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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Nossa Senhora de Nazaré / Our Lady of Nazareth, Portugal (1182) and Memorials of the Saints – 14 September

Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Feast) This feast was observed in Rome before the end of the seventh century. It commemorates the recovery of the Holy Cross, which had been placed on Mount Calvary by St Helena.
About this great Feast:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/feast-of-the-exaltation-of-the-holy-crosstriumph-of-the-holy-cross-14-september/
AND by St Augustine:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/09/14/feast-of-the-exaltation-of-the-holy-cross-14-september-let-me-not-boast-except-in-the-cross-of-our-lord-jesus-christ/

Nossa Senhora de Nazaré / Our Lady of Nazareth, Portugal (1182) -14 September:

The chronicles of old Portugal report this episode that took place in the year 1182, on the day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Dom Fuas Roupinho, a Knight and vassal of King Afonso Henriques, was out hunting on a foggy day. He was pursuing a deer when it came to an unexpected precipice and fell to its death into the sea below.

The horse, which was in close pursuit, reared on the very edge of the cliff and it seemed certain that Dom Fuas would follow the deer to his death. Knowing that a little distance to his left was a cave with the Statue of the Virgin of Nazareth, Dom Fuas immediately invoked her protection. He was saved and in thanksgiving he built a small “Chapel of memory” (Ermida da Memória) over the cave in her honour.

According to a document found with it, the little Statue of the Virgin had been venerated in Nazareth in the times of early Christianity. When the iconoclast heresy started in Constantinople and the heretics were destroying all the Statues, a Monk called Ciriaco took it to a Monastery in Spain in the proximity of Merida.

In 714, when the Saracens invaded the Iberian Peninsula, King Rodrigo fled with Friar Germano to the Atlantic coast, bearing the Statue with them. They hid the Statue in a small cave off the coast of the site that was later to become Nazaré, where it remained until it was found by a shepherd in 1179.

After Our Lady miraculously saved the life of Dom Fuas, the devotion to Our Lady of Nazareth spread throughout the country and was the source of countless graces for the people. In 1377 King Fernando ordered a large Church to be built near the little Chapel, and the Statue is venerated there now.

St Aelia Flaccilla

St Albert of Jerusalem (1149-1215) also known as St Albert of Vercelli – Bishop, Canon Lawyer, Diplomat and Peacemaker and is regarded as a Co-Founder of the Carmelite Order.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/14/saint-of-the-day-14-september-st-albert-of-jerusalem-1149-1214/

St Caerealis
Bl Claude Laplace
St Cormac of Cashel
St Crescentian of Carthage
St Crescentius of Rome
St Generalis of Carthage
St Giulia Crostarosa
St Jean Gabriel Taurin du Fresse
St Maternus of Cologne (Died c 325) Bishop

St Peter of Tarentaise O.Cist (1102-1174) Cistercian Monk, Archbishop of Tarentaise from 1141 until his death, Abbot, Apostle of Charity, Miracle-worker.
There are two men named Saint Peter of Tarentaise who lived one century apart. The man we honour today is the younger Peter, born in France in the early part of the 12th century. The other man with the same name became Pope Innocent the Fifth.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/09/14/saint-of-the-day-14-september-saint-peter-of-tarentaise-o-cist-1102-1174/

Bl Pedro Bruch Cotacáns
St Rosula of Carthage
St Sallustia
St Victor of Carthage

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and Memorials o the Saints – 14 September

Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Feast)
About this great Feast:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/feast-of-the-exaltation-of-the-holy-crosstriumph-of-the-holy-cross-14-september/

St Aelia Flaccilla
St Albert of Jerusalem (1149-1215)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/14/saint-of-the-day-14-september-st-albert-of-jerusalem-1149-1214/
St Caerealis
Bl Claude Laplace
St Cormac of Cashel
St Crescentian of Carthage
St Crescentius of Rome
St Generalis of Carthage
St Giulia Crostarosa
St Jean Gabriel Taurin du Fresse
St Maternus of Cologne
St Peter of Tarentaise O.Cist (1102-1174)
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/09/14/saint-of-the-day-14-september-saint-peter-of-tarentaise-o-cist-1102-1174/

Bl Pedro Bruch Cotacáns
St Rosula of Carthage
St Sallustia
St Victor of Carthage

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Saint of the Day – 14 September – Saint Peter of Tarentaise O.Cist (1102-1174)

