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Saint of the Day – 18 February – St Simeon (Died c 106) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 18 February – St Simeon (Died c 106) Martyr, Bishop of Jerusalem, son of Cleopas, was a Jewish Christian leader and the second Bishop of Jerusalem (62 or 70–106). Died by crucifixion in c 106. Aldo known as – Simon. Saint Simeon succeeded his kinsman, Saint James the Lesser, during the persecution of Christians in Jerusalem. He led the early Church in that City for nearly 50 years until his Martyrdom.

The Roman Martyrology states: “At Jerusalem, the birthday of St Simeon, Bishop and Martyr, who is said to have been the son of Cleopas and a relative of the Saviour according to the flesh. He was Consecrated Bishop of Jerusalem after St James, the kinsman of our Lord and in the persecution of Trajan, after having endured many torments, he consummated his Martyrdom. All who were present, even the Judge himself, were astonished that a man, one hundred and twenty years of age, could bear the torment of crucifixion with such fortitude and sonstancy.

Cleophas, according to tradition, was Saint Joseph’s brother, making Saint Simeon the first cousin of Jesus.

Simeon is mentioned only three times in the Holy Scriptures, in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark and in the Acts of the Apostles. When Jesus preached in His hometown and was poorly received, Simeon was present:

“53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. 54 Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. 55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simeon and Judas? 56 Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home
.”
58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” (Matthew 13: 53-58)

No doubt he was one of those brethren of Christ who are mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as having received the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. St Eusebius says that when the Jews massacred St James the Lesser, Simeon upbraided them for their cruelty. The Apostles and disciples afterwards met together to appoint a successor to James as Bishop of Jerusalem and they unanimously chose Simeon, who had probably assisted in the government of that Church.

In the year 66 civil war broke out in Palestine, as a consequence of Jewish opposition to the Romans. The Christians in Jerusalem were warned of the impending destruction of the City and appear to have been divinely ordered to leave it. Accordingly that same year, before Vespasian entered Judaea, they retired with St Simeon at their head, to the other side of the Jordan, occupying a small City called Pella.

After the capture and burning of Jerusalem, the Christians returned and settled among the ruins until the Emperor Hadrian afterwards entirely razed it. We are told by Eusebius that the Church here flourished greatly and that many Jews were converted by the miracles wrought by the Saints.

When Vespasian and Domitian had ordered the destruction of all who were of the race of David, St Simeon had escaped their search but when Trajan gave a similar injunction, he was denounced as being not only one of David’s descendants but also a Christian and he was brought before Atticus, the Roman governor. He was condemned to death and, after being tortured, was crucified. Although he was extremely old – tradition reports him to have attained the age of 120 – Simeon endured his sufferings with a degree of fortitude which roused the admiration of Atticus himself.

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Notre-Dame du Bon Remède / Our Lady of Good Remedy, France (1197) and Memorials of the Saints – 8 October

Notre-Dame du Bon Remède / Our Lady of Good Remedy, France (1197) – 8 October:

In 1197, a Sorbonne Doctor of Theology and newly Ordained Priest, Jean de Matha, while saying his first Holy Mass, saw a vision of an Angel with a red and blue cross on his chest and his hands resting on the heads of two captives. The following year, St Jean founded a religious order dedicated to the redemption of Christians held as slaves by Moslems — the Hospitaler Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of Captives, commonly called the Trinitarians. On their habit, Jean placed the Cross he had seen on the Angel,and, as their Patron, he gave them Notre-Dame du Bon Remède, a popular devotion in his Provençal homeland. Now devoted largely to education and evangelisation, for three centuries they raised funds and travelled from Europe into Africa to buy thousands of captives’ freedom with Our Lady’s help. A painting (right) in the Trinitarian Motherhouse of Cerfroid in northern France, shows Our Lady of Good Remedy giving a bag of money to St Jean/John of Matha, while a grateful freedman and St Felix of Valois, look on. The Order celebrates her feast day 8 October.

