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  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr (Gueranger)

    01/20/2018 9:56:44 PM PST · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Red Double HOW RICH is the constellation of Martyrs, which shines in this portion of the sacred Cycle. Yesterday, we had St. Sebastian; tomorrow we shall be singing the name which means Victory, for it is the Feast of Vincent; and now, today, between these two rich palm branches, we are rejoiced with the lovely rose and lily wreath of Agnes. It is to a girl of thirteen that our Emmanuel gave this stern courage of martyrdom, which made her meet the enemy of as bold a front as either the valiant Captain of the praetorian band or the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Fabian, Pope and Martyr; and Saint Sebastian, Martyr (Gueranger)

    01/19/2018 9:06:45 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Double TWO GREAT MARTYRS divide between them the honors of this twentieth day of January—one a Pontiff of the Church of Rome; the other, a member of that Mother-Church. Fabian received the crown of martyrdom in the year 250, under the persecution of Decius; the persecution of Dioclesian crowned Sebastian in the year 288. We will consider the merits of these two champions of Christ separately. SAINT FABIAN St. Fabian, like St. Clement and St. Antheros, two of his predecessors, was extremely zealous in seeing that the Acts of the Martyrs were carefully drawn up. This zeal was...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Canute, King and Martyr (Gueranger)

    01/18/2018 9:34:13 PM PST · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Red vestments   THE MAGI KINGS, as we have already observed, have been followed to the Crib of Jesus by Saintly Christian Monarchs; and it was just that these should be represented on the Church’s Calendar during the season which is consecrated to the Mystery of his Birth. The eleventh century is one of the most glorious of the Christian era, and gave, both to the Church and the various States of Europe, a great number of saintly Kings. Among them, Canute the Fourth of Denmark stands pre-eminent by reason of the aureol of his martyrdom. He had every...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Marcellus, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    01/15/2018 9:05:00 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Semidouble THE NAME OF MARCELLUS is brought before us by the Calendar today—he was a successor of the glorious Hyginus in the papacy, and in martyrdom, and their Feasts fall in the same season of the year. Each Christmastide shows us these two Pontiffs offering their Keys in homage of our Jesus, the invisible Head of the Church they governed. In a few days hence, we shall find our Christmas list of Saints giving us the name of a third Pope and Martyr—Fabian. These three valiant Vicars of Christ are like the three generous Magi—they offered their riches...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Octave of Saint Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Martyr (Gueranger)

    01/04/2018 9:39:53 PM PST · by CMRosary
    THE CATHOLIC CHURCH in England celebrates today the Octave of St. Thomas of Canterbury. It is but fitting that the Country which was beautified with the blood of the illustrious Martyr should honor his memory with an especial fervor, and keep up his Feast during the joyful Octaves of Stephen, of John the Beloved Disciple, and of the Innocents of Bethlehem. We have seen, on the Feast itself, how the Catholic world gave expression, through the sacred Liturgy, to its love of our great Martyr. In the Ages of Faith, a victory gained by the Church was considered as...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Octave of Saint Stephen, the First Martyr (Gueranger)

    01/01/2018 9:40:30 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Simple YESTERDAY, WE FINISHED the Octave of the Birth of Jesus; today, we shall finish the Octave of St. Stephen; but this, without losing sight, one moment, of the Divine Babe, whose Court is formed by Stephen, John the Beloved Disciple, the Holy Innocents, and St. Thomas of Canterbury. In five days, we shall see the Magi prostrate before the Crib of the newborn King; they are already on the way, and the Star is advancing towards Bethlehem. Let us spend the interval in reconsidering how great is the glory of our Emmanuel in his having lavished such...
  • [Catholic Caucus] St. Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Martyr (Gueranger)

