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Notre Dame d’Esperance de Pontmain / Our Lady of Pontmain (1871), St Anthony Abbot (251-356) and Memorials of the Saints – 17 January

Notre Dame d’Esperance de Pontmain / Our Lady of Hope, Our Lady of Pontmain (1871) – 17 January:
HERE;

https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/17/feast-of-our-lady-of-hope-of-pontmain-and-memorials-of-the-saints-17-january/

St Anthony Abbot (251-356) Monk and Hermit.
St Anthony’s Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/01/17/saint-of-the-day-17-january-st-anthony-abbot-c-251-356/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/01/17/saint-of-the-day-17-january-st-anthony-abbot/

St Achillas of Sketis
St Amoes of Sketis
St Anthony of Rome
Bl Euphemia Domitilla

Blessed Gamelbert of Michaelsbuch (c 720-c 802) Priest, Monk, Hermit. “Such was his kindness of heart, that he used to buy the little birds caught by the peasants, in order to set them free. He never allowed his servants to work in the fields or woods, if bad weather threatened. He valued, above everything, peace and concord and kept the peace among his parishioners, as far as he possibly could.” – from “The Little Bollandists” by Monsignor Paul Guérin, 1882
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2022/01/17/saint-of-the-day-17-january-blessed-gamelbert-of-michaelsbuch-c-720-c-802/

St Genitus
St Genulfus
St John of Rome
Blessed Joseph of Freising (Died 764) Bishop
St Julian Sabas the Elder
St Marcellus of Die
St Merulus of Rome
St Mildgytha
St Nennius
St Neosnadia
St Pior
St Richimir

Blessed Rosalina of Villeneuve O.Cart. (1263–1329) Nun of the Carthusaian Order, Mystic, Apostle of Charity. Beatified in 1851 by Pope Blessed Pius IX.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/17/saint-of-the-day-17-january-blessed-rosalina-of-villeneuve-o-cart-1263-1329/

St Sabinus of Piacenza

St Sulpicius the Pious of Bourges (Died c 647) Bishop, Miracle-worker, servant of the poor.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/17/saint-of-the-day-17-january-saint-sulpicius-of-bourges-died-c-647/

Martyrs of Langres – Triplet Brothers with their Grandmother: At Langres, in the time of Marcus Aurelius, the Saints Eleusippus, Meleusippus, Speusippus, born at one birth, who were crowned with Martyrdom, together with their grandmother, Leonilla,

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The Fourth Day of the Octave of Christmas, The Holy Innocents, Notre-Dame de Pontoise / Our Lady of Pontoise, France (13th Century) and Memorials of the Saints – 28 December

The Fourth Day of the Octave of Christmas

The Holy Innocents
About:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/12/28/saints-of-the-day-feast-of-the-holy-innocents-28-december-4th-day-of-the-christmas-octave/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/12/28/saints-of-the-day-feast-of-the-holy-innocents-martyrs-28-december-4th-day-of-the-christmas-octave/

Notre-Dame de Pontoise / Our Lady of Pontoise, France (13th Century) – 28 December:
HERE:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/12/28/the-fourth-day-of-the-octave-of-christmas-feast-of-the-holy-innocents-notre-dame-de-pontoise-our-lady-of-pontoise-france-12th-century-and-memorials-of-the-saints-28-december/

St Anthony of Lérins (c 428-c 520) Monk, Hermit, Miracle-worker. The Roman Martyrology states: “Commemoration of Saint Anthony, a Monk, who, a man distinguished by grace and preparation, after having led a solitary life, retired, by now an old man in the Monastery of Lérins in Provence, where he piously fell asleep in the Lord.”
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/12/28/saint-of-the-day-28-december-saint-anthony-of-lerins-c-428-c-520/

BL Claudia Weinhardt
St Conindrus
St Domitian the Deacon
St Domnio of Rome
St Eutychius
Bl Gregory of Cahors
St Iolande of Rome
Bl Johannes Riedgasse

Blessed Matthia de Nazzarei OSC (1253-1319) Virgin, Nun of the Poor Clares, Abbess, gifted with the charism of miracles and prophecy. Beatified on 27 July 1765 by Pope Clement XIII.
Her Life
:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/12/28/saint-of-the-day-28-december-blessed-matthia-de-nazzarei-osc-1253-1319/

Bl Nicolas Mello
Bl Otto of Heidelberg
St Romulus
St Simon the Myroblite
St Theonas of Alexandria
St Theodore of Tabenna
St Troadius of Pontus

Martyrs of Africa – 3 Saints: Three Christians murdered together in Africa for their faith. The only details to survive are their names – Castor, Rogatian and Victor.

