The Epiphany of the Lord – 6 January:
Epiphany celebrates the visit of the three kings or wise men to the Christ Child, signifying the extension of salvation to the Gentiles. The date of Epiphany, one of the oldest Christian Feasts, is 6 January, the 12th day after Christmas. However, in some countries, the celebration of Epiphany is transferred to the Sunday that falls between 2 January and 8 January (inclusive). Greece, Ireland, Italy and Poland continue to observe Epiphany on 6 January as do some Dioceses ithroughout the world.
Because Epiphany is one of the most important Christian Feasts, it is a Holy Day of Obligation in most countries.
Nostra Signora di Cana / Our Lady of Cana – 6 January:
St Basillisa of Antinoë
Saint Balthasar, Saint Caspar and Saint Melchior
St Charles of Sezze OFM (1613-1670) Stigmatist, Friar, of the Friars Minor, Mystic, Writer, Advisor. His Beatification was celebrated in 1882 while Pope Pius XII approved his Canonisation in 1958 but the Pope died before he could Canonise the Friar so his successor, Pope John XXIII did so on 12 April 1959. His body is incorrupt.
About St Charles:
St Demetrius of Philadelphia
St Diman Dubh of Connor
St Erminold of Prüfening
St Felix of Nantes (c 515-584) Bishop of Nantes, Confessor, Evangeliser, Negotiator and Peace-maker. Patronages – against famine, against the plague/epidemics.
About St Felix:
Bl Frederick of Saint-Vanne
Bl Gertrud of Traunkirchen
Bl Gertrude van Oosten
St Guarinus of Sion
St Guy of Auxerre
St Hywyn of Aberdaron
St Juan de Ribera (1532-1611) Archbishop and Viceroy of Valencia, Latin Patriarchate of Antioch, Commander in Chief, President of the Audiencia and Chancellor of the University of Valencia.
St Julian of Antinoë
Bl Luc of Roucy
Bl Macarius the Scot
St Macra of Rheims
St Nilammon of Geris
St Petran of Landévennec
St Peter of Canterbury (Died c 614) Priest, Abbot, Missionary
St Pia of Quedlinburg
Bl Raymond de Blanes
Bl Rita Amada de Jesus
St Wiltrudis of Bergen
Martyrs in Africa: Unknown number of Christian men and women who were Martyred in the persecutions of Septimus Severus. They were burned to death c 210.
Martyrs of Sirmium – 8 Saints: A group of Christians Martyred together for their faith. The only surviving details are the names of eight of them – Anastasius VIII, Florianus, Florus, Jucundus, Peter, Ratites, Tatia and Tilis. They were martyred in the 4th century at Syrmium, Pannonia (modern Sremska Mitrovica, Vojvodina, Serbia).
Twelve Apostles – Saints of Ireland: Twelve 6th century Irish monks who studied under Saint Finian at Clonard Abbey and then spread the Faith throughout Ireland. Each has his own commemoration but on this day, they and their good works are considered and celebrated together. Although Saint Finian is sometimes included, most ancient writers list them as –
- Brendan of Birr (Died c 573) Monk, known as “Prophet of Ireland,” Founder of the Monastery at Birr in Central Ireland.
- Brendan the Navigator (c 484–c 577) Priest, Abbot, Founder of many Monasteries.
- Columba of Iona (521-597) Apostle of the Picts, Apostle to Scotland, Abbot, Missionary, Evangelist, Poet, Scholar and Writer.
- Columba of Terryglass
- Keiran of Saighir
- Kieran of Clonmacnois / the Younger (c 516-c 550) Priest, Monk, Abbot, Teacher.
- Canice of Aghaboe
- Lasserian of Leighlin
- Mobhí of Glasnevin
- Ninnidh the Saintly of Loch Erne
- Ruadh´n of Lorrha
- Senan of Iniscathay