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Our Lady of Fatima: The Sixth & Final Apparition & the Miracle of the Sun (1917) (104th Anniversary and Memorials of the Saints – 13 October

Our Lady of Fatima: The Sixth & Final Apparition & the Miracle of the Sun (1917) 13 October (104th Anniversary +2021)

The Day the Sun Danced…
The Miracle of the Sun which occurred miraculously on 13 October 1917, attended by a large crowd who had gathered in Fátima, Portugal, in response to a prophecy made by three shepherd children, Lúcia Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto. The prophecy was that the Virgin Mary (referred to as Our Lady of Fátima), would appear and perform miracles on that date. Newspapers published testimony from witnesses who said that they had seen extraordinary solar activity, such as the Sun appearing to “dance” or zig-zag in the sky, careen towards the Earth, or emit multicolored light and radiant colours. According to these reports, the event lasted approximately ten minutes.

The local Bishop opened a canonical investigation of the event in November 1917, to review witness accounts and assess whether the private revelations from Mary were compatible with Catholic doctrine. The local Priest conducting the investigation was particularly convinced by the concurring testimony of the extraordinary solar phenomena, received from secular reporters, government officials and other skeptics in attendance. Bishop José da Silva declared the miracle “worthy of belief” on 13 October 1930, permitting “officially the cult of Our Lady of Fatima” within the Catholic Church.

At a gathering on 13 October 1951 at Fátima, the Papal Legate, Cardinal Federico Tedeschini, told the million people attending, that on 30 October, 31 October, 1 November and 8 November 1950, Pope Pius XII himself witnessed the miracle of the Sun from the Vatican gardens.

Blessed Alexandrina of Balazar/Maria da Costa (1904-1955) Portuguese Laywoman, Victim Soul, Mystic, Salesian Co-operator.
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/13/saint-of-the-day-13-october-blessed-alexandrina-maria-da-costa-1904-1955/

St Benedict of Cupra
St Berthoald of Cambrai

St Edward King and Confessor (c 1003-1066) “Confessor ” reflects his reputation as a Saint who did not suffer Martyrdom, as opposed to King Edward the Martyr.
St Edward’s Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/13/saint-of-the-day-13-october-st-edward-king-and-confessor-c-1003-1066/

St Carpus of Troas
St Chelidonia
St Comgan the Monk
St Florence of Thessalonica
St Fyncana
St Fyndoca
Bl Gebrand of Klaarkamp

St Gerald of Aurillac (855-909) Consecrated Celibate Noble Layman
Biography here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/saint-of-the-day-13-october-gerald-of-aurillac-855-909/

St Leobono of Salagnac
St Lubentius (Died 370) Priest, Disciple of St Martin of Tours

Blessed Maddalena Panattieri OP (1443–1503) Religious of the Sisters of Penance of Saint Dominic, Stigmatist, she was blessed with many Mystical gifts.
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/10/13/saint-of-the-day-13-october-blessed-maddalena-panattieri-op-1443-1503/

St Maurice of Carnoet
St Regimbald of Speyer
St Romulus of Genoa
St Simbert of Augsburg
St Theophilus of Antioch
St Venantius

Three Crowns of Cordoba – (3 saints): Three Christian men martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian – Faustus, Januarius and Martial.
They were burned to death in 304 in Cordoba, Spain.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Àngel Presta Batllé
• Blessed ángel Ramos Velázquez
• Blessed Antonio Ayet Canós
• Blessed Ruperto García Arce
• Blessed Salustiano González Crespo
• Blessed Tomás Pallarés Ibáñez
• Blessed Francesc Mitjá i Mitjá
• Blessed Herminio Motos Torrecillas
• Blessed Joan Puig Serra

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Our Lady of Fatima: 103rd Anniversary of the Sixth & Final Apparition & the Miracle of the Sun (1917) and Memorials of the Saints – 13 October

Our Lady of Fatima: The Sixth & Final Apparition & the Miracle of the Sun (1917) 13 October (103rd Anniversary +2020)

Blessed Alexandrina of Balazar/Maria da Costa (1904-1955)
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/13/saint-of-the-day-13-october-blessed-alexandrina-maria-da-costa-1904-1955/

St Benedict of Cupra
St Berthoald of Cambrai
St Edward King and Confessor (c 1003-1066)
St Edward’s Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/13/saint-of-the-day-13-october-st-edward-king-and-confessor-c-1003-1066/

St Carpus of Troas
St Chelidonia
St Comgan the Monk
St Florence of Thessalonica
St Fyncana
St Fyndoca
Bl Gebrand of Klaarkamp

St Gerald of Aurillac (855-909)
Biography here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/saint-of-the-day-13-october-gerald-of-aurillac-855-909/

St Leobono of Salagnac
Blessed Maddalena Panattieri OP (1443–1503)
St Maurice of Carnoet
St Regimbald of Speyer
St Romulus of Genoa
St Simbert of Augsburg
St Theophilus of Antioch
St Venantius