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Dedication of the Abbey of Our Lady, Pontigny, France (1114, Feast of Mater Admirabilis / Mother Most Admirable (1844) and Memorials of the Saints – 20 October

Mater Admirabilis / Mother Most Admirable (1844) – 20 October:

Mater Admirabilis is a fresco depicting the Virgin Mary, in the Monastery of the Trinità dei Monti, in Rome. It was painted by a young French artist, Pauline Perdrau and has been associated with several miracles.

In 1844, a generation after the Society of the Sacred Heart was founded, Pauline Perdrau, a young novice, took it upon herself to produce a fresco of the Virgin Mary on a wall in a recreational area of the convent, Trinità dei Monti in Rome.
As a child, Pauline had had a favourite pink dress, so she chose to paint Mary as a young woman in a rose-coloured dress rather than a matronly Madonna in blue. The lily at Mary’s side represented her purity; the distaff and spindle, her love of work; a book, her dedication to study.
Unfortunately, although Pauline put herself wholeheartedly into her task, her inexperience with the technique of fresco did not produce the beautiful soft painting for which she had hoped. The too vivid colours, had to be hidden behind a drape.
Pope Pius IX, upon visiting the Convent on 20 October 1846, requested that the curtain be removed. Seeing the fresco of our Lady, its colours inexplicably softened, he exclaimed, “Mater Admirabilis!” Miracles soon began with the cure of a missionary Priest who had completely lost the power of speech. Permission was given to offer Mass before the miraculous picture and to celebrate the Feast of Mater Admirabilis on 20 October.

Dedication of the Abbey of Our Lady, Pontigny, France (1114) – 20 October:
HERE:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/10/20/dedication-of-the-abbey-of-our-lady-pontigny-france-1114-and-memorials-of-the-saints-20-october/

St John Cantius (1390-1473) Confessor, Priest, Theologian, Scholastic Philosopher, Physicist, Teacher, Confessor, Philosopher, Apostle of Charity – Patron of Poland and Lithuania.
His Feast was moved after Vatican II to 23 December.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2017/12/23/saint-of-the-day-23-december-st-john-of-kanty-cantius-1390-1473/

St Acca (c 660-742) Bishop, Abbot, Missionary, Theologian, Musician.
About St Acca:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/20/saint-of-the-day-20-october-saint-acca-c-660-742/

St Adelina
St Aderald
St Aidan of Mayo
St Andrew of Crete
St Artemius Megalomartyr
St Barsabias
St Bernard of Bagnorea
St Bradan
St Caprasius of Agen

St Cornelius the Centurion (1st Century) traditionally believed to have become th First Bishop of Caesarea
About St Cornelius:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/10/20/saint-of-the-day-20-october-saint-cornelius-the-centurion-1st-century/

Bl Gundisalvus of Silos
St Irene

Blessed James Strepar OFM (c 1340-1409) Archbishop of Halicz, Poland from 1392 until his death Religious Priest of the Order of Friars Minor, Missionary. St Pius X proclaimed Blessed James, along with St Anthony of Padua, the Patrons of the Conventual Franciscan Order of Krakow Province. He was given the title of “Protector of the Kingdom, Defender and Guardian of the Homeland,” for his exceptional merits, including civil ones. Such was he considered by all. He was Canonised by by Pope Pius VI on 11 September 1791. His body is incorrupt.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/10/20/saint-of-the-day-20-october-blessed-james-strepar-ofm-c-1340-1409/

St Leopardo of Osimo
St Lucas Alonso Gorda
St Martha of Cologne
St Maximus of Aquila
St Orora
St Saula of Cologne
St Sindulphus of Rheims
St Usthazanes
St Vitalis of Salzburg

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Notre Dame d’Esperance de Pontmain / Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain (1871) and Memorials of the Saints – 17 January

Notre Dame d’Esperance de Pontmain / Our Lady of Hope, Our Lady of Pontmain (1871) – 17 January:

