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Thursday of the Second Week of Lent, Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, or the Madonna of Ireland (1697) and Memorials of the Saints – 17 March

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent +2022

Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, or the Madonna of Ireland (1697) – 17 March:
HERE:
https://anastpaul.com/2021/03/17/our-lady-queen-of-ireland-or-the-madonna-of-ireland-1697-and-memorials-of-the-saints-17-march/

St Patrick (c 386-461) “The Apostle of Ireland,” Bishop, Confessor, Missionary. (Memorial)
About dearly loved St Patrick:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/saint-of-the-day-17-march-st-patrick/

St Agricola of Châlon-sur-Saône
St Alexander
St Ambrose of Alexandria

Blessed Conrad of Bavaria O. Cist (c 1105-1126 or 1154) Monk, Hermit, Pilgrim, Miracle-worker, Canon and Civil Lawyer.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/03/17/saint-of-the-day-17-march-blessed-conrad-of-bavaria-o-cist-c-1105-1126-or-1154/

St Diemut of Saint Gall
St Gabriel Lalemant SJ (1610-1649) Martyr, Priest of the Society of Jesus, Missionary

St Gertrude of Nivelles OSB (626-659) Benedictine Nun and Abbess, who, with her mother Itta, founded the Abbey of Nivelles located in present-day Belgium.
About St Gertrude:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/saint-of-the-day-17-march-st-gertrude-of-nivelles-o-s-b-626-659/

Bl Gertrude of Trzebnica

St Jan Sarkander (1576-1620) Priest and Martyr of the seal of confession, Confessor – born on 20 December 1576 at Skotschau (Skoczow), Austrian Silesia (in modern Poland) and died by being covered in flammable material and set on fire on 17 March 1620 at Olomouc, Moravia (in the modern Czech Republic). Patronages – the Seal of Confession, Confessors, Moravia, Persecuted Christians.
This amazing Saint’s Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/03/17/saint-of-the-day-17-march-saint-jan-sarkander-1576-1620-priest-and-martyr-of-the-seal-of-confession/

Bl Josep Mestre Escoda
St Joseph of Arimathea

Blessed Juan Nepomuceno Zegrí y Moreno (1831-1905) Spanish Priest, Founder of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy.
His life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/03/17/saint-of-the-day-17-march-blessed-juan-nepomuceno-zegri-y-moreno-1831-1905/

St Llinio of Llandinam
Bl Maria Bárbara Maix
St Paul of Cyprus
St Stephen of Palestrina
St Theodore of Rome
St Thomasello
St Withburga of Dereham

Martyrs of Alexandria – Also known as Martyrs of Serapis: An unknown number of Christians who were Martyred together by a mob of worshippers of the Graeco-Egyptian sun god Serapis. They were Martyred in c 392 in Alexandria, Egypt.

Posted in MARIAN TITLES, SAINT of the DAY

Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, or the Madonna of Ireland (1697) and Memorials of the Saints – 17 March

Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, or the Madonna of Ireland (1697) – 17 March:

During the difficult times of Oliver Cromwell, one of the bishops who was forced to leave Ireland, was Bishop Lynch, Bishop of Clonfert. He travelled about Europe and finally came to Hungary in 1654. He was kindly received by Bishop John Pusky, Bishop of Gyer and eventually became auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Gyer.
Ten years later Bishop Lynch planned to return to his native land. Almighty God prevented this; during his dying hours he gave to the Bishop of Gyer, his only material treasure – the picture of the Madonna of Ireland. Soon after, as a memory of the Irish Bishop, the painting of Our Lady was hung on the wall of the Cathedral at Gyer.
Years passed. On the Feast of Saint Patrick, while large numbers of the faithful were present in the Cathedral, an awe-inspiring event took place. A bloody sweat was observed to come over the figure of the Blessed Lady in the picture. Drops of blood fell onto the Infant Jesus; as the bleeding continued for three hours. Linen towels, which are still retained under glass at her Shrine, were used to wipe the blood from the blood-perspiring face.
In the archives of the Cathedral of Gyer, there is a document written in 1697 on parchment, relating this event. It is signed, not only by the clergy and the laity who were present at the Mass but by the mayor and the councilmen, by the governor, Lutheran and Calvanist preachers, a Rabbi – over one hundred signatures represent eye-witnesses to the miracle. In 1874, Pope Pius IX granted a plenary indulgence on the feasts of Saint Patrick and the Assumption, before which Feasts public novenas are held. Below is the Shrine in Gyer Cathedral.

In 1913 Archbishop Schrembs of Toledo, visited Gyer in Hungary. He saw the beautiful painting and was deeply moved when told of the wonderful event. He requested a copy for the many Irish Catholics in his Diocese who would be happy to learn the history and to possess the picture of Our Lady of Ireland. The copy was placed face to face with the original and then given to Bishop Schrembs. On 23 August 1914, Archbishop Schrembs dedicated the new St Stephen’s Church in Toledo, Ohio. The Hungarian people had paid about 2/3 of the expenses of the building. The Bishop presented the Madonna to this church, saying:

“I am convinced that the picture will be treasured in a Hungarian Church just as much as it would be in an Irish one.”

