|Holy Saturday (2018)|
Guido, Guion, Wido, Wit, Witen
Known in his youth for being meticulous about his clothing and appearance - until the day he realized it was simply vanity and traded his fine clothes for a beggar's rags. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy. Spiritual student for three years of a hermit name Martin on an island in the River Po. Monk at Pomposa abbey near Ferrera, Italy. Benedictine monk at Saint Severus abbey, Ravenna, Italy. Abbot at Ravenna. Abbot at Pomposa. A student of scripture, at the request of Saint Peter Damian he taught Bible studies for two years. So many were attracted to his teaching, his leadership, and his example of the Christian life that his house doubled in size; his father and brother joined the order. Guy finally handed off the administrative elements of his position to concentrate on spiritual direction. He periodically retreated to a hermitage near Ferrara to spend his days in prayer and fasting. Near the end of his life he was unjustly persecuted for personal reasons by archbishop Heribert of Ravenna. Died while on a trip to Piacenza, Italy to advise Emperor Henry III on spiritual matters.
at Ravenna, Italy
• 1046 at Borgo San Donnino, Italy of natural causes
• interred in the church of Saint John the Evangelist, Speyer, Germany, which was renamed Saint Guido-Stift
• Apostolic Preacher
• Bonaventure of Forli
Joined the Servite Order in 1448, and became a Bible expert. Though he was noted by his brothers for his love of contemplative silence, he became one of the greatest Servite preachers, preaching missions throughout southern Italy and the Papal States, always on the theme of repentance; Pope Sixtus IV referred to him as the Apostolic Preacher. Served several years as vicar-general of his Order.
c.1411 in Forli, Italy
31 March 1491 of natural causes
1911 by Pope Saint Pius X (cultus confirmed)
Oh God, who didst impart to Blessed Bonaventure, the Confessor, the grace of recalling sinners to repentence, grant we bessech thee, through his merits and intercession, that we may also weep over our sins, so that, renewed in heart and will, we may serve thee faithfully until death. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
• Servite with a scourge and a book
• man carrying a banner that reads A penitenza
Deacon. Imprisoned for a year for his faith, he was released on condition that he never speak about Christianity where he could be heard by any of the royal court. Benjamin then became a street preacher, proclaiming the word any place he could find people. For his obstinate evangelization during the persecutions of king Varanes, he was arrested, tortured and martyred.
impaled on a stake c.424 in Persia
medals and pendants
Agigulfus, Agilolfo, Agilulfo, Agilulfus, Agilulph
• 6 July (translation of relics)
• 9 July (translation of relics to Cologne, Germany)
Educated at the Benedictine monastery of Stavelot-Malmédy (in modern Belgium) where he became monk and later abbot. Bishop of Cologne, Austrasia (in modern Germany) c.745. Noted for his austerity of life and his preaching. When King Pepin was dying, Agigulf counseled against naming Charles Martel as the new king; when Martel came to the throne, he had Agigulf killed. Martyr.
• murdered c.751 in Cologne, Austrasia (in modern Germany)
• relics transferred to Kempen, Germany in 1802
• relics transferred back to Cologne in 1846
• relics re-enshrined and put on public display in 1893
• 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales
• 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai
Studied in Douai and Rheims, France beginning in 1590. Ordained 24 February 1592. Returned to England in September 1592 to covertly minister to oppressed Catholics in the areas of Cumberland and Westmoreland. He witnessed the martyrdom of Saint John Boste, and published an account of it. Arrested 4 March 1597 for the crime of priesthood. Martyred for his crime; the hanging rope broke twice, so they used two ropes on the third, successful attempt. One of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales.
c.1568 at Woodside, England
hanged on 19 August 1598 at Carlisle, England
22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II
12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II
Lay woman in the archdiocese of Poznan, Poland. School teacher in Poznan. Very active in her parish. Arrested, tortured, held to public ridicule, deported, imprisoned, sentenced to hard labor, and executed during the Nazi occupation of Poland and persecution of Christians.
9 April 1906 in Rzeszów, Podkarpackie, Poland
Easter day, 31 March 1945 in the gas chambers of the concentration camp in Ravensbrück, Fürstenberg, Oberhavel, Germany
13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II
Jeanne, Joan, Johanna
Received the Carmelite veil from Saint Simon Stock, taking a vow of perpetual chastity. Followed the rule of Saint Albert of Jerusalem. First Carmelite tertiary, and foundress of the Carmelite Third Order. Worked with the sick and poor, and trained young Carmelite friars. Very little factual information was ever recorded about her, but those who knew her considered her exceptionally gentle, pious, and dedicated.
at Toulouse, France
1286 of natural causes
11 February 1895 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmed)
Balbina the Virgin
Daughter of Saint Quirinus the Jailer. Baptised by Pope Saint Alexander I. Virgin recluse. Martyred with her father. Three ancient memorials to her are found in Rome.
• c.130 in Rome, Italy
• buried along the Appian Way in Rome near her father
• relics moved to the catheral of Cologne, Germany
• scrofulous diseases
• young woman holding a chain
• young woman kissing the chains of captive Christians
• Acacius of Hither
• The Good Angel
• The Wonder Worker
• Acacius, Achates, Achatius, Agathangelos
Bishop of Hither, Asia. Arrested in the persecutions of Decius and brought before the imperial tribunal for the crimes of Christianity and refusing to sacrifice to idols. His defense of the faith so impressed the judges that they set him free. Because of his arrest and his willingness to die for the faith he is often listed as a martyr, but he apparently survived the persecutions.
c.251 of natural causes
20 March (Camaldolese)
15th-century Camaldolese monk at Venice, Italy. Known for giving away everything he had to care for the poor, and for living in continuous prayer.
strangled by thieves on 31 March 1411 at San Mattia di Murano, Venice, Italy
Guido of Vicogne
Founded the Premonstratensian abbey of Vicogne in the diocese of Arras, France. He retired there as a Premonstratensian monk, and then served as superior of the community.
1147 of natural causes
Married. Mother of Saint Cannech and Saint Tigernach. Widow. Nun. Abbess of Doire-Melle in County Leitrim, Ireland.
at Connaught, Ireland
c.780 of natural causes
Abbot of the monastery of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Armagh, Ireland for over 30 years.
1174 of natural causes
Arian heretic who converted to orthodox Christianity. Monk and then abbot of Cauliana monastery in Lusitania (in modern Portugal). Bishop of Merida, Spain for 22 years.
Member of the family of the dukes of Medina-Sidonia. Married Henry de Guzmán. Widow. Joined the Poor Clares in Seville, Spain.
1453 of natural causes
Count of Ostrevant, an area of modern northern France. Monk and then abbot of the monastery in Hasnon, France.
late 8th century
Martyred in Africa.
A group of Christians martyred together for their faith. No details have survived except for of their names - Anesius, Cornelia, Felix and Theodulus.
Roman pro-consular Africa
• Bartolomeo Blanco
• Maurilio of Milan
• Stephen of Mar Saba
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