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Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts – SECOND DAY

Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts

SECOND DAY

Come. Father of the poor.
Come, treasures which endure,
Come, Light of all that live!

The Gift of Fear

The gift of Fear fills us
with a sovereign respect for God
and makes us dread nothing so muc,
as to offend Him by sin.
It is a fear that arises,
not from the thought of hell
but, from sentiments of reverence
and filial submission to our Heavenly Father.
It is the fear, which is the beginning of wisdom,
detaching us from worldly pleasures,
which could, in any way,
separate us from God.
They who fear the Lord,
will prepare their hearts
and in His sight,
will sanctify their souls.

Prayer

Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear,
penetrate my inmost heart,
that I may set You,
my Lord and God,
before my face forever,
help me to shun all things
which may offend You
and make me worthy
to appear before
the pure Eyes of Your Divine Majesty
in Heaven, where You live and reign,
in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity,
God world without end.
Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary – ONCE.
Glory be to the Father – SEVEN TIMES.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
To be recited daily during the Novena

On my knees,
I, before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses,
offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God.
I adore the brightness of Your purity,
the unerring keenness of Your justice
and the might of Your love.
You are the Strength and Light of my soul.
In You I live and move and am.
I desire never to grieve You
by unfaithfulness to grace
and I pray with all my heart to be kept
from the smallest sin against You.
Mercifully guard my every thought
and grant that I may always watch for Your light,
listen to Your Voice
and follow Your gracious inspirations.
I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You,
by Your compassion, to watch over me in my weakness.
Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus,
looking at His Five Wounds
and trusting in His Precious Blood
and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart,
I implore You, Adorable Spirit,
Helper of my infirmity, t
o keep me in Your grace,
that I may never sin against You.
Give me grace O Holy Spirit,
Spirit of the Father and the Son,
to say to You always and everywhere,
“Speak Lord for Your servant hears.”
Amen.

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Thought for the Day – 28 May – The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven

Thought for the Day – 28 May – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)

The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven

“Forty days after His glorious resurrection, Jesus came, with all His friends, among them His Mother, to the Mount of Olives.
This area had already witnessed the opening phase of His passion, which was all the more poignant, perhaps because in Gethsemane, it was not only His body which was lacerated by scourges and nails but, His soul, which experienced the agonising vision of the sins and ingratitude of the human race.
Now, however, He is here with a glorified body as the Conqueror of sin and of death.
He looks for the last time on His small band of followers, to whom He has entrusted His mission of transforming the entire universe by preaching and putting into practice, the Gospel message, throughout the world.
Now, He promises them the Holy Spirit, Who will give them the power to overcome evil.
Then He is lifted up toward Heaven, until a bright cloud hides Him from their sight.

Perhaps, the Blessed Mother, was the last to take her eyes off the disappearing cloud which had removed Jesus from view.
Her human eyes never saw again, the beloved figure of her Divine Son but, in her soul, she saw Him entering triumphantly into Heaven among choirs of Angels and sitting at the right hand of the Eternal Father.
She saw and thought with infinite yearning, of the not too distant day, when she would have passed from mortal exile, into the everlasting happiness of Heaven, where she would embrace her Divine Son again, in an ecstasy of love.

We have all been called to ascend to Heaven with Jesus and Mary.
Let us remember, however, that only the innocent and the repentant can be admitted into Paradise.
If we have been unfortunate enough to have lost our baptismal innocence, only the second way is left to us – the way of penance.
We must purify ourselves of our sins by means of good works.
We must ascend NOW higher and highter, towards the summit of Christian perfection.

Antonio Cardinal Bacci

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Quote/s of the Day – 28 April – ‘Teach us, good Lord,to serve You as You deserve’

Quote/s of the Day – 28 April – “The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary” – Saturday within the Octave of the Ascension

There are two ways of keeping God’s word,
namely, one, whereby we store in our memory
what we hear and the other,
whereby we put into practice,
what we have heard
(and none will deny that the latter
is more commendable, inasmuch,
as it is better to sow grain,
than to store it in the barn).

