Saint Honoratus, December 22

December 22, 2009

Saint Honoratus, Bishop of Toulouse
December 22

We know little about this character and the scant information we have is uncertain. He ranked second in the list of Bishops of Toulouse, including Saint Saturninus, Martyr to the 250 and Rhodes, who died in 358, but his name comes from the legend of St. Firmino martyr, “the story of the most fabulous,” according to Duchesne. According to this document, Honoratus, bishop of Toulouse, was educated and ordained bishop Firmino, son of Senator Spanish Firmus, himself converted by Saint Saturnino.

His body was found in 1265 in the basilica of St-Sernin and was the object of worship in the 15th centiry; his name was added to December 22 in the calendar of a Breviary copied in 1404.

Author: Henri Platelle

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Saint Pompey of Pavia, December 14

December 14, 2009

Saint Pompey Bishop of Pavia
December 14

Roman Martyrology: At Pavia, Saint Pompey, bishop, who, successor to the San Siro after a few peaceful years passed and the Lord.

Five days ago, speaking of San Siro, first bishop of Pavia and fabulous evangelist for much of the valley of the mighty Po. In the work of throwing the net of the fisherman of men on the flat and fertile land stretched as far as d ‘ eye around the towers and steeples of Pavia, he had as collaborator San Pompeo. Read the rest of this entry »

St. Probus, November 10

November 10, 2009

St. Probus Bishop of Ravenna
November 10

Roman Martyrology: At Ravenna, St. Probus, Bishop, in whose honor the Bishop St. Maximus the famous basilica dedicated Class.

Probe: a bell’aggettivo, used at least once, even as a name, in the way they are used even today the names of Modesto, Pius, Clement, and Benedict Benigno. Probus means honest, upright, honest: Even today, for every profession, there are the so-called viri honest, that honest men, who judge the correctness of my colleagues in professional life.

The literature records a famous grammarian, Marcus Valerius Probus. Policy, a Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius Probus, under which the Christians, at least officially, were not persecuted. And Christians should cherish that name that promises fairness and honesty, even in women who took the name of Probus.

Thus, the Christian calendar records a Proba Holy Virgin and Martyr, April 28, another Santa Proba, also Virgin and Martyr, 30 April. Among the Saints Probe is a venerable Bishop of Verona, the fourth century, January 12, a bishop of Rieti mentioned in the Dialogues of St. Gregory the Great, March 15.

On April 5, the couple are remembered even exemplary Christians in the name, Probus and Grace. Finally, today is the feast of St. Probus, Bishop of Ravenna, or better than Class as a class, the military port of Ravenna, came the early Christians, who had the first cemetery in which buried Apollinaris, sent by St. Peter, According to tradition, to evangelize the Adriatic coast.

The tomb of the first bishop of Ravenna was built then the basilica of St Apollinaris in Classe, splendid mosaics which still arouse admiration surprised. And great the images in the mosaics of the immediate suc-mold of Sant’Apollinare: Ecclesia, Severo, Bear and Ursicinus. If the series had been continued after the bears would come lambs. And it is the Bishop Lamb, of the IX century, speaking of the apostolic tradition of Ravenna, mentions two bishops named Probus. The first was the seventh of the series, the second the fourteenth.

“The holy soul of Probus – says the Bishop Lamb – November 10 left his body.

And behind the statement of Bishop Lamb, that historical criticism can neither confirm nor deny, is remembered today that Bishop, in name and upright life, and so holy as probity and sanctity are mixed in the figures of shepherds were an example of fairness and virtue to the whole flock entrusted to their care.

Source:  Parish Archives

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Sts. Nicander, Bishop and Hermes, Priest, Martyrs, November 4

November 4, 2009

St. Nicander

Saints Nicander, Bishop and Hermes, Priest, Martyrs
November 4

Roman Martyrology: At Myra in Lycia, in modern Turkey, Holy Martyrs Nicander, Bishop, and Hermes, a Priest.

A passio Metaphrastes not included in Menologion Simeon Logoteta, still unpublished, is the only extant document concerning these martyrs.

