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Madonna del Pilerio, Our Lady of Argenteuil, Paris, France and Memorials of the Saints – 12 February

Madonna del Pilerio – 12 February: is the patron of the city of Cosenza and of the Archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano, Italy. The Madonna del Pilerio is depicted in an icon dating back to the twelfth century that is found since 1607 in the Chapel built specifically within the Cathedral of Cosenza , commissioned by Msgr Giovani Battista Costanzo ( 1591 – 1617 ). On 10 May 1981, the Cathedral of Cosenza was raised to the Shrine of Our Lady of Pilerio by the Archbishop Msgr Dino Trabalzini. The patronal feast of Cosenza is not celebrated on 8 September, the Feast of Our Lady of Pilerio and date to which the Nativity of the Virgin is recognised but 12 February, to remember the devastating earthquake that hit Calabria on that date, in 1854.

Official Prayer to the Madonna del Pilerio

Virgin of Pilerio, Mother of the Church,
You are for us Support, Help and Hope.
We thank you and bless you
but above all we love you.
You are our tender Mother,
given to us by Christ on the Cross.
Listen to your children’s prayer.
Do not let us ever turn away from you.
Strengthen our faith in us,
sustain hope, revive charity.
May you praise the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
Amen
O Madonna del Pilerio, our glorious Patron, pray for us.

Our Lady of Argenteuil, Paris, France – 12 February: Cathedral of Our Lady of Argenteuil, Paris, built by King Clovis I (101) containing a portion of the Seamless Garment of Christ.
All about this Marian Title:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/12/feast-of-our-lady-of-argenteuil-and-the-seamless-tunic-12-february/

St Alexius of Kiev
St Ammonius of Alexandria
Bl Anthony of Saxony
St Anthony Kauleas
St Benedict of Aniane OSB (747-821)
About St Benedict:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/saint-of-the-day-12-february-st-benedict-of-aniane-747-821-the-second-benedict/

Bl Benedict Revelli
St Damian of Africa
St Damian of Rome
St Ethelwald of Lindisfarne
St Eulalia of Barcelona (c 290-c 303) Virgin Martyr
Her Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/02/12/saint-of-the-day-12-february-saint-eulalia-of-barcelona-c-290-c-303-virgin-and-martyr/

St Gaudentius of Verona
St Goscelinus of Turin
Bl Gregory of Tragurio
Bl Humbeline of Jully
St Jak Bushati
St Julian of Alexandria
St Julian the Hospitaller
About St Julian:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/saint-of-the-day-12-february-st-julian-the-hospitaller/
Bl Ladislaus of Hungary
Bl Ludan
St Meletius of Antioch (Died 381) Bishop

St Modestus of Alexandria
St Modestus of Carthage
St Modestus the Deacon
Bl Nicholas of Hungary
St Sedulius
Bl Thomas of Foligno

Martyrs of Albitina – 46 saints:
During the persecutions of Diocletian, troops were sent to the churches of Abitina, North Africa on a Sunday morning; they rounded up everyone who had arrived for Mass and took them all to Carthage for interrogation by pro-consul Anulinus. The 46 who proclaimed their Christianity were executed. We know some of their names and stories. They were tortured to death in 304 in prison at Albitina, North Africa.

Martyred in England:
Bl George Haydock
Bl James Fenn
Bl John Nutter
Bl John Munden
Bl Thomas Hemeford

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Josep Gassol Montseny

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Feasts of Our Lady and Memorials of the Saints – 12 February

Madonna del Pilerio:  is the patron of the city of Cosenza and of the archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano.   The Madonna del Pilerio is depicted in an icon dating back to the twelfth century that is found since 1607 in the chapel built specifically within the cathedral of Cosenza , commissioned by Msgr Giovani Battista Costanzo ( 1591 – 1617 ). On 10 May 1981, the cathedral of Cosenza was raised to the shrine of Our Lady of Pilerio by the Archbishop Msgr Dino Trabalzini.   The patronal feast of Cosenza is not celebrated on 8 September the feast of Our Lady of Pilerio and date to which the Nativity of the Virgin is recognised but 12 February to remember the devastating earthquake that hit Calabria on that date in 1854.

