saints adrian and james


Partners in ministry

Today we celebrate two Norbertine saints who dutifully served God. Adrian and James were canons of the Dutch abbey of Middleburg. They were caught up in the religious wars of the last quarter of the 16th century. James was appointed associate pastor to Adrian. Along with other religious priest they were captured by Calvinist pirates and were imprisoned in Gorcum where they were martyred along with the other religious who refused to renounce their Catholic faith.

God of all compassion,
in the life of your blessed Trinity and in the self-emptying of Jesus
you teach us the truth that none of us lives for ourselves
and none of us dies for ourselves.
The shared life and ministry of the Norbertine pastors Adrian and James
brought them to a common martyrdom,
a willingness to die for what they believed.
You bring into our lives men and women whose faith we share
and you call us to be of one mind and heart together
journeying more and more deeply into your heart.
On that journey strengthen us to be courageous witnesses
to the truth of the Gospel in our words and in the example of our deeds.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ
in the communio of the Holy Spirit
this day and forever and ever. Amen.

Learn more about the Norbertine Order’s 900th anniversary.