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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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ST LINUS, POPE AND MARTYR

ST LINUS, POPE AND MARTYR

ST LINUS, POPE AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 23

Pope Linus, born at Volterra in Tuscany, was the first to succeed St Peter in the government of the Church. His faith and holiness were so great that he not only cast out devils, but even raised the dead to life. He wrote the Acts of the blessed Peter and in particular what he had done against Simon Magus. He decreed that no woman should enter a Church without having her head covered. Because he was so constant in his profession of the Christian faith, this Pontiff was beheaded [in 79 AD] at the command of Saturninus, a wicked and ungrateful man of consular rank, whose daughter Linus had delivered from the torments of demons. He was buried on the Vatican Hill, near the tomb of Peter, Prince of the Apostles, on the twenty-third day of September. He had reigned eleven years, two months and twenty-three days. In two ordinations in the month of December, he made fifteen bishops and eighteen priests.

PRAYER:

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

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

 

 

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ST CECILIA: WHILE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WERE PLAYING, SHE SANG TO THE LORD

ST CECILIA: WHILE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WERE PLAYING, SHE SANG TO THE LORD

While the musical instruments were playing, the Virgin Cecilia sang in her heart to the Lord alone, saying: * “Lord, let my heart and my body be undefiled, that I be not ashamed.” She fasted and prayed for two days and three days together, and committed to the Lord the cause of her fear.

ST CECILIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR – FEAST DAY: NOVEMBER 22 (PATRON SAINT OF MUSICIANS)

Cecilia, a Roman maiden born of a noble family, at an early age vowed her virginity to God. But when she was married against her will to Valerian, she persuaded him to respect her virginity and to go to Pope Urban to receive Baptism so that he would be worthy to see her guardian angel.

After Valerian had obtained this favour, he converted his brother Tiburtius to Christ, and they both shortly afterwards suffered martyrdom under the Prefect Almachius. Moreover, Cecilia was arrested by the same Almachius and, because she had distributed their property to the poor, ordered her to be put to death in a hot bath.

But when the heat had no effect on her, she was struck three blows with an axe and left half dead, and after three days she obtained her palm of martyrdom. She was buried in the cemetery of Callistus. Her body, and those of Popes Urban and Lucius, and of Valerian and Maximus were brought back to the city of Pope Paschal I and were buried in the church consecrated in the name of St Cecilia.

St Cecilia, pray for us.

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

 

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ST JOSAPHAT: A CHAMPION OF CHRISTIAN UNITY

ST JOSAPHAT: A CHAMPION OF CHRISTIAN UNITY

ST JOSAPHAT, BISHOP AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 12

Josaphat Kuncewic was born of noble Catholic parents at Vladimir in Volhynia. While a child, as he listened to his mother tell the story of the Passion of Christ, a dart came from the side of Christ on the crucifix and wounded the boy in the heart.

When he was twenty years old, he was professed among the cloistered followers of the monastic rule of St Basil. Soon as Archimandrite of Vilna and finally, though unwillingly, Archbishop of Polotsk, he became an exemplar of every virtue. He was a virtuous promoter of the union of the union of the Greek Church with the Latin and he brought back many heretics to the bosom of Mother Church.

He brought back many heretics to the bosom of Mother Church

As he was setting out for Vitebsk on a pastoral visitation, schismatics sought to kill him. While they were invading the archiepiscopal palace, he willingly faced them, saying: “Little children, if you have any complaint against me, I am here.”

Thereupon they rushed at him, overwhelmed him with blows, pierced him through with spears, slew him with an axe and cast his body into the river. The blood of the Martyr benefited first of all the murderers of their spiritual father, who almost all abjured their schism and repented of their crime. Pope Urban VIII honoured him with the title, blessed; and Pius IX, canonised this first eastern Christian to uphold the unity of the Church.

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

 

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ST VENANTIUS – ANGELS CAME TO HIS AID

ST VENANTIUS – ANGELS CAME TO HIS AID

ST VENANTIUS, MARTYR; FEAST DAY: MAY 18

Venantius, a fifteen I years old boy and a native of Camerino, was tried before Antiochus, governor of the town under Decius, at the city gate for being a Christian.

The governor tried to influence him with promises and threats for a long time, and then ordered him whipped and heavily chained.

An angel miraculously released him, and he was then burned with torches and hung face down over a fire. Again before the governor, he had his teeth knocked out and his jaw broken and, with these injuries, was thrown into a dung pit.

An angel rescued him, and again he faced a judge. While Venantius was addressing him, he fell from the judgment seat and died exclaiming, “The God of Venantius is the true God; destroy our gods.”

After new and refined tortures, he was, at last, beheaded with ten others and his glorious struggle ended. The Christians buried their bodies in a place of honour, and they now rest in the church dedicated to Venantius at Camerino.

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

 

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