Both Hungarians and Irish were thrilled.
The image depicts Mary crowned as Queen, Our Lady of Ireland, and before her, lying on several circular pillows, is the Infant, also crowned as the Little King and covered with royal robes.
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St Patrick (c 386-461) (Optional Memorial)
About dearly loved St Patrick:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/saint-of-the-day-17-march-st-patrick/

St Agricola of Châlon-sur-Saône
St Alexander
St Ambrose of Alexandria
Blessed Conrad of Bavaria O. Cist (c 1105-1126 or 1154) Monk, Hermit
St Diemut of Saint Gall
St Gabriel Lalemant
St Gertrude of Nivelles OSB (626-659)
About St Gertrude:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/saint-of-the-day-17-march-st-gertrude-of-nivelles-o-s-b-626-659/
Bl Gertrude of Trzebnica
St Jan Sarkander (1576-1620) Priest and Martyr
This amazing Saint’s Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/03/17/saint-of-the-day-17-march-saint-jan-sarkander-1576-1620-priest-and-martyr-of-the-seal-of-confession/
Bl Josep Mestre Escoda
St Joseph of Arimathea
Blessed Juan Nepomuceno Zegrí y Moreno (1831-1905)
His life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/03/17/saint-of-the-day-17-march-blessed-juan-nepomuceno-zegri-y-moreno-1831-1905/
St Llinio of Llandinam
Bl Maria Bárbara Maix
St Paul of Cyprus
St Stephen of Palestrina
St Theodore of Rome
St Thomasello
St Withburga of Dereham

Martyrs of Alexandria – Also known as Martyrs of Serapis: An unknown number of Christians who were martyred together by a mob of worshippers of the Graeco-Egyptian sun god Serapis. They were Martyred in c 392 in Alexandria, Egypt.

Posted in LENT 2020, ONE Minute REFLECTION, QUOTES - J R R Tolkien and MORE, QUOTES on FORGIVENESS, QUOTES on MERCY, SAINT of the DAY, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 18 March – 70 x 7

One Minute Reflection – 18 March – Tuesday of the Third week of Lent, Readings: Daniel 3:25, 34-43, Psalm 25:4-9, Matthew 18:21-35 and the Memorial of Saint Jan Sarkander (1576-1620) Priest and Martyr of the Seal of Confession

“I forgave you all that debt because you besought me and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?”… Matthew 18:32-33

REFLECTION – “We must wash one another’s feet in the mutual daily service of love.   But we must also wash one another’s feet, in the sense, that we must forgive one another ever anew.   The debt for which the Lord has pardoned us is always infinitely greater than all the debts that others can owe us….not to allow resentment toward others to become a poison in the depths of the soul.   It urges us to purify our memory constantly, forgiving one another whole-heartedly, washing one another’s feet, to be able to go to God’s banquet together.”…Pope Benedict XVI (Holy Thursday homily 20 March 2008)

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PRAYER – Almighty God, we thank You for Your endless mercy.   We are sinners but trust in Your merciful forgiveness when we turn to You in sorrow.   Open our hearts, make them forgiving to our brother, teach us Your mercy.  May Mary, Mother of Sorrow, pray for us. Grant that the prayers of St Jan Sarkander may continue to defend us, as he did in the world.   We make our prayer through our forgiving Saviour, who even to those who killed Him, turned to them in love and mercy and asked You for their forgiveness.   In union with the Holy Spirit, one God, for all eternity, amen.our-lady-mother-of-sorrows-pray-for-us-26-march-2019 and 17 March 2020

st jan sarkander pray for us 17 march 2020

Posted in INCORRUPTIBLES, MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 17 March – Saint Jan Sarkander (1576-1620) Priest and Martyr of the Seal of Confession

Saint of the Day – 17 March – Saint Jan Sarkander (1576-1620) Priest and Martyr of the seal of confession, Confessor – born on 20 December 1576 at Skotschau (Skoczow), Austrian Silesia (in modern Poland) and died by being covered in flammable material and set on fire on 17 March 1620 at Olomouc, Moravia (in the modern Czech Republic).   Patronages – the Seal of Confession, Confessors, Moravia, Persecuted Christians.   St Jan Sarkander was married for a short period of time before he became widowed and pursued a path to the Priesthood where he became active in the defense of the faith during a period of anti-Catholic sentiment and conflict.   He himself was arrested on false accusations as a means of silencing him and he refused to give in to his tormentors who tortured him for around a month before he died.   His body is incorrupt.ST JAN SARKANDRA

Jan Sarkander was born on 20 December 1576 in Poland into a Silesian household as the son of Georg Mathias Sarkander and Helene Górecka.   He had one sister and three other brothers – Nicholas (a priest himself), Paul and Wenceslas.   His father died in 1589 and so he moved alongside his mother and siblings to Příbor.   His mother remarried and he ended up having a half-brother Matthew as a result.   Sarkander believed he was going to become a Priest but dropped the idea and instead married and settled in Brno.   The marriage was short lived for his wife died not too long after (in 1607) the couple married, they were childless.   He then decided to resume his studies for the Priesthood.30.05 ST Sarkander_Przondziono

