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

Saint Aelred of Rievaulx, Abbot

Saint Aelred

January 12 Today is the feast day of St Aelred of Rievaulx.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Aelred was born at Hexham, but at an early age made the acquaintance of David, St. Margaret’s youngest son, who became shortly afterwards King of Scotland.   King David loved the pious English youth, promoted him in his household, and wished … Read more

Saint Benedict Biscop, Abbott

Benedict Biscop

January 12 Today is the feast day of Saint Benedict Biscop.  Ora pro nobis. Benedict Biscop was born in 628 into the Northumbrian nobility. He was raised in the court of the King of England. He served King Oswy and distinguished himself, particularly in the use of arms. The King had chosen him as his … Read more

Saint Hyginus, Pope

Saint Hyginus

January 11 Today is the feast day of Saint Hyginus, Pope.  Ora pro nobis. According to the “Liber Pontificalis”, Saint Hyginus was a Greek by birth. Not much is known about this saint.  Reigned about 138-142; succeeded Pope Telesphorus, who, according to Eusebius (Hist. eccl., IV, xv), died during the first year of the reign … Read more

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