Feast of the Holy Relics

November 5 Today is the Feast of the Holy Relics. During the last session of the Council of Trent (1559–63), the Church spelled out her teaching on the veneration of relics. “[T]he holy bodies of the holy martyrs now living with Christ-which bodies were the living members of Christ and the temple of the Holy … Read more

Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

November 4 Today is the feast day of Saint Charles Borromeo.  Ora pro nobis. We beseech Thee, O Lord, keep Thy Church under the continual protection of Saint Charles Thy Confessor and Bishop; and as his pastoral care made him glorious, so may we through his intercession every grow in fervor of love for Thee.  … Read more

Saint Martin de Porres, Confessor

November 3 Today is the feast day of Saint Martin de Porres.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru in 1579, during the days when Spanish noblemen and many adventurers were still in the land, fascinated by the lure of the gold and silver.  His father was a Spanish noble … Read more

Saint Hubert, Bishop

November 3 Today is the feast day of Saint Hubert.  Ora pro nobis. Hubert (Hubertus) was born in the European city of Maastricht. The son of a non-Christian nobleman of Aquitaine (southwestern France), he was raised at the court of Thierry III, son of Clovis II, and was esteemed there for his probity and prudence. … Read more

Saint Elesbaan, King of Ethiopia, Confessor

October 27 Today is the feast day of Saint Elesbaan.  Ora pro nobis. The Axumite Ethiopians, whose dominions were extended from the western coast of the Red Sea, very far on the continent, were in the sixth century a powerful and flourishing nation. St. Elesbaan their king, during the reign of Justin the Elder, in … Read more

Saint Frumentius, Bishop

October 27 Today is the feast day of Saint Frumentius.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Frumentius was born in Tyre, Lebanon.  Frumentius and his brother were taken on a voyage to Ethiopia while still young children by their uncle, Meropius, a Christian philosopher and explorer. During the voyage, tragedy struck and the ship was attacked by … Read more

Saint Evaristus, Pope and Martyr

October 26 Today is the feast day of Saint Evaristus.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Evaristus’s date of birth unknown. The “Liber Pontificalis” says that Evaristus came of a Hellenic family, and was the son of a Bethlehem Jew.  Saint Evaristus is fourth successor of Saint Peter. In papal catalogues of the second century used by … Read more

Saints Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs

October 25 Today is the feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispinian.  Orate pro nobis. These two glorious martyrs were brothers. They were born of a distinguished Roman family; they came from Rome to preach the Faith in Gaul toward the middle of the third century, and took up residence in Soissons. In imitation of St. … Read more

Saint Chrysanthus and Saint Daria, Martyrs

October 25 Today is the feast day of Saint Chrysanthus and Saint Daria.  Orate pro nobis. by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 St. Chrysanthus is one of the many who have experienced how useful and beneficial is the reading of devout books, especially the Gospel. He was born of heathen parents. Polemius his father, stood … Read more

Saint Raphael the Archangel

October 24 Today is the feast day of Saint Raphael the Archangel.  Ora pro nobis. For I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord. Tobias 12: 15 by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 This holy Archangel, sent by the Almighty to Tobias, himself explained who he was, in the … Read more