800 years ago Christians were being captured and sold into slavery by the thousands, and nobody knew what to do about it. Then, in the year 1198, a man had an idea. St. John of Matha founded the Trinitarians to go to the slave markets, buy the Christian slaves and set them free. To carry out this plan, the Trinitarians needed large amounts of money. So, they placed their fund-raising efforts under the patronage of Mary. They were so successful that, over the centuries, the Trinitarians were able to free thousands and thousands of people and to return them safely home. In gratitude for her miraculous assistance, St. John of Matha honoured Mary with the title of “Our Lady of Good Remedy.” Devotion to Mary under this ancient title is widely known in Europe and Latin America and the Church celebrates her feast day on 8 October. Our Lady of Good Remedy is often depicted as the Virgin Mary handing a bag of money to St. John of Matha. When in need – for whatever reason but especially where you have had difficulty obtaining help – invoke the aid of Our Lady of Good Remedy and you will surely experience the power of her intercession.

St Bridget of Sweden (c 1303-1373) Widow, Religious, Mystic, Confessor, Founder of the Bridgettines Nuns and Monks, author of “The Pieta” book of devotions. 
Feast day pre-1969 is today 8 October

https://anastpaul.com/2017/07/23/saint-of-the-day-23-july-st-bridget-of-sweden/

St Amor of Aquitaine
St Artemon of Laodicia
St Badilo
St Benedicta of Laon
St Benedicta of Origny-sur-Oise
St Evodius of Rouen
St Felix of Como (Died 390) Bishop
St Gratus of Chalons

St Hugh Canefro (1148-1233) Religious of the Order of Malta, Apostle of Charity, Miracle-Worker.
St Hugh’s Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/08/saint-of-the-day-st-hugh-canefro-1148-1233-religious-of-the-order-of-malta/

Bl John Adams
Bl John Lowe
St Keyna
St Laurentia
St Nestor of Thessalonica
St Palatias

St Pelagia the Penitent (Fourth or Fifth Century) Recluse. Like St Mary Magdalen and St Mary of Egypt, St Pelagia inspired Christians of the Middle Ages as an enchanting icon of repentance.
https://anastpaul.com/2020/10/08/saint-of-the-day-8-october-st-pelagia-the-penitent-fourth-or-fifth-century/

St Peter of Seville
Bl Ragenfreda

St Reparata (3rd century) Virgin Martyr in Caesarea, Palestine.
Biography here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/saint-of-the-day-8-october-st-reparata/

Bl Robert Bickerdike
Bl Robert Dibdale

St Simeon – The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke
Holy Simeon:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/08/saint-of-the-day-8-october-st-simeon/
https://youtu.be/ggXMSpAWWo8

St Thaïs the Penitent
St Triduna

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: • Blessed José María Ruano López- Marist Martyrs of Barcelona – 46 beati:
• Blessed Ángel Roba Osorno• Blessed Anicet Falgueras Casellas• Blessed Antoni Badía Andale• Blessed Antoni Roig Alembau• Blessed Carles Brengaret Pujol• Blessed Casimir Riba Pi• Blessed Feliciano Ayúcar Eraso• Blessed Felipe Ruiz Peña• Blessed Félix Ayúcar Eraso• Blessed Fermín Latienda Azpilicueta• Blessed Ferran Suñer Estrach• Blessed Florentino Redondo Insausti• Blessed Fortunato Ruiz Peña• Blessed Gregorio Faci Molins• Blessed Isidro Serrano Fabón• Blessed Jaume Morella Bruguera• Blessed Jeroni Messegué Ribera• Blessed Jesús Menchón Franco• Blessed Joan Pelfort Planell• Blessed Joan Tubau Perelló• Blessed José María Ruano López• Blessed José Miguel Elola Arruti• Blessed Josep Ambrós Dejuán
• Blessed Josep Blanch Roca• Blessed Josep Cesari Mercadal• Blessed Josep Mir Pons• Blessed Juan Núñez Casado• Blessed Julio García Galarza• Blessed Leocadio Rodríguez Nieto• Blessed Leoncio Pérez Gómez• Blessed Lucio Izquierdo López• Blessed Lucio Zudaire Armendía• Blessed Mariano Alonso Fuente• Blessed Néstor Vivar Valdivieso• Blessed Nicolás Pereda Revuelta• Blessed Nicolás Ran Goñi• Blessed Pedro Ciordia Hernández • Blessed Pere Sitges Puig• Blessed Ramon Mill Arán• Blessed Santiago Saiz Martínez• Blessed Santos Escudero Miguel• Blessed Segismundo Hidalgo Martínez• Blessed Serafín Zugaldía Lacruz• Blessed Trifón Lacunza Unzu• Blessed Victor Gutiérrez Gómez• Blessed Victoriano Gómez Gutiérrez• Blessed Victoriano Martínez Martín.

