St Albert of Jerusalem
Albert Avogadro (1149-1214) became Patriarch of Jerusalem in 1205. The hermits on Mount Carmel approached him to write for them a rule which would give structure and recognition to their way of life, in 1209. It was to this ‘Primitive Rule’ that St Teresa sought to return, and Carmelites continue to follow the Rule of St Albert today.
The following prayer is for the feast of St Albert of Jerusalem, which is celebrated on 17 September:
through St Albert of Jerusalem
you have given us a Rule of life
according to your Gospel,
to help us attain perfect love.
Through his prayers
may we always live in allegiance to Jesus Christ
and serve faithfully until death
him who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.