During the Franco-Prussian War, German troops approached the town of Pontmain, France and the villagers there prayed for protection. On the evening of 17 January 1871, Mary appeared in the sky for several minutes over the town. She wore a dark blue dress covered in stars, carried a crucifix and below her were the words – “Pray, my children, God will answer your prayers very soon. He will not allow you to be touched.” That night the German army was ordered to withdraw and an armistice ending the war was signed eleven days later on 28 January.
In May 1872, Bishop Wicart authorized the construction of a Sanctuary, which was consecrated in October 1900. In 1905 Pope Pius X elevated the Sanctuary to the status of a Basilica – The Basilica of Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain.
Pope Pius XI gave a final decision regarding the mass and office in honour of Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain. A final papal honour was given to Our Lady of Hope on 16 July 1932 by Cardinal Pacelli, who later became Pope Pius XII, by passing a decree from the Chapter of St Peter’s Basilica, that the Statue of the Blessed Lady, Mother of Hope, be solemnly honoured with the crown of gold. The Lady then was crowned in the presence of Archbishop, Bishops, Priests and the laity by Cardinal Verdier, Archbishop of Paris. The coronation took place on 24 July 1934.
At Pontmain, it was a matter of a message of prayer, very simple in the dramatic circumstances of war and invasion. At Pontmain, Mary is a sign of hope in the midst of war. A place of pilgrimage, it attracts annually around 200,000 drawn from among the people of the region, with some international pilgrimages, especially from Germany.

It was in the winter of 1871 in the village of Pontmain, France, Eugene Barbedette was busy in his father’s barn helping prepare the animal feed. He stood briefly in the open doorway, admiring the beautiful evening. Suddenly the gaze of the 12 year old was held there, for opposite the barn and in a framework of stars, stood a beautiful lady – motionless – smiling at him.
“Do you see anything?” he shouted to the others, “Look, over there!”
“Yes,” cried his brother Joseph, “a beautiful lady dressed in a blue robe with golden stars, yes and blue shoes with golden buckles…and, she has a golden crown which is getting bigger and a black veil.”
Since the father did not see her, he told the boys to get on with their work; then curiously, he asked, “Eugene, do you still see anything?”
“Yes, she’s still there,” the boy answered and ran to fetch his mother; she saw nothing but with a woman’s intuition, she thought it might be the Blessed Virgin and assembling the family gently, all prayed five Paters and Aves in honour of the Mother of God. She called for a nun at the convent next door, who brought her two little charges with her, the latter, Francoise and Jean Marie, reaching the door of the barn, called out, “Oh, look at that lovely lady with the golden stars!” and clapped their hands with delight.
The news spread quickly, people gathered, with them the Cure, M Guerin. The Magnificat was intoned and Eugene shouted, “Look what she is doing!”
Slowly a great white streamer unfolded and in large letters they read: “Pray, my children, God will answer your prayers very soon. He will not allow you to be touched.”

The Cure then intoned the hymn: “My Sweet Jesus…” At that a red cross with the wounded body of Christ appeared before the Virgin, who held it. At the top in large red letters was written, “Jesus Christ.”
The crowd burst into tears, while the Cure ordered night prayers to be said; a white veil hid the vision, while our Lady smiled at the children, a smile which haunted them all through life with its beauty. Something of the sorrow of farewell was depicted on the faces of Eugene and Joseph, for the cure said quickly, “Can you still see anything?”
“No, it is quite finished,” they answered.

At the moment the message was being written in the sky, a messenger passing in front of the crowd had shouted, “You may well pray, the Russians are at Laval.” But they never entered it.
On the 17th of January, at six o’clock at night, the very hour the Virgin appeared to the children of Pontmain, the division of soldiers, without apparent reason, received the order to retire.
On the 28th of January, the armistice was signed at Versailles. After long and searching inquiry, Mgr. Wicart, the Bishop of Laval, proclaimed the authenticity of the vision and at the very spot where Our Lady had appeared, a cHURCH was erected in honour of Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain. There the Queen of Heaven receives her countless children and gives them fresh hope in their trials, as she gave France peace in her hour of need.
The Basilica is a magnificent structure in the 13th century style and one may still see the barn where Eugene and Joseph worked when Mary appeared.

This window is in the Basilica

St Anthony Abbot (251-356) (Memorial)
St Anthony’s Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/01/17/saint-of-the-day-17-january-st-anthony-abbot-c-251-356/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/01/17/saint-of-the-day-17-january-st-anthony-abbot/

St Achillas of Sketis
St Amoes of Sketis
St Antony of Rome
Bl Euphemia Domitilla
Bl Gamelbert of Michaelsbuch
St Genitus
St Genulfus
St Jenaro Sánchez Delgadillo
St John of Rome
Bl Joseph of Freising
St Julian Sabas the Elder
St Marcellus of Die
St Merulus of Rome
St Mildgytha
St Nennius
St Neosnadia
St Pior
St Richimir

Blessed Rosalina of Villeneuve O.Cart. (1263–1329)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/17/saint-of-the-day-17-january-blessed-rosalina-of-villeneuve-o-cart-1263-1329/

St Sabinus of Piacenza
St Sulpicius of Bourges (Died c 647) Bishop
Blessed Teresio Olivelli (1916–1945) Martyr
His Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/17/saint-of-the-day-17-january-blessed-teresio-olivelli-1916-1945-martyr-rebel-for-love/
Martyrs of Langres: Eleusippus, Leonilla, Meleusippus, Speusippus