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Memorials of the Saints – 8 October

St Amor of Aquitaine
St Artemon of Laodicia
St Badilo
St Benedicta of Laon
St Benedicta of Origny-sur-Oise
St Evodius of Rouen
St Felix of Como
St Gratus of Chalons
St Hugh Canefro (1148-1233)
St Hugh’s Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/08/saint-of-the-day-st-hugh-canefro-1148-1233-religious-of-the-order-of-malta/
Bl John Adams
Bl John Lowe
St Keyna
St Laurentia
St Nestor of Thessalonica
St Palatias
St Pelagia the Penitent (Fourth or Fifth Century) Hermit
St Peter of Seville
Bl Ragenfreda
St Reparata (3rd century Caesarea, Palestine – beheaded in the 3rd century)
Biography here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/saint-of-the-day-8-october-st-reparata/

Bl Robert Bickerdike
Bl Robert Dibdale
St Simeon – The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke
Holy Simeon:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/08/saint-of-the-day-8-october-st-simeon/
https://youtu.be/ggXMSpAWWo8

St Thaïs the Penitent
St Triduna

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: • Blessed José María Ruano López- Marist Martyrs of Barcelona – 46 beati:
• Blessed Ángel Roba Osorno• Blessed Anicet Falgueras Casellas• Blessed Antoni Badía Andale• Blessed Antoni Roig Alembau• Blessed Carles Brengaret Pujol• Blessed Casimir Riba Pi• Blessed Feliciano Ayúcar Eraso
• Blessed Felipe Ruiz Peña• Blessed Félix Ayúcar Eraso• Blessed Fermín Latienda Azpilicueta• Blessed Ferran Suñer Estrach• Blessed Florentino Redondo Insausti• Blessed Fortunato Ruiz Peña• Blessed Gregorio Faci Molins• Blessed Isidro Serrano Fabón• Blessed Jaume Morella Bruguera
• Blessed Jeroni Messegué Ribera• Blessed Jesús Menchón Franco• Blessed Joan Pelfort Planell• Blessed Joan Tubau Perelló• Blessed José María Ruano López• Blessed José Miguel Elola Arruti• Blessed Josep Ambrós Dejuán
• Blessed Josep Blanch Roca• Blessed Josep Cesari Mercadal• Blessed Josep Mir Pons• Blessed Juan Núñez Casado• Blessed Julio García Galarza• Blessed Leocadio Rodríguez Nieto• Blessed Leoncio Pérez Gómez• Blessed Lucio Izquierdo López• Blessed Lucio Zudaire Armendía• Blessed Mariano Alonso Fuente• Blessed Néstor Vivar Valdivieso• Blessed Nicolás Pereda Revuelta• Blessed Nicolás Ran Goñi• Blessed Pedro Ciordia Hernández
• Blessed Pere Sitges Puig• Blessed Ramon Mill Arán• Blessed Santiago Saiz Martínez• Blessed Santos Escudero Miguel• Blessed Segismundo Hidalgo Martínez• Blessed Serafín Zugaldía Lacruz• Blessed Trifón Lacunza Unzu
• Blessed Victor Gutiérrez Gómez• Blessed Victoriano Gómez Gutiérrez
• Blessed Victoriano Martínez Martín

Posted in BREVIARY Prayers, SAINT of the DAY, The WORD

Saint of the Day – 8 October – St Simeon

Saint of the Day – 8 October – St Simeon – also known as Holy Simeon, St Simeon the Prophet, Symeon and Simeon Senex – senex means “the old man” and St Simeon the Elder, was present when Jesus was brought into the temple as an infant – celebrated as the feast of the Presentation – the Presentation is celebrated on 2 February and is the fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.433px-Yegorov-Simeon_the_Righteous.jpg

