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Notre-Dame de Chartres / Our Lady of Chartres, (Pèlerinage de Chartres / The Chartres Pilgrimage) Mother of Youth (1935) and Memorials of the Saints – 22 December

Notre-Dame de Chartres / Our Lady of Chartres, (Pèlerinage de Chartres / The Chartres Pilgrimage) Mother of Youth (1935): also known as the Pilgrimage of Christendom, has been gathering thousands of people on the Solemnity of Pentecost for a three-day trek from the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris to the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Chartres.

Our Lady of Chartres, or Notre-Dame de Chartres, is a beautiful Gothic style Cathedral located in Beauce, France, which is about 80 kilometres southwest of Paris. This Cathedral, which was first built in the time of the Apostles, was demolished several times over the centuries. It was re-erected in its present state by Saint Fulbert, the fifty-fifth Bishop of Chartres at the end of the 12th Century into the beginning of the 13th century.
The Pilgrimage was inspired by French-Catholic writer Charles Péguy, who made a solitary Pilgrimage from Notre Dame of Paris to the Marian Sanctuary of Chartres in 1912, covering more than 136 kilometres in four days, 14-17 June, to ask the intercession of the Virgin Mary to help his ill son. He undertook the same Pilgrimage a year later, shortly before losing his life on the battlefield at the beginning of World War I in 1914.

The student’s Pilgrimage to Chartres started in 1935 with a group of fifteen young men and girls of the Sorbonne, who sacrificed their Pentecostal holidays in prayer to the Holy Spirit and to Mary. They marched 100 kilometres to the Shrine in Chartres and prayed there together. The next year there were 36 who went and in the following year 150. Then the war came but during the eight hard years that followed, the Pilgrimages were not deserted. The numbers increased, until in 1948, about 6,500 students formed a line to march to Mary.
Most of the Pilgrims were in their early twenties or late teens, from the universities, colleges and schools of Paris and the Provinces, although some were from foreign countries. The number of unbelievers, atheists and Communists has always been high even among the students; while Protestants and Jews also make up a goodly portion of the number (very much like the Santiago de Compostela). Some come out of curiosity, some following the persistent urgings of a friend; some for the sport of hiking, or to answer an invitation to test their grit and endurance but whatever their reasons for starting, few end, without a definite spiritual “joy.” Many make the Pilgrimage in bare feet over gravel roads; the sick and crippled go, too.
In our day there are thousands, perhaps 10,000 Pilgrims who walk through the French countryside to Chartres. Their trek is an open act of faith and reparation, something almost never seen in modern times.

In making the Chartres Pilgrimage, these young people help to give France a new birth of devotion to Mary; something new and spotless has been born as in the warmth of endless glorious Saints – re-lit in the hearts of young moderns. France must now place her hope in youth, the youth of France and the youth of the Church, through Our Blessed Mother, Mary the Lady of Chartres. Although this is primarily a Pentecost Pilgrimage, many smaller groups commence a Pilgrimage on 22 December to be in time for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and, in fact, all year round. Below,  a French flag displaying the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus with ‘Hope and Salvation of France.’ A Priest hears confession while other Pilgrims participate in Adoration in the background (at the final campsite of the pilgrimage in Gas, France, about 12 miles from Chartres). 

St Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) – Universal optional memorial (except in the USA which is on 13 November) Italian-American religious sister, who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
About St Frances:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/saint-of-the-day-22-december-st-frances-xavier-cabrini-m-s-c-1850-1917/

St Abban of New Ross
Bl Adam of Saxony
St Amaswinthus of Málaga
St Athernaise of Fife
St Bertheid of Münster
St Chaeremon of Nilopolis
St Flavian of Acquapendente (Died 363) Martyr Layman
St Honoratus of Toulouse

St Hungerus Frisus of Utrecht (Died 866) Bishop of Utrecht
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/12/22/saint-of-the-day-22-december-saint-hungerus-frisus-of-utrecht-died-866/

