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Feast of Sts. Genesius I of Clermont, Praejectus of Clermont, and Amarin (January 30)   Leave a comment

Above:  Frankish Kingdoms in 628 C.E.

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SAINT GENESIUS I OF CLERMONT (DIED 660/662)

Roman Catholic Bishop of Clermont

His feast transferred from June 3

Patron of

SAINT PRAEJECTUS OF CLERMONT (625-676)

Roman Catholic Bishop of Clermont

His feast transferred from January 25

Martyred with

SAINT AMARIN (DIED 676)

Roman Catholic Abbot

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St. Genesius I of Clermont became Bishop of Clermont against his will in 656.  He founded a hospital, abbeys, and hospitals before running away in disguise to Rome.  Yet his flock demanded the saint’s return.  He died in 660 or 662.  St. Genesius was patron of St. Praejectus, born into lesser nobility.  St. Praejectus studied under St. Genesius I, whom he succeeded (not immediately) as bishop in 666.  St. Praejectus founded churches, hospitals, and monasteries.  Political intrigue led to his murder.  One Hector, a Frankish nobleman, was accused of various offenses.   Authorities arrested, tried, and executed him.  One Agritus blamed St. Praejectus for Hector’s execution.  Agritus murdered the bishop and St. Amarin, abbot at Volvic monastery, at the monastery on January 25, 676.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 30, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANDREW THE APOSTLE, MARTYR

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Lord God,

you have surrounded us with so great a cloud of witnesses.

Grant that we, encouraged by the example of your servants

Saints Genesius I of Clermont, Praejectus of Clermont, and Amarin,

may persevere in the course that is set before us and,

at the last, share in your eternal joy with all the saints in light,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Micah 6:6-8

Psalm 9:1-10

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Luke 6:20-23

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 59

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Revised on November 21, 2016

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Feast of St. Syncletica of Alexandria (January 22)   Leave a comment

Above:  Map of Roman Egypt in 400 C.E.

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SAINT SYNCLETICA OF ALEXANDRIA (CIRCA 316-400)

Desert Mother

Her feast transferred from January 5

St. Syncletica of Alexandria was born into a wealthy family of Macedonian ancestry.  Considered beautiful, she attracted much male attention yet refused to marry; she dedicated her life to God.  The saint sold her possessions and gave the proceeds to the poor after her parents died and became a hermit living in a crypt.  She wrote on spiritual topics, counseled women, and became the nucleus around which a spiritual community formed.  The saint died of cancer.

Fortunately, many of her writings survive.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 30, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANDREW THE APOSTLE, MARTYR

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O God,

whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:

Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world,

that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant Saint Syncletica of Alexandria,

may serve you with singleness of heart,

and attain to the riches of the age to come;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Song of Songs 8:6-7

Psalm 34 or 34:1-8

Philippians 3:7-15

Luke 12:33-37 or Luke 9:57-62

–Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer (1979), pages 249 and 927

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Revised on November 21, 2016

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Feast of St. Adelard of Corbie (January 22)   1 comment

Above:  Northern France in 843 C.E.

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SAINT ADELARD OF CORBIE (A.K.A. SAINT ADALHARD OF CORBIE) (CIRCA 752-January 2, 827)

Roman Catholic Monk

His feast day transferred from January 2

St. Adelard and Charlemagne were first cousins; Charles Martel was their grandfather.  The saint became a Benedictine monk at Corbie in 773.  He studied under St. Alcuin and advised Charlemagne.  St. Adelard also tutored Prince Bernard, who became King of Naples.  Accused falsely in 817 of siding with Bernard in a revolt against Louis the Debonair, who succeeded Charlemagne, the saint found himself living in exile on the island of Noirmoutier.  He actually enjoyed the peace and quiet the island provided.  Louis the Debonair recalled the saint in 821.  St. Adelard cofounded Corvey Abbey in Saxony.  He died on January 2, 827, at Corbie Abbey in Pirardy.  The Roman Catholic Church canonized him in 1026.