    12/28/2017 9:30:31 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Double ANOTHER MARTYR comes in today to take his place round the Crib of our Jesus. He does not belong to the first ages of the church: his name is not written in the Books of the New Testament, like those of Stephen, John, and the Innocents of Bethlehem. Yet does he stand most prominent in the ranks of that Martyr-Host, which has been receiving fresh recruits in every age, and is one of those visible abiding proofs of the vitality of the Church, and of the undecaying energy infused into her by her divine Founder. This glorious...
  • Saints and Feasts: 20,000 Martyrs burned in Nicomedia

    12/28/2017 8:51:19 AM PST · by lightman · 6 replies
    Greeek Orthodox Archiocese in America ^ | 29 December A.D. 2017 | Greeek Orthodox Archiocese
    All these Saints, some 20,000 in number, were burned alive in the year 303, while they were gathered in church. This came to pass during the reign of Diocletian and Maximian. According to the Synaxarion, this took place on the day of Christ's Nativity. Eusebius (Eccl. Hist. VIII, 6) says that, of the Christians then living in Nicomedia, all were slain by imperial decree - some by the sword, and others by fire, and that, because of their divine and inexpressible ardour, both men and women cast themselves into the fire. Besides those burned in church. the following, who were...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Stephen, the First Martyr (Gueranger)

    12/26/2017 9:15:48 AM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Double of the Second Class (with simple Octave) ST. PETER DAMIAN thus begins his Sermon for this Feast: “We are holding in our arms the Son of the Virgin, and are honoring, with our caresses, this our Infant God. The holy Virgin has led us to the dear Crib. The most beautiful of the Daughters of men has brought us to the most beautiful among the Sons of men, and the Blessed among women to Him that is Blessed above all. She tells us … that now the veils of prophecy are drawn aside, and the counsel of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Eusebius, Bishop of Vercelli, and Martyr (Gueranger)

    12/16/2017 5:14:47 AM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Semidouble WHEN ASKED to tell the names of the Saints who were foremost in defending the dogma of the Incarnation, we think at once of the intrepid Eusebius of Vercelli, as one of the glorious number. The Catholic faith, which was so violently attacked in the fourth century by the Arian heresy, was maintained at that time by the labors and zeal of four Sovereign Pontiffs: Sylvester, who confirmed the decrees of the Council of Nicæa; Julius, the supporter of Athanasius; Liberius, whose faith failed not, and who, when restored to his liberty, confounded the Arians; and lastly,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr (Gueranger)

    12/12/2017 9:04:11 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Double THERE COMES TO US today the fourth of our Wise Virgins, the valiant Martyr Lucy. Her glorious name shines on the sacred Dyptich of the Canon of the Mass together with those of Agatha, Agnes, and Cecily; and as often as we hear it pronounced during these days of Advent, it reminds us (for Lucy signifies Light) that He who consoles the Church, by enlightening her children, is soon to be with us. Lucy is one of the three glories of the Church of Sicily; as Catania is immortalized by Agatha, and Palermo by Rosaly, so is...
  • Saint Damasus, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    12/11/2017 12:46:23 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Semidouble THIS GREAT PONTIFF comes before us in the Liturgical Year not to bring us tidings of Peace, as St. Melchiades did, but as one of the most illustrious defenders of the great Mystery of the Incarnation. He defends the faith of the Universal Church in the divinity of the Word, by condemning, as his predecessor Liberius had done, the acts and the authors of the celebrated Council of Rimini. With his sovereign authority, he bears witness to the teaching of the Church regarding the Humanity of Jesus Christ, and condemned the heretic Apollinaris, who taught that Jesus...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Barbara, Virgin and Martyr (Gueranger)

    12/03/2017 10:38:27 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red   ALTHOUGH in the Roman Liturgy St. Barbara is merely commemorated in the Office of St. Peter Chrysologus; yet the Church has approved an entire Office for the use of those Churches which honor the memory of this illustrious Virgin in a special manner. The Legend which follows, although of considerable weight, has not, consequently, the authority of those which are promulgated for the use of the whole Church in the Roman Breviary. Let us not, on this account, be the less fervent in honoring this glorious Martyr, so celebrated in the East, and whose feast has been...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Bibiana, Virgin and Martyr (Gueranger)

