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The Octave Day of Epiphany, Panny Marie Vítězné / Our Lady of Victory, Prague, Czech Republic (1620), home of the Infant of Prague and Memorials of the Saints – 13 January

The Octave Day of Epiphany

Panny Marie Vítězné / Our Lady of Victory, Prague, Czech Republic (1620), home of the Infant of Prague: 13 January:
Among shrines dedicated to Our Lady of Victory, that at Prague has become world-famous because it is also the home of the Statue of the Infant of Prague.
This Wonderful Shrine
:
https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/13/our-lady-of-victory-prague-and-memorials-of-the-saints-13-january/

St Agrecius of Trier
St Andrew of Trier
St Berno of Cluny
St Ðaminh Pham Trong Kham
St Designatus of Maastricht
St Elian of Brittany
St Emil Szramek
St Enogatus of Aleth
St Erbin of Cornwall

Blessed Francesco Maria Greco (1857-1931) Priest and Founder with Servant of God Raffaela De Vincentis (Sr Maria Teresa De Vincenti (1872-1936) of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts, Professor of Dogmatic Theology and Sacred Scripture, Apostle of Charity, devotee of Eucharistic Adoration, the Blessed Virgin and the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts.
Blessed Francesco’s Life
:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/13/saint-of-the-day-13-january-blessed-francesco-maria-greco-1857-1931/

Bl Francisca Inés Valverde González
St Giuse Pham Trong Ta
St Glaphyra
St Gumesindus of Córdoba
St Hermylus
Bl Hildemar of Arrouaise
Bl Ida of Argensolles
Bl Ivetta of Huy

St Kentigern “Mungo” of Glasgow (c 518-614) Founder and Archbishop of Glasgow, Missionary, Miracle-worker, known as “Saint Mungo.”
About St Mungo:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/13/saint-of-the-day-13-january-saint-kentigern-mungo-of-glasgow-518-614/

St Leontius of Caesarea
St Luca Pham Trong Thìn
Bl María Francisca Espejo y Martos
Bl Matteo de Lana
St Peter of Capitolíade
St Remigius of Rheims (c 438-533) Bishop “Apostle of the Franks”
St Servusdei of Córdoba
St Stephen of Liège
St Stratonicus

Blessed Veronica of Binasco OSA (c 1445-1497) Virgin Mystic
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/13/saint-of-the-day-13-january-blessed-veronica-of-binasco-osa-c-1445-1497/

St Viventius
St Vivenzio of Blera

Forty Martyred Soldiers at Rome: Forty soldiers martyred in the persecutions of Gallienus.
They were martyred in 262 on the Via Lavicana, Rome, Italy.

Bye-bye Christmastide!

Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, FATHERS of the Church, MARIAN TITLES, MYSTICS, SAINT of the DAY

Panny Marie Vítězné / Our Lady of Victory, Prague and Memorials of the Saints – 13 January

Panny Marie Vítězné / Our Lady of Victory, Prague, Czech Republic (1620), home of the Infant of Prague: 13 January:
Among shrines dedicated to Our Lady of Victory, that at Prague has become world-famous because it is also the home of the Statue of the Infant of Prague.

