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St Stephen the ProtoMartyr, Madonna della Acheropita / Our Lady of Rossano, Italy (1140) and Memorials of the Saints – 26 December

St Stephen the ProtoMartyr (c 05-c 34) The Second Day in the Christmas Octave
St Stephen’s Story:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/saint-of-the-day-st-stephen-the-first-martyr-26-december-the-second-day-in-the-octave-of-christmas/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/12/26/saint-of-the-day-26-december-st-stephen-the-protomartyr-c-05-c-34-26-december/

Madonna della Acheropita, Maria Santissima Acheropita / Our Lady of Acheropita, Rossano, Italy (1140) – 26 December:
HERE:
https://anastpaul.com/2021/12/26/st-stephen-the-protomartyr-c-05-c-34-feast-the-second-day-in-the-christmas-octave-madonna-della-acheropita-maria-santissima-acheropita-our-lady-of-acheropita-rossano-italy-1140-and-memoria/

St Abadiu of Antinoë
St Amaethlu of Anglesey
St Archelaus of Mesopotamia
Bl Daniel of Villiers

St Pope Dionysius (Died 268) Bishop of Rome from 22 July 259 to his death on 26 December 268. According to early Church records, Dionysius was the first Pope not Martyred for his Faith.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/12/26/saint-of-the-day-26-december-st-pope-dionysius-died-268/

St Euthymius of Sardis
St Evaristo
Blessed Giovanni Orsini (1333-1411) Cardinal Archbishop of Turin
Bl Jean of Hainaut
St Margaret of Hohenfels
Bl Marinus of Rome
Bl Paganus of Lecco
Bl Pierre Boffet
St Tathai of Wales
St Theodore the Sacristan

St Vincenza Maria Lopez (1847- 1890) Religious Sister, Founder of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/12/26/saint-of-the-day-26-december-saint-vincenza-maria-lopez-1847-1890/

St Zeno of Gaza

St Pope Zosimus (Died 418) Bishop of Rome from 18 March 417 to his death on 26 December 418, Confessor. Greek by birth, his short Pontificate was characterised by serious conflicts with the Bishops of Gaul and those of Africa.
St Zosimus’ Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/12/26/saint-of-the-day-saint-pope-zosimus-died-418/

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St Stephen the ProtoMartyr (c 05-c 34) (Feast) The Second Day in the Christmas Octave, Madonna della Acheropita, Maria Santissima Acheropita / Our Lady of Acheropita, Rossano, Italy (1140) and Memorials of the Saints – 26 December

St Stephen the ProtoMartyr (c 05-c 34) (Feast) The Second Day in the Christmas Octave
St Stephen’s Story:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/saint-of-the-day-st-stephen-the-first-martyr-26-december-the-second-day-in-the-octave-of-christmas/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/12/26/saint-of-the-day-26-december-st-stephen-the-protomartyr-c-05-c-34-26-december/

Madonna della Acheropita, Maria Santissima Acheropita / Our Lady of Acheropita, Rossano, Italy (1140) – 26 December:

The Abbot Orsini relates: “Tradition has it that one night, a woman in great brightness appeared to a watchman on duty where a new Church was being built in Rossano, Italy. She asked him to withdraw from the place. The next morning there was seen in the building a picture of the Blessed Virgin, painted but not by the hand of man. For that reason it came to be called “Acheropita,” not made by human hands.

