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Dedication of the first Church of Our Lady, by St Peter, Tortosa and Memorials of the Saints- 5 February

Dedication of the first Church of Our Lady, by St Peter, Tortosa – 5 February:

The Abbot Orsini wrote: “Dedication of the first Church of Our Lady, by Saint Peter, Tortosa, Italy”
The first church dedicated to Our Lady by Saint Peter the Apostle was not actually in Italy, as the good Abbot stated but in the city of Tartus, Syria. The city of Tartus was known as Tortosa to the Crusaders, who lived in the region during the time of the Crusades. The Cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa, built in the year 1123 by these Crusaders, still stands on the site of the original sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin that was dedicated by Saint Peter. It is remembered, that the Emperor Constantine looked favourably upon the City because of his love for the Blessed Virgin Mary and the devotion to her by the faithful at Tortosa.
By all appearances, the Church of Our Lady was as much of a fortress as it was a Church, and indeed, there were once towers surrounding the structure, two of which have survived the centuries. The façade of the Church, which appears almost Romanesque in style, has five arched window openings that are well above ground level and, there is a centrally located doorway. Once inside, however, the structure looks more like a Church, as there are graceful arches, columns and a vaulted ceiling. It is thought by many historians, to be the best-preserved structure of a religious nature dating from the time of the Crusades.
Since the Church doubled as a fortification, the Crusaders were able to hold it, even after Tortosa was taken by Saladin in the year 1188. Saladin, who was able to unify the warring Muslim factions, made them into a robust army and won an important battle at Hattin over the Crusaders, capturing nearly all of their holdings, save for those near the coasts. The Knights Templar continued to use the Church as a kind of headquarters until the year 1291, when it was also taken.
Once captured by the Mameluke’s, the Church was turned into a mosque. Later, under the Ottoman Empire, the Church was used as a place of storage. The Church was recently renovated, although now it is used only as a Museum.

St Agatha (c 231- c 251) (Memorial)
All about St Agatha:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/saint-of-the-day-st-agatha-c-231-c-251-virgin-and-martyr/

St Adelaide of Guelders (c 970–1015)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/05/saint-of-the-day-5-february-st-adelaide-of-guelders-c-970-1015/

St Agatha Hildegard of Carinthia
St Agricola of Tongres
St Albinus of Brixen
St Anthony of Athens
St Avitus of Vienne (c 450-c 518) Bishop
St Bertulph
St Buo of Ireland
St Calamanda of Calaf
St Dominica of Shapwick
St Fingen of Metz
Bl Françoise Mézière
St Gabriel de Duisco
St Genuinus of Sabion
St Indract
St Isidore of Alexandria
St Jesús Méndez-Montoya
Bl John Morosini
St Kichi Franciscus
St Luca di Demenna
St Modestus of Carinthia
St Philip of Jesus (1572-1597) Martyr
His Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/02/05/saint-of-the-day-5-february-st-philip-of-jesus-1572-1597/
Bl Primo Andrés Lanas
St Saba the Younger
St Vodoaldus of Soissons

Martyrs of Pontus: An unknown number of Christians who were tortured and martyred in assorted painful ways in the region of Pontus (in modern Turkey) during the persecutions of Maximian.

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Quote/s of the Day – 5 February – ‘…The Lord’s cup’

Quote/s of the Day – 5 February – The Memorial of St Philip of Jesus (1572-1597) Martyr, Patron of Mexico City

“But to bear with insult,
patiently undergo humiliation,
pray for those who persecute us (Mt 5,39.44) –
that is the Lord’s cup,
that is the Lord’s feast.“

Saint Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchbut to bear with insult - st augustine - martyrdom-5 feb 2020 st philip of jesus

“O happy ship!
O happy galleon for Philip,
lost for my gain!
Loss—no loss for me
but the greatest of all gain!”

St Philip of Jesus (1572-1597) Martyr,

Patron of Mexico Cityo happy ship - st philip of jesus 5 feb 2020

“So everyone who acknowledges me before men,
I also will acknowledge before my Father,
who is in heaven…”

Matthew 10:32matthew-10-32-so-everyone-who-acknowledges-me-13-july-2019-and-27-nov-2019 and 5 feb 2020

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One Minute Reflection – 5 February – ‘…The scandal of the Incarnation’

One Minute Reflection – 5 February – Wednesday of the Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: 2 Samuel 24:2, 9-17, Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7, Mark 6:1-6 and the Memorial of St Philip of Jesus (1572-1597) Martyr

“Is not this the carpenter?”…Mark 6:3

REFLECTION – “According to the people of Nazareth, God is too great to humble Himself to speak through such a simple man!   It is the scandal of the Incarnation – the unsettling event of a God made flesh, who thinks with the mind of a man, works and acts with the hands of a man, loves with a human heart, a God who struggles, eats and sleeps like one of us.
The Son of God overturns every human framework – it is not the disciples who washed the feet of the Lord but, it is the Lord who washed the feet of the disciples (cf. Jn 13:1-20). This is a reason for scandal and incredulity, not only in that period but in all ages, even today.”…Pope Francis – Angelus, 8 July 2018mark-6-3-is-not-this-the-carpenter-the-son-of-god-overturns-pope-francis-6feb2019 and 5 feb 2020

PRAYER – Lord God, source of strength and grace, grant us eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts to love the Word of Your Son. Make us recognise Your Son in our daily lives and be generous in sharing our faith to all we meet. Grant, we pray, that the prayers of St Philip of Jesus, may help us to manifest zeal and courage. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in unity with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.st philip of jesus pray for us 5 feb 2020

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Saint of the Day – 5 February – St Philip of Jesus (1572-1597)

