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Spy Wednesday, Santa Maria dei Voti / Our Lady of Mantua, Italy (1640) and Memorials of the Saints – 13 April

Spy Wednesday in Holy Week +2022
According to the Calendar of Church, Spy Wednesday marks the last full day of Lent and Holy Week. The Sacred Triduum begins on the evening of the following day, Maundy Thursday.

The Office of Tenebrae begins this evening.

Santa Maria dei Voti / Our Lady of Mantua, Italy (1640) – 13 April:
HERE:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/04/13/santa-maria-dei-voti-our-lady-of-mantua-1640-and-memorials-of-the-saints-13-april/

St Pope Martin I (598-655) Martyr, The 74th Bishop of Rome. (Memorial)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-st-pope-martin-i/

St Agathonica of Pergamus
St Agathodorus of Pergamus
Blessed Albertinus of Fonte Avellana OSB (Died 1294) Monk

St Caradoc of Wales (Died 1124) Priest, Monk, Hermit, Miracle-worker, Musician.
About St Caradoc:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-saint-caradoc-of-wales-died-1124/

St Carpus of Pergamus
Bl Edward Catherick
Bl Francis Dickenson
St Guinoc
St Hermengild
St Ida of Boulogne
Bl Ida of Louvain
Bl Isabel Calduch Rovira
Bl James of Certaldo
Bl John Lockwood

Blessed Margaret of Castello OP (1287-1320) Italian professed member from the Third Order of the Order of Preachers of St Dominic. Margaret was disabled and became known for her deep faith and holiness. Her body is incorrupt.
About Blessed Margaret:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-blessed-margaret-of-castello-o-p-1287-1320/

St Martius of Auvergne
Bl Miles Gerard
St Papylus of Pergamus
St Proculus of Terni

St Jose Sabás Reyes Salazar (1883-1927) Priest and Martyr of the Cristero War, Teacher, Catechist, Protector of children and the youth of Mexico.
His Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-st-jose-sabas-reyes-salazar-1883-1927-priest-and-martyr/

Blessed Scubilion Rousseau FSC (1797-1867) the “Catechist of Slaves” – a professed Religious Brother of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools or the De La Salle Brothers, Teacher, Catechist, social Reformer, Anti-slave activist, Apostle of the poor.
His life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-blessed-scubilion-rousseau-fsc-1797-1867-the-catechist-of-slaves/

St Ursus of Ravenna

Martyrs of Dorostorum – 3 Saints: A lector and two students Martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian – Dadas, Maximus and Quinctillianus. Beheaded c303 in Dorostorum, Lower Mysia (modern Sillistria, Bulgaria.

Posted in MARIAN TITLES, MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Santa Maria dei Voti / Our Lady of Mantua (1640) and Memorials of the Saints – 13 April

Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter +2021

Santa Maria dei Voti / Our Lady of Mantua, Italy (1640) – 13 April:

This present Shrine to Our Lady of Mantua was built by the Gonzaga family in the year 1460. There is seen a miraculous painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus, that is known to have been venerated since about the year 1000. Originally known as Saint Mary of the Vows, the painting is crowned today.

According to tradition, the history of the site dates back to Saint Anselm. At that time, the Blessed Virgin had promised her protection to the City. Starting in 1477, word spread that before the image numerous miracles had occurred, so that by then substantial offerings began to pour into the Church (hence the name of Santa Maria dei Voti).
After the plague of 1630, which had overwhelmed the City and its territory, the Princess Maria Gonzaga, regent of the duchy, wanted to entrust herself, her dynasty and the region, to the protection of the Blessed Virgin. The Princess was determined to place herself, her son Charles II and the City of Mantua and of Monferrato, under the special protection of Mary. She ordered that the image of Mary should be carried in procession through the streets and desired that the image be solemnly crowned in the Basilica of Saint Andrea, as the Queen of Mantua.
The solemn crowning of Our Lady commonly called Santa Maria dei Voti, was strongly urged by the pious Princess Maria Gonzaga in the year 1640, when the dam of the Po River in Italy broke. The coronation took place with great solemnity on 28 November 1640.
Since then, the Church and the picture painted of Santa Maria dei Voti were named dell’Incoronata, or ‘Saint Mary the Crowned,’ and the annual festival was fixed on the first Sunday after the Feast of Saint Martin, 11 November. On this occasion but also during the month of May, which is traditionally dedicated to Marian devotion, the dell’Incoronata is exposed in the Cathedral, covered in sumptuous dresses dating from the seventeenth century.
The three following centenary years, in particular, saw an unanimous and grateful expression of love on the part of the Mantuans, who still venerate the Madonna “Incoronata,” the Madonna who said, “Mantua is mine and as mine I will always defend it.”