Official Prayer to the Madonna del Pilerio

Virgin of Pilerio, Mother of the Church,
You are for us Support, Help and Hope.
We thank you and bless you
but above all we love you.
You are our tender Mother,
given to us by Christ on the Cross.
Listen to your children’s prayer.
Do not let us ever turn away from you.
Strengthen our faith in us,
sustain hope, revive charity.
May you praise the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
Amen
O Madonna del Pilerio, our glorious Patron, pray for usiconamadonnadelpilerio

Our Lady of Argenteuil, Paris, France:  Cathedral of Our Lady of Argenteuil, Paris, built by King Clovis I (101) containing a portion of the Seamless Garment of Christ.
All about this Marian Title:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/12/feast-of-our-lady-of-argenteuil-and-the-seamless-tunic-12-february/

St Alexius of Kiev
St Ammonius of Alexandria
Bl Anthony of Saxony
St Anthony Kauleas
St Benedict of Aniane OSB (747-821)
About St Benedict:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/saint-of-the-day-12-february-st-benedict-of-aniane-747-821-the-second-benedict/

Bl Benedict Revelli
St Damian of Africa
St Damian of Rome
St Ethelwald of Lindisfarne
St Eulalia of Barcelona (c 290-c 303) Virgin Martyr

St Gaudentius of Verona
St Goscelinus of Turin
Bl Gregory of Tragurio
Bl Humbeline of Jully
St Jak Bushati
St Julian of Alexandria
St Julian the Hospitaller
About St Julian:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/saint-of-the-day-12-february-st-julian-the-hospitaller/
Bl Ladislaus of Hungary
Bl Ludan
St Meletius of Antioch
St Modestus of Alexandria
St Modestus of Carthage
St Modestus the Deacon
Bl Nicholas of Hungary
St Sedulius
Bl Thomas of Foligno

Martyrs of Albitina – 46 saints:
During the persecutions of Diocletian, troops were sent to the churches of Abitina, North Africa on a Sunday morning; they rounded up everyone who had arrived for Mass and took them all to Carthage for interrogation by pro-consul Anulinus. The 46 who proclaimed their Christianity were executed. We know some of their names and stories. They were tortured to death in 304 in prison at Albitina, North Africa.

Martyred in England:
Bl George Haydock
Bl James Fenn
Bl John Nutter
Bl John Munden
Bl Thomas Hemeford

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Josep Gassol Montseny

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One Minute Reflection – 12 February – The Memorial of St Julian the Hospitaller (unknown date of birth and death)

One Minute Reflection – 12 February – The Memorial of St Julian the Hospitaller (unknown date of birth and death)

I was ill and you comforted me…..
As often as you did it for one
of my least brothers, you did it for me…….Matthew 25:26,40matthew-25-36,40-2017

REFLECTION – “Before all things and above all things, care must be taken of the sick. They must be served in every deed as Christ Himself.”…………….St Benedictbefore-all-things-and-above-all-things-stbenedict-12 feb 2017

PRAYER – Jesus, infinite Healer, teach me to visit and comfort the sick.   Help me always to see You in them and not count the cost. St Julian, you were a perfect example of giving your utmost love to the sick, please pray for us, amen!st julian the hospitaller - pray for us - 12 feb 2018

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Thought for the Day – 12 February

Thought for the Day – 12 February

Today, Saint Julian is considered the patron saint of hospitality, hotel workers, ferrymen, travelers, circus performers, hunters and murderers.   His life story, while considered legend, is important for its focus on his faith in the Lord, as well as his dedication to charity.   Through his service, he brought the poor, the sick and the marginalised to God, through the mirroring of Christ’s love on earth.   The legend provides further hope to sinners, like ourselves—if the Lord can forgive a murderer, He surely can forgive us our sins.

The lives of the saints should inspire us.   How have we sought to repent for our wrongdoings?   How might we turn our sin into service?   Our Lady of Lourdes implores us to pray for sinners—penance, penance, penance!   Our Lord, through the holy words of His Son, directs us to love and serve others.   Where in our lives could we be more hospitable?

St Julian the Hospitaller, Pray for us!

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Quote of the Day – 12 February

Quote of the Day – 12 February

De Verazze (author of the Golden Legend) writes of St Julian : “The enemy conspired again to ruin Julian—disguised as a weak pilgrim, he was let in by Julian with the others. At midnight he woke up and made a mess of the house.”   The following morning Julian saw the damage and swore never to let in anyone else in his home. He was so furious he had everyone leave. “And Jesus went to him, again as a pilgrim, seeking rest.   He asked humbly, in the name of God, for shelter. But Julian answered with contempt: ‘I shall not let you in. Go away, for the other night I had my home so vandalized that I shall never let you in.’   And Christ told him ‘Hold my walking-stick, please’.   Julian, embarrassed, went to take the stick and it stuck to his hands.   And Julian recognized him at once and said:

 ‘He tricked me, the enemy who does not want me to be Your faithful servant.   But I shall embrace You, I do not care about him and for Your love I shall give shelter to whoever needs.’

