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Our Lady of the Bells, Cathedral of Saintes, France and Memorials of the Saints – 9 February

Our Lady of the Bells, Cathedral of Saintes, France – 9 February:

“Saintes” is the English translation for the French word meaning female saints. There is a great deal of history to the Poitou-Charentes region of western France where the town of Saintes is located.
The town of Saintes was originally a thriving settlement in ancient Gaul located along the Charente River. The town became known as Mediolanum Santonum once conquered by the Romans under Julius Caesar, and the remains of the triumphal arch of Germanicus and a large amphitheatre can still be seen there today.
The town takes its name, Saintes, due to a fascinating legend that many still piously believe. According to this tradition, Mary Salome and Mary Jacob, accompanied by other disciples of Jesus Christ, were forced to flee the Holy Land about the year 45. They left, taking a boat with no sail and were miraculously transported across the Mediterranean Sea, making land near the place which became known as Saintes Maries de la Mer.
Long before the arrival of the saints, indeed, since prehistoric times, Saintes Maries de la Mer (Saint Mary’s of the Sea) had been considered a holy place. This tradition was carried on by the Celts and then the Romans. It is recorded that St Eutropius was a Bishop there in the 3rd century and, that the first Cathedral was reconstructed by no less a personage than Charlemagne.

Norman invaders twice burned the town during the 9th century. Richard the Lionheart took refuge there against his father and King Saint Louis IX defeated the English on the plains before the town. The Cathedral of Saint Peter, built in the 12th century, was severely damaged by the Huguenots in the year 1568. Its bishopric was ended in 1790 due to the oppression of the French Revolution. The Church is now reduced to being only an historical monument.
It is recorded, though, that one year long ago, on the octave day of the Purification, the bells in the Cathedral of Saintes, France, rang out most sweetly of themselves. The sacristans, having run to the Church, saw what appeared to be several unknown men holding lighted tapers and melodiously chanting hymns in honour of the Blessed Virgin, Our Lady of the Bells, who was venerated in a Chapel of this Cathedral. Approaching softly, they – the men who had run to the church – begged the last of these men carrying lighted candles, to give them one in proof of the miracle they had witnessed. The light-bearers graciously complied.
This taper, or candle, in remembrance of Our Lady of the Bells, is said to be preserved in that Cathedral up to this day.

St Alexander of Rome
St Alexander of Soli
St Alto of Altomünster
St Ammon of Membressa
St Ammonius of Soli
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/saint-of-the-day-9-february-blessed-anna-katharina-emmerick-anne-catherine-emmerich-1774-1824/

St Ansbert of Rouen
St Apollonia of Alexandria (Died c 249) Virgin Martyr
St Apollonia’s life and death:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/09/saint-of-the-day-9-february-st-apollonia-of-alexandria-died-c-249/
St Attracta of Killaraght
St Brachio of Auvergne
St Cuaran the Wise
St Didymus of Membressa
St Donatus the Deacon
St Eingan of Llanengan
St Emilian of Membressa
Bl Erizzo
Bl Francisco Sanchez Marquez
Blessed Giacomo Abbondo (1720-1788)
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/02/09/saint-of-the-day-9-february-blessed-giacomo-abbondo-1720-1788/
Bl Godeschalk of Želiv
St Lassa of Membressa
Bl Marianus Scotus
St Maro
St Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz FSC (1854-1910)
About St Miguel:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/saint-of-the-day-9-february-st-miguel-febres-cordero-munozbrother-miguel/

St Nebridius of Egara
St Nicephorus of Antioch
St Poëmus of Membressa
St Primus the Deacon
St Raynald of Nocera
St Romanus the Wonder Worker
St Ronan of Lismore
St Sabino of Abellinum
St Sabinus of Canosa (c 461–566) Bishop
St Teilo of Llandaff

Martyrs of Alexandria: An unknown number of Christians who were massacred in church in 4th century Alexandria, Egypt by Arian heretics for adhering to the orthodox faith.

Martyrs of Membressa: A group of 44 Christians martyred together. We know little else about them some names –
• Ammon
• Didymus
• Emilian
• Lassa
• Poemus
They were martyred in Membressa in Africa.

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Saint of the Day – 9 February – Blessed Giacomo Abbondo (1720-1788)

Saint of the Day – 9 February – Blessed Giacomo Abbondo (1720-1788) Priest, Apostle of the poor, Spiritual guide, renowned Preacher – born on 27 August 1720 in Salomino, Duchy of Milan (in modern Italy) and died on 9 Febuary 1788 in Tronzano, Ducky of Milan, Italy of natural causes.   Patronage – Tronzano, Italy.

Don Giacomo Abbondo was a true Parish Priest, father figure, shepherd and preacher of the Gospel, who cared for his faithful to the point of heroically practising charity.   Pope Francis proclaimed him to be Venerable in 2014 and approved a miracle needed for his Beatification in 2015.   This priest from Tronzano Vercellese was Beatified by Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, who was representing Pope Francis, on Saturday, 11 June 2016, in Vercelli.bl giacomo

Giacomo Abbondo was born in Vercelli on 27 August 1720 as the second of six children to Carlo Benedetto Abbondo and Francesca Maria Naya.