St Pope Martin I (598-655) Martyr (Optional Memorial)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-st-pope-martin-i/

St Agathonica of Pergamus
St Agathodorus of Pergamus
St Caradoc of Wales (Died 1124) Priest, Hermit
St Carpus of Pergamus
Bl Edward Catherick
Bl Francis Dickenson
St Guinoc
St Hermengild
St Ida of Boulogne
Bl Ida of Louvain
Bl Isabel Calduch Rovira
Bl James of Certaldo
Bl John Lockwood
Blessed Margaret of Castello OP (1287-1320)
About Blessed Margaret:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-blessed-margaret-of-castello-o-p-1287-1320/

St Martius of Auvergne
Bl Miles Gerard
St Papylus of Pergamus
St Proculus of Terni
St Jose Sabás Reyes Salazar (1883-1927) Priest and Martyr of the Cristero War
His Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-st-jose-sabas-reyes-salazar-1883-1927-priest-and-martyr/
Blessed Scubilion Rousseau FSC (1797-1867)
His life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-blessed-scubilion-rousseau-fsc-1797-1867-the-catechist-of-slaves/

St Ursus of Ravenna

Martyrs of Dorostorum – 3 saints: A lector and two students martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian – Dadas, Maximus and Quinctillianus. Beheaded c303 in Dorostorum, Lower Mysia (modern Sillistria, Bulgaria.

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Saint of the Day – 13 April – St Jose Sabás Reyes Salazar (1883-1927) Priest and Martyr

Saint of the Day – 13 April – St Jose Sabás Reyes Salazar (1883-1927) Priest and Martyr of the Cristero War, Teacher, Catechist, Protector of children and the youth of Mexico, he had a special devotion to the Holy Trinity and the Souls in Purgatory – born on 5 December 1883 in Cocula, Jalisco, Mexico and died by being shot at 9pm on 13 April 1927 in a cemetery outside Tototlan, Jalisco, Mexico.He was 44 years old.st sabas retes salazar header

He was born in Cocula, Jalisco, the son of Norberto Reyes López and Francisca Salazar Castillo.    He was Baptised on 8 December.   Due to the poverty of the time, his family was moved to Guadalajara for work prospects, where he had an extremely poor childhood.   To mitigate hunger and poverty, he was a newspaper seller and was unable to complete primary school.

He entered the Conciliar Seminary of Guadalajara, where according to the criteria of the time, his lack of education disqualified him to become a clergyman for Guadalajara Diocese, however, taking into account his noble and devout nature, the superiors themselves, recommended that he join a diocese in need.   St Sabás was humble and constant in his vocation and was received in the Diocese of Tamaulipas, where he was Ordained to the sacred orders, on 24 December 1911.   He celebrated his first Mass in Guadalajara in 1912 in the company of his family and friends. st sabas reyes salazar

For two years he exercised the priestly ministry in Tantoyuca, Veracruz.   In 1914 religious persecution was unleashed in the State of Tamaulipas, Father Sabás asked permission to move to the diocese of Guadalajara.st sabas with his catechism class

In the year 1919 he went to the parish of Tototlán, Jalisco, to collaborate with the priest Francisco Vizcarra Ruiz, first as chaplain of the San Antonio de Gómez farm and sanctuary and later in 1921, he was transferred to the main Parish Church.

When the worship had to be suspended in the Churches of the Republic, the Parish Priest of Tototlán left the town and Father Sabás was left in charge, administering the sacraments.   Father Sabás then gave the orphaned children asylum in his own home.st sabas with children

When the federal troops arrived, they murdered the innocent and desecrated the closed Church by using it as stables and destroying all the holy images, then they set it on fire. When the soldiers left, Father Sabás and the faithful came to extinguish the flames.   His parishioners begged him to leave the area but he said: “My superiors sent me here and my parish priest entrusted me with the care of the parish.   If it is God’s will, I will gladly accept martyrdom”

At Easter in 1927, warned that the federal troops would attack Tototlán, he went into hiding at the home of Mrs María Ontiveros, along with three companions – the young José Beltrán and the orphan children Octavio Cárdenas and Salvador Botello   From that moment until his capture, he kept praying the rosary and although, when the soldiers reached his hiding place, the owner of the house denied that he was there, to protect her, her family and the orphans, Father Sabás came out from his hiding and said:  “Here I am, what is do you wish with me? “   In response, they tied his arms tightly and dragged him away.

