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Our Lady of the Tables, Montpellier, France and Memorials of the Saints – 20 January

Our Lady of the Tables, Montpellier, France “Arms of the City of Montpellier” – 20 January:
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Tables is intimately linked to the history of the city of Montpellier. It is located on the outskirts of town at Montpellier, France. The Shrine is said to have taken its name from the many tables of merchants and money changers who stood about the Church in the Middle Ages, for the Church was a stopping point for pilgrims to pray while on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

There once stood, at this site, a very ancient, renowned Church containing a shrine of Mary – the Blessed Virgin Mary holding her Son in her arms, extended over the city, so to say. She stood upon a byzantine pedestal or table and was fondly called the “Arms of the City of Montpellier.” In 1198, there were a series of miracles connected to devotion to the statue and attributed to Our Lady. The feast dates from the ninth century and is annually celebrated on 20 January. The final destruction of the ancient Church of Our Lady of the Tables, built in 1230 and known as Arms of the City of Montpelier, occurred during the French Revolution, and now only the wreck of the Crypt and burial vaults remain.

The original Church

This statue housed at the Shrine was a famous statue of black wood – Notre-Dame-des-Tables. In an attempt to preserve it during the Protestant uprisings the icon was hidden for a long time within a silver statue of the Blessed Virgin, life-size and screened from the public view. It was stolen by the Calvinists and has since disappeared from history.
The original Church was destroyed by the revolutionaries but the current Basilica was begun, after the French Revolution had ended and the cult transferred to a Jesuit chapel. The Jesuit Church of Montpellier, Notre Dame des Tables, was begun in 1707. Although the statue has disappeared, the people of Montpellier believe Mary still extends her arms over the children of the city, as mentioned above. Her arms of love wield miraculous power, for she is the Mother of God.

The Altar Cloth

St Pope Fabian (c 200 – c 250) Martyr (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/20/saint-of-the-day-20-january-st-pope-fabian-c-200-c-250-martyr/

St Sebastian (Died c 288) Martyr (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/20/saint-of-the-day-20-january-st-sebastian-died-c-288/

St Ascla of Antinoe
Bl Basil Anthony Marie Moreau
St Basilides the Senator
St Bassus the Senator
Bl Benedict Ricasoli
Bl Bernardo of Poncelli
Bl Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi
St Daniel of Cambron
Bl Didier of Thérouanne
St Eusebius the Senator
St Eustochia Calafato
St Euthymius (c 377–473) Abbot, Hermit
St Eustochia Smeraldo Calafato OSC (1434-1485)
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/20/saint-of-the-day-20-january-st-eustochia-smeraldo-calafato-osc-1434-1485/
St Eutyches the Senator
St Fechin of Fobhar
Bl Francesco Paoli
Bl Jeroni Fábregas Camí
St Maria Cristina dell’Immacolata Concezione
St Molagga of Fermoy
St Neophytus of Nicaea
St Stephen Min Kuk-ka
St Wulfsin

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Memorials of the Saints – 20 January

St Pope Fabian (c 200 – c 250) Martyr (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/20/saint-of-the-day-20-january-st-pope-fabian-c-200-c-250-martyr/

St Sebastian (Died c 288) Martyr (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/20/saint-of-the-day-20-january-st-sebastian-died-c-288/

St Ascla of Antinoe
Bl Basil Anthony Marie Moreau
St Basilides the Senator
St Bassus the Senator
Bl Benedict Ricasoli
Bl Bernardo of Poncelli
Bl Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi
St Daniel of Cambron
Bl Didier of Thérouanne
St Eusebius the Senator
St Eustochia Calafato
St Euthymius the Great
St Eustochia Smeraldo Calafato OSC (1434-1485)
St Eutyches the Senator
Fechin of Fobhar
Bl Francesco Paoli
St Henry of Uppsalla
Bl Jeroni Fábregas Camí
St Maria Cristina dell’Immacolata Concezione
St Molagga of Fermoy
St Neophytus of Nicaea
St Stephen Min Kuk-ka
St Wulfsin

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One Minute Reflection – 20 January – The first sign of Mercy: Cana – John 2:1–11

One Minute Reflection – 20 January – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – The first sign of Mercy: Cana – John 2:1–11

This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him....John 2:11

REFLECTION – “The miracle by which our Lord Jesus Christ changed water into wine is not at all astonishing to those who know that God is its author.   Indeed, it is exactly the same thing which produced wine in those six jars on that wedding day … and which renews this transformation in the vines each year.   That which the servants poured into the jars was changed into wine by the action of the Lord; in the same way the rain that falls from the clouds is changed into wine through the same action of the Lord.   And yet we do not wonder at it because it is repeated every year; custom has caused astonishment to disappear.   Yet it is far more worthy of our attention than what took place in the jars filled with water.
Indeed, who is there who dreams of considering the work of God who directs and governs the whole world?   Isn’t that person then seized with astonishment and as it were crushed beneath the weight of these miracles?   If they consider the power enclosed within a single seed of the first species to come, they will discover a great reality there that astounds the observer.   But people, otherwise occupied, have become insensible to the works of God, which would daily provide motives for praising the Creator.   This is why God reserves to Himself the work of certain unusual wonders, so as to awaken them from their sleepiness and lead them to praise Him.”…St Augustine (354-430)john 2 11 this the first of his signs -that which the servants - st augustine - 20 jan 2019

