Posted in MARIAN TITLES, SAINT of the DAY, YouTube VIDEOS

Feast of Our Lady of Montevergine and Memorials of the Saints – 1 September

Our Lady of Montevergine:
Also known as –
• Madonna di Montevergine
• Madonna Bruna
• Mamma Schiavona
One of the so-called Black Madonnas, image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, normally holding the Christ Child, who have been “inculturated”, that is, made the little Jewish girl Mary look more like the people in the area of the artist, or which are actually black in color. This one serves as part of the altar piece of the Sanctuary on Montevergine. This site is the goal of thousands of pilgrims each year.
More on Our Lady of Montevergine here:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/01/1-september-the-memorial-of-our-lady-of-montevergine/

Abigail the Matriarch
St Aegidius
St Agia
St Anea
St Arcanus
St Arealdo of Brescia
Bl Colomba of Mount Brancastello
St Constantius the Bishop
St Donatus of Sentianum
St Felix of Sentianum
St Fiacre (Died 670)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/09/01/saint-of-the-day-1-september-saint-fiacre-died-670/
St Gideon the Judge

St Giles (c 650 – c 710) One of the 14 Holy Helpers
About St Giles here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/saint-of-the-day-1-september-st-giles/
About the 14 Holy Helpers here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/07/25/thought-for-the-day-25-july-the-memorial-of-st-christopher-died-c-251-one-of-the-fourteen-holy-helpers/

Bl Giustino of Paris
Bl Giovanna Soderini
St Jane Soderini
St Joshua the Patriarch
Bl Juliana of Collalto
St Laetus of Dax
St Lupus of Sens (Died 623) Bishop
St Lythan
St Nivard of Rheims
St Priscus
St Regulus
St Sixtus of Rheims
St Terentian
St Verena
St Victorious
St Vincent of Xaintes

Exiles of Campania
Twelve Holy Brothers: Martyrs of the South –
A group of Martyrs who died c 303 at various places in southern Italy. In 760 their relics were brought together and enshrined in Benevento, Italy as a group.
• Saint Arontius of Potenza
• Saint Donatus of Sentianum
• Saint Felix of Sentianum
• Saint Felix of Venosa
• Saint Fortunatus of Potenza
• Saint Honoratus of Potenza
• Saint Januarius of Venosa
• Saint Repositus of Velleianum
• Saint Sabinian of Potenza
• Saint Sator of Velleianum
• Saint Septiminus of Venosa
• Saint Vitalis of Velleianum
One tradition describes Saint Boniface of Hadrumetum and Saint Thecla of Hadrumetum as their parents.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Martyred Hospitallers of Saint John of God – (12 beati)
• Blessed Alejandro Cobos Celada
• Blessed Alfonso Sebastiá Viñals
• Blessed Amparo Carbonell Muñoz
• Blessed Antonio Villanueva Igual
• Blessed Carmen Moreno Benítez
• Blessed Crescencio Lasheras Aizcorbe
• Blessed Enrique López y López
• Blessed Francesc Trullen Gilisbarts
• Blessed Guillermo Rubio Alonso
• Blessed Isidro Gil Arano
• Blessed Joaquim Pallerola Feu
• Blessed Joaquín Ruiz Cascales
• Blessed José Franco Gómez
• Blessed José Prats Sanjuán
• Blessed Josep Samsó y Elias
• Blessed Manuel Mateo Calvo
• Blessed Mariano Niño Pérez
• Blessed Maximiano Fierro Pérez
• Blessed Miquel Roca Huguet
• Blessed Nicolás Aramendía García
• Blessed Pedro Rivera
• Blessed Pio Ruiz De La Torre

Posted in MARIAN TITLES, SAINT of the DAY, WORLD DAYS of PRAYER

Sunday 22 C, Our Lady of Montevergine, 5th World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and Memorials of the Saints – 1 September

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C *2019
The 5th World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation *2019

Our Lady of Montevergine:
Also known as –
• Madonna di Montevergine
• Madonna Bruna
• Mamma Schiavona
One of the so-called Black Madonnas, image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, normally holding the Christ Child, who have been “inculturated”, that is, made the little Jewish girl Mary look more like the people in the area of the artist, or which are actually black in color. This one serves as part of the altar piece of the Sanctuary on Montevergine. This site is the goal of thousands of pilgrims each year.
More on Our Lady of Montevergine here:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/01/1-september-the-memorial-of-our-lady-of-montevergine/