St Ischirione of Alexandria

Blessed Jutta of Disibodenberg OSB (c 1084-1136) Nun of the Benedictine Order, Foundress and Abbess, Spiritual Director (most notably of St Hildegard of Bingen), Mystic, miracle worker.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/12/22/saint-of-the-day-22-december-blessed-jutta-of-disibodenberg-osb-c-1084-1136/

Bl Ottone of Toulouse

Blessed Thomas Holland SJ (1600-1642) Priest of the Society of Jesus and Martyr. of England and Wales.
His Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/12/22/saint-of-the-day-22-december-blessed-thomas-holland-sj-1600-1642-priest-and-martyr-his-faith-was-his-crime/

St Zeno of Nicomedia

Martyrs of Ostia – (3 saints): A group of Christians martyred together. The only details about them to survive are three names – Demetrius, Florus and Honoratus. They were martyred at Ostia, Italy.

Martyrs of Rhaitu – (43 saints): 43 monks martyred by Blemmyes, in Raíthu, Egypt, date unknown.

Martyrs of Via Lavicana – (30 saints): A group of 30 Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian.
c 303 in Rome, Italy and were buried between two bay trees on the Via Lavicana outside Rome.

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Memorials of the Saints – 22 December

St Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) – Universal optional memorial (except in the USA which is on 13 November)
About St Frances:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/saint-of-the-day-22-december-st-frances-xavier-cabrini-m-s-c-1850-1917/

St Abban of New Ross
Bl Adam of Saxony
St Amaswinthus of Málaga
St Athernaise of Fife
St Bertheid of Münster
St Chaeremon of Nilopolis
St Flavian of Acquapendente
St Honoratus of Toulouse
St Hungerus of Utrecht (Died 866) Bishop
St Ischirione of Alexandria
Blessed Jutta of Disibodenberg OSB (c 1084-1136)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/12/22/saint-of-the-day-22-december-blessed-jutta-of-disibodenberg-osb-c-1084-1136/
Bl Ottone of Toulouse
Blessed Thomas Holland SJ (1600-1642) Priest and Martyr
His Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/12/22/saint-of-the-day-22-december-blessed-thomas-holland-sj-1600-1642-priest-and-martyr-his-faith-was-his-crime/
St Zeno of Nicomedia

Martyrs of Ostia – (3 saints): A group of Christians martyred together. The only details about them to survive are three names – Demetrius, Florus and Honoratus. They were martyred at Ostia, Italy.

Martyrs of Rhaitu – (43 saints): 43 monks martyred by Blemmyes, in Raíthu, Egypt, date unknown.

Martyrs of Via Lavicana – (30 saints): A group of 30 Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian.
c 303 in Rome, Italy and were buried between two bay trees on the Via Lavicana outside Rome.

Posted in IGNATIAN/JESUIT SJ- Reflections, Jesuit Saints and more, MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 22 December – Blessed Thomas Holland SJ (1600-1642) Priest and Martyr – His Faith was his crime

Saint of the Day – 22 December – Blessed Thomas Holland SJ (1600-1642) Jesuit Priest and Martyr – born in 1600 at Sutton, Lancashire and was executed by being hang, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, 12 December 1642 (aged 42).   Also known as Thomas Sanderson, Thomas Hammond.

Thomas Holland suffered from poor health during the whole of the seven years he spent in active ministry in his native England.   Despite his suffering, he fearlessly moved around London to bring the Sacraments to Catholics during this terrible and fearful period of oppression.bl thomas-holland.jpg

He was born in Lancashire and attended the English College at Saint-Omer in Flanders for six years.   He moved to Valladolid, Spain, in August 1621, to attend the English College there and then returned to Flanders in 1624 in order to enter the Jesuits.   He did his novitiate and theological studies in Flanders and was Ordained there, before being assigned to be the spiritual director of the scholastics at Saint-Omer.   In 1635 he was assigned to the English mission, in the hope that his native air would meliorate the poor health he had begun to suffer.

