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

Saint Angela of Foligno, Widow

Saint Angela

January 4 Today is the feast day of Saint Angela of Foligno.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Angela of Foligno was born in 1248 of a prominent family in Foligno, three leagues from Assisi. There was nothing remarkable about Angela’s early years, and there was nothing scandalous about her life. Yet she tells us in her later writings … Read more

Saint Genevieve, Virgin

Saint Genevieve

January 3 Today is the feast day of Saint Genevieve.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Genevieve was born at Nanterre, near Paris. She was the daughter of Severus and Gerontia.   In 429 St. Germain of Auxerre and St. Lupus of Troyes were sent across from Gaul to Britain to combat Pelagianism. On their way they stopped … Read more

Most Holy Name of Jesus

Holy Name

Today is the feast day of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. First Sunday of the Year or January 2 if this Sunday falls on 1st, 6th, or 7th.  O GOOD JESUS, according to Thy great mercy, have mercy on me. O most merciful Jesus, by that Precious Blood which Thou didst will to shed … Read more

The Circumcision of Our Lord

Circumcision

January 1 Today is the feast of The Circumcision of Our Lord. by Dom Prosper Gueranger, 1870 Our new-born King and Saviour is eight days old today; the Star, that guides the Magi, is advancing towards Bethlehem, and, five days hence, will be standing over the Stable where our Jesus is being nursed by his … Read more