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Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lady of Mantara / Our Lady of ‘Awaiting’, Maghdouché, Sidon, South Governorate, Lebano,, 1721 and Memorials of the Saints – 11 June

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus 
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Our Lady of Mantara / Our Lady of ‘Awaiting’, Maghdouché, Sidon, South Governorate, Lebano,, 1721 – 11 June, 8 September:

While Jesus preached in Sidon, Mary is said to have waited here in the cave of Mantara (“awaiting” in Arabic).
Emperor Constantine’s wife Helena replaced a pagan shrine with one to the Holy Mother, donating to it an Icon and Altar furnishings. Three centuries later, after takeover by an intolerant Arab ruler, Christians sealed the cave and fled Maghdouché.
In 1683, descendants of the exiles returned to their homeland under the inclusive Prince Fakhreddin II.
On 8 September 1721, when a goat fell through a gap in the porous limestone, its young herder made a rope from vine twigs, tied it to a tree and followed the animal into the hole but the rope broke. The boy fell into the darkness, where eventually he made out the golden glimmer of an Icon of the Madonna and Child. On seeing the image, the Melkite Catholic clergy recognised it as St Helen’s Icon.

Christians now celebrate its rediscovery annually on 8 September, Feast of the Virgin’s Birth.
A Cathedral was added to the site in 1860 and a modern tower topped with a bronze Statue in the 1960s.

On 11 June 1911, some 400 people saw a silent, luminous apparition of the Madonna and Child near the cave.
Our Lady of Mantara is invoked for the healing of eye diseases and the protection of children, so the Shrine is a popular site for infant Baptisms.

St Barnabas the Apostle (Memorial) (Martyred in c 61 at Salamis)
St Barnabas!

https://anastpaul.com/2018/06/11/saint-of-the-day-11-june-st-barnabas-apostle-son-of-encouragement/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/06/11/saint-of-the-day-st-barnabas-the-apostle-11-june/

St Aleydis of Schaerbeek
St Blitharius of Seganne
Blessed Helen of Poland (c 1235-1298) Princess, Widow, Mother, Nun and Abbess of the Poor Clares

St Herebald of Bretagne
Bl Hugh of Marchiennes

Blessed Ignazio Shoukrallah Maloyan ICPB (1869-1915) Bishop and Martyr
His Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/06/11/saint-of-the-day-11-june-blessed-ignazio-maloyan-icpb-1869-1915-bishop-and-martyr/

Bl Jean de Bracq

St Juan de Sahagun OESA (1419-1479) Priest and Friar of the Order of the Augustinians, Preacher, Social Reformer, Defender of workers.
Biography: His Memorial was on 12 June but moved in 1969.

https://anastpaul.com/2017/06/12/saint-of-the-day-12-june-st-john-of-sahagun-o-e-s-a/

Bl Kasper of Grimbergen
St Maximus of Naples
St Parisius
St Paula Frasinetti
St Riagail of Bangor
St Tochumra of Kilmore
St Tochumra of Tuam

Martyrs of Tavira – 7 beati: Members of the Knights of Santiago de Castilla. During the re-conquest of the Iberian peninsula from the Muslims by Christian forces, in a period of truce between the armies, the group was allowed to leave the Portuguese camp to hunt. Near Tavira, Portugal, he and his companions were ambushed and killed by a Muslim force. Making a reprisal attack, the Portuguese army took the city of Tavira. The murdered knights were considered to be martyrs as they died in an action defending the faith. They were –
• Blessed Alvarus Garcia
• Blessed Beltrão de Caia
• Blessed Damião Vaz
• Blessed Estêvão Vasques
• Blessed Garcia Roiz
• Blessed Mendus Valle
• Blessed Pedro Rodrigues
They were martyred in 1242 outside Tavira, Faro, Portugal. Their relics are enshrined under the altar of Saint Barnabas in the Church of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels (modern Santa Maria do Castelo) in Tavria

Mercedarian Martyrs of Damietta: Three Mercedarian lay knights who worked to ransom Christians enslaved by Muslims. During the 7th Crusade, a plague swept through the Christian army and these knights volunteered to work with the sick. During this work they were captured by Muslims and ordered to convert to Islam; they refused. They were tortured, taken to Damietta, Egypt where they were murdered for their faith. They were thrown from a tower in the mid-13th century in Damietta, Egypt.

