Every castle of any size had its own Chapel, either as part of the main castle or as a separate building on the grounds. Religious life was very important to the medieval and renaissance English. It was usual to attend several services each day, and to spend almost all day on Sunday in church or at private prayer. The English were part of the Roman Catholic church until King Henry VIII made himself head of the church in 1534, and the Church of England evolved to become England's official religion.

May there always be work for your hands to do.

May your purse always hold a coin or two.

May the sun always shine upon your window pane.

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.

May the hand of a friend always be near to you and

May God fill your heart with gladness to

cheer you.

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

For this new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food, for love and friends.

For everything Thy goodness sends,

We thank Thee, dearest Lord. Amen.

Lord, be Thou my constant Guide,

Lead me all the way,

Till I reach Thy home at last,

Nevermore to stray. Amen.

San Fernando

Saint Ferdinand/King of Castile & León

1199 - 1252

King Ferdinand III of Spain is credited with uniting the Spanish kingdoms of Castile and León, and promoting the spread and preservation of Catholicism, due to his reconquest of much of Andalucía, including the city of Seville, from the Moors during his reign. He was canonized for these accomplishments by Pope Clement X in 1671.

Statue of San Fernando in la Plaza Nueva, Seville, Spain

Prior to any knowledge of my genealogy, while I was living in Spain in 1985, I went to the cathedral in Seville on San Fernando's saints day, May 30th. I went because I had heard that this saint, who was entombed in the cathedral, is brought out every year on his saint's day so that believers and skeptics alike can file through the dark recesses of the cathedral and view, under a glass shield, the "uncorrupted" body of Ferdinand (who is actually my 22nd great-grandfather!). Out of curiosity, my friend and I went and waited in line for about half an hour to get the chance to walk by the casket. To me, the body looked pretty shriveled and leathery, but I suppose not as bad as you would expect after the passing of 750 years. Believers claim it is evidence of his sainthood that he did not decompose as a regular mortal.

The Body of King Fernando III, San Fernando

Cardinal Wolsey from "The Tudors" series

Link to site where I got the Prayers for this page. Nice if looking for prayers to teach to children, or just to browse and contemplate.

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