Blessed Jordan of Saxony (1190-1237)

Those who risk all for God,
will find. that they have
both lost all and gained all.

St Teresa of Jesus of Ávila (1515-1582)
Doctor of Prayer of the Church

Our business is to love what we have.
He wills our vocation as it is.
Let us love that and not trifle away our time
hankering after other people’s vocations
.”

By giving yourself to God,
you not only receive Himself in exchange
but, eternal life as well!

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Doctor Caritatis

“Teach Us Good Lord”
By St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Teach us, good Lord,
to serve You as You deserve;
to give
and not to count the cost,
to fight
and not to heed the wounds,
to toil
and not to seek for rest,
to labour
and not to ask for reward,
except that of knowing
that we are doing Your will.
Amen

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One Minute Reflection – 28 April – ‘ … He Himself, is the Lord of the Harvest, …’

One Minute Reflection – 28 April – Saturday within the Octave of the Ascension – 1 Thessalonians, Luke 10:1-9 2:2-9 and the Memorial of Saint Augustine of Canterbury (Died c 605) Bishop, Confessor “The Apostle to the English”

And He said to them, “The Harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few, pray, therefore, the Lord of the Harvest, to send out labourers into His Harvest.” – Luke 10:2

REFLECTION – “He shows how great the gift is, when He says, “Ask from the Lord of the harvest.” And in an inconspicuous manner, Jesus indicates, that He Himself is the One who holds this authority. Then to signify how promising is the harvest, Jesus calls them to “pray therefore the Lord of the harvest.” In doing so, He indirectly declares this lordship to be His own prerogative. For ,after having said, “pray, therefore, the Lord of the harvest” when they had not made any request or prayer, He Himself ,at once, appoints them,, reminding them also of the sayings of John, about the threshing floor, the separation of the husks from the kernels of grain, the husks that are left over and of the One Who is winnowing. From this, it is clear, that He Himself, is the Farmer, He Himself, is the Lord of the Harvest, He Himself is the Master of the prophets.

For if He sent them to gather the harvest, it is clear that they do not harvest what belongs to someone else. Instead, they harvest the things that He sowed through the prophets. In calling their ministry a harvest, He was encouraging them but also, empowering them, to this ministry.” – St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father and Doctor of the Church (The Gospel of Matthew Homily 32.)

PRAYER – O God, Who graciously enlightened the English peoples with the light of the true faith by the preaching and miracles of blessed Augustine, Your Confessor and Bishop, grant, through his intercession, that the hearts of those who have strayed may return to the unity of the true faith and that we may be in harmony with Your will. Grant too, we pray O Almighty God, that by the assistance of the prayers of the Blessed Mary ever a Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour, we too may ascend with Him, in heart and mind and continually dwell. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 28 May – Prayer to Our Lady Queen of the Apostles By St Vincent Pallotti

Our Morning Offering – 28 May – “The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary” and the Feast Day of Our Lady Queen of the Apostles.

Prayer to Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles
By St Vincent Pallotti SAC (1795-1850)

Immaculate Mother of God,
Queen of the Apostles,
we know that God’s commandment of love
and our vocation to follow Jesus Christ,
impels us to co-operate
in the mission of the Church.
Realising our own weakness,
we entrust the renewal of our personal lives
and our Apostolate, to your intercession.
We are confident,
that through God’s mercy
and the infinite merits of Jesus Christ,
you, who are our Mother,
will obtain the strength of the Holy Spirit,
as you obtained it for the Apostles,
gathered in the Upper Room.
Therefore, relying on your
maternal intercession,
we resolve, from this moment,
to devote our talents,
learning, material resources,
our health, sickness and trials
and every gift of nature and grace,
for the greater glory of God
and the salvation of all.
We wish to carry on those activities,
(which especially promote
the Catholic Apostolate,)
for the revival of faith
and love of the people of God
and so, bring all men and women,
into the faith of Jesus Christ.
(And if a time should come
when we have nothing more to offer,
serviceable to this end,)
we will never cease to pray,
that there will be one fold
and one Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
(In this way, we hope to enjoy
the results of the Apostolate of Jesus Christ)
for all eternity.
Amen.

