Saint Andrew Corsini, Bishop, Confessor

Andrew Corsini

February 4 Today is the feast day of Saint Andrew Corsini.  Ora pro nobis. by Rev. Peter Richard Kenrick, 1840 Saint Andrew Corsini affords us, in his life, an example from which we may learn how efficacious is the intercession of the Queen of Saints, in withdrawing the sinner from the error of his way, … Read more

Sexagesima Sunday

Sexagesima Sunday

Today is Sexagesima Sunday. The second Sunday of the Septuagesima season is known as “Sexagesima, which means “sixty”. Sexagesima Sunday comes roughly sixty days before Easter. Throughout this short Season and that of Lent (next Season) you will notice a deepening sense of penance and somberness, culminating in Passiontide (the last two weeks of Lent), that … Read more

Saint Werburgh, Abbess

Saint Werburgh

February 3 Today is the feast day of Saint Werburgh.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Werburgh (Werburga) was born in Staffordshire early in the seventh century.  Her mother was St. Ermenilda, daughter of Ercombert, King of Kent, and St. Sexburga, and her father, Wulfhere, son of Penda the fiercest of the Mercian kings. St. Werburgh thus united … Read more

Saint Ansgar, Bishop

Saint Ansgar

February 3 Today is the feast day of Saint Ansgar.  Ora pro nobis.  Saint Ansgar (or Anskar or Oscar.) was born near Amiens in Picardy, France. Born into a noble family, Ansgar lacked for nothing as a child, but was drawn to a life of poverty and service nonetheless. He entered the Benedictine monastery at Old Corbie Abbey in … Read more

Saint Blaise, Bishop, Martyr

Saint Blaise

February 3 Today is the feast day of Saint Blaise.  Ora pro nobis. St. Blaise (also spelled Blase and Blasius) — one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers — was a 3rd century physician who became Bishop of Sebaste, Armenia. (1) by St. Alphonsus de Liguori   Saint Blase was a native of the city of Sebaste, in Armenia, … Read more

Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Saint Ignatius

February 1 Today is the feast day of Saint Ignatius of Antioch.  Ora pro nobis.  Also called Theophorus (Theophoros); born in Syria, around the year 50; died at Rome between 98 and 117. More than one of the earliest ecclesiastical writers have given credence, though apparently without good reason, to the legend that Ignatius was … Read more

Saint Bridgid of Ireland, Abbess

Saint Bridgid

February 1 Today is the feast day of Saint Bridgid of Ireland.  Ora pro nobis.  Saint Bridgid {her name is correctly pronounced “Brigg-id” or “Bree-id” but almost never is (1)} was born about the year 453, at Fochard in Ulster.  Brigid was the daughter of Dubhthach MacDreimhne and mother Broicsech. During her infancy, her father saw in a … Read more

Septuagesima Sunday

Septuagesima

Today is Septuagesima Sunday Septuagesima  and Lent are both times of penance, Septuagesima being a time of voluntary fasting in preparation for the obligatory Great Fast of Lent. The theme is the Babylonian exile, the “mortal coil” we must endure as we await the Heavenly Jerusalem. Sobriety and somberness reign liturgically; the Alleluia and Gloria are banished … Read more

Saint Apollinaris, Bishop

Saint Apollinaris

January 8 Today is the feast day of Saint Appollinaris.  Ora pro nobis. Saint APOLLINARIS, bishop of Hierapolis, in Phrygia, was one of the most illustrious prelates of the second age. Notwithstanding the great encomiums bestowed on him by Eusebius, St. Jerom, Theodoret, and others, we know but very little of his actions; and his … Read more