Feast of St. Nicholas Tavelic and His Companions (November 13)   1 comment

Above:  Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem, 1860-1880

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/search/?q=Jaffa+Gate&in=original_format%3Astill+image)

MARTYRED NEAR THE JAFFA GATE, JERUSALEM, NOVEMBER 14, 1391

Saint Nicholas Tavelic

Saint Adeodatus Aribert

Saint Stephen of Cueno

Saint Peter of Narbonne

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Alternative Feast Days = November 6 and 14

These saints were Franciscan priests.   St. Nicholas Tavelic had converted many people in his native Bosnia.  He and his companions traveled to Palestine in 1384.  There they converted many people, including Muslims.  For this they died (by beheading) near the Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem, on November 14, 1391.

I am a Christian.  Here I stand; I will do no other.  My understanding of God is that “God is love.”  And love does not condone killing people over religious differences.  Unfortunately, many previous adherents of my own tradition have condoned and/or committed such violence toward Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others.  I condemn those deeds and those who condoned or committed them.  Likewise, I condemn such deeds and those who condone or commit them when non-Christians commit them.  Religious differences ought to lead to civilized dialogue in the best cases and to agreements to disagree in the worst cases, but never violence.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 2, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ALL SOULS

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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 Nicholas Tavelic,

Saint Adeodatus Aribert,

Saint Stephen of Cuneo, and

Saint Peter of Narbonne,

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

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 59

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