Feast of Blessed Valeriu Traian Frentiu (July 11)   Leave a comment

Above:  Blessed Valeriu Traian Frentiu 

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BLESSED VALERIU TRAIAN FRENTIU (APRIL 25, 1875-JULY 11, 1952)

Romanian Roman Catholic Bishop and Martyr, 1952

Blessed Valeriu Traian Frentiu ran afoul of the Communist government of Romania.  Our saint began life as a subject of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  Frentiu, born in Resita, Caras-Severin, on April 25, 1875, came from the western part of what is now Romania.  He became a priest in the Romanian Greek Catholic rite on September 28, 1898.  Our saint, having studied theology in Budapest, went on to study for his doctorate in theology in Vienna.  He received that degree in 1902.  Frentiu became the Eparch (Bishop) of Lugo on January 14, 1913.  Nine years later, our saint became the Eparch of Oradea Mare on February 25, 1933.  His predecessor’s cause of death was murder.  And, from 1941 to 1947, Frentiu served as the Apostolic Administrator of Fagaras si Alba Iulia.

In the spring of 1945, during the final months of World War II in Europe, Communist forces began to consolidate their power in Romania.  With the end of the monarchy in December 1947, Romania became a Communist state in the political orbit of the Soviet Union.  The law of August 4, 1948, officially granted freedom of religion and defined coercive acts intended to curb religious practices as crimes.  However, that law also brought organized religion under state control, thereby rendering churches allowed to exist as agents of the Communist government.

Frentiu refused to renounce Rome.  Authorities arrested our saint early in the morning of October 29, 1948.  He died in prison at Sighetu on July 11, 1952.  Frentiu was 77 years old.

Pope Francis declared Frentiu a Venerable then beatified him in 2019.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JULY 3, 2020 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS FLAVIAN AND ANATOLIUS OF CONSTANTINOPLE, PATRIARCHS; AND SAINTS AGATHO, LEO II, AND BENEDICT II, BISHOPS OF ROME; DEFENDERS OF CHRISTOLOGICAL ORTHODOXY

THE FEAST OF SAINT DIONYSIUS OF ALEXANDRIA, PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA, AND CHURCH FATHER; SAINT EUSEBIUS OF LAODICEA, BISHOP OF LAODICEA; AND SAINT ANATOLIUS OF ALEXANDRIA, BISHOP OF LAODICEA

THE FEAST OF SAINT HELIODORUS OF ALTINUM, ASSOCIATE OF SAINT JEROME, AND BISHOP OF ALTINUM

THE FEAST OF IMMANUEL NITSCHMANN, GERMAN-AMERICAN MORAVIAN MINISTER AND MUSICIAN; HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW, JACOB VAN VLECK, U.S. MORAVIAN BISHOP, MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, AND EDUCATOR; HIS SON, WILLIAM HENRY VAN VLECK, U.S. MORAVIAN BISHOP; HIS BROTHER, CARL ANTON VAN VLECK, U.S. MORAVIAN MINISTER, MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, AND EDUCATOR; HIS DAUGHTER, LISETTE (LIZETTA) MARIA VAN VLECK MEINUNG; AND HER SISTER, AMELIA ADELAIDE VAN VLECK, U.S. MORAVIAN COMPOSER AND EDUCATOR

THE FEAST OF JOHN CENNICK, BRITISH MORAVIAN EVANGELIST AND HYMN WRITER

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Almighty God, who gave to your servant Blessed Valeriu Traian Frentiu

boldness to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of the world,

and courage to die for this faith:

Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us,

and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

2 Esdras 2:42-48

Psalm 126 or 121

1 Peter 3:14-18, 22

Matthew 10:16-22

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 713

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