Three Crowns of Cordoba – (3 saints): Three Christian men martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian – Faustus, Januarius and Martial.
They were burned to death in 304 in Cordoba, Spain.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Àngel Presta Batllé
• Blessed ángel Ramos Velázquez
• Blessed Antonio Ayet Canós
• Blessed Ruperto García Arce
• Blessed Salustiano González Crespo
• Blessed Tomás Pallarés Ibáñez
• Blessed Francesc Mitjá i Mitjá
• Blessed Herminio Motos Torrecillas
• Blessed Joan Puig Serra

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Saint of the Day – 13 October – St Edward King and Confessor (c 1003-1066)

Saint of the Day – 13 October – St Edward King and Confessor (c 1003-1066) – born c 1003 at Islip, Oxfordshire, England and died on 5 January 1066 (aged 60–63) at London, England. The last king of the House of Wessex, he ruled from 1042 to 1066.   Confessor reflects his reputation as a saint who did not suffer martyrdom, as opposed to King Edward the Martyr.   Patronages – of difficult marriages, England (before 1347); English Royal Family; Kings.   St Edward was Canonised on 7 February 1161, Rome by Pope Alexander III. His major Shrine is in Westminster Abbey, which Cathedral he built. His body is incorrupt.st edward at st saviours - chels

st saviour's edward the confessor - my pic
This Window is in my home Parish, St Saviour’s Cathedral, Oudtshoorn, near Cape Town.   It dates from 1860.

Saint Edward, son of King Ethelred, whose kingdom of England fell to the Danish invaders, was unexpectedly raised to the throne of England in 1041, at the age of forty years. God had shown Edward to a pious bishop in a vision, as England’s King, anointed by Saint Peter –  Behold the one who will be King through My favor; he will be cherished by heaven, agreeable to men, terrible to his enemies, loving to his subjects, very useful to the Church of God.edward

The English people, tired of being governed by a foreign domination, decided in 1041 to reinstate the surviving son of their legitimate sovereign, and under the leadership of three noblemen, succeeded in crowning Edward on Easter Sunday of the year 1042. Edward had spent twenty-seven years of his forty in exile in Normandy, in the palace of his maternal uncle.st edward - v lg

When he was raised to the throne, the virtues of his earlier years, simplicity, gentleness, humility and a tender charity but above all his angelic purity, shone with new brightness.   By a rare inspiration of God, though he married to content his nobles and people, he preserved perfect chastity in the wedded state.   So little did he set his heart on riches, that three times when he saw a servant robbing his treasury, he let him escape, saying the poor man needed the gold more than he.   He loved to stand at his palace-gate, speaking kindly to the poor beggars and lepers who crowded about him, and many of whom he healed of their diseases.   The people rejoiced in having a Saint for their king.st edward glass

Long wars had brought the kingdom to a sad state but Edward’s zeal and sanctity soon wrought a great change.  His reign of twenty-four years was one of almost unbroken peace.   He undertook only one war, which was victorious, to reinstate Malcolm, legitimate king of Scotland.   The country grew prosperous, the ruined churches rose again under his hand, the weak lived secure, and for ages afterwards men spoke with affection of the laws of good Saint Edward.   The holy king delighted in building and enriching churches – Westminster Abbey was his last and noblest work.

The left panel of the Wilton Diptych, where Edward (centre), with Edmund the Martyr (left) and John the Baptist
The left panel of the Wilton diptych with St Edward in the centre, flanked by St Justin Martyr ,left and St John the Baptist, right.

He had a particular devotion to the holy Apostles Saint Peter and Saint John the Evangelist and had made a promise never to refuse an alms asked in the name of the latter.

One day when he had no money with him, a poor man reached out his hand in the name of the Apostle and the king gave him a valuable ring he was wearing.   Some time later, Saint John appeared to two pilgrims returning from the Holy Land.   He gave them a ring and said:  Take it to the king; he gave it to me one day when I asked for an alms in the habit of a pilgrim.   Tell him that in six months I will visit him and take him with me, to follow the unblemished Lamb.   The King received it from them after hearing their telling of this incident and broke into tears.   And Edward did indeed die six months later, on 5 January 1066.st edward statue

Unfortunately for his kingdom, Edward’s death left England in turmoil.   His vow of chastity meant that he died without an obvious heir.  The Saxon people rejected his promise of the throne to the Duke of Normandy.   Three contenders to the kingdom emerged – Edward’s brother-in-law, Harold Godwinson;  the Viking king, Harold Hardrede;  and William, Duke of Normandy.   Hardrede was defeated by Godwinson at Stamford Bridge.   Godwinson died at the Battle of Hastings, leaving William “the Conqueror” to succeed and start the Norman era.

In 1102 his body was exhumed and found intact and flexible, with its clothing perfectly preserved, appearing to be new.Painting of St Edward_s Tomb

st edward tomb
A painting of St Edward’s Tomb and a photo of it today and dates from 1269

Many miracles occurred at his tomb and King Henry III rebuilt a new and costly shrine in 1269.   St Edward was the Patron saint of England until 1415 (succeeded by St George).