Saint Leander of Seville, Bishop

February 27 Today is the feast day of Saint Leander of Seville.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Leander was born at Carthagena in Spain about 534, of a Roman family established in that city.  He was the eldest of five brothers, several of whom are numbered among the Saints. Some historians claim that his father Severian was duke … Read more

Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Confessor

February 27 Today is the feast day of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows.  Ora pro nobis. “O Mother of Sorrows, by the anguish and love with which thou didst stand at the cross of Jesus, stand by me in my last agony. To thy maternal heart I commend the last three hours of … Read more

Saint Alexander of Alexandria, Bishop

February 26 Today is the feast day of Saint Alexander.  Ora pro nobis. St. Alexander, the successor of St. Achillas in the see of Alexandria, is chiefly celebrated for the determined resistance he offered to the heresy which Arius, and Alexandrian priest, first began openly to propagate during his episcopate. Alexander was a man of … Read more

Saint Porphyry, Bishop

February 26 Today is the feast day of Saint Porphyry.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Porphyry (Porphyrius) was born at Thessalonica about 347. After five years in the Egyptian desert of Scete he lived five years in a cave near the Jordan. In spite of his impaired health, he frequently visited the scene of the Resurrection. … Read more

Saint Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople

February 25 Today is the feast day of Saint Tarasius.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Tarasius’s date of birth unknown. He was the son of the Patrician and Prefect of Constantinople, George, and his wife Eukratia, and entered the service of the State. In 784 when Paul IV Patriarch of Constantinople died Tarasius was an imperial … Read more

Saint Ethelbert of Kent

February 24 Today is the feast day of Saint Ethelbert.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Ethelbert was born about 552; died, 24 February, 616.  He was the son of Eormenric, through whom he was descended from Hengest.  A pagan from birth, he married Bertha, a Frankish princess, who was a Christian. He succeeded his father, in 560, as King … Read more

Saint Matthias, Apostle, Martyr

February 24 Today is the feast day of Saint Matthias.  Ora pro nobis. The Greek Matthias (or, in some manuscripts, Maththias), is a name derived from Mattathias, Heb. Mattithiah, signifying “gift of Yahweh.” Matthias was one of the seventy disciples of Jesus, and had been with Him from His baptism by John to the Ascension … Read more

Saint Peter’s Chair at Antioch

February 22 Today is the feast day of Saint Peter’s Chair at Antioch. In the honor which is this day paid to the inauguration of the first Bishop’s throne, an honor is paid to the office of all Bishops.  The Churches testify one to another, that, the greater the Church’s dignity, the greater the reverence … Read more

Saint John Bosco, Confessor

Don Bosco

January 31 Today is the feast day of Saint John Bosco.  Ora pro nobis. Saint John Bosco, considered one of the greatest saints of modern times, was born in a Piedmontese village in 1815. When he was 2 years old he lost his father, a humble peasant farmer, and he was brought up by his … Read more