22 June in the Novus Ordo: St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More

In the Church’s traditional calendar St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More have their  feasts on 9 July.  More was martyred on 6 July and Fisher on 22 June.  In the Novus Ordo calendar they are celebrated today, together.

Pope John Paul II in 2000 declared St. Thomas more the patron saint of statesmen and politicians.

More makes you think about our catholic politicians today.   Fisher about our bishops.

Plus ça change…

There is a relatively new book about them: John Fisher and Thomas More: Keeping Their Souls While Losing Their Heads by Robert J. Conrad, Jr and published by TAN, which is serious stepping up its game.


Two saints for our times if ever there was need, one for comportment in the secular sphere and the other in the Church.

Let us invoke the intercession of St. Thomas and of St. John for our public figures, secular and spiritual.

Animi caussa…

From the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum.

Sanctorum Ioannis Fisher, episcopi, et Thomae More, martyrum, qui, cum Henrico regi Octavo in controversia de eius matrimonio repudiando et de Romani Pontificis primatu restitissent, in Turrem Londinii in Anglia trusi sunt.  Ioannes Fisher, episcopus Roffensis, vir eruditione et dignitate vitae clarissimus, hac die iussu ipsius regis ante carcerem decollatus est; Thomas More vero paterfamilias vita integerrimus et praeses coetus moderatorum nationis, propter fidelitatem erga Ecclesiam catholicam servatam sexta die iulii cum venerabili antistite martyrio coniunctus est.

Anyone care to take a shot?


Mass texts in the Extraordinary Form for these two saints on 9 July are not easy to find.  I’ll give them to you in advance of July so you can get ready:  HERE

Huge thanks for the texts from my good friend, His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Tim Finigan.

Tonight… this great classic?


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  1. Herman Joseph says:

    Our parish, a Dominican priory, has, among many other first class relics, a small peice from St Thomas More’s skull. Rare…the only relic left is his skull. Rather, his bones exist, but mixed with bones of others executed, so barring dna tests no one knows whose bones are whose. Anyway, its a great thing to pray to him 12 inches from a piece of his skull.

  2. leftycbd says:

    My guess on the translation:

    John Fisher of the holy bishops,
    and Thomas More, of the marytrs, who
    were in controversy against Henry, king, the 8th
    about the repudiation of his marriage and the primacy
    of the Roman pontiff, we sent to the town of London
    in England.

    John Fisher, the bishop at Rochester
    a famous man of erudition and dignity of life
    on this day was beheaded by order of the king in front of the jail.

    Thomas More, a family father, truly with greatest integrity of life
    and the guardian of national union
    on account of his maintained fidelity to the Catholic Church,
    therefore, on the 6th day of July
    was joined to the martyrs with the venerable bishop.

  3. pcg says:

    The skull of Thomas More is resting in the Church of St. Dunstan, Canterbury, in a small area of what is now a Protestant church. My family and I visited in 2009, and what struck me was how very Catholic that part of the church looked, although you could have mistaken the protestant side for some of our Catholic Churches today, sadly. However, I did appreciate the gesture of the Anglican? parish for allowing Catholics to venerate More’s remains- there was an excavation some years back, which showed a missing front tooth, which apparently confirmed the skull as More’s. The story of how his daughter Meg bribed a guard at the Tower of London in order to retrieve her father’s head from a spike on the nearby bridge, is very poignant. Meg fled to Caterbury with her family as the Henrician terror began to get very ugly- and so with her father’s remains. Visiting London/UK next week and will attend Mass at the Oratory- I always make a point of stopping in at the chapel honoring St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher- will remember you in my prayers Fr. Z-

  4. leftycbd says:

    Argh. ‘tower’, not ‘town’ of London. And ‘were’ sent, not ‘we’. Auto correct strikes again.

  5. bekah687 says:

    I am an attorney and hanging in my office is the following prayer. I was first exposed to A Man for All Seasons when it was assigned as a reading assignment when I was a freshman in HS— in a public school nonetheless!! Here is a prayer I have hanging in my office authored by him. The last line is my fave.
    “Lord, grant that I may be able in argument, accurate in analysis, strict in study, candid with clients and honest with adversaries. Stand beside me in Court, so that today I shall not, in order to win a point, lose my soul.”

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