Saint Vincent of Saragozza, Deacon and Martyr

Vincent of Saragossa

January 22 Today is the feast day of Saint Vincent of Saragozza.  Ora pro nobis. Holy God, Saint Vincent served You as a permanent deacon and gave his whole life and soul to You, even to the point of becoming a martyr. I lift up to You the deacons of the Church and all those … Read more

Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

Saint Agnes

January 21 Today is the feast day of Saint Agnes.  Ora pro nobis. Almighty and everlasting God, who choose those whom the world deems powerless to put the powerful to shame: Grant us so to cherish the memory of your youthful martyr Agnes, that we may share her pure and steadfast faith in you; through … Read more

Saint Sebastian, Martyr

Saint Sebastian

January 20 Today is the feast day of Saint Sebastian.  Ora pro nobis. Born at Narbonne, Saint Sebastian came to Rome about the year 284 and entered the lists against the powers of evil. He found the twin brothers Marcus and Marcellinus in prison for the faith, and when they were close to yielding to … Read more

Saint Fabian, Pope and Martyr

Saint Fabian

January 20 Today is the feast day of Saint Fabian.  Ora pro nobis. from the Liturgical Year, 1904 Saint Fabian, like St. Clement and St. Antheros, two of his predecessors, was extremely zealous in seeing that the Acts of the Martyrs were carefully drawn up. This zeal was no doubt exercised by the clergy in … Read more

Saint Canute IV, King and Martyr

Saint Canute

January 19 Today is the feast day of Saint Canute.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Canute IV, was the illegitimate son of Swein Estrithson, nephew of King Canute the Great. He married Adela, daughter of Robert I, Count of Flanders and they had one son, Charles. (7) The 11th century is one of the most glorious … Read more

Saint Margaret of Hungary, Virgin

Margaret of Hungary

January 18 Today is the feast day of Saint Margaret of Hungary.  Ora pro nobis. Margaret was born to King Bela IV of Hungary and his wife Mary Lascaris at a time when the Tatars were invading Hungary. The king offered to dedicate their child to the Church if Hungary was freed from the Tatars. It was, and … Read more

Feast of Saint Peter’s Chair at Rome

Peter's Chair

January 18 Today is the Feast of Saint Peter’s Chair at Rome. From the earliest times the Church at Rome celebrated on 18 January the memory of the day when the Apostle held his first service with the faithful of the Eternal City. According to Duchesne and de Rossi, the “Martyrologium Hieronymianum” (Weissenburg manuscript) reads … Read more

Saint Antony, Abbot

Saint Antony

January 17 Today is the feast day of Saint Antony (Anthony).  Ora pro nobis. by Dom Prosper Gueranger, 1870 The East and West unite, today, in honouring St. Antony, the Father of Cenobites. The Monastic Life existed before his time, as we know from indisputable testimony; but he was the first Abbot, because he was … Read more

Our Lady of Pontmain

Our Lady of Pontmain

January 17 Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Pontmain.   Ora pro nobis.  “But pray, my children. God will answer you very soon. My Son lets His Heart by touched.” By 1871, France had been devastated by the Franco-Prussian War. Fully three quarters of France lay under the heel of Prussian occupation. On … Read more

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

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