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Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

About the Feast

Commemorates the presentation of the Blessed Virgin as a child in the Temple where, according to tradition, she was educated.

The feast originated in the Orient probably about the 7th century and is found in the constitution of Manuel Comnenus (1166) as a recognized festival. It was introduced into the Western Church in the 14th century, abolished by Pope Pius V, but re-established by Pope Sixtus V in 1585. Its observance by the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as the day of their origin led to the devotion of Mater Admirabilis.

Among the many masters who have represented this subject are: Alberti, Fra Bartolommeo, Biagio, Agostino, Carracci, Cima da Conegliano, Cossa, Holbein the Elder, Palma, Piombo, Tintoretto and Titian.

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http://catholicsaints.info/presentation-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary/


Our Lady of Quinche

Also known as

• La Pequeñita
• Virgen de Monte del Sol
• Virgin of the Rock

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Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the image of a cedar statue in Quinche, Ecuador. About two foot tall, it was carved in 1586 by Don Diego de Robles, an artist who created many other images of Mary. He carved it on order from the Lumbici Indians, who were unable to pay for it at delivery. Diego traded the statue to the Oyacachi Indians in exchange for a large load of cedar for future projects.

Legend says that the vision of Our Lady appeared in a cave to some of the Oyacachi, promising to the protect their children; the image Diego brought for trade looked just like the lady in the vision. The Oyacachi asked Diego to stay and help them build a shrine for the statue; he declined and started home. His horse threw him as they crossed a bridge, and Diego was miraculously saved after he had prayed for Our Lady's intervention; he understood that this was a sign, went back to the Indians, and built an altar for the statue.

In 1604 the statue was moved to the local village of Quinche and a chapel was built for it. A new sanctuary was built in 1630 where the statue stayed until the church was destroyed in an earthquake in 1869. The church was re-built, and housed the image until moved to another new church in 1928; in 1985 the Vatican proclaimed the chapel to be a national sanctuary of Ecuador. Many miracles, especially healings, have been associated with the image, and there is a huge catalog of songs in several languages that have been written in devotion over the centuries.

Carved

1586 by Don Diego de Robles

Patronage

Ecuador

http://catholicsaints.info/our-lady-of-quinche/


Pope Saint Gelasius I

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Son of an African immigrant named Valerius. Priest. Pope. Known for his learning, charity, and sense of justice. Opposed the Acacian and Manichaean heresies. Came into conflict with the Patriarch of Constantinople over supremacy in Alexandria, Egypt and Antioch. Suppressed many of the Roman pagan festivals, and ordered the reception of the Eucharist under both species, settling the argument of the proper form for Communion. Wrote for liturgical sacramentaries, and some of his work appears in the Leonine Sacramentary.

Born

at Rome, Italy

Papal Ascension

1 March 492 at Rome, Italy

Died

21 November 496 at Rome, Italy of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/pope-saint-gelasius-i/


Blessed Maria Franciszka Siedliska

Also known as

• Frances Siedliska
• Franciszka Siedliska
• Mother Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd

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Eldest daughter of Adolf Adam Siedliski and Cecilia Marianna Morawska, wealthy and aristocratic landowners in the part of Poland which was occupied by Russia. In her late teens, Franciszka felt the call to religious life, which was against her family wishes as they were very indifferent Catholics; her father said he would rather see her dead then lost to the cloister. Founded the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth on 1 May 1884, taking the name Sister Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd.

Born

12 November 1842 in Roszkowa Wola Castle, Rzeczyca, Poland

Died

21 November 1902 in Rome, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

23 April 1989 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-maria-franciszka-siedliska/


Blessed Nicholas Giustiniani

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Born to the Venetian nobility. Benedictine monk at the monastery of San Niccolò del Lido in Venice, Italy in 1153. After all his brothers were killed in combat outside Constantinople in 1172, Nicholas received dispensation from Pope Alexander III to return to secular life. He married Anne Michieli, the daughter of a Venetian doge, and was father of nine. In 1179 Anne agreed to let him return to his calling to religious life, and he spent his remaining years at San Niccolò del Lido; a few years later, Anne became a nun at the convent of Saint Blaise near Venice.