He studied at the Olomouc college from 1597 until 1600, when due to the plague, he was forced to transfer to the Charles University in Prague where he graduated with a master’s in philosophical studies.   He obtained further education from the Jesuits in Prague and received his doctorate in philosophical studies in 1603.   He continued theological studies in Austria from 1604.   He later underwent theological studies at the Graz University and passed his examinations on 21 December 1607.   He was made a sub-deacon on 20 December 1608 and elevated into the diaconate on 16 March 1609.SDT jan-sarkander-b8ad7805-1d36-4d71-b6d3-ad805b0dff4-resize-750

On 22 December 1607 he received the minor orders from Cardinal Franz von Dietrichstein.   The Bishop of Olomouc, Jan Křtitel Civalli ordained him to the Priesthood on 22 March 1609 in Grozin and he was assigned to work as a parish priest in Olmütz (Olomouc) and later he was sent to Holešov.   Baron von Lobkowitz from Moravia supported Sarkander’s efforts to re-Christianise the region but the rich anti-Catholic landowner, Bitowsky von Bistritz opposed him to the extent, where he wanted Sarkander killed.  ST jan-sarkander-a9995f34-cbb6-4f57-9085-757931dfdc8-resize-750

The Thirty Years War began in 1618 and it saw a bitter conflict between the Protestants and Christians and this forced him to flee to Poland on 17 May 1619 for a brief period of time when the Protestants occupied Hollenschau.   He returned that November.   Polish forces moved into the area in 1620 and battle seemed imminent. He visited the field commander with the Eucharist in a monstrance as a shield – the forces saw him come and this prevented battle from taking place.   The Jesuits also helped him to reconcile 200 non-Christians to the faith but the non-Christians were severely angered by this.ST Jan_Sarkander,_Macerata_1855

In 1620 – during the ongoing Bohemian Revolt – Protestant Moravian Estates (under von Bistritz) accused Sarkander of being a traitor and instigator and so he was tortured in the Olomouc prison.   He was taken to Olmütz where he was tortured for a confession (as well as for revenge) and to also provide them with information on Sarkander’s friend Lobkowitz.   One reason for him being tortured was due to his refusal to divulge what was said under the seal of confession.ST JAN SARKANDER HOLY CARD SML

Sarkander was covered in flammable material and was set on fire.   He did not die outright but it took a month until he died of the injuries he sustained.   Lighted candles as well as feathers soaked in oil and sulfur placed on him and ignited.   The rack was used on him on 13 February and again on the 17 and 18th;  it would last two to three hours.   In 1720 his remains were exhumed and were deemed to be incorrupt.ST JAN SARKANDER ALTAR

The “Saint Jan Sarkander chapel” stands on the place of his torture at the top of Michael’s Hill.   The original torturing rack and Sarkander’s gravestone are preserved here as well.

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St Jan Sarkander’s Relics at the Cathedral of Olmütz.

ST JAN SARKANDAR PAINTING ON THE CITY HALL
Painting of saint John on the city hall tower in Skoczów

St Jan’s remains reside at the Cathedral of Jan Sarkander at Olomouc (in modern Czech Republic).   The people immediately began to venerate John Sarkander and to ask for his Beatification.   He was Beatified on 6 May 1860, at Saint Peter’s Basilica by Pope Pius IX and Canonised on 21 May 1995 at Olomouc, Czech Republic by St Pope John Paul II.ST JAN SARKANDER SNIP GLASS BEAUTIFULST JAN SARKANDER STATUE IN NICHE

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Memorials of the Saints – 17 March

St Patrick (c 386-461) (Optional Memorial)
About dearly loved St Patrick:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/saint-of-the-day-17-march-st-patrick/

St Agricola of Châlon-sur-Saône
St Alexander
St Ambrose of Alexandria
Bl Conrad of Bavaria
St Diemut of Saint Gall
St Gabriel Lalemant
St Gertrude of Nivelles OSB (626-659)
About St Gertrude:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/saint-of-the-day-17-march-st-gertrude-of-nivelles-o-s-b-626-659/
Bl Gertrude of Trzebnica
St Jan Sarkander (1576-1620) Priest and Martyr
Bl Josep Mestre Escoda
St Joseph of Arimathea
Bl Juan Nepomuceno Zegrí y Moreno (1831-1905)
His life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/03/17/saint-of-the-day-17-march-blessed-juan-nepomuceno-zegri-y-moreno-1831-1905/
St Llinio of Llandinam
Bl Maria Bárbara Maix
St Paul of Cyprus
St Stephen of Palestrina
St Theodore of Rome
St Thomasello
St Withburga of Dereham

Martyrs of Alexandria – Also known as Martyrs of Serapis: An unknown number of Christians who were martyred together by a mob of worshippers of the Graeco-Egyptian sun god Serapis. They were Martyred in c 392 in Alexandria, Egypt.