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Feast of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (February 1)   Leave a comment

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Above:  Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

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GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA (1525-FEBRUARY 2, 1594)

Roman Catholic Composer and Musician

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (Latinized name = Ioanes Petraloysius Praenestinus), was a native of Palestrina, near Rome.  His musical training started at a young age; he was a choir boy at St. Maria Maggiore, Palestrina, by the age of 12 years.  By 1544 he was both an organist and a singer at the church.  Giammaria Ciocchi del Monte, Bishop of Palestrina (1543-1550), the future Pope Julius III (reigned 1550-1555), noticed the musician’s talents.  Our saint married Lucrezia Gori in 1547; the couple had three sons:  Rodolfo, Angelo, and Iginio.  The family was in Rome as the maestro di cappella of the Julian Chapel.  In the Eternal City the composer published his first book of Masses and dedicated it to Pope Julius III.  Our saint also sang in the pontifical choir (until Pope Paul IV forbade married men to do so), became the composer to the papal chapel, and, in 1555, became the choir director at St. John Lateran.  That choir, unfortunately, was small in both number an ability.

The composer left Rome in 1560.  He returned to St. Maria Maggiore.  However, our saint returned to the Eternal City six years later.  From 1567 to 1571 he was in charge of the music at the Villa d’Este, Tivoli, under Cardinal Ippolito d’Este.  Then, from 1571 to 1594, our saint held his old job, maestro di cappella of the Julian Chapel.  From 1572 to 1581 he buried his first wife and his first two sons.  Eventually the composer remarried; his second wife was Virginia Dormiti, widow of a wealthy merchant.

The composer died at Rome on February 2, 1594.  He was about 69 years old.

Our saint composed many madrigals, motets, and Masses.  His masterpieces included the following:

  1. O Magnum Mysterium,
  2. Pope Marcellus Mass,
  3. Missarum Liber Primus,
  4. Canticum Canticorum,
  5. Exsultate Deo,
  6. Lamentationes Ieremiae Prophetae,
  7. Missa Brevis,
  8. Missa Assumpta est Marie in Caelum, and
  9. Missa Nigra Sum.

The compositions of our saint have enriched the lives of many people (including me) during the centuries since the 1500s.  He praised and glorified God with his God-given abilities and added much beauty to the world in the process.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 28, 2016 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT STEPHEN THE YOUNGER, DEFENDER OF ICONS

THE FEAST OF FREDERICK COOK ATKINSON, ANGLICAN CHURCH ORGANIST AND COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH PIGNATELLI, RESTORER OF THE JESUITS

THE FEAST OF KAMEHAMEHA IV AND EMMA ROOKE, KING AND QUEEN OF HAWAII

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Eternal God, light of the world and Creator of all that is good and lovely:

We bless your name for inspiring Giovanni Palestrina da Palestrina

and all those who with music have filled us with desire and love for you;

through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit

lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

1 Chronicles 29:14b-19

Psalm 90:14-17

2 Corinthians 3:1-3

John 21:15-17, 24-25

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 728

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Feast of Blessed Benedict Daswa (February 1)   Leave a comment

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Above:  Blessed Benedict Daswa

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BLESSED BENEDICT DASWA (JUNE 16, 1946-FEBRUARY 2, 1990)

Roman Catholic Catechist and Martyr

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Superstition is cowardice in face of the divine.

–Theophrastus (circa 371-circa 287 B.C.E.)

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Blessed Benedict Daswa is a recent addition to the Roman Catholic calendar of saints.

Tshimangaszo Daswa, born to Tshililo Petrus Daswa and Thidziambi Ida Gundala Daswa at Mbahe, Limpopo, South Africa, on June 16, 1946, belonged to the Lemba tribe, the Black Jews.  He took the name “Samuel” in school.  Our saint converted to Roman Catholicism in 1963, taking the name “Benedict” after St. Benedict of Nursia.  Daswa trained as a teacher and eventually became a principal.  In 1974 our saint married Shadi Eveline Monyai (died in 2008); the couple had eight children.  He was also a catechist who helped to build the first Roman Catholic parish church in his immediate area.  Furthermore, Daswa was active in civil matters.

In January 1990 a series of storms affected Mbahe.  Local elders declared that magic was the cause of these storms and that villagers would have to pay taxes to finance witchcraft, to resolve the situation.  Daswa objected to this superstition and refused to pay the tax.  A mob ambushed our saint on February 2, 1990, then beat him, stabbed him, and poured boiling water over his face before leaving him for dead.  Daswa’s last words were:

God, into your hands receive my spirit.