He knelt and Jesus forgave him and Julian asked, full of repentance, forgiveness for his wife and parents.

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Posted in QUOTES of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 12 February

One Minute Reflection – 12 February

I was ill and you comforted me…..
As often as you did it for one
of my least brothers, you did it for me…….Matthew 25:26,40

REFLECTION – “Before all things and above all things,
care must be taken of the sick.
They must be served in every deed
as Christ Himself.”…………….St Benedict

PRAYER – Jesus, infinite Healer, teach me to visit and comfort the sick. Help me always to see You in them and not count the cost. St Julian, you were a perfect example of giving your utmost love to the sick, please pray for us, amen!

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Saint of the Day – 12 February – St Julian the Hospitaller

Saint of the Day – 12 February – St Julian the Hospitaller/St Julian the Poor -The earliest known reference to Julian dates to the late twelfth century. Patron of Boatmen, carnival workers, childless people, circus workers, clowns, ferrymen, fiddlers, fiddle players, hospitallers, hotel-keepers, hunters, innkeepers, jugglers, knights, murderers, pilgrims, shepherds, to obtain lodging while traveling, travelers, wandering musicians, Macerata, Italy and San Giljan, Malta, Ghent, Belgium.

The location of the hospitals built by him is also debated between the banks of the River Gardon in Provence and an island near the River Potenza heading to Macerata. He was known as the patron of the cities of Ghent and Macerata.   The Paternoster (Our Father prayer) of St. Julian can be found as early as 1353 in Boccaccio’s Decameron, and is still passed on by word of mouth throughout some places in Italy.  The account is included the 13th-century Leggenda Aurea of Genoan Giacomo da Varazze, a Dominican priest. Beautiful stained glass depicting St. Julian by an unknown artist in the Cathedral of Chartres also dates back to the 13th century.    Early fresco paintings of him are found in the Cathedral of Trento (14th century) and the Palazzo Comunale di Assisi.

However, little is known of him, he has inspired countless books, poems, paintings, frescos, stained glass windows, and songs, especially during the Middle Ages. Despite the lack of historical facts, the holy (legendary) events of his life may be looked to as inspiration, influencing our choices and actions even today and calling us to service.

Legend suggests that Saint Julian was born into a noble family and raised in Italy, France, or Belgium near the beginning of the first century. He grew up privileged, a counselor and friend to kings.   He was an avid hunter and during one such outing, encountered a talking stag.   The stag, having been pursued by Julian, turned and predicted that Julian would be responsible for the death of his own parents.   Julian was so bothered by the prediction that he left his homeland without warning, traveling far from his parents..
He married a wealthy widow and together then built a noble home.   During one trip from his home, Julian’s parents (who had been searching for him) visited without notice.   His wife, out of respect, offered the master bedroom to the visitors, and when Julian returned home to find an unknown couple in his bed, legends indicate he slew them (pictured below).   Overcome with fear and repentance, the couple left their home, traveling to Rome for absolution.
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As pious legend recounts, one afternoon a man afflicted with leprosy came to the hospital but all the beds were full. In penance and service, Julian gave the man his own bed, planning to sleep on the floor.  The leper revealed himself to be an angel of the Lord, declaring that Jesus had accepted his penance and promptly disappeared.

Devotion to St. Julian started in the Maltese Islands in the 15th century after the discovery of his relics in the city of Macerata.   It was introduced by the noble family of De Astis, high-ranking in Malta at the time, who had strong connections with the Bishop of Macerata.   Three churches were built in his honor before the arrival of the Knights: in Tabija, towards Mdina; in Luqa and in Senglea (Isla).   This last one had a storage room for hunters and served to popularize this devotion through the sailors arriving at the Three Cities.   In the 16th century there existed a hospital, Ospedale di San Giuliano, in the Citadel in Gozo, showing a wide devotion to the saint.   Being an order of hospitaliers, the Knights of St. John helped widen further this devotion.   In 1539 they rebuilt the church in Senglea and in 1590 built another church in the parish of Birkirkara, a section that since then was called St. Julian’s.   In 1891 the church was made a parish, the only one ever dedicated to the saint in Malta.