According to the Biblical account, Simeon had been visited by the Holy Spirit and told that he would not die until he had seen the Christ of the Lord.    Moved by the Holy Spirit, he entered the Temple as Mary and Joseph brought the child Jesus in.   On taking Jesus into his arms he uttered a prayer, which is still used liturgically as the Latin Nunc Dimittis (“Now you dismiss”) every night in Compline of the Divine Office.   Simeon gave a prophecy alluding to the crucifixion.   His prophecy is used in the context of Our Lady of Sorrows.   Simeon is venerated as a saint with his memorial today in the revised Martyrology of the Roman Catholic Church.img-Saint-Simeon-Senex

The sole mention in the New Testament of Simeon is as follows:

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel and the Holy Spirit was upon him.   And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.   And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him in his arms and blessed God and said,

“Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

And his father and his mother marvelled at what was said about him and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

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The Nunc Dimittis

Latin (Vulgate):
Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace.
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum.
Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

English (Roman Breviary):
Now, Master, you let your servant go in peace.   You have fulfilled your promise.
My own eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples.
A light to bring the Gentiles from darkness, the glory of your people Israel.

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. OjŽda
The beginning of the Nunc dimittis in the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry – It is probably the most famous and best surviving Gothic Manuscript Illumination.   It is a book of hours – a collection of prayers to be said at the canonical hours.   It was created between c 1412 and 1416.

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Memorials of the Saints – 8 October

St Amor of Aquitaine
St Artemon of Laodicia
St Badilo
St Benedicta of Laon
St Benedicta of Origny-sur-Oise
St Evodius of Rouen
St Felix of Como
St Gratus of Chalons
St Hugh Canefro (1148-1233)
St Hugh’s Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/08/saint-of-the-day-st-hugh-canefro-1148-1233-religious-of-the-order-of-malta/
Bl John Adams
Bl John Lowe
St Keyna
St Laurentia
St Nestor of Thessalonica
St Palatias
St Pelagia the Penitent
St Peter of Seville
Bl Ragenfreda
St Reparata (3rd century Caesarea, Palestine – beheaded in the 3rd century)
Biography here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/saint-of-the-day-8-october-st-reparata/

Bl Robert Bickerdike
Bl Robert Dibdale
St Simeon – The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke

St Thaïs the Penitent
St Triduna

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: • Blessed José María Ruano López- Marist Martyrs of Barcelona – 46 beati:
• Blessed Ángel Roba Osorno
• Blessed Anicet Falgueras Casellas
• Blessed Antoni Badía Andale
• Blessed Antoni Roig Alembau
• Blessed Carles Brengaret Pujol
• Blessed Casimir Riba Pi
• Blessed Feliciano Ayúcar Eraso
• Blessed Felipe Ruiz Peña
• Blessed Félix Ayúcar Eraso
• Blessed Fermín Latienda Azpilicueta
• Blessed Ferran Suñer Estrach
• Blessed Florentino Redondo Insausti
• Blessed Fortunato Ruiz Peña
• Blessed Gregorio Faci Molins
• Blessed Isidro Serrano Fabón
• Blessed Jaume Morella Bruguera
• Blessed Jeroni Messegué Ribera
• Blessed Jesús Menchón Franco
• Blessed Joan Pelfort Planell
• Blessed Joan Tubau Perelló
• Blessed José María Ruano López
• Blessed José Miguel Elola Arruti
• Blessed Josep Ambrós Dejuán
• Blessed Josep Blanch Roca
• Blessed Josep Cesari Mercadal
• Blessed Josep Mir Pons
• Blessed Juan Núñez Casado
• Blessed Julio García Galarza
• Blessed Leocadio Rodríguez Nieto
• Blessed Leoncio Pérez Gómez
• Blessed Lucio Izquierdo López
• Blessed Lucio Zudaire Armendía
• Blessed Mariano Alonso Fuente
• Blessed Néstor Vivar Valdivieso
• Blessed Nicolás Pereda Revuelta
• Blessed Nicolás Ran Goñi
• Blessed Pedro Ciordia Hernández
• Blessed Pere Sitges Puig
• Blessed Ramon Mill Arán
• Blessed Santiago Saiz Martínez
• Blessed Santos Escudero Miguel
• Blessed Segismundo Hidalgo Martínez
• Blessed Serafín Zugaldía Lacruz
• Blessed Trifón Lacunza Unzu
• Blessed Victor Gutiérrez Gómez
• Blessed Victoriano Gómez Gutiérrez
• Blessed Victoriano Martínez Martín