The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Feast of
Christmas Novena to the Christ Child – Day Three
Our Lady of the Expectation – This Feast originated in Spain. When the Feast of the Annunciation (25 March) was transferred to 18 December because of the regulation forbidding Feasts in Lent, it remained on this date after the Annunciation was again celebrated on its original date. It impressed on the faithful, the sentiments of the Blessed Virgin as the time of her delivery approached.
More about the Feast here:
St Auxentius of Mopsuetia (Died c 321) Bishop
St Basilian of Laodicea
St Bodagisil of Aquitaine
St Desiderius of Fontenelle
St Flannán of Killaloe (7the Century) Bishop, Abbot, Missionary to the Hebrides Islands, renowned for his preaching.
St Gatian of Tours (c 251-301) The founding Bishop of the See of Tours, Missionary..
About St Gatian:
St Malachi the Prophet
St Mawnan of Cornwall
Bl Philip of Ratzeburg
St Rufus of Philippi*
St Samthann of Clonbroney
St Theotimus of Laodicea
St Winebald OSB (c 701-761) Benedictine Priest, Abbot, Confessor, Missionary, Founder of many Monasteries, disciple of St Boniface.
St Winebald’s Life:
St Zosimus of Philippi*
Mercedarians Redeemers – Also known as “Blessed Redentori.”
A group of Mercedarian friars who worked together, under the leadership of Saint Peter de Amer, to ransom prisoners and minister to them after.
- Blessed Bernardo de Pratis
- Blessed Giacomo de Lara
- Blessed Louis Gasco
- Blessed Peter de Quesada
- Blessed Peter of Barcelona
- Blessed William de Quadres
Martyrs of Northwest Africa – 42 Saints:
Mercedarian Redeemers – 6 beati – These are a group of Mercedarian Friars who worked together, under the leadership of Saint Peter de Amer, to ransom (e.g., redeem) prisoners and minister to them after.