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Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles and Memorials of the Saints – 28 May

Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles – Celebrated on the First Saturday after the Ascension – 28 May +2022:

After the Ascension, the Apostles returned to the Upper Room to await the coming of the Paraclete, as we read in Acts 1:13-14:

When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves, with one accord, to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the Mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Mary joins the Apostles in the Cenacle. She provides a model of prayer and encourages the Apostles to wait and pray for the Holy Spirit . She models how to be active in preparing for the Holy Spirit. It is in her role in the Cenacle that she was endowed with one of the oldest Titles, Queen of Apostles. Mary leads all men to the Truth and to Christ, just as she brought forth the Light of the World. Through Our Lady, the Apostles bring the Good News of salvation to the whole world .

Pope Leo XIII in Adiutricem Populi wrote of Mary in the Cenacle:

With wonderful care she nurtured the first Christians by her holy example, her authoritative counsel, her sweet consolation, her fruitful prayers. She was, in very truth, the Mother of the Church, the Teacher and Queen of the Apostles, to whom, besides, she confided no small part of the divine mysteries which she kept in her heart.”

Traditionally, the Saturday after Ascension Thursday is the Feast of Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles (the Feast was removed in the 1969 post Vatican II changes). The Feast was originally requested by the Pallottine Fathers. This title appears in the oldest forms of the Litany of Loreto and many Religious Congregrations include this Title within their names or is part of their devotions, such as Salvatorians, Claretians, Pallottines, Missionaries of Steyl, Paulines and more.

St Augustine of Canterbury (Died c 605) He is consideredthe Founder of the English Church and “The Apostle to the English.” He is the first Archbishop of Canterbury, Confessor, Missionary, Father of the Church.
For the life of St Augustine here:

St Accidia
Bl Albert of Csanád
St Bernard of Menthon
St Caraunus of Chartres
St Caraunus the Deacon
St Crescens of Rome
St Dioscorides of Rome
St Eoghan the Sage
St Gemiliano of Cagliari

St Germanus of Paris (c 490-576) Bishop, Monk, Teacher, Reformer, Writer, “Father of the Poor.”

Bl Heliconis of Thessalonica
St Helladius of Rome
St Herculaneum of Piegaro
Bl John Shert
St Justus of Urgell

Blessed Lanfranc OSB (c 1005-1089) Archbishop of Canterbury, Benedictine Abbot, celebrated Jurist, Scholar, Professor, Spiritual Writer, Reformer, Negotiator.
His Life:

St Luciano of Cagliari
Blessed Margaret Plantagenet Pole (1473-1541) Martyr, Laywoman, Countess.

Blessed Maria Bartolomea Bagnesi OP (1514-1577) Virgin, Third Order Dominican, Mystic, Ecstatic, with the gift of levitation. . Her body is incorrupt.
Her Life Story:

Bl Mary of the Nativity
St Moel-Odhran of Iona
St Paulus of Rome
St Phaolô Hanh
St Podius of Florence
Bl Robert Johnson
St Senator of Milan
Bl Thomas Ford
St Ubaldesca Taccini
St William of Gellone
Bl Wladyslaw Demski

Martyrs of Palestine: A group of early 5th century Monks in Palestine who were Martyred by invading Arabs.

Martyrs of Sardinia – 6 Saints: A group of early Christians for whom a Church on Sardinia is dedicated; they were probably Martyrs but no information about them has survived except the names Aemilian, Aemilius, Emilius, Felix, Lucian and Priamus. Patrons of the Diocese of Alghero-Bosa, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: Blessed Luís Berenguer Moratona


Saint of the Day – 28 May – Blessed Maria Bartholomew Bagnesi OP

Saint of the Day – 28 May – Blessed Maria Bartolomea Bagnesi OP (1514-1577) Virgin, Third Order Dominican, Mystic, Ecstatic, with the gift of levitation – born as Maria Bagnesi but always called “Marietta” because of her tiny frame, on 15 August 1514 at Florence, Italy and died on 28 May 1577 at Florence, Italy of natural causes, agd 62.   Patronages – abuse victims, ill people, against the death of parents, Dominican tertiaries. Her body is incorrupt.

Bl Mary Bartholomew Bagnesi

Maria Bagnesi was born in Florence on 15 August 1514 – the Feast of the Assumption – to Carlo Bagnesi and Alessandra Orlandini.   Bagnesi was a neglected child and her mother often left her in the care of others which included one of Bagnesi’s sisters who was a nun from the Order of Preachers so she spent most of her childhood in her sister’s convent. Four of her sisters would end up in the religious life.

Her father organised a marriage for her when she turned seventeen and she fainted in horror upon learning this.   The thought made Bagnesi so ill she could not walk and was thus confined to her bed.   Her father turned to con men and charlatans – for he could be manipulated with ease – and put his daughter through over three decades of non-stop “treatment”.   Being bedridden meant that she could not follow her sisters into the religious life but she nevertheless became a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic in 1544 and made her profession in 1545.   She made her profession into the hands of and received the habit from Vittorio di Mattheo who allowed for this to take place in Bagnesi’s room.   Bl Maria developed a deep devotion to Saint Bartholomew the Apostle and she assumed the name of “Bartolomea” as part of her actual name as a sort of middle name when she made her profession.   After she professed she found that she could get out of her bed for brief periods of time.   The combination of asthma and these quack treatments immobilised her just as she began to heal and she started to have visions and converse with angels and demons alike.   Neighbours began to believe she was under demonic possession and summoned a local priest – who became her spiritual advisor who assured the locals she was not possessed or in need of an exorcism.   People also claim to have seen her levitate. She was also granted the special privilege of having Mass celebrated in her room at times.b-maria-bartholomea bagnesi

Her room soon became a place for pilgrims to go to in order to seek her wisdom and counsel and her room became a place for cats to roam – some remained with her and even slept on her bed while guarding her pet songbirds.   She also came to know Saint Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi and shared her visions with her;  the saint would herself be cured due to Bagnesi’s intercession on 16 June 1584.   Bagnesi received the Eucharist three to six times a week and prepared beforehand with docile care and spent the time following her reception of it in deep reflection.   Her confessors were the Priests Alessandro Capocchi and Agostino maria bagesis

Bagnesi died in Florence in 1577 and at the end of her life, five Priests were present at her deathbed and one of them read to her one of the Gospel accounts of the Passion of Jesus Christ.   Her remains were taken in procession for her funeral from Santa Maria Novella to Santa Maria degli Angeli where she was interred.

Painting depicting her funeral.

Let us Pray:   O God, the lover of souls, who in Blessed Mary Bartholomew, Thy Virgin, didst unite wonderful endurance of illness with equal innocence of mind, grant , that we who are afflicted according to our deserts may be refreshed with the comfort of Thy grace.   Through Christ our Lord. Amen.