Saint Patrick, Bishop, Confessor

March 17 Today is the feast day of Saint Patrick.  Ora pro nobis. From The Liturgical Year by Dom Gueranger Saint Patrick, according to his Confession (his autobiography), was born in a village called Bonaven Taberniae, which would appear to be the town of Killpatrick, on the mouth of the river Cluyd, in Scotland, between … Read more

Saint Abraham Kidunaia, Confessor

March 16 Today is the feast day of Saint Abraham Kidunaia.  Ora pro nobis. The birthplace of St. Abraham was near Edessa in Mesopotamia, where his parents occupied an important position, being possessed of great riches.  Ceding to his parents’ desire, while still very young he married, but escaped to a cell near the city … Read more

Saint Louise de Marillac, Widow

March 15 Today is the feast day of Saint Louise de Marillac.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Louise was born the illegitimate daughter of Louis de Marillac.  Louise never knew her mother  passed away shortly after her birth. Her father graciously raised her, demonstrating great love for her, despite societal opinion. Due to family relations, Louise … Read more

Saint Longinus, Martyr

March 15 Today is the feast day of Saint Longinus, Ora pro nobis. Very little is known about Saint Longinus.  Longinus, was a centurion of Pilate, by tradition said to be on the side of the cross of our Lord, and pierced the side of our Lord with a spear.  He saw the miracles, how the sun … Read more

Saint Mathilda, Widow

March 14 Today is the feast day of Saint Mathilda, Ora pro nobis. Saint Mathilda (Matildis, Maud) was born  at the Villa of Engern in Westphalia, about 895.  She was the Queen of Germany and died on March 14, 968. Saint Mathilda was born a noble, the daughter of Theodoric, a powerful Saxon count. Her parents, … Read more

Saint Euphrasia, Virgin

March 13 Today is the feast day of Saint Euphrasia.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Euphrasia was born in 380; she died after 410. She was the daughter of Antigonus, a senator of Constantinople, and a relation of Emperor Theodosius. Her father died shortly after her birth, and her mother, also Euphrasia, devoted her life thenceforth … Read more

Saint Gregory the Great, Pope, and Doctor of the Church

March 12 Today is the feast day of Saint Gregory the Great.  Ora pro nobis. by Dom Prosper Gueranger Among all the Pastors, whom our Lord Jesus Christ has placed, as his Viceregents, over the universal Church, there is not one whose merits and renown have surpassed those of the holy Pope, whose feast we … Read more

The Second Sunday in Lent, The Transfiguration

Today is the Second Sunday in Lent, The Transfiguration by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 “And His face did shine as the sun.”–Matt. 17  The Gospel read by the Church on the first Sunday of in Lent invites her children to employ this time of grace! in cleansing themselves from the stain of sin, in … Read more

Saint Sophronius, PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM

March 11 Today is the feast day of Saint Sophronius, Ora pro nobis. Saint Sophronius was Patriarch of Jerusalem and Greek ecclesiastical writer.  He was born about 560 at Damascus of noble parentage, and died probably March 11, 638, at Jerusalem. He lived twenty years near Jerusalem, under the direction of John Moschus, a holy hermit, without … Read more