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ST ERASMUS OF FORMIA, BISHOP AND MARTYR

ST ERASMUS OF FORMIA, BISHOP AND MARTYR

ST ERASMUS OF FORMIA, BISHOP AND MARTYR – FEAST: JUNE 2

Originally from Antioch, St Erasmus (St Elmo) became Bishop of Formia, Campagna, Italy. To lie low during Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians (c. 303), he fled to Mount Lebanon, living a life of prayer and penance. Throughout this time he was miraculously fed by a raven.

The Bishop was tracked down and sent to Diocletian, imprisoned, and freed by an angel. After having converted many more souls he was discovered once more and martyred by being disemboweled. Some sources report that this was done by winding his intestines on a windlass.

“ST ELMO’S FIRE”

St Erasmus is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and invoked against gastrointestinal illnesses such as cancer and Crohn’s Disease. His intercession is asked by soldiers and sailors, too; the blue static electrical discharges which would sometimes appear on the masts or riggings of their ships (“St Elmo’s Fire”) was seen as a sign of his protection.

PRAYER:

O God, who gladden us each year by the feast of your holy Martyrs, Marcellinus, Peter and Erasmus, graciously grant that, as we rejoice in their merits, we may be inspired by their example. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…

 

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ST PEDRO POVEDA, PRIEST AND MARTYR

ST PEDRO POVEDA, PRIEST AND MARTYR

ST PEDRO POVEDA, PRIEST AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: JULY 28

Pedro Poveda was born in Linares, (Jaen), southern Spain, in 1874 and was ordained priest in Guadix (Granada) in 1897. It was there that he began apostolic work among the people of the cave district.

Later he was named Canon in the Basilica of Covadonga in the north. From there, in 1911 he founded The Teresian Association, which received pontifical approval in 1924. In Jaen, and later Madrid, he continued to be actively committed to the cause of education and to the disadvantaged in society. He died a martyr for his faith on 28 July, 1936. He was canonised in 2003.

PRAYER:

Lord our God, You gave Your priest Saint Pedro Poveda the gift of encouraging lay Christians in their call to make Christ present in the world, through education and culture; You gave him the grace of sealing his life with martyrdom. Through his intercession grant us the courage to announce the Gospel openly, bearing witness to it and confessing our faith. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

(with ecclesiastical permission)

– from a prayer card

 

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COMMEMORATION OF ST GEORGE, MARTYR

COMMEMORATION OF ST GEORGE, MARTYR

ST GEORGE, MARTYR – MEMORIAL: APRIL 23

Ant. Daughters of Jerusalem, come and see the Martyrs with the crowns with which the Lord has crowned them, on the day of solemnity and rejoicing, alleluia, alleluia.

V. Precious in the sight of the Lord, alleluia.

R. Is the death of his saints, alleluia.

Prayer: 

O God, who gladdens us by the merits and intercession of blessed George, your Martyr, mercifully grant that we who, through him, may obtain them by the gift of your grace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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ST JULIANA OF NICOMEDIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

ST JULIANA OF NICOMEDIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

ST JULIANA OF NICOMEDIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: FEBRUARY 16

Juliana, from Cumae in Campania, who was first mentioned in the “Martyriologium Hieronymianum”, suffered martyrdom in 304 during the Diocletian persecution. As a Christian convert, she refused to marry the pagan Senator Eleusius, which caused the anger of both her suitor and her pagan father Africanus. She was then detained, tortured and beheaded. In prison, she was said to have been exposed to a vision of a demon who pretended to be an angel of light and asked her to sacrifice to the pagan gods. Juliana recognised the deception and shouted: “Lord God of heaven and earth, do not leave me and do not allow your maid to perish.” She defeated the tempter who admitted to her that the devils suffer especially when Christians assist at Mass. St Juliana has traditionally been called for the safe delivery of women in labour and for protection against fever and infectious diseases.

PRAYER:

May blessed Juliana, Virgin and Martyr, who was ever pleasing to you by the merit of her chastity and by her trust in your power, implore for us your forgiveness, we beseech you, O God. Through our Lord…

 

 

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ST JOHN ROBERTS, PRIEST AND MARTYR

ST JOHN ROBERTS, PRIEST AND MARTYR

ST JOHN ROBERTS, PRIEST AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 10

St John Roberts, born in Trawsfynydd, Wales, converted from Protestantism as a young adult and, after being received into the Catholic Church, first entered the English College at Valladolid in 1598, and, after a year there, made his novitiate at the great Abbey of St Martin at Compostella. His studies completed he was ordained, and set out for England at the end of 1602.