Abigail the Matriarch
St Aegidius
St Agia
St Anea
St Arcanus
St Arealdo of Brescia
Bl Colomba of Mount Brancastello
St Constantius the Bishop
St Donatus of Sentianum
St Felix of Sentianum
St Fiacre (Died 670)
St Gideon the Judge

St Giles (c 650 – c 710) One of the 14 Holy Helpers
About St Giles here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/saint-of-the-day-1-september-st-giles/
About the 14 Holy Helpers here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/07/25/thought-for-the-day-25-july-the-memorial-of-st-christopher-died-c-251-one-of-the-fourteen-holy-helpers/

Bl Giustino of Paris
Bl Giovanna Soderini
St Jane Soderini
St Joshua the Patriarch
Bl Juliana of Collalto
St Laetus of Dax
St Lupus of Sens
St Lythan
St Nivard of Rheims
St Priscus
St Regulus
St Sixtus of Rheims
St Terentian
St Verena
St Victorious
St Vincent of Xaintes

Exiles of Campania
Twelve Holy Brothers: Martyrs of the South –
A group of martyrs who died c 303 at various places in southern Italy. In 760 their relics were brought together and enshrined in Benevento, Italy as a group.
• Saint Arontius of Potenza
• Saint Donatus of Sentianum
• Saint Felix of Sentianum
• Saint Felix of Venosa
• Saint Fortunatus of Potenza
• Saint Honoratus of Potenza
• Saint Januarius of Venosa
• Saint Repositus of Velleianum
• Saint Sabinian of Potenza
• Saint Sator of Velleianum
• Saint Septiminus of Venosa
• Saint Vitalis of Velleianum
One tradition describes Saint Boniface of Hadrumetum and Saint Thecla of Hadrumetum as their parents.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Martyred Hospitallers of Saint John of God – (12 beati)
• Blessed Alejandro Cobos Celada
• Blessed Alfonso Sebastiá Viñals
• Blessed Amparo Carbonell Muñoz
• Blessed Antonio Villanueva Igual
• Blessed Carmen Moreno Benítez
• Blessed Crescencio Lasheras Aizcorbe
• Blessed Enrique López y López
• Blessed Francesc Trullen Gilisbarts
• Blessed Guillermo Rubio Alonso
• Blessed Isidro Gil Arano
• Blessed Joaquim Pallerola Feu
• Blessed Joaquín Ruiz Cascales
• Blessed José Franco Gómez
• Blessed José Prats Sanjuán
• Blessed Josep Samsó y Elias
• Blessed Manuel Mateo Calvo
• Blessed Mariano Niño Pérez
• Blessed Maximiano Fierro Pérez
• Blessed Miquel Roca Huguet
• Blessed Nicolás Aramendía García
• Blessed Pedro Rivera
• Blessed Pio Ruiz De La Torre
• Blessed Simó Isidre Joaquím Brun Ararà

Posted in MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 1 September – the Memorial of St Giles, one of th Fourteen Holy Helpers

Thought for the Day – 1 September – the Memorial of St Giles, one of th Fourteen Holy Helpers

Despite the fact that much about St Giles is shrouded in mystery, we can say that he was one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages.   St Giles may not have been a martyr but, as the word martyr means, he was a true witness to the faith.   This is attested to by the faith of the People of God in the Middle Ages.   He became one of the “holy helpers” and can still function in that role for us today.

It seems appropriate, that St Giles, who loved nature and whom nature loved, who made his home in a forest, in a hollow tree, should have his feast day today, 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

There is nothing random, nothing that happens by chance – all is held in God’s hands!

St Giles pray for us and for all of God’s creation.st giles pray for us

 

Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 1 September – St Giles

Saint of the Day – 1 September – St Giles (c 650 at Athens, Greece – between 710 and 724 in France of natural causes).   Monk, Hermit, Abbot.   St Giles is also known as Giles the Hermit, was a Greek, Christian, hermit saint from Athens, whose legend is centered in Provence and Septimania.   Giles founded the abbey in Saint-Gilles-du-Gard whose tomb became a place of pilgrimage.   It was a stop on the road that led from Arles to Santiago de Compostela, the pilgrim Way of St. James.   Giles is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.  Patronages: • cancer patients; against breast cancer• epileptics; against epilepsy• against fear of night or noctiphobia• mentally ill people; against insanity or mental illness• lepers, against leprosy• against sterility• beggars• blacksmiths• breast feeding• disabled, handicapped, crippled or physically challenged people• forests, woods• hermits• horses• paupers, poor people• rams• spur makers• Monte San Savino, Italy• Tolfa, Italy• Edinburgh, Scotland.Saint Giles and the Deer.3.

