Corpus Christi, The Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ +2020, Feast of Our Lady of the Trellis and Memorials of the Saints – 14 June

Corpus Christi, The Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ +2020

(The Title of the video is extremely appropriate as many of us are still living without “Sunday” in it’s holy and proper form!)

Our Lady of the Trellis:
On 14 June 1234, 53 disabled people were cured upon praying before the statue of Our Lady of the Trellis, installed behind a latticework fence in St Peter’s Collegiate Church in Lille, France.
A procession held annually on the second Sunday after Pentecost commemorates the miracles.   Saved during the destruction of St Peter’s Church in the French Revolution, the statue moved afterwards to St Catherine’s Church.
Devotion to Our Lady of the Trellis revived in the mid-1800s and a grand neo-Gothic church arose in her honour, where the statue was installed in 1872 and canonically crowned in 1874.
After the theft of the original in 1959, sculptor Marie Madeleine Weerts carved the image now displayed in Lille’s Catholic Cathedral, the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Treille.

St Anastasius of Córdoba
St Burchard of Meissen
St Caomhán of Inisheer
St Castora Gabrielli
St Cearan the Devout
Bl Constance de Castro
St Cyprien
St Cyriacus of Zeganea
St Davnet
St Digna of Córdoba
St Dogmael of Wales
St Elgar of Bardsey
St Elisha the Prophet “My God is salvation” (790 BC)

St Etherius of Vienne
St Felix of Córdoba
Bl Fortunatus of Napoli
Bl Francisca de Paula de Jesus Isabel
St Gerold of Evreux
Bl Hartwig of Salzburg
St Joseph the Hymnographer
St Marcian of Syracuse
St Mark of Lucera
St Methodius of Constantinople (born 8th Century – 847)
His Life:
St Nennus of Arran
Bl Peter de Bustamante
St Protus of Aquileia
St Quintian
St Richard of Saint Vannes
St Rufinus of Soissons
St Thecla
St Theopista
St Valerius of Soissons
Bl Walter Eustace


Our Morning Offering – 24 November

Our Morning Offering – 24 November – Saturday of the Thirty Third Week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Saturday with Mary

O Mother and Handmaid of God
St Methodius of Constantinople (c 815-885)

Your name, O Mother of God,
is replete with all graces
and Divine blessings.
You have contained Him who cannot be contained,
and nourished Him who nourishes all creatures.
He who fills heaven and earth,
and is the Lord of all,
was pleased to be in need of you,
for it was you who clothed Him with that flesh
which He did not have before.
Rejoice, then, O Mother and Handmaid of God!
Rejoice, because you have made Him a debtor
who gives being to all creatures.
We are all debtors to God,
but He is a debtor to you.
That is why, O most holy Mother of God,
you possess more goodness
and greater charity than all the other Saints,
and have freer access to God than any of them,
for you are His Mother.
Be mindful of us,
we beg you,
in our miseries,
for we celebrate your glories
and know how great is your goodness.
Ameno mother and handmaid of god - st methodius - 23 may 2018


Thought for the Day – 14 June – The Memorial of St Methodius I of Constantinople (8th Cent – 847) “Defender of Icons”

Thought for the Day – 14 June – The Memorial of St Methodius I of Constantinople (8th Cent – 847) “Defender of Icons”

Iconoclasm is still with us today, within and without the Catholic Church. Let us consider this statement from the Second Council of Nicaea that St Methodius fought all his life to defend:

“Following the divinely inspired teaching our of holy Fathers and the tradition of the Catholic Church (for we know that this tradition comes from the Holy Spirit who dwells in her), we rightly define with full certainty and correctness that, like the figure of the precious and life-giving cross, venerable and holy images of our Lord and God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, our inviolate Lady, the holy Mother of God and the venerated angels, all the saints and the just, whether painted or made of mosaic or another suitable material, are to be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on sacred vessels and vestments, walls and panels, in houses and on streets.”

And, from our present-day Catechism of the Catholic Church, we have these words:

“The contemplation of sacred icons, united with meditation on the Word of God and the singing of liturgical hymns, enters into the harmony of the signs of celebration, so that the mystery celebrated, is imprinted in the heart’s memory and is then expressed in the new life of the faithful”…CCC 1162.

St Methodius, “Defender of Icons”, Pray for usst methodius - pray for us - 14 june 2018

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Saint of the Day – 14 June – St Methodius I of Constantinople (8th Cent – 847) “Defender of Icons”

St Methodius I of Constantinople (8th Cent – 14 June 847) Monk and and Patriarch of Constantinople, “Defender of Icons”  – born in the 8th century at Syracuse, Sicily and died in 847 of natural causes, in Constantinople.


Methodius was born in Syracuse, Sicily and was educated there.   As a young man he went to Constantinople to seek a position in the imperial court but on his way, met a holy monk who so impressed him, that he decided instead to become a monk himself.   He built a monastery on the Greek island of Chios and remained there until he was called to Constantinople by the patriarch, St Nicephorus, who wanted Methodius to help him in the fight against the iconoclasts “those heretics who demanded the destruction of all sacred images on the false presumption that the faithful worshipped the images, not God.”  Both Methodius and Nicephorus boldly stood up against the iconoclasts, defending the attempt of Christian artists to inspire the faithful by means of beautiful images.

When Emperor Leo the Armenian deposed Nicephorus and sent him into exile, Methodius went to Rome to report to Pope St Paschal I on the destruction of sacred images.   He returned in 821 with a letter from the pope to Michael the Stammerer, the new emperor, requesting that Nicephorus be reinstated and allowed to return to his see. Instead, the emperor condemned Methodius as a seditionist and ordered that he be scourged and exiled to prison.   He was imprisoned for seven years;  when released, he was almost skeleta, but his spirit remained undaunted.   He resumed his opposition to iconoclasm under Emperor Theophilus and when called before the emperor, boldly stated, “If an image is so worthless in your eyes, how is it that when you condemn the images of Christ you do not condemn the veneration paid to representations of yourself?   Far from doing so, you are continually causing them to be multiplied.”

Upon the death of the emperor in 842, his widow Theodora became regent for her infant son, Michael III.   She repealed all decrees against sacred images and named Methodius Patriarch of Constantinople, replacing the iconoclast supporter, John the Grammarian.

In the remaining five years of his life, Methodius convoked a synod at Constantinople that endorsed the decrees of the Second Council of Nicaea declaring icons lawful in the church.   An annual Feast of Orthodoxy, still observed in the Byzantine Church on the first Sunday of Lent, was instituted to stress the lawfulness of venerating sacred images.

Saint Methodius, who died of dropsy in 847, was said to have been a prolific writer, especially of hymns but we possess only fragments of his many works, including a complete Life of St Theophanes.


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Saint of the Day – 14 June – St Methodius of Constantinople

Saint of the Day – 14 June – St Methodius of Constantinople – Monk and and Patriarch of Constantinople (born in the 8th century at Syracuse, Sicily – 847 of natural causes).

St. Methodius worked for unity and reconciliation in the Eastern Church and, served as the Patriarch of Constantinople for the last five years of his life.

Born in Syracuse, he first felt the call to enter religious life while in Constantinople, where he had gone to seek a position at court.   He left for the island of Chinos, where he built a monastery and started a monastic community.

However, his time at the monastery was short-lived since he was summoned by the Patriarch of Constantinople to help govern the diocese and create unity after a debate broke out on the use of icons in worship.   While in Rome seeking the Pope’s help, he was exiled for seven years.   He returned as patriarch in 842 and continued to work for unity.