Feast days

The feast of Saint Ralph Sherwin is kept on 1st December, the date of his martyrdom. He is also remembered alongside other reformation martyrs on the following feast days:

  • Diocese of Nottingham: 1st December; Memoria of the Martyrs of Derbyshire
  • Archdiocese of Westminster: 29th October; Memoria of the Martyrs of Douai
  • Dioceses of England and Wales: 4th May; Feast of the Martyrs of England and Wales

Prayer to Saint Ralph Sherwin

Most Holy Priest and Martyr, Saint Ralph Sherwin, you gave your whole life freely and earnestly, forsaking all risk to yourself, seeking to do the Lord’s will “today rather than tomorrow”. You died for love of Christ and his Church, as a witness to bring others to the truth.

Pray that we might follow the Lord more earnestly, with eyes fixed firmly on his Son, never putting off till tomorrow what can be done today.

Obtain for us the grace to share your courage and conviction, to live lives transformed by love of Jesus, following His call wherever it may lead, sharing Him with all whom we meet. Amen

Mass of Saint Ralph Sherwin, Blessed Christopher Buxton, William Hartley, Edward James, Nicholas Garlick, Robert Ludlam, Richard Simpson, Robert Sutton and the Martyrs of Derbyshire

The Diocese of Nottingham Supplement to the Roman Missal – optional memorial

Entrance Antiphon
Many are the trials of the just, but from the mall the Lord will rescue them. The Lord will keep guard over all their bones; not one of their bowls shall be broken.

Almighty ever-living God,
who gave Saint Ralph Sherwin and the Martyrs of Derbyshire
the grace of suffering for Christ,
come, in your divine mercy, we pray,
to the help of our own weakness,
that, as your Saints did not hesitate to die for your sake,
we, too, may live bravely in confessing you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Prayer over the Gifts
May the sacrifice soon to be consecrated
be acceptable to you, O Lord, we pray,
in commemoration of this precious martyrdom,
so that it may cleanse our sins
and commend to you the prayers of your servants.
Through Christ our Lord.

Preface I or II of Holy Martyrs

Communion Antiphon
Greater love has no one than to lay down his life for his friends, says the Lord.

Prayer after Communion
Grant us, O Lord, we pray,
that, being nourished by the bread of heaven
and made one Body in Christ,
we may never be serrated from his love
and, after the example of your holy Martyrs Ralph Sherwin and the Martyrs of Derbyshire,
may bravely overcome all things
for the sake of him who loved us.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Saint Ralph Sherwin Mass Setting

Corpus Christi Watershed have produced a Mass setting in honour of Saint Ralph Sherwin. It can be downloaded here:

Mass in honour of Saint Ralph Sherwin