Slightly adapted for image

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Saint of the Day – 28 May – Blessed Margaret Pole (1473-1541) Martyr,

Saint of the Day – 28 May – Blessed Margaret Plantagenet Pole (1473-1541) Martyr, Laywoman, Countess of Salisbury, Married, Mother, Born in 14 August 1473 in Somerset, Wilshire, England as Margaret Plantagenet and died by being beheaded on 28 May 1541 on Tower Hill, London, England. Attributes-Martyr’s palm, Rosary, Tunic or Vestment bearing the Five Wounds of Christ.

The life of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, was tragic from her cradle to her grave. Nay, even before she was born, death in its most violent or dreaded forms, had been long busy with her family—hastening to extinction, a line that had swayed the destinies of England for nearly four centuries and a half. Her grandfather was that splendid Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, the mighty King-maker, who as the “last of the Barons,” so fittingly died on the stricken field of garnet and whose soldier’s passing, gave to Shakespeare, a theme worthy of some of his most affecting lines. Her father was the George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Edward IV, whose death in the Tower in January, 1478, has been attributed to so many causes. The murdered “Princes in the Tower,” Edward V and his little brother, the Duke of York, were her first cousins, while her only brother, Edward, Earl of Warwick, was judicially murdered by Henry VII to ensure his own possession of the Crown. The list of tragedies in the family of the Blessed Margaret is still far from complete but sufficient instances have been given, to justify the description we have given of her whole career.

Margaret, Countess of Salisbury, was born at Farley Castle, near Bath, on 14 August, in or about the year 1473. Her mother, Isabel, daughter of the above-mentioned “King-maker,” died on 22 December 1476 and her father, in the Tower only two years later. During the reign of Edward IV, little Margaret and her brother, were brought up at Sheen, with the children of her uncle, King Edward IV. At his death, Margaret and Edward, after a short stay at Warwick Castle—their ancestral home—resided for a short time at the Court of Richard III. When the crook-back King’s son died, the youthful Earl of Warwick, became de jure heir to the Crown and Margaret, his sister, in the same way, Princess Royal. These short-lived honours, however, ended in 1485, when the victory of Bosworth, gave the Throne, to the Tudor Adventurer who, as Henry VII was to introduce a new dynasty and the oldest and most repulsive form of Oriental despotism, into the realm! By the time of the death of Harry Tudor’s appalling son, the country had become abject and prostrate! …

Drawing of Margaret as a child

In 1491, when Margaret was about eighteen years of age, she was married by the King, Henry VII, to a distant relative and thorough-going supporter of his own, Sir Richard Pole. The Order of the Garter was conferred upon this gentleman, who hailed from Buckinghamshire and, in 1486, on the birth of Prince Arthur, the King’s eldest son, he received the high position of Governor to the Prince of Wales.

Lady Pole, as she was now known, appears to have been happy in her union. Five children were born of the marriage and both, she and her husband, stood high in the favour of the cold and calculating King. But, one dark cloud hung ever over her. All this time, her unhappy brother, the true heir to the Crown, lay in the Tower, his only “crime,” of course, being that summed up in the phrase, “the right of the first-born is his!” Secluded from all society and most shamefully neglected, the poor young Earl of Warwick, grew up in almost total ignorance and simplicity, so as not to know, as men said, “a goose from a capon.” … Then, in 1499, came his alleged attempt to escape, together with another claimant, the plebeian Perkin Warbeck and the cruel and selfish despot had a plausible pretext for bringing the “last of the Plantagenets to the scaffold.” This was one of the most brutal and callous State murders in the whole of English history and the absence of any sort of protest, either from the servile hierarchy, or the upstart lords that bowed down before Henry’s throne, shows how deeply the nation had already sunk in political and social slavery! The decapitated corpse of the young man and perfectly innocent Earl, thus foully done to death, was interred at Bisham Priory, near Maidenhead, a place where his grief-stricken sister was to find a home nearer the end of her own sorrow-laden and tragic life.