The decisive factor in his Christian upbringing was the presence and example of his paternal uncle, Father Giovanni Carlo Abbondo.   Giacomo attended school in Tronzano and received Confirmation from Cardinal Carlo Vincenzo Maria Ferreri on 15 December 1740.   It was at this time his religious calling blossomed and his father had, on 11 August 1738, announced his son’s desire to become a priest.   The same day as his Confirmation, the Cardinal gave him the first clerical tonsure and on 12 August admitted him to minor orders.   On 27 May 1741, the cardinal also gave him the minor orders of exorcism and acolyte.

Msgr Giovanni Pietro Solaro elevated him to the Subdiaconate on 21 December 1743 and elevated him to the Diaconate on 29 February 1744.   He commenced his theological studies in Vercelli where he was Ordained on 21 March 1744.   He received a papal dispensation from Pope Clement XII for his Ordination, since he had not reached the canonical age for becoming a priest.

He obtained a degree in literature on 31 October 1748 in Turin and was assigned to teach in Vercelli.   In 1757 he left teaching to remain as a simple Parish Priest.

He tried to help his parishioners to discover the goodness of God and to know and praise God.   He believed that this was of greater importance since the previous Priest was a known Jansenist.   He was devoted to the sacraments and was a renowned preacher.   He loved the children and insisted that he be the one who admitted the Eucharist to them when the children were ten.   He viewed his mission as a Priest as a service that had to be available to all people.bl-giacomo-abbondo_1465323493

Abbondo would visit his parishioners in their homes in his role as the head of thirteen churches but also, did this, in order to maintain fruitful relationships and connections with the people.   He scheduled lectures each Lent season and on 3 April 1759 obtained from Pope Clement XIII the privilege of indulgences, for those that partook of the spiritual exercises offered in Tronzano.   He also referred to the spiritual exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola as a guide.   He preached to the Sisters of Saint Agatha in 1775 and to the Sisters of the Holy Spirit in 1782.

He died in 1788 with a deep reputation for holiness and was well known across the area for the pious life that he led.   Pilgrimages to his tomb became common and there were immediate calls for his Beatification to commence.

On Sunday 12 June at 10.30 in the parish church of Tronzano, the place where his mortal remains are kept, the Cardinal Angelo Amato will preside over the Eucharist of thanksgiving to God for the gift of the new Blessed, who, in the hamlet of Salomino, was born in 1720 and from where he exercised the priestly ministry as Parish Priest from 1757 to 1788.

The parish community of Tronzano prepared for this “moment of grace” throughout a year which coincided with the 250th anniversary of the consecration of the parish church, consecration that took place in 1766, while Don Giacomo was parish priest.
On Friday 10 June, on the eve of the Beatification, there will be the possibility of Confessions throughout the course of the day.

Saturday 2 July 2016 at 17.00 in the parish church of Salomino, Cardinal Angelo Amato will preside over the Eucharist which will begin in the courtyard of the birthplace of Don Giacomo, with the blessing of the Statue that will be placed in the Church of the hamlet.beatificiation in vercelli cathedral 11 june 2016 bl giacomo abbondo

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Fifth Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time, Year A +2020 and Memorials of the Saints – 9 February

The Fifth Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time, Year A +2020

St Alexander of Rome
St Alexander of Soli
St Alto of Altomünster
St Ammon of Membressa
St Ammonius of Soli
Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/saint-of-the-day-9-february-blessed-anna-katharina-emmerick-anne-catherine-emmerich-1774-1824/

St Ansbert of Rouen
St Apollonia of Alexandria (Died c 249) Virgin Martyr
St Apollonia’s life and death:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/09/saint-of-the-day-9-february-st-apollonia-of-alexandria-died-c-249/

St Attracta of Killaraght
St Brachio of Auvergne
St Cuaran the Wise
St Didymus of Membressa
St Donatus the Deacon
St Eingan of Llanengan
St Emilian of Membressa
Bl Erizzo
Bl Francisco Sanchez Marquez
Blessed Giacomo Abbondo (1720-1788)
Bl Godeschalk of Želiv
St Lassa of Membressa
Bl Marianus Scotus
St Maro
St Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz FSC (1854-1910)
About St Miguel:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/saint-of-the-day-9-february-st-miguel-febres-cordero-munozbrother-miguel/

St Nebridius of Egara
St Nicephorus of Antioch
St Poëmus of Membressa
St Primus the Deacon
St Raynald of Nocera
St Romanus the Wonder Worker
St Ronan of Lismore
St Sabino of Abellinum
St Sabinus of Canosa
St Teilo of Llandaff

Martyrs of Alexandria: An unknown number of Christians who were massacred in church in 4th century Alexandria, Egypt by Arian heretics for adhering to the orthodox faith.

Martyrs of Membressa: A group of 44 Christians martyred together. We know little else about them some names –
• Ammon
• Didymus
• Emilian
• Lassa
• Poemus
They were martyred in Membressa in Africa.