    12/01/2017 9:11:25 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Semidouble OF THE SAINTS whose feasts are kept during Advent, five are Virgins. The first, St. Bibiana, whom we honor today, is a daughter of Rome; the second, St. Barbara, is the glory of the Eastern Churches; the third, St. Eulalia of Merida, is one of Spain’s richest treasures; the fourth, St. Lucy, belongs to beautiful Sicily; the fifth, St. Odila, is claimed by France. These five wise Virgins lighted their lamps and watched, waiting for the coming of the Spouse. Such was their constancy and fidelity, that four of them shed their blood for the love of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Catharine, Virgin and Martyr (Gueranger)

    11/25/2017 3:35:50 AM PST · by CMRosary · 3 replies
    Red Double GERTRUDE THE GREAT, from her very infancy, felt a special attraction towards the glorious virgin Catharine. As she was desirous of knowing how great were her merits, Our Lord showed her St. Catharine seated on a throne so lofty and so magnificent, that it seemed her glory was sufficient to have filled the courts of heaven, had she been its sole queen; while from her crown a marvellous brightness was reflected on her devout clients. It is well known how the Maid of Orleans, entrusted by St. Michael to the guidance of St. Catharine and St. Margaret,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Clement I, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    11/22/2017 11:29:46 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Double THE MEMORY of St. Clement has been surrounded with a peculiar glory from the very beginning of the Roman Church. After the death of the Apostles, he seems to eclipse Linus and Cletus, although these preceded him in the Pontificate. We pass as it were naturally from Peter to Clement; and the East celebrates his memory with no less honor than the West. He was in truth the universal Pontiff, and his acts as well as his writings are renowned throughout the entire Church. This widespread reputation caused numbers of apocryphal writings to be attributed to him,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Ccilia, Virgin and Martyr (Gueranger)

    11/22/2017 4:15:27 AM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Double CÆCILIA united in her veins the blood of kings with that of Rome’s greatest heroes. At the time of the first preaching of the Gospel, more than one ancient patrician family had seen its direct line become extinct. But the adoptions and alliances, which under the Republic had knit more closely the great families by linking them all to the most illustrious among them, formed as it were a common fund of glory, which, even in the days of decline, was passed on intact to the survivors of the aristocracy. It has now been demonstrated by the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr (Gueranger)

    11/13/2017 9:36:14 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Double JOSAPHAT Kuncewicz, contemporary with St. Francis de Sales and St. Vincent de Paul, might have been taken for a Greek monk of the eleventh century, or an ascetic of the Thebaid. A stranger to the intellectual culture of the West, he knew only the liturgical books and sacred texts used in his own church; as a priest, an archimandrite, a reformer of his order of St. Basil, and lastly as Archbishop, he combated all his life against the consequences of the schism of Photius, and closed the struggle by culling the palm of martyrdom. Yet all this...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Martin I, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    11/11/2017 9:03:36 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Semidouble WHILE the concourse of pilgrims to the sepulchre of the Bishop of Tours induced his third successor Perpetuus to raise over his precious remains the basilicas, in which so many prodigies were to be wrought all through the middle ages, Rome herself was dedicating to St. Martin one of her noblest churches, uniting with him as joint titular her own illustrious Pontiff and Confessor Sylvester. Adorned with this twofold glory, St. Martin-on-the-hill worthily inaugurated in the eternal City the cultus of Confessors side by side with that of the Martyrs. But another honor awaited the venerable sanctuary....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Evaristus, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    10/25/2017 9:55:08 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Red Simple THE Beloved Disciple had just received the long-promised visit of our Lord inviting him to heaven when the Church, under Evaristus, completed the drawing up of the itinerary for her long pilgrimage to the end of time. The blessed period of the apostolic times was definitively closed, but the eternal City continued to augment her treasure of glory. Under this pontificate the virgin Domitilla, by her martyrdom, cemented the foundations of the new Jerusalem with the old. Then Ignatius of Antioch brought to the "Church that presides in charity" the testimony of his death; he was the...