According to the news of sinassari Byzantine commemorating Nicander and Hermes, to 4 November, the first was bishop of Myra in Lycia, and the second priest ordained bishop by the Apostle Titus of Crete. There would therefore be in the first century. For their zeal to convert the inhabitants to the Christian faith, they were denounced to the governor of the city Libanius. They had them tie back of the horses broke into a gallop. Thus dragged to the ground, the Saints had all the skin torn wetting the soil with their blood. Later they suspended the easel, striking through a wooden board and they are exposed to fire. Since they were miraculously preserved from the flames, the tyrant ordered to plant their nails in the heart and guts. Still alive, were thrown into a grave and covered with earth. Martyrologies unknown to the medieval West, the two Martyrs were introduced to Licia always to November 4, from C. Baronius in the Roman Martyrology.

Author: Antonio Calisi

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St. Libertine of Agrigento, November 3

November 3, 2009

St. Libertine di Agrigento

Saint Libertine of  Agrigento, Bishop and Martyr
November 3

The cult of St. Libertine

“The cult of St. Libertine had to start quite early, at the time of Gregory the Great, a praetor of Sicily and Sardinia had a bishop of that name, while in the life of St. Gregory, bishop of Agrigento, written by Leander, remembers a house that the Church of Agrigento had a very long time in Palermo and was called Libertino “was intact for a long time and was called the Church Agrigento Libertino. Read the rest of this entry »

Saint Theodore II, Bishop of Sion, October 27

October 27, 2009


Saint Theodore II, Bishop of Sion
October 27

The figure of St. Teodulo Bishop of Sion, has many similarities to its namesake saint, bishop of Octodurum, but he lived in the fourth century; their stories are often confused, especially in the story of miracles, both are in the Valais (canton of Switzerland south-west).

S. Teodulo or Theodore II, was the first bishop of the new diocese of Sion in the canton of Valais, after s. King Sigismund of Burgundy († 524) had transferred the seat of the diocese of Martigny to the new capital of the Valais, Sion.

S. Teodulo suggested to King Sigismund, along with neighboring bishops gathered in council to Agaune April 30 515, to found the famous Abbey of St. Mauritius, in honor of the martyrs of the Theban Legion, killed in those places.

He died sometime in the sixth century, and her oldest images are those of the reliquary in the Cathedral of Sion, while other paintings are in museums in Geneva and Zurich. A legendary story says that one year the vineyards of Valais had suffered severely for the frost, then s. Teodulo the eve of harvest, he urged the tenants to prepare the barrels as if it were an abundant harvest.

Then he piled up throughout the grape that was still good in the same place, he blessed and made to press the grapes in all the barrels, which were filled to overflowing with wine. For this he became the protector of vineyards and winemakers in some paintings is shown with a bunch of grapes in his hand. His feast day is October 27.

Author: Antonio Borrelli

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St. Symmachus, October 22

October 22, 2009

St. Symmachus

St. Symmachus Bishop of Capua
October 22
Capua (Santa Maria Capua Vetere), † 449 approx.

In 430 Symmachus was bishop of Capua, the ancient city founded in the sixth century BC by the Etruscans, then dominated by Samnites, who absorbed the culture Etruscan and Hellenistic Greek. Symmachus was the founder of the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, survived the destruction of the Saracens and became the initial core of the new city, the future Santa Maria Capua Vetere, becoming the cathedral. Symmachus would have died in 449, after 19 years of episcopacy in Capua and his worship was always kept alive. From 1313 appeared the first calendars bearing his name was added, and were also present in the territory Capuano, many churches named after him, even in popular forms, Simo, Simm, Simbrico. And he’s patron of Santa Maria Capua Vetere. Read the rest of this entry »