Saint of the Day – 5 February – St Philip of Jesus (1572-1597) Martyr, Missionary, Discalced Friar of the Reformed Franciscans of the Province of St Didacus, founded in Mexico by St Peter Baptista, with whom he suffered martyrdom later.   He was born Felipe de las Casas in Mexico and died on 5 February 1597 aged 24-25 in Nagasaki, Japan by being bound upon a cross and then pierced to death with spears.   Patronage – Mexico City.   He became the Protomartyr and Saint of Mexico.   St Philip is also honoured on 6 February amongst the Holy Martyrs of Japan.the-martyrdom-of-saint-philip-of-jesus_unknown--18cy__08470__62508.1565900694

Philip de las Casas was born in the city of Mexico to businessman Alsonso de las Casas and his wife.   Although he was brought up piously, Philip at first showed little care for the pious teaching of his parents but at last resolved to enter the Reformed Franciscan Convent of Santa Barbara at Pueblo.

But he was not yet weaned from the world and soon left the novitiate.   Grieved at the inconstancy of his son, his father sent him to the Philippine Islands on a business errand. There, in vain Philip sought to satisfy his heart with pleasure.   But of course, he was constantly unhappy and felt that God was calling him to a religious life.   Gaining courage by prayer, he entered the Franciscan Convent of Our Lady of the Angels at Manila and persevered, taking his vows in 1594.   The richest cargo that he could have sent to Mexico would not have gratified his pious father as much as the tidings that Philip was a professed friar.st-philip-of-jesus-rlpoj-br-robert-lentz-ofm

His father, Alonso de las Casas obtained from the abbot of the Order, directions that Philip could be sent to Mexico.  He embarked in July, 1596, with other religious.   Storms drove the vessel to the coast of Japan and it was wrecked while endeavouring to enter a port.   Amid the storm Philip saw over Japan a white cross, in the shape used in that country, which after a time became blood-red and remained so for some time.   It was an omen of his coming victory.

The commander of the vessel sent our Saint and two other religious to the emperor to solicit permission to continue their voyage but they could not obtain an audience.   He then proceeded to Macao, to a house of his Order, to seek the influence of the Fathers there but the pilot of the vessel by idle boasts had excited the emperor’s fears of the Christians and the heathen ruler resolved to exterminate the Catholic missionaries.

In December, officers seized a number of the Franciscan Fathers, three Jesuits and several of their young pupils.   St Philip was one of those arrested and heard with holy joy that sentence of death had been passed on them all.   His left ear was cut off and he offered this first-fruit of his blood to God for the salvation of that heathen land.st philip of jesus traditional etching

The martyrs were taken to Nagasaki, where crosses had been erected on a high hill. When St Philip was led to that on which he was to die, he knelt down and clasped it, exclaiming:  “O happy ship!   O happy galleon for Philip, lost for my gain!   Loss—no loss for me but the greatest of all gain!”   He was bound to the cross but the structure under him gave way, so that he was strangled by the cords.   While repeating the holy name of Jesus, he was the first of the happy band to receive the death-stroke.
Miracles attested the power before God of these first martyrs of Japan.   Pope Urban VIII Beatified him with his companions, on 14 September 1627 and granted permission to say an Office and Mass in their honour and Pope Pius IX formally Canonised them on 8 June 1862.

In 1949 a Mexican film Philip of Jesus portrayed his life and death.Basílica_de_Nuestra_Señora_de_Zapopan_(Jalisco,_Mexico)_-_statue,_St._Philip_of_Jesus

There is a wonderful miracle related to St Philip’s Mother’s maid, Dominica – it is as follows:san_felipe_de_jesus
Philip’s mother, when told of his misbehaviour, would exclaim, “God make thee a saint, Felipe “  and old Dominica’s usual answer was:  ” Felipillo a saint!   He will be one when the old fig-tree grows green again.”   Now the fig-tree Dominica spoke of so often, was indeed far off from growing green, there it stood in a corner of the court, dry, dead for many years and for some reason allowed to remain in the corner it once shaded with its thick foliage.   One morning Dominica, now an aged woman, went into the court, to her amazement she saw the old dead fig-tree covered with luxuriant green foliage.   Scarcely able to believe her own eyes she called to her mistress,  “Come, come, Felipillo is a saint; the fig-tree has again become green.”   And, sure enough, months after this amazing event, news reached his native city that Felipe had received a martyr’s death in Japan in a mountain near Nagasaki city, “Mount of the Martyrs.”st philip of jesus

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Memorials of the Saints – 5 February

St Agatha (c 231- c 251) (Memorial)
All about St Agatha:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/saint-of-the-day-st-agatha-c-231-c-251-virgin-and-martyr/

St Adelaide of Guelders (c 970–1015)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/05/saint-of-the-day-5-february-st-adelaide-of-guelders-c-970-1015/

St Agatha Hildegard of Carinthia
St Agricola of Tongres
St Albinus of Brixen
St Anthony of Athens
St Avitus of Vienne
St Bertulph
St Buo of Ireland
St Calamanda of Calaf
St Dominica of Shapwick
St Fingen of Metz
Bl Françoise Mézière
St Gabriel de Duisco
St Genuinus of Sabion
St Indract
St Isidore of Alexandria
St Jesús Méndez-Montoya
Bl John Morosini
St Kichi Franciscus
St Luca di Demenna
St Modestus of Carinthia
St Philip of Jesus (1572-1597) Martyr
Bl Primo Andrés Lanas
St Saba the Younger
St Vodoaldus of Soissons

Martyrs of Pontus: An unknown number of Christians who were tortured and martyred in assorted painful ways in the region of Pontus (in modern Turkey) during the persecutions of Maximian.