Our saint was 43 years old when he died.

Pope Francis declared Daswa a Venerable then a Blessed in 2015.

Our saints family lives in the same village, alongside the murderers.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 28, 2016 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT STEPHEN THE YOUNGER, DEFENDER OF ICONS

THE FEAST OF FREDERICK COOK ATKINSON, ANGLICAN CHURCH ORGANIST AND COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH PIGNATELLI, RESTORER OF THE JESUITS

THE FEAST OF KAMEHAMEHA IV AND EMMA ROOKE, KING AND QUEEN OF HAWAII

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Everloving God, by your grace and power your holy martyr Blessed Benedict Daswa

triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death; strengthen us with your grace

that we may faithfully witness to Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen.

2 Chronicles 24:17-21

Psalm 3 or Psalm 116

Hebrews 11:32-40

Matthew 10:16-22

–Adapted from A New Zealand Prayer Book (1989), page 680

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Feast of Charles Seymour Robinson (February 1)   1 comment

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York, New York

Above:  Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York, New York, Circa 1903

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This is an image of the 1901-present day structure, not the 1864-1901 building our saint knew.  A link to an image of the 1864-1901 structure is here.

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CHARLES SEYMOUR ROBINSON (MARCH 3, 1829-FEBRUARY 1, 1899)

U. S. Presbyterian Minister, Hymn Writer, and Hymnologist

Charles Seymour Robinson cared deeply about hymns, which constitute sung theology.  Toward that end he composed original texts and edited and compiled hymnals.  I have added one of his texts, “Savior, I Follow On” (1862), to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

The native of Bennington, Vermont, became a Presbyterian minister.  He studied at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, from 1849 to 1852, then at Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York, from 1852 to 1853, at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, from 1853 to 1855.  Our saint’s first pastorate was Park Street Presbyterian Church, Troy, New York, from 1855 to 1860.  For the next eight years he served as the minister at First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, New York.  Next, due to his wife’s health, Robinson relocated to Paris France, where he served as the pastor of the American Chapel from 1868 to 1870, with follow-up work there in 1871, after the Franco-Prussian War.  Then, from 1871 to 1887, he was the minister at Memorial Presbyterian Church, New York, New York.  During our saint’s tenure the congregation relocated and renamed itself Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Robinson’s later career was a time of literary emphasis and two brief pastorates.  Wikipedia, which is notoriously inaccurate, states wrongly that our saint resigned from his last pastorate in 1887.  Actually, however, he resigned from two pastorates after that year.  During my research I followed leads and found documentation at newspapers.com.  Robinson became the Editor of the Illustrated Christian Weekly in 1876 and of Every Thursday four years later.  He served as the pastor of the Thirteenth Street Presbyterian Church, New York, New York, for about a year (1891-1892) before assuming that role at New York Presbyterian Church in the city.  That pastoral relationship (1892-1897) ended in acrimony, which the New York City press covered.

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Above:  An Article from The Sun, January 23, 1899, Page 3

Accessed via newspapers.com

Robinson died of pneumonia at New York City on February 1, 1899, after an extended period of illness.  My research uncovered coverage of his illness and death, indicating his prominence.

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Above:  Robinson’s Obituary, The New York Times, February 2, 1899, Page 7

Accessed via newspapers.com

That prominence was also evident in his list of publications, a partial list of which follows:

  1. Songs of the Church: or, Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship (1862);
  2. The Martyred President:  A Sermon Preached in the First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, New York (1865);
  3. Songs for the Sanctuary:  Or, Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship (1865; Baptist Edition, 1869; Chapel Edition, 1872);
  4. Short Studies for Sunday-School Teachers (1868);
  5. Songs for Christian Worship in the Chapel and Family; Selected from “Songs of the Church” (1869);
  6. Bethel and Penuel (1873);
  7. Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs:  A Manual of Worship for the Church of Christ (1875);
  8. Calvary Songs:  A Collection of New and Choice Hymns and Tunes for Sunday Schools and Families (1875), with Theodore Perkins;
  9. A Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for Use in Social Meetings (1878, 1879, 1881);
  10. A Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music, for the Church and the Choir (1878, 1881);
  11. Studies in the New Testament (1880);
  12. The Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for Use in Special Meetings (1881), with Robert S. MacArthur;
  13. A Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Sunday School (1881);
  14. A Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music; for the Sunday School (1881);
  15. Studies of Neglected Texts (1883);
  16. Laudes Domini:  A Selection of Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern (1884; 1887; 1888; Abridged Edition, 1888; 1890);
  17. Laudes Domini:  A Selection of Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern, for the Sunday School (1888);
  18. Sermons in Songs (1885);
  19. Sabbath Evening Sermons (1887);
  20. The Pharaohs of the Bondage and the Exodus (1887);
  21. Studies in Mark’s Gospel (1888);
  22. Simon Peter:  His Early Life and Times (1888);
  23. From Samuel to Solomon (1889);
  24. Laudes Domini:  A Selection of Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern for Use in the Prayer-Meeting (1890);
  25. The New Laudes Domini:  A Selection of Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern (1892; Miniature Edition, 1892);
  26. The New Laudes Domini:  A Secletion of Spiritual Songs, Ancient and Modern; for Use in Baptist Churches (1892); and
  27. Annotations Upon Popular Hymns; for Use in Praise Meetings (1893), a companion volume to Laudes Domini and The New Laudes Domini.

Robinson died in 1899.  May the fact that he lived remain in active memory among those of us who value well-written hymns.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 22, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT SYNCLETIA OF ALEXANDRIA, DESERT MOTHER

THE FEAST OF SAINT ABELARD OF CORBIE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

THE FEAST OF JOHN JULIAN, ANGLICAN PRIEST, HYMN WRITER, AND HYMNOLOGIST

THE FEAST OF SAINT VINCENT PALLOTTI, FOUNDER OF THE PALLOTINES

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Holy God, whose majesty surpasses all human definitions and capacity to grasp,

thank you for those (especially Charles Seymour Robinson)

who have nurtured and encouraged the reverent worship of you.

May their work inspire us to worship you in knowledge, truth, and beauty.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

1 Chronicles 25:1-8

Psalm 145

Revelation 15:1-4

John 4:19-26

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JAMES INTERCISUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF HENRY SLOANE COFFIN, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGIAN

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Feast of St. Sigebert III of Austrasia (February 1)   Leave a comment

Above:  Frankish Kingdoms in 628 C.E.

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SAINT SIGEBERT III OF AUSTRASIA (630/631-656)

King of Austrasia (633/634-656)

This post relates to this one.  I refer you, O reader, to it for points of reference.  As a teacher of history, I know that one needs to break up and pace the dissemination of knowledge properly.  So I invite you to follow the bouncing ball with me and to understand the past and the roles which certain saints played in it.

King Dagobert I (died on January 9, 639) crowned his very young son, St. Sigebert III, co-monarch in 633/634.  St. Pepin (I) of Landen, Mayor of the royal palace, taught the young king from 638 to 640, when he died.  Grimoald, St. Pepin’s son, succeeded him as Mayor in 643.  St. Sigebert III achieved his majority in time and began to rule in his own right.  He founded monasteries, hospitals, and churches, and was renowned for his holiness and his aid to the poor.  Among the twelve monasteries he established were the abbeys at Stavelot and Malmedy.  The saint died young, aged twenty-five years.  The 1962 Encyclopedia Americana describes him as “a devoted Christian.”

History tells us that the Mayors of the Frankish royal palaces began to exercise greater authority during the reigns of St. Sigebert III and his brother, Clovis II of Neustria.  The line which began with St. Pepin (I) of Landen and St. Itta of Metz became the new royal line in time via their daughter, St. Begga of Andenne, and her husband, Ansegisal, Mayor of Austrasia from 632 to 638.  Their son was Pepin (II) of Herigstal, Mayor of Austrasia and Neustria from 687 to 714.  So Sts. Pepin of Landen and Itta of Metz were the great-great grandparents of Pepin (III) the Short, King of the Franks from 747 to 768, and father of Charles the Great, a.k.a. Charlemagne, who reigned from 768 to 814.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 1, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST FROM NICHOLAS FERRAR, ANGLICAN DEACON

THE FEAST OF SAINT CHARLES DE FOUCAULD, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT

THE FEAST OF SAINT EDMUND CAMPION, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF SAINT ELIGIUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

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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 servant Saint Sigebert III of Austrasia,

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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Feast of St. Henry Morse (February 1)   Leave a comment