He was dragged to the parish church, which was now a stable and headquarters for federal soldiers and was tied to a column in the harsh rays of the sun.   For several hours he was denied drinking water and finally, a woman was allowed to provide him with food.   She asked the parishioners to pray to God for him.  For three days through hunger and thirst and with unspeakable sadism they burned his hands because they were consecrated.  On the night of 12 April, tied by the hands and tied to the neck by a rope he was taken before the General who interrogated him, seeking the whereabouts of other priests.   To continue tormenting him, two bonfires were lit, one next to his face and another next to hiss feet.   The latter, meanwhile, muttered over and over again: “Lord of Heaven, my Mother of Guadalupe, grant me strength.”   The brutal torment lasted until the first hours of dawn.   Occasionally, one of the soldiers would stab him with a burning stick and scoff:  “You who say God comes down into your hands, let Him come down now to free you from mine.” San-Sabas-Reyes-Salazar--Mexican-Martyr

At dusk on Holy Wednesday, he was dragged to the cemetary where he was riddled with bullets.    One of his executioners later commented:  “I am very sorry to have killed that Father, he died unfairly.   We had already given him three or four shots and he still got up and shouted “Viva Cristo Rey!” “Long live Christ the King !”

The next day, 14 April, at seven in the morning, two men who were going to prepare a grave for Don Aurelio de la Torre who was murdered for hiding Father José Dolores Guzmán, saw the body of Father Reyes which was lying outside the cemetery, already rigid, with four bullet wounds – two in the chest, one in the right arm and one in the forehead.   The neck, ribs and ankles bore the marked signs of the ropes, his hands were burned and virtually all his bones were broken  . They requested the necessary permission to bury him in Don Aurelio’s own grave.

They placed the body in a box and buried it on Maundy Thursday afternoon.   Later, his remains were transferred to the parish church of San Agustín, in Tototlán.   All the people considered Father Sabás Reyes Salazar as a martyr of Jesus Christ and as such, venerated his relics.relics and tomb of st sabas

The process and cause for his Canonisation along with other priests and laymen murdered during that period began in 1954.   The Decree recognising his martyrdom and that of his fellow martyrs was promulgated on 7 March 1992.   He was Beatified on 22 November 1992 in Rome and Canonised on 21 May 2000, the Jubilee Holy Year, by St John Paul II.

People who knew him and dealt with him during the interrogations of the Cause of Canonisation, related that he was simple, humble and selfless in his care of others.

Saint Sabás Reyes, you dedicated your life to teaching and educating children, assisting your parishioners and spilling your Blood for Christ the King, pray for us!st Sabas_Reyes_Salazar_

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Monday of the Easter Octave and Memorials of the Saints – 13 April

Monday of the Easter Octave +2020

St Pope Martin I (598-655) Martyr (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-st-pope-martin-i/

St Agathonica of Pergamus
St Agathodorus of Pergamus
St Caradoc of Wales
St Carpus of Pergamus
Bl Edward Catherick
Bl Francis Dickenson
St Guinoc
St Hermengild
St Ida of Boulogne
Bl Ida of Louvain
Bl Isabel Calduch Rovira
Bl James of Certaldo
Bl John Lockwood
Bl Margaret of Castello OP (1287-1320)
About Blessed Margaret:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-blessed-margaret-of-castello-o-p-1287-1320/

St Martius of Auvergne
Bl Miles Gerard
St Papylus of Pergamus
St Proculus of Terni
St Jose Sabás Reyes Salazar (1883-1927) Priest and Martyr of the Cristero War
Bl Scubilion Rousseau FSC (1797-1867)
His life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-blessed-scubilion-rousseau-fsc-1797-1867-the-catechist-of-slaves/

St Ursus of Ravenna

Martyrs of Dorostorum – 3 saints: A lector and two students martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian – Dadas, Maximus and Quinctillianus. Beheaded c303 in Dorostorum, Lower Mysia (modern Sillistria, Bulgaria.