Born

early 12th century Venice, Italy

Died

c.1180 of natural causes

Beatified

no formal beatification, but the subject of local veneration

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-nicholas-giustiniani/


Saint Amelberga of Susteren

Also known as

Amalburga, Amalia, Amalberga

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Benedictine nun. Abbess of Susteren Abbey.

Born

early 9th century

Died

c.900

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-amelberga-of-susteren/


Saint Celsus

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Martyr.

Died

martyred in Rome, Italy, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-celsus-the-martyr/


Saint Clement

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Martyr.

Died

martyred in Rome, Italy, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-clement-the-martyr/


Saint Demetrius of Ostia

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Martyr.

Died

Ostia, Italy, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-demetrius-of-ostia/


Saint Digain

Also known as

Dygain

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Born to the 5th-century nobility, the son of Constantine, a lord in Cornwall, England. The village of Llangernyw, Wales is named after him.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-digain/


Blessed Eoin O'Mulkern

Also known as

• John Kieran
• John Mulcheran

Additional Memorial

20 June as one of the Irish Martyrs

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Premonstratensian priest. Martyr.

Born

Irish

Died

21 November 1580 in Dublin, Ireland

Beatified

27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-eoin-omulkern/


Blessed Gelasius O'Cullenan

Additional Memorial

20 June as one of the Irish Martyrs

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Cistercian priest. Martyr.

Born

Irish

Died

21 November 1580 in Dublin, Ireland

Beatified

27 September 1992 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gelasius-ocullenan/


Saint Heliodorus of Pamphylia

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Martyred in the persecutions of Aurelian.

Died

c.270 at Pamphylia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-heliodorus-of-pamphylia/


Saint Hilary of Vulturno

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Benedictine monk. Abbot of San Vincenco, Volturno, Italy for 34 years, resurrecting the monastery as a center for learning and missions.

Born

at Matera, southern Italy

Died

c.1045 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-hilary-of-vulturno/


Saint Honorius of Ostia

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Martyr.

Died

Ostia, Italy, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-honorius-of-ostia/


Saint Maurus of Cesena

Also known as

Maur, Mauro

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Nephew of Pope John IX. Priest. Benedictine monk at Classe monastery, Ravenna, Italy. Abbot of Classe in 926. Bishop of Cesena, Italy in 934; he served for about 12 years.

Born

Rome, Italy

Died

• 21 November 946 in Cesena, Flaminia, Italy of natural causes
• buried in a marble tomb on Monte Spaziano, Italy next to a small cell where he would retreat for prayer and solitude
• his grave was lost for many years but accidentally re-discovered in the 11th century
• relics enshrined in the nearby Benedictine church
• relics re-discovered in 1470 and moved to the cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
• some relics enshrined in Ravenna, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maurus-of-cesena/


Saint Maurus of Porec

Also known as

Also known as

• Maurus of Istria
• Maurus of Parenzo
• Maur, Mauro, Marino

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Monk for 18 years. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy. Bishop of Porec, Istria. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian.

Died

• beheading c.300 of Porec, Istria
• buried in the cemtery outside the city
• interred in the church of Saint Maur in Proec c.500
• some relics transferred to Rome, Italy in the 7th century by Pope John IV, and now enshrined in the basilica of Saint John Lateran

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maurus-of-porec/


Saint Maurus of Verona

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Bishop of Verona, Italy. Late in life he retired to become a hermit.

Died

c.600

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maurus-of-verona/


Saint Rufus of Rome

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A 1st-century Christian greeted by name by Saint Paul the Apostle in the Epistle to the Romans 16:13.

Died

c.90

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rufus-of-rome/


Martyrs of Asta

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Three Christians martyred together for their faith during the persecutions of Diocletian. The only details about them to survive are their names - Eutychius, Honorius and Stephen.

Born

Spanish

Died

c.300 at Asta, Andalusia, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-asta/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Mary Mother of the Church
• Our Lady of Health
• Colman Iomramha of Inishmore
• Columba the Younger
• Launo of Thouars


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