The latest historical research has established that the image of Acheropita – a fresco on a pillar – was found in a small Chapel near the cave of one of the many hermits who formed the aura of Saint Nicholas of Vallone in the 6th century.
It seems a holy hermit named Ephrem was very devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the year 580, a certain Captain Mauricio, was deflected from his course by the winds and landed near present day Rossano. The hermit Ephrem went to meet him with the strange sounding greeting of:
It was not the winds that brought you here but Our Lady, for once you are appointed emperor, you will build a Church here.”
A mere two year later, in the year 582, Mauritius was crowned Emperor and remembering the prophesy, had artists brought to the cave to paint a fitting image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although the artists toiled all day, during the night their work always mysteriously disappeared. The Governor, unsure of what was happening, ordered that the cave be guarded at night.
That night as the guards went about their duty in front of the cave, a young woman of rare beauty came out of nowhere amidst a bright light wearing a white silk cape. She asked the guard to depart from the site, which they did. Informed the next morning of what had happened, the Governor went to the Church. To everyone’s surprise he observed an image that perplexed him, for painted on the bottom of the inner wall was a beautiful picture of Our Lady, similar to the Byzantine icons he had seen before. It was exactly where his artists had been trying in vain to draw the image.
The news of the miracle soon spread throughout the City. The faithful began arriving to the place, shouting in wonder and cheering in tears with songs of praise, “Acheropita! Acheropita!
The image became an object of veneration for the people of Rossano and a new Church had to be built to satisfy popular piety in a more worthy manner. That Church is now known as the Rossano Cathedral, and it was built next to the grotto where the image is still preserved. It is also said, that later, the Saracens attacked, trying to surprise the City of Rossano but they were repulsed by Our Lady, who appeared dressed in purple and holding in her hand a lighted torch. The sight of her majesty terrified the Saracens, who turned and fled.
On 26 May 1949, the Diocesan Cathedral was erected at the Shrine. From 16 August to 16 October 1949, a silver Statue of Our Lady was carried on a triumphal pilgrimage through the Archdiocese. 15 August is the annual date for the celebration of the Madonna Acheropita and it is said that during the celebration a wonderful atmosphere envelops the whole of the City, with the festival offering an opportunity for the faithful to demonstrate their love for the Blessed Virgin.
On 18 June 1950, Cardinal Micara crowned the image of the Blessed Virgin.

St Abadiu of Antinoë
Bl Agata Phutta Bi
Bl Agnès Phila
St Amaethlu of Anglesey
St Archelaus of Mesopotamia
Bl Bibiana Khamphai
Bl Cecilia Butsi
Bl Daniel of Villiers

St Pope Dionysius (Died 268) Bishop of Rome from 22 July 259 to his death on 26 December 268. According to early Church records, Dionysius was the first pope not Martyred for his Faith.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/12/26/saint-of-the-day-26-december-st-pope-dionysius-died-268/

St Euthymius of Sardis
St Evaristo of Constantinople
Bl Giovanni Orsini
Bl Jean of Hainaut
Bl Lucie Khambang
St Margaret of Hohenfels
Bl Maria Phon
Bl Marinus of Rome
Bl Paganus of Lecco
Bl Pierre Boffet
St Tathai of Wales
St Theodore the Sacristan

St Vincenza Maria Lopez (1847- 1890) Religious Sister, Founder of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/12/26/saint-of-the-day-26-december-saint-vincenza-maria-lopez-1847-1890/

St Zeno of Gaza
St Pope Zosimus (Died 418) Bishop of Rome from 18 March 417 to his death on 26 December 418.

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Memorials of the Saints – 26 December

St Stephen the ProtoMartyr (c 05-c 34) (Feast) The Second Day in the Christmas Octave
St Stephen’s Story:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/saint-of-the-day-st-stephen-the-first-martyr-26-december-the-second-day-in-the-octave-of-christmas/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/12/26/saint-of-the-day-26-december-st-stephen-the-protomartyr-c-05-c-34-26-december/

St Abadiu of Antinoë
Bl Agata Phutta Bi
Bl Agnès Phila
St Amaethlu of Anglesey
St Archelaus of Mesopotamia
Bl Bibiana Khamphai
Bl Cecilia Butsi
Bl Daniel of Villiers
St Pope Dionysius (Died 268)
St Euthymius of Sardis
St Evaristo of Constantinople
Bl Giovanni Orsini
Bl Jean of Hainaut
Bl Lucie Khambang
St Margaret of Hohenfels
Bl Maria Phon
Bl Marinus of Rome
Bl Paganus of Lecco
Bl Pierre Boffet
St Tathai of Wales
St Theodore the Sacristan
St Vincenza Maria Lopez (1847- 1890)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/12/26/saint-of-the-day-26-december-saint-vincenza-maria-lopez-1847-1890/
St Zeno of Gaza
St Pope Zosimus

