Tagged: martyr

Saint Lucy’s Feast Day: Prayers and Traditions

December 13th is the feast of Saint Lucy (283-304), a noblewoman who was born in Syracuse, Italy, during the Diocletian persecution. She made a vow of virginity and distributed her wealth to the poor. This generosity angered the pagan youth to whom she had been unwillingly betrothed and who denounced her to Paschasius, the governor of Sicily. When it was decided to violate her virginity...

Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle

On November 30, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, who was the first of the twelve apostles to be called by Christ. He is the patron saint of: Scotland, Russia, Barbados, Ukraine, Sicily, Greece, Cyprus, and Romania. In addition, he is the patron of: fishermen, gout, sore throats, unmarried women, and women who wish to become mothers. The symbol for St....

St. Matthew: Apostle and Evangelist

  September 21 is the feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. St. Matthew was born at Capernaum. He was working as a tax collector when Jesus called him to be one of the twelve apostles. He wrote his gospel in Hebrew. His gospel, with its familiar references to the messianic prophecies, throws light on the continuity between the covenants. Moreover, his vocation is one...

St. Januarius: The Miracle of His Blood Liquefaction

September 19th is the feast of St. Januarius, bishop and martyr. He is the patron saint of Naples, where Catholics assemble three times a year in the Naples Cathedral to witness the liquefaction of a small sample of his his blood which is kept in a sealed vial. St. Januarius was born in Naples and served as bishop of Beneventum (just east of Naples). He...

Saint Regina: Virgin and Martyr

On September 7, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Regina (also known as Saint Reine, died in 386), virgin and martyr. Saint Regina is the patroness of poor people, shepherdesses, and torture victims. Tradition tells us that Regina was born in the third century in eastern France. Her mother died in childbirth, and she was left to be raised by her father, Clement Alise,...

Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle

Today, July 3, is the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, whose name derives from a Hebrew root that means “paired, twin”. In fact, John’s Gospel several times calls him “Dydimus”, a Greek nickname for “twin”. The reason for this nickname is uncertain.  St. Thomas was a Jew, and most likely a Galilæan who happily followed Jesus as one of the twelve apostles. St. Thomas...

Seven Great Quotes from Saint Thomas More

  June 22 is the feast of Saint Thomas More, a classical scholar, a knight, Lord Chancellor of England, a statesman, a politician, a man of prayer, the author of the well-known Utopia, a theologian, and a lawyer by profession. He was born in London on February 7, 1477 into an upper class family and received an excellent education. He studied at St Anthony’s School...

Saint John I, Pope and Martyr

On May 18, the Church honors the first Pope St. John in its history.  Saint John I, a martyr, was  incarcerated and starved to death by a heretical Germanic king during the sixth century. Pope John was born in Tuscany. He served as an archdeacon for several years before being elected Pope on the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. He was a friend...

Saint Mark the Evangelist, The “Lion”

St. Mark the Evangelist, the author of the second Gospel, is commonly identified as “John Mark” in the Acts of the Apostles (12:12, 25; 15:37). He is the patron saint of: attorneys, notaries, prisoners, and stained glass workers. Born a Jew, he was baptized and instructed in the faith by St. Peter the Apostle and traveled with him to Rome. He had a close relationship...