Friday of the Second Week in Lent – FAST and ABSTINENCE, Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, Santa Maria della Querce / Our Lady of the Oak, Tuscany, Italy (1467) and Memorials of the Saints – 10 March

Friday of the Second Week in Lent – FAST and ABSTINENCE

Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, Armenia (Died 320) – Forty Christian soldiers of the Thunderstruck Legion of the Imperial Roman army who were tortured and murdered for their faith during the persecutions of Emperor Licinius. They were exposed naked on a frozen pond to freeze to death at Sebaste, Armenia in 320 and their bodies afterward were burned.

The Feast of the Holy Shroud:
Since 1831, the Holy Shroud of Turin is celebrated on the Friday after the Second Sunday in Lent. Before 1831 it was rarely found on Diocesan calendars. The office is taken from the Proprium of Turin.

Mass said beneath the Shroud in Truin

Santa Maria della Querce / Our Lady of the Oak, Tuscany, Italy (1467) – 10 March:

St Alexander of Apema
St Anastasia the Patrician
St Andrew of Strumi
St Attalas of Bobbio
St Blanchard of Nesle-la-Réposte
St Caius of Apema
St Cordratus of Nicomedië
St Droctoveus (c530-c580) Abbot
St Emilian of Lagny
St Failbhe the Little
St Gustav the Hermit
St Himelin
Bl John of Vallombrosa
St Kessog

St Macarius of Jerusalem (Died c 335) Bishop of Jerusalem for over twenty years. Defender of the Faith against Arianism, founder of the True Cross with St Helena, organiser and manager of the building of the Sacred Basilicas, including the Church of the Holy Sepuchre in Jerusalem, paid for by St Constantine the Great, St Helena’s son. Also of great import is the fact that Bishop Macarius was one of the two main authors of the Nicene Creed, that is, of the Creed that we still pronounce in Mass today
The Life os St Macarius:

St Peter of Veroli
St Rufinus of Nicomedië
St Sannudius of Bagensena
St Saturninus of Nicomedië
St Sedna of Ossory
St Silvester of Ireland

St Pope Simplicius (Died 483) Papal Ascension 25 February 468 – 10 March 483.
His Life:

St Victor of North Africa
Bl Wirnto of Formbach

Anonymous Martyrs of Persia – A group of 42 Christians Martyred in Persia in the 4th century.


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