Feast of St. John Oglivie (March 10)   Leave a comment

Above:  The Flag of Scotland

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SAINT JOHN OGLIVIE (CIRCA 1579-MARCH 10, 1615)

Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr

St. John Oglivie, son of a Scottish baron, grew up Presbyterian.  He went to Louvain at age thirteen to study.  But he did something his parents did not expect:  he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1596.  The saint continued his studies, becoming a Jesuit in 1600 and a priest ten years later.  Then he worked in France and Austria before returning to Scotland in 1613.  Using the alias “John Watson,” the saint worked in Glasgow and Edinburgh, winning many people back to the Catholic Church.  Then one Adam Boyd, who pretended to want to become a Catholic, betrayed the saint.  Oglivie suffered imprisonment and torture, a court convicted him of treason, and the executioner killed him at Glasgow on March 10, 1615.

The Roman Catholic Church canonized St. John Oglivie in 1976.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 13, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ELLA J. BAKER, WITNESS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

THE FEAST OF SAINT LUCY OF SYRACUSE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

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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 Saint John Oglivie,

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 December 24, 2016

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