Saint Artold, October 8

October 8, 2009


Saint Artold

October 8, 1206, France

Saint Artold was born in the early twelfth century. The generally
approved year of his birth is 1101. As he died in 1206, this makes him
die very old indeed, at 105! What is certain is that as a young man he
entered the renowned Charterhouse of Portes. Humble, recollected
and pious, he so distinguished himself that he was soon judged worthy
to carry out important pastoral tasks.
So in 1132 he was designated as the founder and first Prior of the
Charterhouse of Arvières, in the diocese of Geneva. In order to accomplish
this mission he chose from the lands of his family a vast solitude of extraordinary roughness, covered with snow for the most part of the year, and until then inhabited only by bears, foxes and other animals. In this remote wilderness area Artold and his companions built some rudimentary wooden constructions and led an extremely austere life for ten years. Then one day, the Bishop of Geneva came to visit them. Very impressed, he found a more suitable site for them and urged well-to-do men of his diocese to contribute to the building of an appropriate monastery.
Artold was a good Prior for years, but then the Bishop of Belley, the diocese in which Portes is located, died. The clergy was unanimous that the Prior of Arvières, although at this time already advanced in age, ought to become the
new Bishop. Terrified at this prospect, Artold fled and hid himself! However, he was found and had to accept. He accomplished all the duties of a Bishop in an exemplary way, but after a few years, in 1190, he managed to obtain his retirement, because of old age, from Pope Clement III.
He returned to Arvières, where he lived for still 16 more years! The best-known of all Carthusian Bishops, Saint Hugh of Lincoln, visited him in 1200. When they came together to converse with the community the former Bishop of Belley asked the Bishop of Lincoln to give the brothers an account of the peace treaty between the kings of England and France, since he knew that Hugh had been present when it was made. The latter replied, half seriously, half joking: “My Lord and Father, although it is legitimate for Bishops to hear and relate such matters, it is not so for monks. It is not right to bring news from outside into the cloister or the cell, and to leave the city in order to discuss secular matters in solitude.” Having said this, Hugh turned
the conversation to a spiritual topic. Artold, in his humility, must have
been edified by the remark and moved by its wisdom.
Artold died October 8, 1206. In his last words he recommended the community to have recourse to the Holy Spirit for light and comfort, to the most Holy Virgin for special protection, and to Saint Bruno as model. “Grow in virtue”, he said to them, “in order that the sanctity of this House may last forever, passing on its good traditions to those who come after you. Love one another that charity may be the bond at all times uniting you to all in Jesus Christ.”

Miracles after his death corroborated his renown for holiness. In 1834 Gregory XVI authorized his feast for the diocese of Belley and in 1857 it was permitted to the Carthusians, who today celebrate him with other Carthusian saints on October 13.

All-powerful God, with the help of Saint Artold’s prayers
may we so distinguish ourselves in this life’s laborious
struggle that we may obtain eternal rest.

Source: Carthusians

Saint Adalgiso Bishop of Novara, October 7

October 7, 2009

Saint Adalgiso Bishop of Novara

Saint Adalgiso Bishop of Novara
October 7

Was the thirty-second of the series, as you can read in the diptychs of the church of Novara, the one preserved in the Basilica of St. Gaudenzio (1070) And the other in the Cathedral (1123 ca.). More sober the first, the second largest, attest, however, agreed that Adalgiso. was bishop of Novara for eighteen years, from 830 (or 831) 849 (or 850) according to some, to 834 or 852-3 (?) according to others.

The talk of Bascape A. in its Novara, after describing the era in which the saint lived, that of Charlemagne’s victories over the Lombards, followed by the constitution from coronation of the emperor and the Holy Roman Empire, which gives rise to the Carolingian rule in Italy.

Adalgisa is constantly felt by the tradition of Lombard origin, perhaps from the same family last king Desiderius, indeed, even his niece. But no one knows exactly of his youthful years. Thought to be a canon of the church of Saint Gaudenzio, having later proved very wide of its assets to the chapter of this church. Even if it has been named bishop for his virtues rather than for high society. By 854 he was no longer among the living, as stated in the diploma of Emperor Louis II, directed to the successor of Adalgisa, Dodona or Brass and precisely dated June 7 of that year.

In addition to “holy bishop” (these words, written in red as a sign of honor, are the more calories you read in the diptychs of the Cathedral), he is also credited with rare praise of “gem of the priests,” while alludes to his “specchiatissime works.”

It may be safely said that historic news of his generous donations to the canons of the Cathedral, Episcopal, and now preserved in the Archive already lost. Donations also covered the canons of Saints Julius and Gozzano, as well as those of the Cathedral of St. Gaudenzio. There are three separate documents, probably all of February 19, 840, obtained from the emperor at the request of Adalgisa.