Saint of the Day – 14 September – Saint Peter of Tarentaise O.Cist (1102-1174) Cistercian Religious Monk, Archbishop of Tarentaise from 1141 until his death, Abbot, Apostle of Charity, Miracle-worker.   Born 1102 at Saint-Maurice-l’Exil, Kingdom of France and died on 14 September 1174 (aged 72) at Bellevaux Abbey, Cirey, Franche-Comté, Kingdom of France.  Patronage – Tarentaise.   St Peter founded Tamié Abbey as a daughter house of Bonnevaux Abbey.   Abbot Peter tried to refuse an elevation to the episcopate though his superiors, one of them being Saint Bernard of Clairvaux insisted that he accept the position.   As Archbishop, he had special care for the poor, the ill and those who travelled the Alpine passes.st peter of tarentaise holy card

There are two men named Saint Peter of Tarentaise who lived one century apart.   The man we honour today is the younger Peter, born in France in the early part of the 12th century.   The other man with the same name became Pope Innocent the Fifth.

He was born in 1102 on a farm near Saint-Maurice-l’Exil, not far from the Cistercian Bonnevaux Abbey.   His father often offered hospitality to the monks, when they had to leave the monastery on business.   St Peter joined this Cistercian monastery at the age of 20 in 1122.   He lived with such modesty, charity and humility that people were moved and inspired to conversion, by his great holiness.  He was such a great witness of the religious life that many others followed him and joined the abbey as well.   In fact, his whole family followed him and joined communities of their own—his mother, father, and siblings!st peter of tarantaise

He was appointed as Abbot of the new monastery that he was instrumental in  establishing, in the mountains.  This monastery soon became known as a resting place for travellers.   Peter began a hospice there for sick and poor travellers.

In 1142, at the insistence of his superiors including St Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot Peter reluctantly accepted the position as the Archbishop of Tarentaise.   In his episcopal role he applied the Cistercian principles to restore the diocese and met with a good deal of success, since the diocese’s management had declined and discipline lax.   He removed corrupt priests (and elevated good priests to important pastoral positions) and promoted education for all the faithful.    He visited all parts of his mountainous diocese on a regular basis.  He also frequently visited the Grand Chartreuse, during the tenure of Hugh of Lincoln.

His specific concerns included the welfare of travellers to and from Switzerland and from the Italian cities.   He rebuilt a hospice in poor repair at Little St Bernard Pass.   He also founded a charity which distributed food to farms in the surrounding hills.   This would become known as pain de Mai and became a tradition continued in the region until the French Revolution.  st peter of tarentaise lg

Miracles were attributed to him during this time—healings and the multiplication of food during a famine.   He became widely known as a wonder-worker, which increased his longing for the solitude he found in his life as a monk.   After 13 years as archbishop, in 1155, he one day suddenly vanished without a trace..   He was discovered one year later in a remote Cistercian abbey in Switzerland, where he had joined the community under an assumed name as a lay brother.   He was ordered to return and was warmly greeted when he got back to Tarentaise.   He redoubled his efforts at leading the diocese, and took even greater care of the poor—twice he endangered his own life by giving away his own cloak in severe weather.

Religious and state authorities turned to Peter, a man of great peace, in moments of conflict so that he could effect reconciliation with his words and presence.   He preached outspokenly and fearlessly, in disputes over the papacy and between the kings of France and England and his words were backed by miracles of healings.

Pierre died in 1174 as he attempted to mediate between feuding monarchs after a serious but brief illness.   For his charity and healing powers, Peter was viewed as a saint even in his lifetime.   His Canonisation was formalised under Pope Celestine III in 1191.Peter-of-Tarentaise

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and Memorials of the Saints – 14 September

Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Feast)
About this great Feast:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/feast-of-the-exaltation-of-the-holy-crosstriumph-of-the-holy-cross-14-september/

St Aelia Flaccilla
St Albert of Jerusalem (1149-1215)

Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/14/saint-of-the-day-14-september-st-albert-of-jerusalem-1149-1214/
St Caerealis
Bl Claude Laplace
St Cormac of Cashel
St Crescentian of Carthage
St Crescentius of Rome
St Generalis of Carthage
St Giulia Crostarosa
St Jean Gabriel Taurin du Fresse
St Maternus of Cologne
Saint Peter of Tarentaise O.Cist (1102-1174)

Bl Pedro Bruch Cotacáns
St Rosula of Carthage
St Sallustia
St Victor of Carthage