Saint Margaret of Hungary, Virgin

Margaret of Hungary

January 18 Today is the feast day of Saint Margaret of Hungary.  Ora pro nobis. Margaret was born to King Bela IV of Hungary and his wife Mary Lascaris at a time when the Tatars were invading Hungary. The king offered to dedicate their child to the Church if Hungary was freed from the Tatars. It was, and … Read more

Feast of Saint Peter’s Chair at Rome

Peter's Chair

January 18 Today is the Feast of Saint Peter’s Chair at Rome. From the earliest times the Church at Rome celebrated on 18 January the memory of the day when the Apostle held his first service with the faithful of the Eternal City. According to Duchesne and de Rossi, the “Martyrologium Hieronymianum” (Weissenburg manuscript) reads … Read more

Saint Antony, Abbot

Saint Antony

January 17 Today is the feast day of Saint Antony (Anthony).  Ora pro nobis. by Dom Prosper Gueranger, 1870 The East and West unite, today, in honouring St. Antony, the Father of Cenobites. The Monastic Life existed before his time, as we know from indisputable testimony; but he was the first Abbot, because he was … Read more

Our Lady of Pontmain

Our Lady of Pontmain

January 17 Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Pontmain.   Ora pro nobis.  “But pray, my children. God will answer you very soon. My Son lets His Heart by touched.” By 1871, France had been devastated by the Franco-Prussian War. Fully three quarters of France lay under the heel of Prussian occupation. On … Read more

Saint Marcellus I, Pope and Martyr

Saint Marcellus

January 16 Today is the feast day of Saint Marcellus I.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Marcellus date of birth is unknown.  He was elected pope in May or June, 308.  He died in 309. After the abdication of Diocletian in 305, and the accession in Rome of Maxentius to the throne of the Caesars in … Read more

Saint Fursey, Abbot

Saint Fursey

January 17 Today is the feast day of Saint Fursey.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Fursey (575-650, also known as Saint Fursa, Fursy, or Furseus), Bishop of Ireland, visionary, missionary in East Anglia, and founder and abbot of monasteries.  Saint Fursey is remembered not only for his missionary work, but also for his ecstasies and visions … Read more

Our Lady of Banneux

Lady of Bannuex

January 15 Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Banneux.  Ora pro nobis. OUR LADY of BANNEUX, FEBRUARY 15, 1933. BANNEUX IS AN unremarkable village on the edge of the Ardennes Mountains. In 1933 the Beco family were living there in a small house built by the father, Julien, an unemployed wire maker. There … Read more

Saint Paul, The First Hermit

The Hermit

January 15 Today is the feast day of Saint Paul, the first Hermit.  Ora pro nobis. by Bishop Richard Challoner, 1841 Abridged from his Life written by St Jerome This Saint was born in the lower Thebais, a province of Egypt, in the third century, of Christian parents, who being wealthy in worldly riches took … Read more

Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Saint Hilary

January 14 Today is the feast day of Saint Hilary.  Ora pro nobis. Dom Prosper Gueranger  After having consecrated the joyous Octave of the Epiphany to the glory of the Emmanuel Who was manifested to the earth, the Church—incessantly occupied with the Divine Child and His august Mother, during the whole time from Christmas Day … Read more

Baptism of Our Lord (Octave of the Epiphany)

January 13 Today is the feast day of the Baptism of Our Lord (Octave of the Epiphany) . With this Feast, Christmas ends liturgically, though it continues on in spirit and as a liturgical cycle until Candlemas when we recall Mary’s post-birth Purification and Our Lord’s Presentation in the Temple. (2) by Abbot Gueranger The thoughts … Read more