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Saint of the Day – 26 December – Saint Vincenza Maria Lopez (1847- 1890)

Saint of the Day – 26 December – Saint Vincenza Maria Lopez (1847- 1890) professed religious and the founder of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate.    Born as Vincenza Maria Lopez y Vicuña on 24 March 1847 in Cascante, Navarra, Spaind and died on 26 December 1890 (aged 43) in Madrid, Spain of natural causes.   She is the Patron of the Order she founded.st VicentaLopezVicuña.jpg

Her order was dedicated to administering to “working girls”, or young women in domestic employment and she took the view that these housemaids and other domestic servants needed care, with a particular emphasis on girls who suffered abuse.

Young working women, especially those who earn their living in today’s large cities, are subject to many temptations regarding faith and morals.   Saint Vincenza Maria Lopez dedicated her life to mothering such working girls.   In fact, she found the work a complete delight and declared herself ready to suffer anything, even death, rather than abandon this apostolate.

Vincenza was thus a social activist on behalf of women workers, even as her contemporary, Blessed Adolf Kolping (1813-1865), was a social activist on behalf of working men.   Both dealt with people exposed to those trials of the marketplace that became acute during the Industrial Revolution.

This “foster mother” was a Spaniard, born at Cascante, in Navarre, to devout middle-class parents.   In 1854 the Lopezes sent their daughter to Madrid for schooling, and from that time on she became a Madrilena.   She lived with her aunt, Eulalia y Vicuna and this admirable women set her an example that shaped her whole adult life and her growth in holiness.

Eulalia had already established a hospice for jobless young servant girls.   Vincenza was attracted by this sort of charity.   Realising its necessity, she worried what would become of the hospice if anything happened to her aunt.   At 19, increasingly convinced that she herself was called to the religious life in its “active” rather than contemplative form, she took a private vow not to marry.

Senor and Senora Lopez, despite their piety, were not pleased with their daughter’s decision.   They wanted her either to marry or to join the Visitation nuns, a cloistered order.   When Vincenza refused their proposal, they ordered her to come back to Cascante.   Apparently they thought that the only remaining alternative was for her to live at home as a spinster.

She did return home.   When she fell ill, however, her parents became concerned and rather ashamed of themselves, so they eventually allowed her to go back to Madrid.   Now Vincenza’s plans began to mature.   In 1871 she and her aunt and a few other women on the hospice staff began to lead a community religious life.   Then in 1876, with the assistance of a Jesuit, Father Hidalgo y Soba, they drew up a rule of life that would commit them to conduct homes for working girls and teach them domestic arts.   Thus was founded the Daughters of Mary Immaculate for Domestic Service.   Vincenza and three others received the veil from the bishop of Seville that year.   They pronounced their vows as sisters two years later.st vincza lopez.jpg

Since the hospice was already flourishing, the Daughters had merely to continue and expand their efforts.   Further homes, hostels, technical schools, canteens and other institutes were established as needed and the work spread throughout Spain and to other European countries and even into South America.   After her death, Africa would welcome the Sisters.   Aunt Eulalia continued to contribute her whole time and fortune. But Mother Vincentia’s general plan of financing, positively excluded her sisters’ operating regular schools, in order to earn support for their charitable work.   She chose the harder way – begging.

Vincenza’s Daughters had a motto:  “Steady employment is the safeguard of virtue.” What was true of their working girls is equally true of the thousands of youths who run away each year to the large cities for want of occupations and then fall into vice.   Let us not forget to help such idle youth by helping the good people, who try to do for them today, what Saint Vincenza tried to do in her time.

The task she undertook was not easy.   Not only were finances a problem, her own health was always poor and she was only 43 when she died.   But she would not, for all the world, have chosen any other role.   “I count myself happier in the service of these my sisters, than the great ones of this world, in the service of their lords and kings.”

Venerable Pope Pius XII presided over her Beatification on 19 February 1950 and St Pope Paul VI Canonised this modern woman in 1975.   She is an exemplar of social charity for our times and a wonderful icon of Catholic Social Teaching.st vincenza maria lopez y vicuna