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Memorials of the Saints – 30 June

Thirteenth Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time, Year C *2019
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First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome (Optional Memorial)
About:
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St Adolphus of Osnabrück
St Alpinian of Limoges
St Alrick the Hermit
Bl Ambrose de Feis
Bl Anthony de Tremoulières
Bl Arnulf of Villers
St Austriclinian of Limoges
St Basilides of Alexandria
St Bertrand of Le Mans
St Clotsindis of Marchiennes
Bl Elisabeth Heimburg
St Emiliana of Rome
St Erentrude
St Eurgain
St Gaius
Bl Gennaro Maria Sarnelli C.Ss.R. (1702–1743)

Bl Jacob Clou
St Leo the Deacon
St Lucina of Rome
St Lucina of the Callistus Catacombs
St Marcian of Pampeluna
St Martial of Limoges
St Ostianus
St Otto of Bamberg
St Peter of Asti
St Petrus Li Quanhui
Bl Philip Powel
St Raimundus Li Quanzhen
Bl Raymond Lull TOSF (c 1232 – c1315)
Biography:
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St Theobald of Provins
Bl Vasyl Vsevolod Velychkovskyi
St Vihn Son Ðo Yen
Bl Zenon Kovalyk

Martyrs of Africa – 7 saints: Seven Christians martyred together. No detail about them have surived but the names – Cursicus, Gelatus, Italica, Leo, Timotheus, Zoilus, and Zoticus. Date and precise location in Africa unknown.

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Thought for the Day – 30 June – The Memorial of The First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome

Thought for the Day – 30 June – The Memorial of The First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome

Nero became the emperor of Rome in 54.   About 10 years later, he began to persecute the Christians.   When a terrible fire broke out in the city, Nero accused the Christians of causing it.   He increased his efforts to destroy them.   Nero had Christians covered with pitch and set on fire to light the way for his night drive through the park.   He had some Christians sewn into animal skins and left in the woods so that he and his guests could go hunting for them.   In the two centuries after Nero, thousands of Christians were put to death.   All these unnamed martyrs are honoured on this day, after the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, both of course Martyrs for their love of Christ.

Wherever the Good News of Jesus was preached, it met the same opposition as Jesus did, and many of those who began to follow Him shared His suffering and death.   But no human force could stop the power of the Spirit unleashed upon the world.   The blood of martyrs has always been, and will always be, the seed of Christians.   Do we stand up or crumble in the face of persecution?    I truly wonder how any of us would fair if faced with torture and death for the sake of Christ.

First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome, Pray for us!first holy martyrs of the church of rome - pray for us - 30 june 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 30 June – Saturday of the Twelth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

One Minute Reflection – 30 June – Saturday of the Twelth Week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel Matthew 8:5-17 – The Memorial of The First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome & Blessed Raymond Lull T.O.S.F. (c 1232 – c1315) Martyr

“I say to you, many will come, from the east and the west and will recline with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven.”…Matthew 8:11

REFLECTION – “And the saints who preceded us are also waiting for us, slow and lazy as we are.   Their joy is not perfect so long as there is reason to weep over our sins.   The apostle testifies to this for me when he says:  “Without us, they were not to be made perfect.” (Heb 11:40)   So see: Abraham is waiting. Isaac, Jacob and all the prophets are waiting for us to possess perfect beatitude with us… If you are holy, you will have joy when you leave this life but that joy will only be complete when not one of the members of the Body we are all to form together is missing anymore.   You will also wait for others in the same way as you were awaited.   Now if you who are only one member cannot have perfect joy if another member is absent, how much more our Lord and Saviour, who is both the author and the head of the entire Body… Then we will have come to the maturity of which the apostle Paul said:  “The life I live now is not my own;  Christ is living in me.” (Gal 2:20)   Then our pontiff will drink the new wine in the new heaven, on the new earth, in the new human person, with the new human persons, with those who sing the new song.”…Origen (c185-253)matthew 8 11 - and the saints who preceded us - origen - 30 june 2018

PRAYER – Grant us Lord, a true knowledge of salvation, so that freed from fear and from the power of our foes, we may serve You faithfully, all the days of our life and attain the light and joy of our heavenly home.   By the blood of the Martyrs and the glory of the Communion of Saints, strengthen us with their faith and endurance.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in unity with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, amen.first martyrs of the church of rome - pray for us - 30 june 2018bl raymond lull - pray for us - 30 june 2018

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Thought for the Day – 30 June

Thought for the Day – 30 June

At one time, it was a crime to be a Christian and it still is in certain parts of the world.
In places less distant from us than a days plane trip, Christians are outlawed and imprisoned.
How would we respond in those circumstances?
Are you willing to give up everything for the sake of Christ – or – are you just talking?

Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome, pray for us!

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Saint/s of the Day – 30 June – The First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

Saint/s of the Day – 30 June – The First Martyrs of the Church of Rome – the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome were Christians martyred in the city of Rome during Nero’s persecution in 64. The event is recorded by both Tacitus and Pope Clement I, among others.

There were Christians in Rome within a dozen or so years after the death of Jesus, though they were not the converts of the “Apostle of the Gentiles” (see Romans 15:20). Paul had not yet visited them at the time he wrote his great letter in A.D. 57-58.

There was a large Jewish population in Rome.   Probably as a result of controversy between Jews and Jewish Christians, the Emperor Claudius expelled all Jews from Rome in A.D. 49-50.   Suetonius the historian says that the expulsion was due to disturbances in the city “caused by the certain Chrestus” [Christ].   Perhaps many came back after Claudius’s death in A.D. 54.   Paul’s letter was addressed to a church with members from Jewish and gentile backgrounds.

In July of A.D. 64, more than half of Rome was destroyed by fire.   Rumour blamed the tragedy on Nero, who wanted to enlarge his palace.   He shifted the blame by accusing the Christians.   According to the historian Tacitus, a “great multitude” of Christians were put to death because of their “hatred of the human race.” Peter and Paul were probably among the victims.

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Threatened by an army revolt and condemned to death by the senate, Nero committed suicide in A.D. 68 at the age of thirty-one.

Wherever the Good News of Jesus was preached, it met the same opposition as Jesus did and many of those who began to follow Him shared His suffering and death.   But no human force could stop the power of the Spirit unleashed upon the world.   The blood of martyrs has always been, and will always be, the seed of Christians.

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