Above:  The Vatican Flag

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SAINT HENRY MORSE (1595-1645)

Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr

The English-born St. Henry Morse converted to Roman Catholicism at Douai, France, in 1614.  Upon his return to England to settle an inheritance, authorities arrested him and imprisoned him for four years.  Freed in 1618, Morse returned to Douai, where he studied for the priesthood.  Ordained in Rome in 1623, the saint returned to England one year later.  Authorities arrested and imprisoned him again.  He became a Jesuit during this second incarceration.  Liberated after three years, the saint relocated to Flanders, where he functioned as a chaplain to English soldiers serving in the army of King Philip IV of Spain.  Morse returned to England in 1633.  He worked undercover for years under the pseudonym of Cuthbert Claxton and ministered to plague victims in 1636-1637.  The saint’s missionary efforts proved quite successful, but authorities arrested him for being a priest and exiled him again in 1641.  The saint returned again for the last time in 1643.  He fulfilled his priestly vocation successfully for eighteen months, until authorities arrested him yet again, convicted him of being a Roman Catholic priest, and sentenced him to execution by hanging, drawing, and quartering.  He became a martyr on February 1, 1645.

May we never equate holding a religious conviction with committing treason.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 1, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST FROM NICHOLAS FERRAR, ANGLICAN DEACON

THE FEAST OF SAINT CHARLES DE FOUCAULD, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT

THE FEAST OF SAINT EDMUND CAMPION, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF SAINT ELIGIUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

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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 Henry Morse,

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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Saints’ Days and Holy Days for February   Leave a comment

Winter, by Hendrick Avercamp

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1 (Henry Morse, English Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1645)

  • Benedict Daswa, South African Roman Catholic Catechist and Martyr, 1990
  • Charles Seymour Robinson, U.S. Presbyterian Minister, Hymn Writer, and Hymnologist
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Italian Roman Catholic Composer and Musician
  • Sigebert III, King of Austrasia

2 (PRESENTATION OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE)

3 (Anskar and Rimbert, Roman Catholic Archbishops of Hamburg-Bremen)

  • Adelaide Anne Procter, English Poet and Feminist
  • Alfred Delp, German Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1945
  • Jemima Thompson Luke, English Congregationalist Hymn Writer’ and James Edmeston, Anglican Hymn Writer
  • Samuel Davies, American Presbyterian Minister and Hymn Writer

4 (CORNELIUS THE CENTURION, WITNESS TO THE CRUCIFIXION)

5 (Martyrs of Japan, 1597-1639)

  • Avitus of Vienne, Roman Catholic Bishop
  • James Nicholas Joubert and Marie Elizabeth Lange, Founders of the Oblate Sisters of Providence
  • Jane (Joan) of Valois, Cofounder of the Sisters of the Annunciation
  • Phileas and Philoromus, Roman Catholic Martyrs, 304

6 (Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, Poet and Hymn Writer)

  • Cornelia Hancock, U.S. Quaker Nurse, Educator, and Humanitarian; “Florence Nightingale of North America”
  • Mateo Correa-Magallanes and Miguel Agustin Pro, Mexican Roman Catholic Priests and Martyrs, 1927
  • Orange Scott, U.S. Methodist Minister, Abolitionist, and first President of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection
  • Vedast (Vaast), Roman Catholic Bishop of Arras and Cambrai

7 (Helder Camara, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Olinda and Recife)

  • Adalbert Nierychlewski, Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1942
  • Daniel J. Harrington, U.S. Roman Catholic Priest and Biblical Scholar
  • Moses, Apostle to the Saracens
  • William Boyce and John Alcock, Anglican Composers

8 (Josephine Bakhita, Roman Catholic Nun)

  • Jerome Emiliani, Founder of the Company of the Servants of the Poor
  • John of Matha and Felix of Valois, Founders of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity
  • Josephina Gabriella Bonino, Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family
  • Mitchell J. Dahood, Roman Catholic Priest and Biblical Scholar

9 (Danny Thomas, U.S. Roman Catholic Entertainer and Humanitarian; Founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital)

  • Alto of Altomunster, Roman Catholic Hermit
  • Bruce M. Metzger, U.S. Presbyterian Minister, Biblical Scholar, and Biblical Translator
  • John Tietjen, U.S. Lutheran Minister, Ecumenist, and Bishop
  • Porfirio, Martyr, 203