The story of the Shrine is an unusual one. In 1620 the Austrian Emperor, Ferdinand II and Prince Maxmilian of Bavaria gained a major victory over a coalition of Protestant armies in the battle of the White Mountains near Prague. The previous day, Fr Dominic of Jesus-Maria, a Discalced Carmelite, had found, in the castle of Strakowicz, a picture representing the nativity of Christ. It showed the Blessed Virgin kneeling before her Divine Son, while St Joseph stood behind her holding a lantern. In the background were two shepherds. The Calvanists had shown their fanaticism, by piercing the eyes of Mary and her spouse, St Joseph.
Carrying the picture to the camp, the Monk held it up and urged the soldiers to restore Mary’s honour. His words decided the hesitation of the generals and gave courage to the men. They adopted Mary’s name as their battle cry and Mary blessed their efforts. In the moment of success, they hailed the painting as Our Lady of Victory and carried it in triumph into Prague, where their leaders adorned it with rich jewels.
In gratitude to God for his great success and in recognition of the help given by Father Dominic, Ferdinand II founded several Carmelite Monasteries, including one at Prague which was solemnly blessed under invocation of Our Lady of Victory.
Before this time, however, Father Dominic had taken the picture of Our Lady of Victory to Rome where it was first venerated in the Basilica of St Mary Major, then carried – in the presence of Pope Gregory XV – to the Church of St Paul near the Carmelite convent, on 8 May 1622. Pope Paul V subsequently changed the name of the Church to Our Lady of Victory and the feast was officially inaugurated.
The original painting was destroyed in a fire in 1833 and has been replaced by a copy. Another copy hangs in the church of Our Lady of Victory in Prague, in a building erected in 1706 replacing the earlier church.
From the Shrine of Our Lady of Victory in Prague, came to the entire world the devotion to the Infant of Prague.
Our need for Mary’s help continues as long as we live and so long, too, we need her guidance. The struggle between the forces of evil and the forces of good, will continue until the end of time. The devil, whose intelligence and power exceed those we can command in our own right, has an acute appreciation of the value of our souls bought with a great price. Our sure way to defeat him, is to range ourselves under Mary’s banner, to call on her to bring us victory and to acknowledge her, as Our Lady of Victory when she protects us from dangers and brings us triumphant through temptation.

Shrine of Our Lady of Victory
The Altar of the Infant of Prague is right next to Our Lady of Victory’s Altar. I have been blessed to have visited here and to venerate both.


St Hilary of Poitiers (315-368) Father and Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/saint-of-the-day-13-january-st-hilary-of-poitiers-315-368-father-doctor-of-the-church/

St Agrecius of Trier
St Andrew of Trier
St Berno of Cluny
St Ðaminh Pham Trong Kham
St Designatus of Maastricht
St Elian of Brittany
St Emil Szramek
St Enogatus of Aleth
St Erbin of Cornwall
Blessed Francesco Maria Greco (1857-1931)
Blessed Francesco’s Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/13/saint-of-the-day-13-january-blessed-francesco-maria-greco-1857-1931/
Bl Francisca Inés Valverde González
St Giuse Pham Trong Ta
St Glaphyra
St Gumesindus of Córdoba
St Hermylus
Bl Hildemar of Arrouaise
Bl Ida of Argensolles
Bl Ivetta of Huy
St Kentigern “Mungo” of Glasgow (c 518-614)
About St Mungo:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/13/saint-of-the-day-13-january-saint-kentigern-mungo-of-glasgow-518-614/
St Leontius of Caesarea
St Luca Pham Trong Thìn
Bl María Francisca Espejo y Martos
Bl Matteo de Lana
St Peter of Capitolíade
St Servusdei of Córdoba
St Stephen of Liège
St Stratonicus
Blessed Veronica of Binasco OSA (c 1445-1497) Virgin Mystic
St Viventius
St Vivenzio of Blera

Forty Martyred Soldiers at Rome: Forty soldiers martyred in the persecutions of Gallienus.
They were martyred in 262 on the Via Lavicana, Rome, Italy.

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One Minute Reflection – 13 January – You too, run after Him.

One Minute Reflection – 13 January – Monday of the First week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: 1 Samuel 1:1-8, Psalm 116:12-14, 17-19, Mark 1:14-20

And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him…Mark 1:17-18

REFLECTION “Follow me!”   Jesus says these words (…) to every Christian.   Follow me, naked as I am naked, free from every hindrance as I myself am.   Jeremiah said: “You will call me ‘My Father’ and never turn away from me” (Jer 3:19).   So follow Me and put down the burdens you are bearing.   For, laden as you are, you cannot follow Me who am running ahead.   “I ran in thirst” says the psalmist about me (Ps 61:5 LXX), the thirst to save humanity.   And where is He running?   To the Cross.   You too, run after Him.   As He bore His cross for you, take up your own for your good.   From whence these words of Saint Luke’s gospel:  “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself” by renouncing his own will, “take up his cross” by mortifying his passions, “daily”, that is all the time, “and follow me.” (Lk 9:23) (…)

Jesus speaks to us like a mother who, wanting to teach her child to walk, shows him apiece of bread or an apple and says to him:  “Come with me and I’ll give it to you.”   And when the child is so close that he can almost catch hold of it, she draws away a little, showing the thing to him and repeating:  “Follow me if you want it.”   Some kinds of birds lead their little ones out of their nest and, by flying, teach them to fly and to follow them. Jesus does the same.   He shows Himself as an example and promises us His reward in the kingdom so that we might follow Him.