PRAYER – Almighty God, ruler and creator of all things in heaven and on earth, listen favourably to the prayer of Your people.   Open our eyes that we may see, open our ears that we may hear, open our hearts that we may love Your glory, manifest around us in all the great deeds of Your Word.   Grant us love and peace in our day and may the prayers of Your Saints and Martyrs, lead us home to You.   St Pope Fabian and St Sebastian pray for us!   We make our prayer through Your Son Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st pope fabian pray for us no 2 - 20 jan 2019

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Saint of the Day – 20 January – St Pope Fabian (c 200 – c 250) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 20 January – St Pope Fabian (c 200 – c 250) Martyr, Peacemaker, Evangeliser, Confessor, Administrator and Reformer, Apostle of Charity – the Bishop of Rome from 10 January 236 to his death in 250, succeeding Anterus.   He is famous for the miraculous nature of his election, in which a dove is said to have descended on his head to mark him as the Holy Spirit’s unexpected choice to become the next pope.   He was succeeded by Cornelius.Saint_Fabian1.jpg

According to the Liber Pontificalis, Fabian was a noble Roman by birth and his father’s name was Fabius.   Nothing more is known about his background.   The legend concerning the circumstances of his election is preserved by the fourth-century writer Eusebius of Caesarea (Church History, VI. 29).

After the short reign of Pope Anterus, Fabian had come to Rome from the countryside when the new papal election began.   “Although present,” says Eusebius, Fabian “was in the mind of none.”   While the names of several illustrious and noble churchmen were being considered over the course of thirteen days, a dove suddenly descended upon the head of Fabian.   To the assembled electors, this strange sight recalled the gospel scene of the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus at the time of his baptism by John the Baptist.   The congregation took this as a sign that he was marked out for this dignity and Fabian was at once proclaimed bishop by acclamation.SOD-0119-SaintFabian-790x480.jpg

During Fabian’s reign of 14 years, there was a lull in the storm of persecution which had resulted in the exile of both Anterus’ predecessor Pontian and the antipope (and later saint) Hippolytus.   Fabian had enough influence at court to effect the return of the bodies of both of these martyrs from Sardinia, where they had died at hard labour in the mines.   The report that he baptised the emperor Philip the Arab and his son, however, is probably a legend, although he did seem to enjoy some connections at court, since the bodies of Pontian and Hippolytus could not have been exhumed without the emperor’s approval.

According to the sixth-century historian Gregory of Tours, Fabian sent out the “apostles to the Gauls” to Christianise Gaul in A.D. 245.   Fabian sent seven bishops from Rome to Gaul to preach the Gospel.  He also condemned Privatus, the originator of a new heresy in Africa.st pope fabian

The Liber Pontificalis says that Fabian divided the Christian communities of Rome into seven districts, each supervised by a deacon.   Eusebius (VI §43) adds that he appointed seven subdeacons to help collect the acta of the martyrs—the reports of the court proceedings on the occasion of their trials.   There is also a tradition that he instituted the four minor clerical orders – porter, lector, exorcist and acolyte.

His deeds are thus described in the Liber Pontificalis:
“He divided the regiones into deaconships and made seven sub-deaconships which seven secretaries oversaw, so that they brought together the deeds of the martyrs faithfully made whole and he brought forth many works in the cemeteries.”

The Liberian Catalogue of the popes also reports that Fabian initiated considerable work on the catacombs, where honoured Christians were buried and where he also caused the body of Pope Pontian to be entombed at the catacomb of Saint Callixtus.st fabian my edit

With the advent of Emperor Decius, the Roman government’s tolerant policy toward Christianity temporarily ended.   Decius ordered leading Christians to demonstrate their loyalty to Rome by offering incense to the cult images of deities which represented the Roman state.   This was unacceptable to many Christians, who, while no longer holding most of the laws of the Old Testament to apply to them, took the commandment against idolatry with deadly seriousness.   Fabian was thus one of the earliest victims of Decius, dying as a martyr on 20 January 250, at the beginning of the Decian persecution, probably in prison rather than by execution.pope-st-fabian.jpg

Fabian was buried in the catacomb of Callixtus in Rome.   The Greek inscription on his tomb has survived, and bears the words:
Fabian, Bishop, Martyr.

His remains were later re-interred at San Sebastian’s Outside the Walls, (appropriately, for these two Martyrs share today as their Memorial) by Pope Clement XI where the Albani Chapel is dedicated in his honour.fabian

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St Sebastian’s Outside the Walls

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Thought for the Day – 20 January

Thought for the Day – 20 January

Many saints, like St Sebastian, are merely names in history and little is known of their lives and their deaths.   But something of their example remained aglow in the memories of their contemporaries, who passed on their stories to future Christians.   They are remembered for their heroic witness to Christ – that is what is treasured – they express the very substance of the faith, and their names are immortal.

St Sebastian Pray for us!

St Fabian Pray for us!

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