When the sickly Arthur, married Catharine of Aragon and went to keep his short-lived Court at Ludlow Castle, Lady Pole became one of the ladies of the Princess of Wales. The appointment must have carried with it poignant reflections on both sides. For Catharine herself believed—and was later bitterly to make her foreboding known—that no good could come of her union with the scion of the Tudor House, since that union had been brought about by the price of innocent blood! For the “most Catholic”—and most calculating—King Ferdinand VII, her father, had made it one of the conditions of his daughter’s nuptials, that there should be no claimants to the English Crown. His royal brother of England, had forthwith nobly obliged, by presenting to the Monarch of Castile and Aragon, the head of the innocent Warwick, on a charger—and “all went merry as a marriage-bell”—for a time! Catharine on her side, soon conceived a great affection for the sister of one, so cruelly sacrificed to make smooth her own matrimonial path. She did all she could to forward the interests of the Pole family, notably after the death of Sir Richard in 1503. There can also be little doubt, that when, in November 1513, Parliament reversed the infamous Act of Attainder passed on her murdered brother and restored to Margaret’s family the title and estates, forfeited on that iniquitous occasion, the excellent Queen Catharine again proved herself a friend at Court and facilitated by her influence, the partial undoing of this hideous murder by statute.

When the Princess Mary, afterwards Queen, was baptised in the Church of the Franciscan Observants at Greenwich, the Countess of Salisbury—as Lady Margaret Pole had now become, owing to the reversal of her brother’s attainder and the restoration of the ancestral honours—held the child at the font. Nine years later, she was nominated Governess of the Princess and appointed to preside over the Court of the little royal lady at Ludlow Castle, one of the official residences of the Princes and Princesses of Wales.

Meanwhile, the children of Margaret were growing up and the most interesting of them was undoubtedly Reginald, the future Cardinal and last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury. Endowed by Providence with great personal beauty and rare mental gifts, he possessed what was greater than these, that sense of principle and that elevated moral standard, which were so conspicuously lacking to the ruling and upper classes, throughout the Tudor period. A boy Bachelor of Oxford at the age of fifteen, he had afterwards studied the Canon Law at Padua. The world, indeed, was at the feet of this singularly gifted youth. Henry was to think of making him Archbishop of York after the death of Wolsey and still later, was even more intensely to think of having him assassinated! Meanwhile, as a most winsome and delectable youth, he was a decided “catch” from the matrimonial point of view and good Queen Catharine, ever eager to serve a family that had suffered so much through her but surely not by her, had ideas of marrying the Princess Mary to the brilliant son of her almost lifelong friend. The “future” of the much-discussed Reginald, however, was settled and settled finally, by the complications and menaces of the royal divorce question, which became acute about 1527-8.

A little later, the French Ambassador, Castillon, horrified at the well-nigh weekly slaughter, which had become almost a mere incident in the life of England at this period, exclaimed: “I think few Lords feel safe in this country!” Reginald Pole, to whom the King looked for learned and moral support at this crisis, was certainly one of the majority, so to save his head, he prudently withdrew to the Continent, under the pretext of pursuing his theological studies.