When hardship comes, may we, like St. Adelard of Corbie, find the blessings around us.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 30, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANDREW THE APOSTLE, MARTYR

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O God,

whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:

Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world,

that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant Saint Adelard of Corbie,

may serve you with singleness of heart,

and attain to the riches of the age to come;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Song of Songs 8:6-7

Psalm 34 or 34:1-8

Philippians 3:7-15

Luke 12:33-37 or Luke 9:57-62

–Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer (1979), pages 249 and 927

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Revised on November 21, 2016

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Feast of St. Gaspar del Bufalo (January 21)   Leave a comment

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SAINT GASPAR DEL BUFALO (A.K.A. SAINT CASPAR DEL BUFALO) (January 6, 1786-December 28, 1837)

Founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood

His feast transferred from January 2

The son of a cook in Rome, St. Gaspar del Bufalo became a Roman Catholic priest in 1808.  Later that year, he joined Pope Pius VII and other clergymen who refused to swear allegiance to Napoleon Bonaparte in exile.  They returned to Rome in 1814.  The saint founded the Missionaries of the Precious Blood the following year.  He spent years engaged in extensive evangelism in central Italy and worked in the Santa Galla Hospice in Rome.  He also earned a reputation as an excellent preacher.  At the end of his life, although he was quite ill, the saint returned to Rome in late 1837 to tend to people during a cholera outbreak.

The Roman Catholic Church canonized St. Gaspar del Bufalo in 1954.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 29, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GEORGE DAWSON, ENGLISH BAPTIST AND UNITARIAN PASTOR

THE FEAST OF DOROTHY DAY, SOCIAL ACTIVIST

THE FEAST OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE CHURCH OF NORTH INDIA, 1970

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God of grace and glory,

we praise you for your servant Saint Gaspar del Bufalo,

who made the good news known in Italy.

Raise up, we pray, in every country, heralds of the gospel,

so that the world may know the immeasurable riches of your love,

and be drawn to worship you,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Isaiah 62:1-7

Psalm 48

Romans 10:11-17

Luke 24:44-53

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 59

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Revised on November 20, 2016

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Feast of Sts. Alban Roe and Thomas Reynolds (January 21)   Leave a comment

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SAINT ALBAN ROE (July 20, 1583-January 21, 1642)

Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr

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SAINT THOMAS REYNOLDS (1561–January 21, 1642)

Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr

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St. Alban Roe was a complicated man.  He could be cheerful and generally positive yet unpredictable and cantankerous.  This description fits many other saints.  It even fits me sometimes.  Moral perfectionism is unrealistic, so may we not be overly critical of Father Roe.  Rather, may we focus on the positive:  This man loved God and Jesus so much that he gave his life for them.

Born Bartholomew Roe in England, he and his brother converted to Roman Catholicism and became monks.  Bartholomew took the name Alban.  He began to study for the priesthood in 1607 but was expelled in 1610 due to bad temperament.  He joined the Benedictine community at Lorraine in 1613 and was ordained a priest two years later.  Then St. Alban Roe returned to England as a missionary, but authorities captured and deported him.  The saint returned in 1618, when authorities arrested and incarcerated him until 1623.  They expelled him again.  He returned yet again in 1625.  Authorities apprehended him again and held him until 1642, when they convicted him of treason and executed him via hanging, drawing, and quartering.

The Roman Catholic Church beatified St. Alban Roe in 1921 and canonized him in 1970.

Hanged, drawn, and quartered with St. Alban Roe was St. Thomas Reynolds.  Ordained in 1592 after studying at Rheims, Reynolds returned to his native England and faced exile again in 1606.  Yet the saint returned again and fulfilled his priestly vocation until his arrest in 1628.  He spent the next fourteen years in prison until he died at age 80.

Both of these men could have lived safely in France, but their faith demanded that they take great risks for God.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 29, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GEORGE DAWSON, ENGLISH BAPTIST AND UNITARIAN PASTOR

THE FEAST OF DOROTHY DAY, SOCIAL ACTIVIST

THE FEAST OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE CHURCH OF NORTH INDIA, 1970

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Gracious God,

in every age you have sent men and women

who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth.

Inspire us with the memory of Saints Alban Roe and Thomas Reynolds,

whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross,

and give us courage to bear full witness with our lives

to your Son’s victory over sin and death,

for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,

now and forever.  Amen.

Ezekiel 20:40-42

Psalm 5

Revelation 6:9-11

Mark 8:34-38

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 59

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Revised on November 20, 2016

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Feast of Sts. Mirocles of Milan and Epiphanius of Pavia (January 21)   Leave a comment

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Milan = Mediolanum

Pavia = Ticinum

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SAINT MIROCLES OF MILAN (DIED  November 30, 316)

Roman Catholic Bishop of Milan

SAINT EPIPHANIUS OF PAVIA (438-January 21, 496)

Roman Catholic Bishop of Pavia

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Of the life of St. Mirocles of Milan we know little.  He died in 316, having become Bishop of Milan sometime before 313.  We do know, however, that he was a relative of Focaria, mother of St. Epiphanius of Pavia.  Raised in the household of Crispinus, Bishop of Pavia, St. Epiphanius became a deacon at age 20 then the bishop’s handpicked successor eight years later.

