Anybody who has been following this website for some time knows my interest (read obsession) with Carthusians, and how we might learn from them, and live some of what they focus on – but outside cloister walls.
Hugh of Lincoln (1135/40 – 16 November 1200), a Carthusian who went on to live the busy life of a bishop, can be a model and patron for this venture.
So, Hugh, having died 16 November, is commemorated on 16 November by Roman Catholics, 17 November by all Anglican Provinces except one – that one being the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia which, just to be distinct, celebrates this commemoration on 18 November.
The Carthusian monastery in England is titled St Hugh’s (see photos).
O holy God,
you endowed your servant and bishop Hugh of Lincoln
with wise and cheerful boldness,
and taught him to commend the discipline of holy life to kings and princes:
Grant that we also, rejoicing in the Good News of your mercy,
and fearing nothing but the loss of you,
may be bold to speak the truth in love,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen (source)