The immediate effect of the King’s divorce and subsequent “marriage” with Anne Boleyn, was to deprive the Margaret, Countess of Salisbury of her post of Governess to the Princess Mary and, indeed, to cause her forcible separation from her charge, to whom she had become tenderly attached. Robbed thus of the friends of her youth—doomed to see many of them die in prison or on the scaffold—herself declared illegitimate and deprived of her just rights—is it any wonder that Mary learnt to loathe the very name of the “Reformation?” For ,from the first, its aiders and abetters, ever showed themselves, the thick and thin supporters of despotism—the despotism that plundered the Church and the poor—cynically gave the “people” a Bible which most of them could neither read nor understand—and filled the whole country with nauseating phrases and catchwords, redolent of cant and hypocrisy! All this has to be borne in mind in judging of the Queen of “bloody” memory. After the breaking up of the Princess Mary’s household, Margaret, Lady Salisbury went to live for a time at Bisham, close to her murdered brother’s “last long home.”

The greater Abbeys, as is well-known, were not suppressed till 1539 but for many months before this, it was generally understood throughout England, that the Religious Houses were doomed. Henry’s prodigality was enormous and his meretricious Court and the host of extravagances, its pleasures—noble and ignoble—entailed, made him cast envious eyes on the age-long monastic Foundations and their material possessions. This was quite apart from their known dislike of his schismatic policy and ,so the fate of Abbeys and Priories was soon sealed. The Priory of Canons Regular of St. Augustine at Bisham, was dear to Margaret and her family, apart from its sacred character and the fact, that the remains of their murdered relative, the ill-fated Earl of Warwick, lay buried within its precincts. For it had been founded by William de Montacute, Earl of Salisbury, in the reign of Edward III and so, might almost be regarded, as a quasi possession of the house. Margaret now advised the Prior, not to resign the Priory unless the inevitable occurred, when, of course, all would be able to see, that the dissolution had been made by force. The said Prior was ejected to make way for the notorious William Barlow, who, shortly afterwards, “surrendered” the House to the King.

The year that saw the passing of Bisham and the rest of the abodes of “the Monks of Old,” was the year of the appearance of Reginald Pole’s treatise, De Unitate Ecclesiastical The book gave the lie to almost every one of Henry’s recent declarations, on the subject of the Church and, in arraigning him at the bar of Ecclesiastical history and Catholic doctrine, exposed him to the condemnation of Europe. The rage of the royal Nero, of course, knew no bounds. In vain did he command Pole to return to England without excuse or delay, so as to lose his head! Equally in vain, did he instruct Sir Thomas Wyatt and other of his agents abroad, to have his daring relative assassinated! Reginald Pole was now a Cardinal and busy pushing forward the initial negotiations and arrangements, which were to prepare the way for the Council of Trent. His office as Legate to the Low Countries, was all in the same direction—to make peace between the Emperor and France and so facilitate, the opening of the Council, which was to do so much to heal the wounds of Holy Church. He was not, as Lingard shows, (History, vol. v., chap. ii.), engineering a crusade against the Tudor Monster, although, no doubt, the thought of such a movement was uppermost In many minds!

Unable either to get the Cardinal in his toils, or murdered out of hand, Henry struck at his kinsfolk and acquaintances. In November,1538, Henry Lord Montague, Sir Geoffrey Pole, Sir Edmund Neville, the Marquis of Exeter and Sir Nicholas Carew, were lodged in the Tower on the usual charge of “Treason.”

Historic accuracy compels us to admit that Cardinal Pole, like Lord Stafford in 1680, was not “a man beloved of his own relatives,” at least in this crisis. His own mother had seen the danger likely to arise from his book and had even spoken of him as “a traitor.” His brother, Lord Montague had likewise written letters of remonstrance to him. Needless to say, all this was largely pro forma, to divert Henry’s fatal wrath but whatever was the object, all was in vain and this crowd of noble personages, except Sir Geoffrey Pole, were done to death after the usual judicial mummery on Tower Hill, on 3 January, 1539. Before being officially murdered, Lord Montague asked for absolution, for having taken the Oath of Supremacy and this fact is said to have sealed his fate. The “execution” of these gentlemen, as usual, caused universal horror and Henry was widely compared to the worst of the persecutors in the days of pagan Rome, although that heathen city, at least, had the advantage of a Pretorian Guard to deliver its citizens from their tyrants, when these got past all bearing.