HE HAD A GOVERNMENT SPY ON HIS CASE

Having a spy on his case, he was, over the space of several years, banished, and re-entered England, time and time again. During his undercover spells in England, he ministered to the plague-stricken faithful in London. On 2nd December, 1610, he was arrested while celebrating Holy Mass. He was taken to Newgate in his vestments. He was found guilty of being a Catholic priest and hung, drawn and quartered on 10th December, 1610, at Tyburn.

PRAYER:

Almighty and eternal God,
you gave to blessed John
wisdom in defending the Catholic faith and courage in facing a martyr’s death:
listen to our prayers
and send us an ever greater harvest
of faith, hope and love.
Through our Lord…

 

 

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BL. JAMES THOMPSON, PRIEST AND MARTYR

BL. JAMES THOMPSON, PRIEST AND MARTYR

BLESSED JAMES THOMPSON, PRIEST AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 28

Bl. James Thompson, studying for the priesthood at Douai, fell very ill in 1580 and was ordained – he was barely able to stand – by dispensation from Rome. He recovered and was sent back to England to the mission. He was arrested in York for being a priest and hung at Tyburn on 28th November 1582. Whilst hanging, he was seen to distinctly beat his breast and afterwards to make the Sign of the Cross.

Blessed Fr Thompson, pray for us.

 

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BLESSED MIGUEL PRO, MARTYR

BLESSED MIGUEL PRO, MARTYR

BLESSED MIGUEL AGUSTIN PRO-JUAREZ, MARTYR – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 23

Blessed Miguel, born 1891 in Concepcion del Oro, Mexico, joined the Society of Jesus in 1911. He studied in Spain and Belgium. In Belgium he was also ordained a priest and returned to Mexico in 1926. The government in Mexico tried to eradicate the Catholic Faith. Many priests and lay faithful were murdered. Fr Pro ministered secretly to the faithful. After the attempted assassination of General Alvaro Obregon Fr Pro was arrested. In spite of Obregon having personally vouchsafed for Fr Pro’s innocence, the former was executed on 23.11.1927.

 

 

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ST CALLISTUS I, POPE AND MARTYR

ST CALLISTUS I, POPE AND MARTYR

ST CALLISTUS I, POPE AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 14

Callistus, a Roman, ruled the Church when Antoninus Heliogabulus was emperor. He instituted the four periods of the year which are known as Ember Days – days on which, in accordance with the apostolic tradition, fasting was to be observed by all. He built the basilica called St Mary across-the-Tiber and enlarged the ancient cemetery on the Appian Way, in which are buried many holy Priests and martyrs. For this reason, it is called the cemetery of Callistus. He reigned five years, one month and twelve days.

HE WAS CROWNED WITH MARTYRDOM

After a long imprisonment, during which he was starved and frequently scourged, he was thrown head-downward into a well. He was crowned with martyrdom under the Emperor Alexander and was buried in the cemetery of Calepodius on the Aurelian Way, at the third mile-stone from the City, on the day before the Ides of October [222]. Afterwards his body was carried to the basilica of St Mary across-the-Tiber, and was placed under the high altar, where it is venerated with the greatest devotion.

From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

PRAYER:

God of mercy,

hear the prayers of your people

that we may be helped by Saint Callistus,

whose martyrdom we celebrate with joy.

Through our Lord…

 

 

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PRAYER TO ST SILVERIUS, POPE AND MARTYR

PRAYER TO ST SILVERIUS, POPE AND MARTYR

Eternal Shepherd, look with favour upon your flock. Safeguard and shelter it forevermore through blessed Silverius, your Martyr and Supreme Pontiff, whom you constituted shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord…

 
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ST PLACIDUS – PRAYER

ST PLACIDUS – PRAYER

SS PLACIDUS AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS – MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 5

The hairs of your head are all numbered; do not be afraid, you are of more value than many sparrows.

PRAYER:

O God, who permit us to celebrate the anniversary of the death of your holy Martyrs, Placidus and his Companions, grant that we may enjoy their companionship in everlasting happiness. 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. Amen.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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