So “follow me” for I know the right way and will guide you.   We read in the book of Proverbs:  “I will show you the way of wisdom;  I will lead you by the ways of equity. When you have entered, your steps will not be constrained and when you run you shall not meet a stumbling block” (cf. Prv 4:11-12 LXX). (…)   Therefore, “follow me”.” … St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Franciscan, Doctor of the Church – Sermon for the feast of Saint John the Evangelistmark-1-17-18-and-jesus-says these words to every christian st anthony of padua 13 jan 2020.jpg

PRAYER – Holy Lord God, grant that we may live constantly in Your presence.   Grant that we may possess a spirit of joy and gladness because of the firm knowledge that You are always with us and in You and through You and with You, the extraordinary is commonplace!   And turn around Lord and call us, for we are behind You.   Be with us Lord, always, we pray!   Hear the prayers on our behalf, of St Mungo of Glasgow, whom we ask for intercession.   Through the Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, God forever for all eternity, amenst kentigern mungo pray for us 13 jan 2020.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 13 January – Saint Kentigern “Mungo” of Glasgow (518-614)

Saint of the Day – 13 January – Saint Kentigern of Glasgow (518-614) Founder and Archbishop of Glasgow, Missionary, Miracle-worker, known as “Saint Mungo”, (also known as Cantigernus or Cyndeyrn Garthwys) was the apostle of the Scottish Kingdom of Strathclyde in the late sixth century and the Founder and Patron Saint of the city of Glasgow.   Born in c 518 at Culross, Fife, Scotland and died on 13 January 603 in Glasgow, Scotland of natural causes.   Patronages – Glasgow, Scotland, Penicuik, salmon, those accused of infidelity, against bullies.st kentigern mungo glass 2.jpg

According to the “Life of Saint Mungo” written by the monk, Jocelin of Furness, in about 1185, Mungo’s mother was Princess Theneva daughter of Loth, the King of the Gododdin, who ruled an area centred on today’s East Lothian.   After an illicit encounter with her cousin, the young King Owain of North Rheged, now part of Galloway, Princess Theneva fell pregnant.   Her irate father had her tied to a chariot and launched off Traprain Law. It miraculously landed softly, hurting neither Theneva or her unborn child.   The King, now believing Theneva also to be a witch, then cast her adrift in a coracle without oars on the River Forth.   She drifted up-river and came ashore at Culross in Fife, where Kentigern was born.

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St Mungo’s Birthplace

Kentigern was given the name Mungo, meaning something like “dear one”, by St Serf (c 500—583), who ran a monastery at Culross and took in both mother and son.   St Serf then oversaw Mungo’s upbringing.   At the age of 25, Mungo began his missionary work on the banks of the River Clyde.   Here, he was welcomed by people previously converted to Christianity by St Ninian (c 360–432) and here Mungo built his church, close to the confluence of the River Clyde and the Molendinar Burn.   Since the 1200s the site of this early church has formed part of Glasgow Cathedral.

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Mungo worked on the banks of the River Clyde for 13 years until the anti-Christian King Morken of Strathclyde drove him out in about 565.    He then made his way through Cumbria to Wales, where he spent time with St David (c 500-589), possibly founded a cathedral at St Asaph and even found time for a pilgrimage to Rome.

But in the 570s King Rhydderch Hael of Strathclyde, having overthrown Morken, invited Mungo to become Archbishop of Strathclyde.   Mungo initially based himself in northern Galloway.   In August 584 Mungo is said to have converted the bard Merlin to Christianity near the site of a church he later founded – Stobo Kirk.st mungo kentigern glass.jpg

Mungo later returned to the River Clyde, where his church became the focus of a large community that became known as Clas-gu or “dear family.”   From these beginnings emerged the modern city of Glasgow.