While her family was being prepared for the slaughter—to make a Tudor holiday—the now aged Countess of Salisbury was living in retirement at Warblington, near Havant in Hampshire. She was arrested there, by Fitz William, Earl of Southampton and Goodrich, Bishop of Ely, on 13 November 1538 and almost immediately removed to Cowdray, Sussex. Here she remained several months, being treated by the Earl of Southampton, her jailer, with great harshness. Her trunks and coffer, were searched and in one of these was found, a tunic or “vestment,” embroidered with the Five Wounds. It looks as if an ordinary tabard adorned with one of the devices of the Plantagenets, Margaret’s ancestors, had come to light but Cromwell and his Master affected to see in this old raiment, a traitorous connection with the “Pilgrimage of Grace,” the banner of which, was a representation of Our Lord’s Wounds. Another murder by Act of Parliament, of course, went forward and on 28 June 1539, the Margaret, Countess of Salisbury, her eldest son, the Marquis of Exeter and a number of other persons, including three Irish Priests “for carrying letters to the Pope,” were added to the “attainted” victims of the King.

The news of his dear mother’s condemnation, greatly affected the Cardinal. “You have heard, I believe, of my mother being condemned by public Council to death, or rather to eternal life,” he wrote on 22 September, of the same year. “Not only has he, who condemned her, condemned to death, a woman of seventy—than whom he has no nearer relative, except his daughter and of whom, he used to say, there was no holier woman in his kingdom—but, at the same time, her grandson, son of my brother, a child, the remaining hope of our race. See how far this tyranny has gone, which began with Priests, in whose order it only consumed the best, then to nobles and there, too, destroyed the best.” (Epistolae Poli, ii, 191.)

On the very day that the obsequious Divan, misnamed Parliament, passed the Bill of Attainder, Margaret was transferred from Cowdray to the Tower. There for two years, she suffered much from cold and neglect, for she had been hurried to London without any time to make the necessary preparations. At last it was resolved, to add her venerable name to those of the other Martyrs of the Faith. She was sacrificed out of hatred for her son, the great champion of the Church, whose discourses and writings had done so much to expose, to the world, the villainies of the Tudor Tiberius and his Sejanus, Thomas Cromwell, and make all just men shrink with horror, at the very mention of the names of these two oppressors of the human race. Margaret was taken to East Smithfield early in the morning of 28 May 1541 and there beheaded on a low block or log, in the presence of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and a few other spectators. The regular headsman was away from London at the time and his deputy, an unskilful lout, hacked at the blessed Martyr, in such a way, as to give some foundation to the story, afterwards made current by Lord Herbert of Cherbury, that she had refused to lay her head on the block and was, therefore, struck repeatedly by the executioner till she fell dead. Before her death, she prayed for the King, Queen (Catherine Howard), Prince of Wales (later Edward VI) and the Princess Mary. Her last words were: “Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice’ sake for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

The body of the Blessed Margaret, was interred in the Tower, in that Chapel dedicated to St Peter’s Chains, whose illustrious dead and historic associations, are enshrined in Macaulay’s memorable lines . She was declared Blessed, with many of the rest of the English Martyrs, by Pope Leo XIII, on 29 December,1886. Others than her co-religionists, no doubt, like to reflect, that a life, so marked by piety and so full of griefs ever heroically borne, has after the lapse of nearly four centuries, been thus honoured and that the last direct descendant of the Plantagenet line, has her place in the Hagiography of the Church so long associated with their sway. – Fr Alban Butler (1710–1773) English Priest and Hagiographer.

