Saint Theodosius, Abbott

Saint Theodosius

January 11 Today is the feast day of Saint Theodosius.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Theodosius was born in Cappadocia in 423. Theodosius’ parents Proheresius and Eulogia were both very pious. He desired to visit the Holy Places, and on his way visited Saint Simeon Stylites to ask his counsel. Simeon perceived him amid the crowd … Read more

Saint Peter Orseolo, Monk

Peter Orseolo

January 10 Today is the feast day of Saint Peter Orseolo.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Peter Orseolo, born in 928, had an exciting life. Son of a noble and wealthy family of Venice, at age 20 he commanded the Venetian fleet in a successful effort to conquer the pirates that infested the Adriatic Sea.  In 946 he … Read more

Saint William of Bourges, Archbishop

Saint William

January 10 Today is the feast day of Saint William.  Ora pro nobis. Saint William Berruyer, of the illustrious family of the ancient Counts of Nevers, was educated by Peter the Hermit, Archdeacon of Soissons, his maternal uncle. From his early childhood William learned to despise the folly and emptiness of the world, to abhor … Read more

Saint Adrian of Canterbury, Abbott

Saint Adrian

January 9 Today is the feast day of Saint Adrian of Canterbury. Ora pro nobis. Saint Adrian was born in Africa.  At about the age of ten, his family fled the Arab invasions of their homeland and settled in Naples, then an dual Greek & Latin speaking outpost of the Byzantine Empire. The area boasted many … Read more

Saint Julian and Saint Basilissa, Martyrs

Julian and Basilissa

January 9 Today is the feast day of Saint Julian and Saint Basilissa.  Orate pro nobis. Saint Julian and Saint Basilissa, though married, lived by mutual consent in perpetual chastity. While little substantive information is known of the lives of this holy couple, it appears that Julian was forced by his family to marry. They … Read more

Feast of the Holy Family – Sunday after Epiphany

Holy Family

Today is the Feast of the Holy Family.  Orate pro nobis. Little Litany of the Holy Family Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Hear us. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Help our family. That we may love poverty, Holy Family, hear us. That … Read more

Saint Lucian of Antioch, Martyr

Saint Lucian

January 7 Today is the feast day of Saint Lucian.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Lucian was born at Samosata in Syria. Having lost his parents in his youth, he distributed to the poor all his worldly goods, of which he had inherited an abundant share, and withdrew to Edessa, to live near a holy man … Read more

The Feast of the Epiphany

January 6 Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. Bethlehem! of noblest cities None can once with thee compare; Thou alone the Lord from heaven Didst for us Incarnate bear. Fairer than the sun at morning Was the star that told His birth; To the lands their God announcing, Hid beneath a form of earth. … Read more

Saint Simeon Stylites, Confessor

Simeon Stylite

January 5 Today is the feast day of Saint Simeon Stylites.  Ora pro nobis. Simeon Stylites was born at Sisan near the northern border of Syria and began life as a shepherd boy for his father’s flock of sheep. (3) A shepherd boy, who could not lead his sheep to the fields on account of … Read more

Saint Telesphorus, Pope, Martyr

Saint Telesphorus

January 5 Today is the feast day of Pope Saint Telesphorus.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Telesphorus was of Greek ancestry and born in Terranova da Sibari, Calabria, Italy.  St. Telesphorus was the seventh Roman bishop in succession from the Apostles, and, according to the testimony of St. Irenæus (Adv. hæreses, III, iii, 3), suffered a … Read more