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Saint of the Day – 11 June -Blessed Ignazio Maloyan ICPB (1869-1915) Bishop and Martyr

Saint of the Day – 11 June -Blessed Ignazio Shoukrallah Maloyan ICPB (1869-1915) Bishop and Martyr – born as Shoukrallah Maloyan on 18 April 1869 at Mardin, Turkey and died by being shot to death on 11 June 1915 by Mamdooh Bek at Zerzevan Castle, Çinar, Diyarbakir, Turkey.bl ignazio maloyan footer

Ignazio Maloyan (Shoukrallah), son of Melkon and Faridé, was born in 1869, in Mardin, Turkey.   His parish priest, noticed in him signs of a priestly vocation, so he sent him to the convent of Bzommar-Lebanon; he was fourteen years old.

After finishing his superior studies in 1896, the day dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, he was Ordained Priest in the Church of Bzommar convent, became a member of the Bzommar Institute and adopted the name of Ignatius in remembrance of the famous Martyr of Antioch.   During the years 1897-1910, Father Ignazio was appointed as Parish Priest in Alexandria and Cairo, where his good reputation was wide-spread.

His Beatitude Patriarch Boghos Bedros XII appointed him as his assistant in 1904.   Because of a disease that hit his eyes and suffocating difficulty in breathing, he returned to Egypt and stayed there till 1910.

The Diocese of Mardin was in a state of anarchy, so Patriarch Sabbaghian sent Father Ignazio Maloyan to restore order.

On 22 October 1911, the Bishops’ Synod assembled in Rome elected Father Ignazio Archbishop of Mardin.   He took over his new assignment and planned on renewing the wrecked Diocese, encouraging especially the devotion to the Sacred Heart.ac-bl-maloyan-bz

Unfortunately, at the outbreak of the First World War, the Armenians resident in Turkey (which was allied with Germany) began to endure unspeakable sufferings.   In fact, 24 April 1915 marked the beginning of a veritable campaign of extermination.  On 30 April 1915, the Turkish soldiers surrounded the Armenian Catholic Bishopric and church in Mardin on the basis that they were hide-outs for arms.

At the beginning of May, the Bishop gathered his priests and informed them of the dangerous situation.   On 3 June 1915, Turkish soldiers dragged Bishop Maloyan in chains to court with twenty seven other Armenian Catholic personalities.   The next day, twenty five Priests and eight hundred and sixty two believers were held in chains.   During trial, the chief of the police, Mamdooh Bek, asked the Bishop to convert to Islam.   The Bishop answered that he would never betray Christ and His Church.   The good shepherd told him that he was ready to suffer all kinds of ill-treatments and even death and in this, will be his happiness.

Mamdooh Bek hit him on the head with the rear of his pistol and ordered to put him in jail.   The soldiers chained his feet and hands, threw him on the ground and hit him mercilessly.   With each blow, the Bishop was heard saying “Oh Lord, have mercy on me, oh Lord, give me strength,” and asked the Priests present for absolution.   With that, the soldiers went back to hitting him and they extracted his toe nails.

On 9 June, his mother visited him and cried for his state.   But the valiant Bishop encouraged her.   On the next day, the soldiers gathered four hundred and forty seven Armenians.   The soldiers along with the convoys took the desert route.

The Bishop encouraged his parishioners to remain firm in their faith. Then all knelt with him.   He prayed to God that they accept Martyrdom with patience and courage.   The Priests granted the believers absolution.   The Bishop took out a piece of bread, blessed it, recited the words of the Eucharist and gave it to his Priests to distribute among the people.

One of the soldiers, an eye witness, recounted this scene:  “That hour, I saw a cloud covering the prisoners and from all, emitted a perfumed scent.   There was a look of joy and serenity on their faces.”   As they were all going to die out of love for Jesus.   After a two-hour walk, hungry, naked and chained, the soldiers attacked the prisoners and killed them before the Bishop’s eyes.   After the massacre of the two convoys came the turn of Bishop Maloyan.