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Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles and Memorials of the Saints – 28 May

Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles – Celebrated on the First Saturday after the Ascension – 28 May +2022:

After the Ascension, the Apostles returned to the Upper Room to await the coming of the Paraclete, as we read in Acts 1:13-14:

When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves, with one accord, to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the Mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Mary joins the Apostles in the Cenacle. She provides a model of prayer and encourages the Apostles to wait and pray for the Holy Spirit . She models how to be active in preparing for the Holy Spirit. It is in her role in the Cenacle that she was endowed with one of the oldest Titles, Queen of Apostles. Mary leads all men to the Truth and to Christ, just as she brought forth the Light of the World. Through Our Lady, the Apostles bring the Good News of salvation to the whole world .

Pope Leo XIII in Adiutricem Populi wrote of Mary in the Cenacle:

With wonderful care she nurtured the first Christians by her holy example, her authoritative counsel, her sweet consolation, her fruitful prayers. She was, in very truth, the Mother of the Church, the Teacher and Queen of the Apostles, to whom, besides, she confided no small part of the divine mysteries which she kept in her heart.”

Traditionally, the Saturday after Ascension Thursday is the Feast of Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles (the Feast was removed in the 1969 post Vatican II changes). The Feast was originally requested by the Pallottine Fathers. This title appears in the oldest forms of the Litany of Loreto and many Religious Congregrations include this Title within their names or is part of their devotions, such as Salvatorians, Claretians, Pallottines, Missionaries of Steyl, Paulines and more.

St Augustine of Canterbury (Died c 605) He is consideredthe Founder of the English Church and “The Apostle to the English.” He is the first Archbishop of Canterbury, Confessor, Missionary, Father of the Church.
For the life of St Augustine here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/saint-of-the-day-27-may-st-augustine-of-canterbury/

St Accidia
Bl Albert of Csanád
St Bernard of Menthon
St Caraunus of Chartres
St Caraunus the Deacon
St Crescens of Rome
St Dioscorides of Rome
St Eoghan the Sage
St Gemiliano of Cagliari

St Germanus of Paris (c 490-576) Bishop, Monk, Teacher, Reformer, Writer, “Father of the Poor.”
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/05/28/saint-of-the-day-28-may-st-germanus-of-paris-c-496-576-father-of-the-poor/

Bl Heliconis of Thessalonica
St Helladius of Rome
St Herculaneum of Piegaro
Bl John Shert
St Justus of Urgell

Blessed Lanfranc OSB (c 1005-1089) Archbishop of Canterbury, Benedictine Abbot, celebrated Jurist, Scholar, Professor, Spiritual Writer, Reformer, Negotiator.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/05/28/saint-of-the-day-28-may-2020-blessed-lanfranc-of-canterbury-osb-c-1005-1089/

St Luciano of Cagliari
Blessed Margaret Plantagenet Pole (1473-1541) Martyr, Laywoman, Countess.

Blessed Maria Bartolomea Bagnesi OP (1514-1577) Virgin, Third Order Dominican, Mystic, Ecstatic, with the gift of levitation. . Her body is incorrupt.
Her Life Story:

https://anastpaul.com/2017/05/28/saint-of-the-day-28-may-blessed-maria-bartholomew-bagnesi-t-o-s-d/

Bl Mary of the Nativity
St Moel-Odhran of Iona
St Paulus of Rome
St Phaolô Hanh
St Podius of Florence
Bl Robert Johnson
St Senator of Milan
Bl Thomas Ford
St Ubaldesca Taccini
St William of Gellone
Bl Wladyslaw Demski

Martyrs of Palestine: A group of early 5th century Monks in Palestine who were Martyred by invading Arabs.

Martyrs of Sardinia – 6 Saints: A group of early Christians for whom a Church on Sardinia is dedicated; they were probably Martyrs but no information about them has survived except the names Aemilian, Aemilius, Emilius, Felix, Lucian and Priamus. Patrons of the Diocese of Alghero-Bosa, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: Blessed Luís Berenguer Moratona