05 October 2007

Feast Day of Blessed Peter Pattarini of Imola

**Blessed Peter Pattarini of Imola, Prior O.N.
He was born about 1250 at Imola (Italy) into the family of the lords of Linasio. An able lawyer, he mediated between the Guelphs and Ghibellines at Romagna in 1297. He became a Knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem and was elected Grand Prior at Rome. He devoted great energy to caring for the sick at Florence where he died on 5 October 1320. He was buried in the Church of St James in the Campo Corbolini.

Common of a Religious Prayer:
O God, who gave to blessed Peter, Prior of our Order,
the gift of healing discord and division,
Grant to us through his prayers
the grace of striving for peace
and so being called the children of God.
Through the same Christ your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.

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