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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:33 pm    Post subject: Saints Days  Reply with quote

Today is the day to remember the founding members of the Servite order in the Roman Catholic Church.
The Servite Order worked to:
- sanctification of its members,
- preaching the Gospel, and
- the propagation of devotion to the Mother of God, with special reference to her sorrows.

The male members were known as Servite Friars or Servants of Mary.

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In the Church of England, today is the day to remember Janani Luwum, 1922 17 February 1977, Archbishop of Uganda, murdered 34 years ago today, by Idi Amin or one of his followers.

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In the Greek Orthodox Church, today is the day of Theodore of Byzantium.
St Theodore was executed on Mytilene for publicly renouncing Islam and accepting Christianity.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martyrologies (which are not limited to only martyrs) are fascinating to read. I recommend it.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My church only 'does' the living saints.  Having said that, it's good to recall those whose lives were particularly significant - bearing in mind that there are no favourites in heaven.  
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks both!

The Eastern Orthodox Church seems to celebrate far more saints and martyrs than other Christians.

Today is the feast day of (among others) St Colman of Lindisfarne (605 - 675). He resigned his Bishopric after the First Ecumenical Council changed the calculation of Easter from his Celtic method.

I suspect that it is his disagreement over the method of calculating Easter which has led him to be revered in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

St Polycarp (69-155) Bishop of Smyrna. Polycarp was a friend to Papias, who had been in the company of John the Evangelist, who converted him to Christianity. He was burned at the stake for refusing to burn incense to the Roman Emperor - although the tradition has it that the fire refused to touch him.
Polycarp's letter to the Phillipians survives.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today is the day that Anglicans celebrate George Herbert(1593 - 1633)

George Herbert was a Welsh born English poet, and Anglican Priest. He was known for the caring of his parishioners, even feeding and clothing them out of his own pocket when needed.

Love - by George Herbert

LOVE bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,
  Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
  From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
  If I lack'd anything.

'A guest,' I answer'd, 'worthy to be here:'
  Love said, 'You shall be he.'
'I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
  I cannot look on Thee.'
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
  'Who made the eyes but I?'

'Truth, Lord; but I have marr'd them: let my shame
  Go where it doth deserve.'
'And know you not,' says Love, 'Who bore the blame?'
  'My dear, then I will serve.'
'You must sit down,' says Love, 'and taste my meat.'
  So I did sit and eat.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today in the Eastern Orthodox Church, is the day of St Basil the Confessor (ob 750).

St Basil shows one of the main differences in Orthodoxy. He was imprisoned by the Byzantine Emperor Leo III for venerating icons - a major element in orthodoxy.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today is the day Anglicans celebrate the life of St David (500-589). He was a Welsh church official, who died on March 1st. David appears to have been the illegitimate son of the Welsh Royal family at the time.

The best known miracle occurred when talking in a large crowd at the Synod of Llanddewi Brefi. People complained that they could not see or hear him, so he stood on a small hillock. At which point, a white dove settled on his shoulder, considered to be a sign of God's blessing.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today is the day of St John of God.

St John was born in Portugal, and is the Patron saint of hospitals. He was converted to Christianity on 20 January, falling initially into a state of madness, resulting in being thrown into a lunatic asylum. There he was visited by John of Avila, and realised that his mission was to help the poor and needy. He settled in Granada, and organised his followers into the Order of Hospitallers, to care for the sick.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

St Frances of Rome (1384 to 1440)

St Frances lived at a time when Rome was in ruins, and wolves were known to roam the streets. St Frances started caring for the poor, and started a convent, which, after the death of her husband, she became Mother Superior.


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