The conditions in which he had to live in England made his health worse, unfortunately. He had to stay indoors all day and travel only at night because of the danger of arrest byPpriest-hunters.   The hardships he endured caused a loss of appetite, which only worsened his condition.   Ill health, however, did not keep him from his mission and he continued until his arrest on 4 October 1642, on suspicion of being a Priest.

He was detained at New Prison in London for two weeks and then taken to Newgate to be tried. No evidence could be put forth proving that he was a Priest.    He had been very careful in prison not to be caught praying but when the court asked him to swear that he was not a Priest, he refused, the jury found him guilty and condemned him to die.   The French ambassador offered to intervene to try to win his freedom but Holland said he preferred martyrdom.

Some Capuchin friends smuggled Mass supplies into prison so he could celebrate the Eucharist one last time.

On the morning of 12 December 1642, he was dragged to Tyburn to be executed.   He prayed for those who had condemned him and for King Charles I, the royal family, parliament and the nation.   He gave the hangman the little money he had, forgave him for what he was about to do and then was hanged until he was dead.   His body was then beheaded and quartered and exposed on London bridge.bl thomas holland.jpg

This Jesuit site provides more details about his execution and his beatification:

Fr Holland was dragged to Tyburn at mid-morning of the 12th and seeing a crowd had gathered in silence, he spoke:

 “I have been brought here to die a traitor, a Priest and a Jesuit but in truth none of these things has been proved.”   Then mounting the cart, he placed the noose about his neck and told the people that he was truly a Priest and a Jesuit and that he pardoned the judge and jury that had condemned him..   He recited his acts of faith, hope, charity and contrition and then prayed for King Charles I and the nation “for whose prosperity and conversion to the Catholic faith, if I had as many lives as there are hairs on my head, drops of water in the ocean, or stars in the firmament, I would most willingly sacrifice them all.”   These words brought cheers from the crowd.   He then forgave his executioner for what he is about to do and gave him the few coins he still had in his pocket.

With eyes closed in prayer, Fr Holland looked at a Priest secretly in the crowd and received absolution.   After he was hanged, his body was beheaded and quartered and exposed on London Bridge.   Fr Holland was only forty-two years of age and a Jesuit for eighteen years.   Pope Pius XI beatified him on December 15, 1929.

Blessed Thomas Holland, your faith was your crime, pray for us!

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The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A +2019 and Memorials of the Saints – 22 December

The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A +2019

St Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) – Universal optional memorial (except in the USA which is on 13 November)
About St Frances:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/saint-of-the-day-22-december-st-frances-xavier-cabrini-m-s-c-1850-1917/

St Abban of New Ross
Bl Adam of Saxony
St Amaswinthus of Málaga
St Athernaise of Fife
St Bertheid of Münster
St Chaeremon of Nilopolis
St Flavian of Acquapendente
St Honoratus of Toulouse
St Hunger of Utrecht
St Ischirione of Alexandria
Bl Jutta of Disibodenberg OSB (c 1084-1136)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/12/22/saint-of-the-day-22-december-blessed-jutta-of-disibodenberg-osb-c-1084-1136/
Bl Ottone of Toulouse
Bl Thomas Holland SJ (1600-1642) Priest and Martyr
St Zeno of Nicomedia

Martyrs of Ostia – (3 saints): A group of Christians martyred together. The only details about them to survive are three names – Demetrius, Florus and Honoratus. They were martyred at Ostia, Italy.

Martyrs of Rhaitu – (43 saints): 43 monks martyred by Blemmyes, in Raíthu, Egypt, date unknown.

Martyrs of Via Lavicana – (30 saints): A group of 30 Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian.
c 303 in Rome, Italy and were buried between two bay trees on the Via Lavicana outside Rome.