The times were tumultuous.  The Western Roman Empire was on its last legs in 466, when St. Epiphanius became Bishop of Pavia.  A decade later, Odoacer destroyed the city shortly before Romulus Augustulus, the last Western Roman Emperor, abdicated in 476.  The map of Western Europe changed greatly, with Odoacer ruling as King of Italy and with other successor states rising in the rest of the former empire.  St. Epiphanius could not escape the turmoil of his time.  He went on diplomatic missions related to barbarian invasions and had to negotiate the ransom of his sister, Honorata, kidnapped from Pavia abbey, and that of Romans who had sided with Odoacer, not Theodoric the Great, who succeeded Odoacer and founded the Ostrogothic Kingdom.  Theodoric deprived many of his opponents of their civil rights.  St. Epiphanius interceded for these people before Theodoric, who agreed, provided that the bishop intercede for captives the Burgundians had taken in 489, during the war between Theodoric and Odoacer.  St. Epiphanius undertook that mission during the Winter weather, dying of exposure to the elements en route to keep his word.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 29, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GEORGE DAWSON, ENGLISH BAPTIST AND UNITARIAN PASTOR

THE FEAST OF DOROTHY DAY, SOCIAL ACTIVIST

THE FEAST OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE CHURCH OF NORTH INDIA, 1970

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Almighty God,

you raised up faithful bishops of your church,

including your servants Saints Mirocles of Milan and Epiphanius of Pavia.

May the memory of his life be a source of joy for us and a bulwark of our faith,

so that we may serve and confess your name before the world,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Ezekiel 34:11-16 or Acts 20:17-35

Psalm 84

1 Peter 5:1-4 or Ephesians 3:14-21

John 21:15-17 or Matthew 24:42-47

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60

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Feast of Sts. Deicola, Gall, and Othmar (January 20)   1 comment

Above:  Plan of the Abbey of St. Gall, St. Gallen, Switzerland

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SAINT DEICOLA (530-625)

Roman Catholic Monk

His feast transferred from January 18

brother of 

SAINT GALL (550-CIRCA 646)

Roman Catholic Monk

His feast transferred from October 16

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SAINT OTHMAR (CIRCA 689-CIRCA 759)

Roman Catholic Abbot at St. Gallen

His feast transferred from November 16

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St. Deicola and St. Gall, Irish brothers and monks, accompanied St. Columban  on his missionary journey to Europe.  Theuderic II of Burgundy and Austrasia expelled the St. Deicola, the elder brother, at age 80, as well as St. Columban, in 610.  St. Deicola settled at Lure, Gaul, where he founded a monastery and devoted the remaining years of his life to prayer and meditation.  Illness forced St. Gall to break way from St. Columban’s main missionary band in 612.  The latter traveled to Italy, but the former and some hermits settled in the area of Lake Constance, in modern-day Switzerland.

St. Othmar founded the great Abbey of St. Gall and became its first abbot.  He and his monks cared for the poor of the surrounding community, operated a hospital, and established the first Swiss leper colony.  St. Othmar died in exile because of false accusations two nobles had made against him.  His good deeds, alas, did not prevent him from suffering due to the perfidy of others.

From the Abbey of St. Gall generations of faithful monks did great things for God.  Consider the cases of St. Tutilo and St. Nokter Balbulus, for example.

What will your legacy be?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 29, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GEORGE DAWSON, ENGLISH BAPTIST AND UNITARIAN PASTOR

THE FEAST OF DOROTHY DAY, SOCIAL ACTIVIST

THE FEAST OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE CHURCH OF NORTH INDIA, 1970

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O God,

whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:

Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world,

that we, inspired by the devotion of your servants Saints Deicola, Gall, and Othmar,

may serve you with singleness of heart,

and attain to the riches of the age to come;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Song of Songs 8:6-7

Psalm 34 or 34:1-8

Philippians 3:7-15

Luke 12:33-37 or Luke 9:57-62

–Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer (1979), pages 249 and 927

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Revised on November 20, 2016

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