10 (Scholastica, Abbess of Plombariola; and her twin brother, Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino and Father of Western Monasticism)

  • Benedict of Aniane, Restorer of Western Monasticism; and Ardo, Roman Catholic Abbot
  • Julia Williams Garnet, African-American Abolitionist and Educator; her husband, Henry Highland Garnet, African-American Presbyterian Minister and Abolitionist; his second wife, Sarah J. Smith Tompkins Garnet, African-American Suffragette and Educator; her sister, Susan Maria Smith McKinney Steward, African-American Physician; and her second husband, Theophilus Gould Steward, U.S. African Methodist Episcopal Minister, Army Chaplain, and Professor
  • Norbert of Xanten, Founder of the Premonstratensians; Hugh of Fosses, Second Founder of the Premonstratensians; and Evermod, Bishop of Ratzeburg
  • Philip Armes, Anglican Church Organist

11 (ONESIMUS, BISHOP OF BYZANTIUM)

12 (Absalom Jones, Richard Allen, and Jarena Lee, Evangelists and Social Activists)

  • Benjamin Schmolck, German Lutheran Pastor and Hymn Writer
  • Charles Freer Andrews, Anglican Priest
  • Henry Williams Baker, Anglican Priest, Hymnal Editor, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator
  • Michael Weisse, German Moravian Minister and Hymn Writer and Translator; and Jan Roh, Bohemian Moravian Bishop and Hymn Writer

13 (AQUILA, PRISCILLA, AND APOLLOS, COWORKERS OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE)

14 (Abraham of Carrhae, Roman Catholic Bishop)

  • Christoph Carl Ludwig von Pfeil, German Lutheran Hymn Writer
  • Cyril and Methodius, Apostles to the Slavs
  • Johann Michael Altenburg, German Lutheran Pastor, Composer, and Hymn Writer
  • Victor Olof Petersen, Swedish-American Lutheran Hymn Translator

15 (New Martyrs of Libya, 2015)

  • Ben Salmon, U.S. Roman Catholic Pacifist and Conscientious Objector
  • Francis Harold Rowley, Northern Baptist Minister, Humanitarian, and Hymn Writer
  • Michael Praetorius, German Lutheran Composer and Musicologist
  • Thomas Bray, Anglican Priest and Missionary

16 (Philipp Melanchthon, German Lutheran Theologian and Scribe of the Reformation)

  • Charles Todd Quintard, Episcopal Bishop of Tennessee
  • Christian Frederick Martin, Sr., and Charles Augustus Zoebisch, German-American Instrument Makers
  • Louis (Lewis) F. Kampmann, U.S. Moravian Minister, Missionary, and Hymn Translator
  • Nicholas Kasatkin, Orthodox Archbishop of All Japan

17 (August Crull, German-American Lutheran Minister, Poet, Professor, Hymnodist, and Hymn Translator)

  • Antoni Leszczewicz, Polish Roman Catholic Priest, and His Companions, Martyrs, 1943
  • Janini Luwum, Ugandan Anglican Archbishop and Martyr, 1977
  • Johann Heermann, German Lutheran Minister and Hymn Writer
  • John Meyendorff, Russian-French-American Orthodox Priest, Scholar, and Ecumenist

18 (Colman of Lindisfarne, Agilbert, and Wilfrid, Bishops)

  • Barbasymas, Sadoth of Seleucia, and Their Companions, Martyrs, 342
  • Guido di Pietro, a.k.a. Fra Angelico, Roman Catholic Monk and Artist
  • Henry B. Whipple, Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota
  • James Drummond Burns, Scottish Presbyterian Minister, Hymn Writer, and Hymn Translator

19 (Nerses I the Great, Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and Mesrop, Bible Translator)

  • Agnes Tsao Kou Ying, Agatha Lin Zhao, and Lucy Yi Zhenmei, Chinese Roman Catholic Catechists and Martyrs, 1856, 1858, and 1862; Auguste Chapdelaine, French Roman Catholic Priest, Missionary, and Martyr, 1856; and Laurentius Bai Xiaoman, Chinese Roman Catholic Convert and Martyr, 1856
  • Bernard Barton, English Quaker Poet and Hymn Writer
  • Elizabeth C. Clephane, Scottish Presbyterian Humanitarian and Hymn Writer
  • Massey H. Shepherd, Jr., Episcopal Priest, Ecumenist, and Liturgist; Dean of American Liturgists