The life of St Giles, known in early writings as Aegidius, is derived from a mixture of legend and history woven together around the deeds of a saint.   He is reputed to have been born in Athens, the son of Theodore and Pelagia, in about 640.   When he was twenty-four his parents died and Giles, stricken by the double loss and unconsoled by the pleasures of fashionable life, sold all that he had and gave to the poor in order to follow Christ.

He took to sea and landed on the coast of Provence.   On the shore he saw human footsteps and following these, he found a cave in which an old hermit had lived for years on roots and herbs and who was content to share his cave, his food and his prayers with the young man.   After three days Giles began to fear his friends might find him, so he hailed a passing ship and sailed on further westwards to Marseilles.   Still seeking solitude, he crossed the Rhone and travelled towards a rocky promontory above the river Gardon and here, in a cave, the entrance of which was hidden by a thicket, he found another solitary, also a Greek.   He stayed only a short time before continuing his journey until, finally, in the depth of a forest near Nimes, he found a hollow of a rock in a green glade by a stream, shaded by four gigantic oaks.   There he lived in peace and prayer, his only companion a gentle hind (his emblem), whose milk he drank.

Founding a monastery:  Here he was discovered by Flavius (Wamba), king of the VisiGoths.  The king was out hunting and shot an arrow at the hind, missed it and hit Giles, who was at his devotions. One hunter shot an arrow into the thorn bush, hoping to hit the deer but instead hit Giles in the leg, crippling him.   The king sent doctors to care for hermit’s wound and though Giles begged to be left alone, the king came often to see him.  Though wounded, Giles continued at his prayers and refused all compensation for the injury done to his body.   This incident made him a great favourite at Court, especially with Wamba, who pressed him to stay.   The king would have given him lands for any foundation he chose, but no entreaties would persuade him to desert his life of solitude and prayer.

From this, Gile’s fame as sage and miracle worker spread and would-be followers gathered near the cave.   The French king, because of his admiration, built the monastery of Saint Gilles du Gard for these followers and Giles became its first abbot, establishing his own discipline there.   Legend goes on to say that Giles consented to be the founder of the monastery near Nimes about 673, which flourished till the Saracen invasion, when it was burned down and he and his monks took refuge with Charles Martel, aiding him by their prayers in his great battle for Christianity in the West.   St. Giles’ monastery was restored, and with the words, ” Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace,” he died on September 1st, 720.

The patron saint of the outcast:  St Giles became one of the most popular saints in the West, the patron saint of woodland, of lepers, beggars, cripples and of those struck by sudden misery and driven into solitude like the hind, which, according to one tradition, came to St. Giles wounded.

The combination of the town, monastery, shrine and pilgrims led to many handicapped beggars hoping for alms;  this and Giles’ insistence that he wished to live outside the walls of the city and his own damaged leg, led to his patronage of beggars, and to cripples since begging was the only source of income for many.   Hospitals and safe houses for the poor, crippled, and leprous were constructed in England and Scotland, and were built so cripples could reach them easily.   On their passage to Tyburn for execution, convicts were allowed to stop at Saint Giles’ Hospital where they were presented with a bowl of ale called Saint Giles’ Bowl, “thereof to drink at their pleasure, as their last refreshing in this life.”   Once in Scotland during the seventeenth century his relics were stolen from a church and a great riot occurred.

In Spain, shepherds consider Giles the protector of rams.   It was formerly the custom to wash the rams and colour their wool a bright shade on Giles’ feast day, tie lighted candles to their horns and bring the animals down the mountain paths to the chapels and churches to have them blessed.   Among the Basques, the shepherds come down from the Pyrenees on 1 September, attired in full costume, sheepskin coats, staves and crooks, to attend Mass with their best rams, an event that marks the beginning of autumn festivals, marked by processions and dancing in the fields.

He is also the patron saint of over one hundred and fifty churches in the United Kingdom, (though not to be confused with another abbot of the same name, who was in the same province two hundred years earlier).   In the Prayer Book he is described as “St. Giles, Abbot and Confessor”