Today the church remembers Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200.Bishop Hugh was as thoroughly attractive and virile a figure as ever graced the pages of English history. He was an able sportsman, a lover of children and of animals, an excellent administrator, and a man whose humor and kindness charmed the English court. Although a man of strong temper himself, Hugh was one of the very few who could calm the raging of King Henry II. Hugh was a native of Avalon, Burgundy, in what is now France. He came to England as abbot of the Charterhouse monastery at Witham in Somerset. Later he was elected Bishop of Lincoln, then the largest diocese in England. He was a vigorous opponent of injustice of any kind, a sort of ecclesiastical Robin Hood. He boldly supported the peasants in defiance of the king's harsh forest laws. On more than one occasion he faced, alone, rioting mobs, incensed against the Jews. He refused to allow the powerful and popular King Richard I to raid the church's treasury to support his crusades. If ever the title "prince of the church" was appropriate for a bishop, it was appropriate for Hugh of Lincoln. O God, as your servant Hugh did feed your sheep by his word, and guide them by his example, so may we. Amen.
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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.