From the same letter that Adalgisa put at the service of the church of Santa Maria forty clergy for the celebration of divine offices, giving them a reasonable benefit. He also enriched the Cathedral with the wonderful mosaic that still be seen before the high altar. In another outstanding document, preserved in the library chapter of Saint Gaudenzio, which bears the date of January 30, 848, it is noted that Adalgiso gave to the canons of St. Gaudenzio the possession of the basket and other lands of the Lower Novarese, providing them even “the clothing and footwear.

When he died, his remains were first raised in the church of Saint Gaudenzio outside the walls, then taken to the city in 1533, after the destruction of the church and outside of houses by Charles V. Since 1927 they rest, along with the relics of other bishops of Novara, in Saint. Gaudenzio, in an artistic urn under the altar dedicated to his name. His feast occurs according to the Acta Sanctorum October 7, while today the Church celebrates the Novara 5 of the same month.

Author: Vincenzo Gilla Gremigni

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St. Magnus, October 6

October 6, 2009

St. Magnus

St. Magnus, Bishop of Oderzo and Eraclea
October 6

Roman Martyrology: In Veneto, the commemoration of St. Magnus, bishop, said to have gone away from the city of Oderzo with much of his flock because the Lombard invasion, founding the new city of Heraclea, and has built eight churches in Venice.

Even if his legend was, as the Martyr Comm. Roma, “a tissue of clichés” and though the earliest evidence of him are of later centuries, but it would be unwise to abandon the position of discrete acceptance of the Venetian tradition, which was already the Bollandist J. Guese quiere. According to this tradition was born in Great Altino noble family, probably in ‘the last quarter century. VI. Experience at home the humanistic education, he retired to life as a hermit on an island in the nearby lagoon, where he prepared for the priesthood, who received and exercised in the city of Oderzo, fighting the last layers of paganism and the Aryan infiltration coming from the part of diocese (Ceneda), occupied by the Lombards.

In 630 approx. succeeded s. Titian in the episcopal see of Oderzo. The city and the diocese were still subject to the Byzantines, which provide the final spur on the mainland, a wedge driven into the Lombard kingdom of resistance. It is no wonder that Rotari, taking advantage of the fact that the Byzantine forces were engaged in the East, the 638-39 has attacked and occupied the town. Most of the inhabitants, under the guidance of its political leaders and especially the bishop, took refuge in the neighboring islands of the Venetian lagoon, which were part of the Diocese of Oderzo, the most in that arose when “Civitas Nova Heraclian que dicitur.” Magno obtained from the Pope Severinus (May 28 to August 2 640) and primitive, patriarch of Grado, to move the bishop’s seat, while retaining the name of Oderzo. Built the cathedral dedicated to the apostle St. Peter, indeed, the tradition makes the founder, by divine inspiration, eight other churches in the area where it will rise Rialto Venice. A new influx of Opitergino at Heraclea and nearby islands took place when, in 665-667, Oderzo was reoccupied by the Lombards and destroyed the foundations. The holy survived a few years to the sad event: ninety died around 670 and was buried in his cathedral.

When for the burial of the surrounding lagoon, Eraclea was abandoned by its inhabitants, the Doge Pietro Ziani (1205-29), 6 October 1206, he carried the remains of the Great in Venice, in S. Jeremiah. On December 21, 1459, the Venetian Senate decreed that the day was a holiday for the whole city at that festival, the Doges were pilgrims with their court in S. Jeremiah, until, on 28 September 1563, a new decree of the senate that allowed an arm of the saint was brought to the basilica of S. Marco and there every year, October 6, exposed to the veneration of the doge and the faithful within a rich silver reliquary.

Magnus continues to be venerated in the Diocese of Venice as a secondary patron, even after April 22, 1956 his remains returned to Heraclea be retained in the new parish church of St. Mary Immaculate. The most beautiful depiction of the saint is unbelief S. Thomas, Academy of Fine Arts in Venice: Cima da Conegliano shows him standing with bushy white beard, wrapped in rich cope, the pastoral staff in his left, along with s. Thomas, because as he was the protector of the art of the builders.

Author: Daniel Irenaeus

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Saint John Chrysostom, September 13

September 13, 2009

St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church. Remembered on September 13 on the Latin calendar.

My Saint for this year.

St. Cassian, August 5

August 5, 2009

st. cassian

St. Cassian, Bishop

Roman Martyrology: At lugdunense Autun in Gaul, now France, St. Cassian, Bishop.

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