20 (Henri de Lucac, French Roman Catholic Priest, Cardinal, and Theologian)

  • Charles Sheldon, U.S. Congregationalist Minister, Author, Christian Socialist, and Social Gospel Theologian
  • Gregorio Allegri, Italian Roman Catholic Priest, Composer, and Singer; brother of Domenico Allegri, Italian Roman Catholic Composer and Singer
  • Stanislawa Rodzinska, Polish Roman Catholic Nun and Martyr, 1945
  • Wulfric of Haselbury, Roman Catholic Hermit

21 (John Henry Newman, English Roman Catholic Priest-Cardinal)

  • Arnulf of Metz, Roman Catholic Bishop; and Germanus of Granfel, Roman Catholic Abbot and Martyr, 677
  • Austin Carroll (Margaret Anne Carroll), Irish-American Roman Catholic Nun, Author, and Educator
  • Robert Southwell, English Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1595
  • Thomas Pormort, English Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1592

22 (Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, and Christoph Probst, Anti-Nazi Martyrs at Munich, Germany)

  • Bernhardt Severin Ingemann, Danish Lutheran Author and Hymn Writer
  • Edward Hopper, U.S. Presbyterian Minister and Hymn Writer
  • Margaret of Cortona, Penitent and Foundress of the Poor Ones
  • Praetextatus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Rouen

23 (Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, and Irenaeus of Lyons, Bishops and Martyrs)

  • Alexander Akimetes, Roman Catholic Abbot
  • Samuel Wolcott, U.S. Congregationalist Minister, Missionary, and Hymn Writer
  • Stefan Wincenty Frelichowski, Polish Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1945
  • Willigis, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Mainz; and Bernward, Roman Catholic Bishop of Hildesheim

24 (MATTHIAS THE APOSTLE, MARTYR)

25 (Gregory of Nazianzus the Elder, Nonna, and Their Children:  Gregory of Nazianzus the Younger, Caesarius of Nazianzus, and Gorgonia of Nazianzus)

  • Felix Varela, Cuban Roman Catholic Priest and Patriot
  • John Roberts, Episcopal Missionary to the Shoshone and Arapahoe
  • Karl Friedrich Lochner, German Lutheran Minister and Hymn Writer
  • Theodor Fliedner, Renewer of the Female Diaconate; and Elizabeth Fedde, Norwegian Lutheran Deaconess

26 (Antonio Valdivieso, Roman Catholic Bishop of Leon and Martyr)

  • Andrew Reed, English Congregationalist Minister, Humanitarian, and Hymn Writer
  • Emily Malbone Morgan, Founder of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross
  • Jakob Hutter, Founder of the Hutterities, and Anabaptist Martyr, 1536; and his wife, Katharina Hutter, Anabaptist Martyr, 1538
  • Paula of St. Joseph of Calasanz, Foundress of the Daughters of Mary

27 (Nicholas Ferrar, Anglican Deacon and Founder of Little Gidding; George Herbert, Anglican Priest and Metaphysical Poet; and All Saintly Parish Priests)

  • Anne Line and Roger Filcock, English Roman Catholic Martyrs, 1601
  • Gabriel Possenti, Roman Catholic Penitent
  • Luis de Leon, Spanish Roman Catholic Priest and Theologian
  • Raphael of Brooklyn, Syrian-American Russian Orthodox Bishop of Brooklyn

28 (Thomas Binney, English Congregationalist Minister, Liturgist, and “Archbishop of Nonconformity”)

  • Anna Julia Haywood Cooper and Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, African-American Educators
  • Fred Rogers, U.S. Presbyterian Minister and Host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
  • Joseph Badger, Sr., U.S. Congregationalist and Presbyterian Minister; First Missionary to the Western Reserve
  • Pedro Arrupe, Advocate for the Poor and Marginalized, and Superior General of the Society of Jesus

29 (John Cassian and John Climacus, Roman Catholic Monks and Spiritual Writers)

  • Marian Anderson, African-American Singer and Civil Rights Activist
  • Mary Lyon, U.S. Congregationalist Feminist and Educator
  • Patrick Hamilton, First Scottish Protestant Martyr, 1528
  • Samuel Simon Schmucker, U.S. Lutheran Minister, Theologian, and Social Reformer

 

Lowercase boldface on a date with two or more commemorations indicates a primary feast.