It was at Clas-gu that Mungo was visited by Saint Columban (543-615), who at the time was working as a missionary in central Scotland.   It was here, too, that Mungo died, apparently in his bath (or while giving a baptismal service – interpretations differ), on Sunday 13 January 614.   He was buried close by his church and today his tomb lies in the centre of the Lower Choir of Glasgow Cathedral, probably on the actual site of his grave.

St Mungo was said to have preformed many miracles but four of them have been remembered in this sweet verse, which children in Scotland sing and recite:

Here is the bird that never flew
Here is the tree that never grew
Here is the bell that never rang
Here is the fish that never swam

In the first, he is said to have restored life to the pet robin of St Serf, which had been killed by some of his fellow classmates in Culross, hoping to blame him for its death.

In the second he used branches of a tree to restart a fire at St Serf’s monastery that had gone out, because Mungo had fallen asleep, while he was meant to be watching it.

The third relates to a miraculous bell he brought back with him from Rome.

And the fourth involved the story of Queen Languoreth of Strathclyde being accused of infidelity by her husband, King Riderich, who alleged she had given her wedding ring to her lover when, in reality, the king had himself thrown it into the river.  st kentigern mungo artFacing execution, the Queen appealed to St Mungo, who ordered a servant to catch a fish from the river.   When the fish was cut open, the ring was found inside, demonstrating the Queen’s innocence.0_High-Street-St-Mungo

st kentigern mungo street art glasgow
St Mungo High Street, Glasgow

Today the bird, tree, bell and fish form the four elements of the Crest of Glasgow City Council, see Crest below.   St Mungo is also responsible for the motto of his city, based on his original prayer:  “Lord let Glasgow flourish through the preaching of Thy Word and praising Thy Name.”   Sadly and pathetically, since 1699 this has been shortened to “Let Glasgow flourish.”440px-Glasgow_Coat_of_Arms - st mungo kentigern.png

St Columban’s Life here:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/23/saint-of-the-day-23-november-st-columban-543-615/

St Ninian’s Life here:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/16/saint-of-the-day-16-september-st-ninian-c-360-died-432-apostle-to-the-southern-picts/

St David’s Life here:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/03/01/saint-of-the-day-1-march-st-david-of-wales/

beautiful statue of st mungo at kelvingrove glasgow
St Mungo Statue at Kelvingrove, Glasgow

beautiful statue of st mungo at kelvingrove glasgow snip

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Memorials of the Saints – 13 January

St Hilary of Poitiers (315-368) Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/saint-of-the-day-13-january-st-hilary-of-poitiers-315-368-father-doctor-of-the-church/

St Agrecius of Trier
St Andrew of Trier
St Berno of Cluny
St Ðaminh Pham Trong Kham
St Designatus of Maastricht
St Elian of Brittany
St Emil Szramek
St Enogatus of Aleth
St Erbin of Cornwall
Blessed Francesco Maria Greco (1857-1931)
Blessed Francesco’s Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/13/saint-of-the-day-13-january-blessed-francesco-maria-greco-1857-1931/
Bl Francisca Inés Valverde González
St Giuse Pham Trong Ta
St Glaphyra
St Gumesindus of Córdoba
St Hermylus
Bl Hildemar of Arrouaise
Bl Ida of Argensolles
Bl Ivetta of Huy
St Kentigern “Mungo” of Glasgow (c 518-614)

St Leontius of Caesarea
St Luca Pham Trong Thìn
Bl María Francisca Espejo y Martos
Bl Matteo de Lana
St Peter of Capitolíade
St Servusdei of Córdoba
St Stephen of Liège
St Stratonicus
Blessed Veronica of Binasco (1445-1497)
St Viventius
St Vivenzio of Blera

Forty Martyred Soldiers at Rome: Forty soldiers martyred in the persecutions of Gallienus.
They were martyred in 262 on the Via Lavicana, Rome, Italy.