Mamdooh Bek then asked Maloyan again to convert to Islam.    The soldier of Christ answered:  “I’ve told you I shall live and die for the sake of my faith and religion.   I take pride in the Cross of my God and Lord.”   Mamdooh got very angry, he drew his pistol and shot Maloyan. Before he breathed his last breath he cried out loud:   “My God, have mercy on me, into your hands I commend my spirit.”   Bl Ignazio was 46 years old. … Vatican.va

Ignazio was Beatified on 7 October 2001 at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, by St Pope John Paul II, when he said:

“Archbishop Ignatius Maloyan, who died a Martyr when he was 46, reminds us of every Christian’s spiritual combat, whose faith is exposed to the attacks of evil.   It is in the Eucharist that he drew, day by day, the force necessary to accomplish his Priestly ministry with generosity and passion, dedicating himself to preaching, to a pastoral life connected with the celebration of the sacraments and to the service of the neediest.

Throughout his existence, he fully lived the words of St Paul:  “God has not given us a spirit of fear but a spirit of courage, of love and self control” (II Tim 1,14. 7).   Before the dangers of persecution, Bl Ignatius did not accept any compromise, declaring to those who were putting pressure on him, “It does not please God that I should deny Jesus my Saviour. To shed my blood for my faith is the strongest desire of my heart.”   May his example enlighten all those who today wish to be witnesses of the Gospel, for the glory of God and for the salvation of their neighbour.”bl ignaziomaloyan

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Memorial of St Barnabas Apostel, Feast of Our Lady of Mantara/Awaiting and Memorials of the Saints – 11 June

St Barnabas the Apostle (Memorial) (Martyred in c 61 at Salamis)
St Barnabas!
https://anastpaul.com/2018/06/11/saint-of-the-day-11-june-st-barnabas-apostle-son-of-encouragement/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/06/11/saint-of-the-day-st-barnabas-the-apostle-11-june/

Our Lady of Mantara/Awaiting:
Our Lady of Mantara, also known as Our Lady of Awaiting, is a Melkite Greek Catholic Marian shrine in Maghdouché, Lebanon, discovered on 8 September 1721 by a young shepherd.   The grotto, which according to a legend dates to ancient times, was subsequently cared after by Monsignor Eftemios Saïfi, Melkite Catholic bishop of the Melkite Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Sidon.   The shrine consists of a tower crowned with the statue of the Virgin and Child, a cathedral, a cemetery and a sacred cave believed to be the one where the Virgin Mary rested while she waited for Jesus.   Since its discovery, it has been steadily visited by families particularly each year on the occasion of the feast of the Nativity of Mary on 8 September.


St Aleydis of Schaerbeek
St Blitharius of Seganne
St Herebald of Bretagne
Bl Hugh of Marchiennes
Blessed Ignazio Shoukrallah Maloyan ICPB (1869-1915) Bishop and Martyr
Bl Jean de Bracq
St Juan de Sahagun OESA (1419-1479)
Biography:  His Memorial was on 12 June but moved in 1969.
https://anastpaul.com/2017/06/12/saint-of-the-day-12-june-st-john-of-sahagun-o-e-s-a/
Bl Kasper of Grimbergen
St Maximus of Naples
St Parisius
St Paula Frasinetti
St Riagail of Bangor
St Tochumra of Kilmore
St Tochumra of Tuam

Martyrs of Tavira – 7 beati: Members of the Knights of Santiago de Castilla. During the re-conquest of the Iberian peninsula from the Muslims by Christian forces, in a period of truce between the armies, the group was allowed to leave the Portuguese camp to hunt. Near Tavira, Portugal, he and his companions were ambushed and killed by a Muslim force. Making a reprisal attack, the Portuguese army took the city of Tavira. The murdered knights were considered to be martyrs as they died in an action defending the faith. They were –
• Blessed Alvarus Garcia
• Blessed Beltrão de Caia
• Blessed Damião Vaz
• Blessed Estêvão Vasques
• Blessed Garcia Roiz
• Blessed Mendus Valle
• Blessed Pedro Rodrigues
They were martyred in 1242 outside Tavira, Faro, Portugal. Their relics are enshrined under the altar of Saint Barnabas in the Church of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels (modern Santa Maria do Castelo) in Tavria

Mercedarian Martyrs of Damietta: Three Mercedarian lay knights who worked to ransom Christians enslaved by Muslims. During the 7th Crusade, a plague swept through the Christian army and these knights volunteered to work with the sick. During this work they were captured by Muslims and ordered to convert to Islam; they refused. They were tortured, taken to Damietta, Egypt where they were murdered for their faith. They were thrown from a tower in the mid-13th century in Damietta, Egypt.