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Our Lady of Pontmain – 17 January and Memorials of the Saints

St Anthony Abbot (251-356) (Memorial)
St Anthony’s Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/01/17/saint-of-the-day-17-january-st-anthony-abbot-c-251-356/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/01/17/saint-of-the-day-17-january-st-anthony-abbot/

Our Lady of Pontmain – 17 January:  During the Franco-Prussian War, German troops approached the town of Pontmain, France and the villagers there prayed for protection. On the evening of 17 January 1871, Mary appeared in the sky for several minutes over the town. She wore a dark blue dress covered in stars, carried a crucifix and below her were the words – Pray please. God will hear you soon. My son lets Himself be touched. That night the German army was ordered to withdraw and an armistice ending the war was signed eleven days later on 28 January. Approval of diocesan bishop.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

St Achillas of Sketis
St Amoes of Sketis
St Antony of Rome
Bl Euphemia Domitilla
Bl Gamelbert of Michaelsbuch
St Genitus
St Genulfus
St Jenaro Sánchez Delgadillo
St John of Rome
Bl Joseph of Freising
St Julian Sabas the Elder
St Marcellus of Die
St Merulus of Rome
St Mildgytha
St Nennius
St Neosnadia
St Pior
St Richimir

Blessed Rosalina of Villeneuve O.Cart. (1263–1329)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/17/saint-of-the-day-17-january-blessed-rosalina-of-villeneuve-o-cart-1263-1329/

St Sabinus of Piacenza
St Sulpicius of Bourges
Blessed Teresio Olivelli (1916–1945) Martyr

Martyrs of Langres: Eleusippus, Leonilla, Meleusippus, Speusippus

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Feast of Our Lady of Pontmain & Memorials of the Saints -17 January

St Anthony Abbot (251-356) (Memorial)

Our Lady of Pontmain – 17 January:  During the Franco-Prussian War, German troops approached the town of Pontmain, France and the villagers there prayed for protection. On the evening of 17 January 1871, Mary appeared in the sky for several minutes over the town.   She wore a dark blue dress covered in stars, carried a crucifix and below her were the words –  Pray please. God will hear you soon.   My son lets Himself be touched.   That night the German army was ordered to withdraw and an armistice ending the war was signed eleven days later on 28 January.   Approval of diocesan bishop.pontmain_53_statue_de_la_vierge_sur_le_parvis_de_la_basilique.jpg

St Achillas of Sketis
St Amoes of Sketis
St Antony of Rome
Bl Euphemia Domitilla
Bl Gamelbert of Michaelsbuch
St Genitus
St Genulfus
St Jenaro Sánchez Delgadillo
St John of Rome
Bl Joseph of Freising
St Julian Sabas the Elder
St Marcellus of Die
St Merulus of Rome
St Mildgytha
St Nennius
St Neosnadia
St Pior
St Richimir
Bl Rosalina of Villeneuve O.Cart. (1263–1329)
St Sabinus of Piacenza
St Sulpicius of Bourges

Martyrs of Langres: Eleusippus, Leonilla, Meleusippus, Speusippus

Posted in FEASTS and SOLEMNITIES, MARIAN TITLES, SAINT of the DAY, The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Feast of Our Lady of Pontmain and Memorials of the Saints – 17 January

St Anthony Abbot (251-356) (Memorial)

Our Lady of Pontmain:   During the Franco-Prussian War, German troops approached the town of Pontmain, France and the villagers there prayed for protection.   On the evening of 17 January 1871, Mary appeared in the sky for several minutes over the town.   She wore a dark blue dress covered in stars, carried a crucifix and below her were the words Pray please.   God will hear you soon.   My son lets Himself be touched.   That night the German army was ordered to withdraw and an armistice ending the war was signed eleven days later on 28 January.   Approval of diocesan bishop.



St Achillas of Sketis
St Amoes of Sketis
St Antony of Rome
Bl Euphemia Domitilla
Bl Gamelbert of Michaelsbuch
St Genitus
St Genulfus
St Jenaro Sánchez Delgadillo
St John of Rome
Bl Joseph of Freising
St Julian Sabas the Elder
St Marcellus of Die
St Merulus of Rome
St Mildgytha
St Nennius
St Neosnadia
St Pior
St Richimir
Bl Rosalina of Villeneuve
St Sabinus of Piacenza
St Sulpicius of Bourges

Martyrs of Langres: Eleusippus, Leonilla, Meleusippus, Speusippus