lord release wisdom from the seat of your greatness that it might be with us, toil with us, work with us, speak in us; may it according to your good pleasure direct our thoughts, words, and all our works and counsels, to the honor of your Name, the profit of the community and our salvation; through our friend Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen.