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Feast of Blessed Ndoc Suma (April 22)   Leave a comment

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BLESSED NDOC SUMA (JULY 31, 1887-APRIL 22, 1958)

Albanian Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1958

Blessed Ndoc Suma comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via the Roman Catholic Church.

Suma, born in Nënphat, Lezhë, Albania, on July 31, 1887, was a subject of the Ottoman Empire until Albanian independence (1912).  he studied theology at Skrodrë, Albania, then at the Jesuit Collegium Canisianum, Innsbruck, Austria, Austria-Hungary.  Our saint returned to Albania, whwere he joined the ranks of priests in the Archdiocese of Skrodrë-Pult on September 21, 1911.

During the subsequent political changes and stages of his homeland, Suma served as a parish priest in seven towns.  After the fascist occupation ended in 1944, the communist government came to power.  That government cracked down on religion.  Albanian authorities arrested Suma while he was saying Mass in Laçu on December 8, 1946.  The charge was being a spy.

The verdict was guilty, of course.  Our saint, sentenced to thirty years in prison, as well as hard labor, was near death when freed on November 25, 1957.  He, aged seventy years, died in the village of Pistull on April 22, 1958.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized Suma.  Pope Francis declared him a Venerable in 2016 then a beatus later that year.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT HONORIUS, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY

THE FEAST OF MARY RAMABAI, PROPHETIC WITNESS AND EVANGELIST IN INDIA

THE FEAST OF RICHARD CHALLONER, ENGLISH ROMAN CATHOLIC SCHOLAR, RELIGIOUS WRITER, TRANSLATOR, CONTROVERSIALIST, PRIEST, AND TITULAR BISHOP OF DOBERUS

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Almighty God, who gave to your servant Blessed Ndoc Suma boldness

to confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this 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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Feast of Blessed Lucien Botovasoa (April 14)   Leave a comment

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BLESSED LUCIEN BOTOVASOA (1908-APRIL 14, 1947)

Malagasy Roman Catholic Martyr, 1947

Blessed Lucien Botovasoa comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via the Roman Catholic Church.

Blessed Lucien, born in 1908 at Vohipeno, Madagascar, was one of nine children.  He was a subject of the French colonial regime.  Despite many dispersions regarding the French military from a plethora of critics in the twenty-first century, the French colonial regimes in places such as Madagascar and Algeria tolerated no hint of rebellion.  Tactics were harsh.

Blessed Lucien pursued a religious vocation.  He, baptized in 1918, made his First Communion four years later.  He studied at the Jesuit Saint Joseph College (1922-1928) then taught there.  Lives of the saints were part of our saint’s lessons for his pupils.  Blessed Lucien married Suzanna Soazana on October 10, 1930.  The married man and father, who joined the Crusaders of the Heart of Jesus on August 18, 1935, became a Secular Franciscan tertiary in 1940.  He made his final vows on December 18, 1944.  Blessed Lucien also took an interest in married saints and direct his parish choir.

Blessed Lucien was apolitical.  He, encouraged to seek public office in early 1947, refused.  Yet politics overtook him.  The Malagasy Uprising (1947-1949) started in March.  Predictably, French imperial repression triggered a violent rebellion.  Predictably, rebels targeted institutions of foreign influence.  The Roman Catholic Church became one of these targets.

On April 14, 1947, Blessed Lucien was eating lunch with his four children and pregnant wife.  In this context, our saint learned that he, as a Catholic teacher, would immediately become a target of rebels.  Instead of fleeing, Blessed Lucien remained with his family.  Our saint, arrested, tried, and convicted by the local chief that night, died between 10:00 p.m. and Midnight.  The guards, as well as the executioner, who beheaded Blessed Lucien, were some of his former students.  They threw the corpse into the Mattanana River.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized our saint.  Pope Francis declared him a Venerable in 2017.  The following year, Lucien became Blessed Lucien.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF JEHU JONES, JR., AFRICAN-AMERICAN LUTHERAN MINISTER

THE FEAST OF FRANCIS TURNER PALGRAVE, ANGLICAN POET, ART CRITIC, AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF JOSEPH HOSKINS, ENGLISH CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT LORENZO RUIZ AND HIS COMPANIONS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONARIES AND MARTYRS IN JAPAN, 1637

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Almighty God, by whose grace and power

your holy martyr Blessed Lucien Botovasoa

triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death:

Grant to us, who now remember him in thanksgiving,

to be so faithful in our witness to you in this world,

that we may receive with him the crown of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 51:1-12

Psalm 116 or 116:1-8

Revelation 7:13-17

Luke 12:2-12

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 714

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Feast of Blessed Symforian Ducki (April 11)   Leave a comment

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BLESSED SYMFORIAN DUCKI (MAY 10, 1888-APRIL 11, 1942)

Polish Roman Catholic Friar and Martyr, 1942

Also known as Felix Ducki and Antonio Ducki

Alternative feast day (as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II) = June 12

Blessed Symforian Ducki comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via the Roman Catholic Church.

Felix Ducki was originally a subject of the Russian Empire.  He, born in Warsaw on May 10, 1888, was a son of Julian Ducki (a locksmith) and Marianna (Lenardt) Ducki.  Our saint joined the Franciscan Capuchins at Warsaw on January 3, 1918, during revolutionary times in Russia, as well as prior to the reestablishment of independent Poland.  His first monastic name was Antonio.  That name became Symforian on May 19, 1921.

Ducki lived and served mostly in Warsaw through 1941.  He, as a friar, collected funds for the poor.  Our saint served his brother friars as a cook.  Ducki, who made his final vows on May 22, 1925, led this holy life until the Third Reich intervened.

Agents of the Gestapo arrested the Franciscan Capuchin friars of Warsaw on June 27, 1941, and initially incarcerated them at Pawiak.  Ducki, sent to Auschwitz on September 23, 1941, spent the rest of his life performing hard labor.  He, aged 53 years, died on April 11, 1942.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized our saint.  Pope John Paul II declared Ducki a Venerable in 1999 then a beatus later that year.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 26, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT PAUL VI, BISHOP OF ROME

THE FEAST OF FREDERICK WILLIAM FABER, ENGLISH ROMAN CATHOLIC HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF JOHN BRIGHT, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND BIBLICAL SCHOLAR

THE FEAST OF JOHN BYROM, ANGLICAN THEN QUAKER POET AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF JOSEPH A. SITTLER, U.S. LUTHERAN MINISTER, THEOLOGIAN, AND ECUMENIST

THE FEAST OF LANCELOT ANDREWES, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF CHICHESTER THEN OF ELY THEN OF WINCHESTER

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Almighty and everlasting God, who kindled the flame of your love

in the heart of your holy martyr Blessed Symforian Ducki:

Grant to us, your humble servants, a like faith and power of love,

that we who rejoice in his triumph may profit by his example;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with

you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Jeremiah 15:15-21

Psalm 124 or 31:1-5

1 Peter 4:12-19

Mark 8:34-38

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 715

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Feast of Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu (April 23)   Leave a comment

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BLESSED MARIA GABRIELLA SAGHEDDU (MARCH 17, 1914-APRIL 23, 1939)

Italian Roman Catholic Nun

Born Maria Sagheddu

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In simplicity of heart, I gladly offer everything, O Lord.

The Lord put me on this path; He will sustain me in battle.

To His mercy I entrust my frailty.

I saw in front of me a big cross…,

I thought that my sacrifice was nothing compared to His.

I offered myself entirely and I do not withdraw my given word.

God’s will, whatever it may be; this is my joy, my happiness, my peace.

I will never be able to thank enough.

I cannot say but these words:  “My God, your Glory.”

–Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu

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Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via the Roman Catholic Church.

Maria Sagheddu came from a devout Roman Catholic family.  She, born in Dorgali, Sardinia, Italy, on March 17, 1914, was the fifth of eight children of shepherds Caterina Cucca and Marcantonio Sagheddu.  Marcantonio and one of Maria’s brothers died in 1919.  Two other brothers also died in their childhood.  A sister, Giovanna Antonio (1915-1932), died young, too.

The death of Giovanna Antonia prompted a spiritual change in Maria’s life.  Our saint had been simultaneously lazy and stubborn yet obedient; she eventually did what told to do.  She had also been overly critical–quick to offer harsh words.  After the death of Giovanna Antonia, our saint began to accept constructive criticism and to develop a contemplative spirituality.

Our saint entered the Trappist convent at Grottaferrata, near Rome, on September 30, 1935.  Her monastic name was Maria Gabriella.  She made her vows on October 31, 1937 (the Feast of Christ the King).  Blessed Maria Gabriella accepted Abbess Maria Pia Gullini’s enthusiasm for ecumenism.  In 1938, the young nun offered herself to pray for Christian unity.

Fifteen months later, Blessed Maria Gabriella died of tuberculosis on April 2, 1939.  She was twenty-five years old.

Pope John Paul II declared our saint a Venerable in 1981 then a beatus in 1983.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 25, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SARAH LOUISE “SADIE” DELANY, AFRICAN-AMERICAN EDUCATOR; HER SISTER, ANNIE ELIZABETH “BESSIE” DELANY, AFRICAN-AMERICAN DENTIST; AND HER BROTHER, HUBERT THOMAS DELANY, AFRICAN-AMERICAN ATTORNEY, JUDGE, AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST

THE FEAST OF BERNHARD W. ANDERSON, U.S. UNITED METHODIST MINISTER AND BIBLICAL SCHOLAR

THE FEAST OF SAINT EUPHROSYNE AND HER FATHER, SAINT PAPHNUTIUS OF ALEXANDERIA, MONKS

THE FEEAST OF SAINT HERMAN OF REICHENAU, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK, LITURGIST, POET, AND SCHOLAR

THE FEAST OF JUDITH LOMAX, EPISCOPAL MYSTIC AND POET

THE FEAST OF SAINT SERGIUS OF RADONEZH, ABBOT OF THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY TRINITY, SERGIYEV POSAD, RUSSIA

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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

Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu,

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

Philippians 3:7-15

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

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 722

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Feast of St. Gaetano Catanoso (April 4)   Leave a comment

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SAINT GAETANO CATANOSO (FEBRUARY 14, 1879-APRIL 14, 1953)

Founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of Saint Veronica (the Missionaries of the Holy Face)

Alternative feast day = September 20

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The Holy Face is my life.  He is my strength.

–St. Gaetano Catanoso

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St. Gaetano Catanoso comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via the Roman Catholic Church.

Catanoso came from a large, devout, and wealthy family of Chioro di San Lorenzo, Reggio Calabra, Italy.  He, born on February 14, 1879, was one of eight children of Antonio and Antonia Catanoso.  Our saint, who started his theological studies in October 1889, joined the ranks of priests on September 20, 1902, when he was twenty-three years old.

Catanoso spent most of his priestly career in parishes, with ministries in communities.  After spending 1902-1904 as a prefect of seminarians, our saint became a parish priest.  He encouraged priestly vocations, improved catechesis, revived Marian and Eucharistic devotions, encouraged the observance of liturgical feasts, and worked with other local priests to arrange for priests to hear confessions in each other’s parishes.  Catanoso also served as a spiritual director at a seminary (1922-1949) and hospitals (1922-1933).  Furthermore, he founded an orphanage for war orphans in 1943.  In 1935, our saint founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Saint Veronica (the Missionaries of the Holy Face) to work with the poor and to offer perpetual prayers.  The congregation received diocesan approval in 1958.

When Catanoso died, aged seventy-four years, on April 4, 1953, he was ill and blind.  He was also justifiably beloved.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized Catanoso.  Pope John Paul II declared him a Venerable in 1990 then a beatus in 1997.  Pope Benedict XVI canonized our saint in 2005.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 24, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ANNA ELLISON BUTLER ALEXANDER, AFRICAN-AMERICAN EPISCOPAL DEACONESS IN GEORGIA, AND EDUCATOR

THE FEAST OF HENRY HART MILMAN, ANGLICAN DEAN, TRANSLATOR, HISTORIAN, THEOLOGIAN, AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT JUVENAL OF ALASKA, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX MARTYR IN ALASKA, AND FIRST ORTHODOX MARTYR IN THE AMERICAS, 1796

THE FEAST OF SAINT PETER THE ALEUT, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX MARTYR IN SAN FRANCISCO, 1815

THE FEAST OF SAINT SILOUAN OF MOUNT ATHOS, EASTERN ORTHODOX MONK AND POET

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Lord God, your Son came among us to serve

and not to be served,

and to give his life for the life of the world.

Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom

the world offers no comfort and little help.

Through us give hope to the hopeless,

love to the unloved,

peace to the troubled,

and rest to the weary;

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-14

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

Lutheran Book of Worship (1978), 37

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Feast of Frank von Christierson (April 24)   Leave a comment

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FRANK VON CHRISTIERSON (DECEMBER 25, 1900-APRIL 24, 1996)

Finnish-American Presbyterian Minister and Hymn Writer

Born Friedrich von Christierson

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In gratitude and humble trust,

We bring our best today,

To serve your cause and share your love

With all along life’s way.

O God, who gave yourself to us

In Christ, your only Son,

Teach us to give ourselves each day

Until life’s work is done.

–Frank von Christierson, from As Men of Old Their Firstfruits Brought (1960, 1972); quoted in The Worshipbook:  Services and Hymns (1972)

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Frank von Christierson comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via various denominational hymnals, mainly The Methodist Hymnal/The Book of Hymns (1966).  (The United Methodist Hymnal of 1989 lacks any texts by our saint.)

Friedrich von Christierson was originally a subject of the Russian Empire.  He, born at Lovisa, near Helsinki, Finland, on December 25, 1900, left for the United States with his parents and five brothers in 1905.

Christierson (B.A., psychology, Stanford University, 1923), went into church work.  He spent a few years as the youth director at First Presbyterian Church, San Luis Obispo, California.  During this time, Christierson married Frances May Lockhart in 1925.  The couple had two children.  Our saint matriculated at San Francisco Theological Seminary (B.D., 1929; M.A., 1930).  Christierson, ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. in 1929, continued his clergy status in the PCUSA’s successors, The United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  He served in the following congregations from 1929 to 1966:

  1. Calvary Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, California (1929-1944);
  2. Trinity Community Presbyterian Church, North Hollywood, California, a church plant (1944-1961); and
  3. Celtic Cross United Presbyterian Church (now Celtic Cross Presbyterian Church), Citrus Heights, California, a church plant (1961-1966).

Christierson was also active beyond the congregational level.  He served as the Moderator of the San Francisco Presbytery and the Los Angeles Presbytery.  For three years in the early 1960s, he served as the chairman of the radio and television ministries of the Sacramento Area Council of Churches.  In this capacity, our saint created a television program, Capital and Clergy, in 1962.

Christierson remained active in retirement.  He filled various pulpits, as an interim pastor, in California and Nevada through 1970.  Then, from 1970 to 1982, our saint was a part-time associate minister at First Presbyterian Church (now Centerpoint Community Church), Roseville, California.  He focused on the elderly and the ill.

Our saint, a fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada since 1983, published Make a Joyful Noise (1987), a volume of his hymns.

Christierson, aged 95 years, died in Roseville, California, on April 24, 1996.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST, APOSTLE AND MARTYR

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Frank von Christierson and others, who have composed hymn texts.

May we, as you guide us,

find worthy hymn texts to be icons,

through which we see you.

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

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 44:1-3a, 5-15

Psalm 147

Revelation 5:11-14

Luke 2:8-20

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 20, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS AMATOR OF AUXERRE AND GERMANUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT MAMERTINUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT; AND SAINT MARCIAN OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

THE FEAST OF JOHANNES BUGENHAGEN, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCELLINUS OF EMBRUN, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF OLAVUS AND LAURENTIUS PETRI, RENEWERS OF THE CHURCH

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Feast of Blessed Bonifacy Zukowski (April 10)   Leave a comment

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BLESSED BONIFACY ZUKOWSKI (JANUARY 13, 1913-APRIL 10, 1942)

Polish Roman Catholic Friar and Martyr, 1942

Also known as Bonface Zukowski and Piotr Zukowski

Alternative feast day (as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II) = June 12

Blessed Bonifacy Zukowski comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via the Roman Catholic Church.

Piotr Zukowski was originally a subject of the Russian Empire.  He, born near Vilnius, Lithuania, on January 13, 1913, was a son of Andrzej Zukowski and Albina Walkiewicz.  Our saint, who grew up on a farm, joined the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans) in Niepokalanow, Poland, in 1930.  He took the name Bonifacy.  Zukowski, who made his solemn profession on August 2, 1935, pursued his religious vocation.  He worked in the printing press, which published The Knight of the Immaculate.  Our saint worked with St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941).

Zukowski became a prisoner on October 14, 1941, when agents of the Gestapo arrested him.  The Nazi authorities did not like the material the press published.  Our saint, incarcerated first in Warsaw, ministered to other prisoners.

Internet sources disagree regarding which concentration camp to which the Nazis shipped Zukowski.  The options are Auschwitz and Dachau.

Our saint did not survive long in the concentration camp.  He, treated harshly, died on April 10, 1942.  Zukowski was 29 years old.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized our saint.  Pope John Paul II declared him a Venerable then a beatus in 1999.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF HENRI NOUWEN, DUTCH ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND SPIRITUAL WRITER

THE FEAST OF ELIZABETH KENNY, AUSTRALIAN NURSE AND MEDICAL PIONEER

THE FEAST OF JOHN COLERIDGE PATTESON, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF MELANESIA, AND HIS COMPANIONS, MARTYRS, 1871

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARIE THERESE OF SAINT JOSEPH, FOUNDER OF THE CONGREGATON OF THE CARMELITE SISTERS OF THE DIVINE HEART OF JESUS

THE FEAST OF NELSON WESLEY TROUT, FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN U.S. LUTHERAN BISHOP

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Almighty God, by whose grace and power

your holy martyr Blessed Bonifacy Zukowski

triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death:

Grant us, who now remember him in thanksgiving,

to be so faithful in our witness to you in this world,

that we may receive with him the crown of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 51:1-12

Psalm 116 or 116:1-8

Revelation 7:13-17

Luke 12:2-12

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 714

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Feast of St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes (April 12)   2 comments

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SAINT TERESA OF JESUS OF THE ANDES (JULY 13, 1900-APRIL 12, 1920)

Chilean Roman Catholic Nun 

Also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus and Saint Teresa of the Andes

Alternative feast day = July 13

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I am the happiest creature in the world.  God is infinite joy.

–St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes

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The Roman Catholic calendar of saints encompasses many patterns.  One of these patterns is young saints who died before they could fulfill their dreamt-of-vocations.  One may read their biographies and wonder what else they may have done for God had they lived longer.  One may even regret that these young saints did not live long enough to become old saints.

Juana Enriqueta Josephina de Los Sagrados Corazones Fernández Solar, born in Santiago, Chile, on July 13, 1900, came from a wealthy and devout family with six children.  Our saint’s father was Miguel Fernández Jara.  Her mother was Lucia Solar de Fernández.  Juana was a vain, stubborn, and frustrating child.  She was also pious.  Our saint became more pious after reading a biography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897), the “Little Flower of Jesus.”  Juana, her character transformed, dedicated her life to the service of God.

Juana, not yet nineteen years old, became a Discaled Carmelite novice at Los Andes, Chile, on May 7, 1919.  Her monastic name was Teresa of Jesus.  Soon, however, our saint’s life ended; typhus ravaged her.  St. Teresa, dying, made her final vows as a nun on April 7, 1920, five days before she died at the convent.  She was nineteen years old.

A sister, Lucia (d. December 31, 1942), also became a nun at the same convent.  Her monastic name was Teresa of the Divine Heart.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized our saint.  Pope John Paul II declared her a Venerable (March 22, 1986), a beatus (April 3, 1987), then a full saint (March 21, 1993).  A brother, Luis, attended the beatification ceremony.  St. Teresa was the first beatified Chilean and Teresian Chilean.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 19, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GERARD MOULTRIE, ANGLICAN PRIEST, HYMN WRITER, AND TRANSLATOR OF HYMNS

THE FEAST OF SAINT CLARENCE ALPHONSUS WALWORTH, U.S. ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST, POET, HUMN TRANSLATOR, AND HYMN WRITER; CO-FOUNDER OF THE MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE (THE PAULIST FATHERS)

THE FEAST OF SAINT EMILY DE RODAT, FOUNDER OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF VILLEFRANCHE

THE FEAST OF WALTER CHALMERS SMITH, SCOTTISH PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM DALRYMPLE MACLAGAN, ARCHBISHOP OF YORK, AND HYMN WRITER

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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 Teresa of Jesus of the Andes,

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

Philippians 3:7-15

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

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 722

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Feast of Blessed Ndue Serreqi (April 4)   Leave a comment

Above:  Blessed Ndue (Karl) Serreqi

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BLESSED NDUE SERREQI (FEBRUARY 26, 1911-APRIL 4, 1954)

Albanian Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr, 1954

Also known as Blessed Karl Serreqi

Blessed Ndue (Karl) Serreqi comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via the Roman Catholic Church.

Our saint, born Ndue Serreqi in Shkodrë, Albania, on February 26, 1911, studied under Franciscan friars.  He joined that order as a young man.  Our saint, ordained a priest, as Father Karl, in Brescia, Italy, in June 1936, served as a parish priest in the mountains of Albania.

Albania, formerly under Italian fascist occupation, came under communist control in 1944.  The government began to suppress religion in 1946; it focused particular ire on Roman Catholics, who had enjoyed official favor during the fascist occupation.  This stereotyping labeled all Albanian Roman Catholics as fascists.

Consider the following, O reader:

Given the delicacy and greatness of this ministry and the respect due to persons, the Church declares that every priest who hears confessions is bound under very severe penalties to keep absolute secrecy regarding the sins that his penitents have confessed to him.  He can make no use of knowledge that confession gives him about penitents’ lives.  This secret, which admits of no exceptions, is called the “sacramental seal,” because what the penitent has made known to the priest remains “sealed” by the sacrament.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition (1997), paragraph #1467

Albanian authorities arrested Serreqi on October 9, 1946.  They demanded that Father Karl reveal details of the confessions of anti-communist rebels.  The priest, incarcerated and tortured, refused to break the sacramental seal of confession.  The court sentenced our saint to death on January 18, 1947.  However, the sentence became life in prison.  The priest, having suffered greatly in prison, died behind bars on April 4, 1954.  He was 43 years old.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized Father Karl.  Pope Francis declared Serreqi a Venerable then a beatus in 2016.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JUTTA DISIBODENBERG, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBESS; AND HER STUDENT, SAINT HILDEGARD OF BINGEN, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBESS AND COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF SAINT ZYGMUNT SZCESNY FELINSKI, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF WARSAW, TITULAR BISOHP OF TARSUS, AND FOUNDER OF RECOVERY FOR THE POOR AND THE CONGREGATOIN OF THE FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF THE FAMILY OF MARY

THE FEAST OF SAINT ZYGMUNT SAJNA, POLISH ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND MARTYR, 1940

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Gracious Lord, in every age you have sent men and women

who have given their lives for the message of your love.

Inspire us with the memory of those martyrs for the Gospel

[like your servant Blessed Ndue (Karl) Serreqi]

whose faithfulness led them in 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;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Ezekiel 28:40-42

Psalm 5

Revelation 6:9-11

Mark 8:34-38

–Adapted from the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978), 37

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Feast of Blessed Hanna Helena Chrzanowska (April 29)   Leave a comment

Above:  Blessed Hanna Helena Chrzanowska

Image in the Public Domain

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BLESSED HANNA HELENA CHRZANOWSKA (OCTOBER 7, 1902-APRIL 29, 1973)

Polish Roman Catholic Nurse

Blessed Hanna Helena Chrzanowska comes to this, A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  An Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days, via the Roman Catholic Church.

Our saint was originally a subject of the Russian Empire.  She, born in Warsaw on October 7, 1902, came from a family of mixed religious heritage.  One side of the family was Roman Catholic; the other side was Protestant.  Her parents were Wanda Szlenkier (from a landowning family) and industrialist Ignacy Chrzanowski (1866-1940).  The family earned its reputation for committing charitable deeds.

Young Hanna, suffering from immune and respiratory system deficiencies, spent much time in hospitals and sanitariums.  She started her life’s work of humanitarianism while a child, in a hospital.  A boy, another patient, had arrived in extremely ragged clothing.  The staff had had to dispose of these clothes.  Therefore, our saint arranged for new clothes for the boy to wear home.

Our saint’s family moved to Kraków in 1910.  Blessed Hanna graduated with honors from an Ursuline high school.  After tending to soldiers’ injuries during Russia’s revolutionary period, she commenced formal nursing studies in Warsaw in 1920.  Blessed Hanna worked for a time under another nurse, Sister Magdalena Maria Epstein (1875-1947), designated a Servant of God as of the writing of this post.  Our saint’s formal education in nursing continued in France (1925f).  She also worked as a Red Cross nurse and observed nursing in Belgium.

Blessed Hanna rose in esteem and prominence in her profession.  She taught at Kraków (1926-1929), edited Nurse Poland (1929-1939), and helped to form the Catholic Association of Polish Nurses (1937).  She, fusing faith and profession, became a Benedictine oblate.

World War II presented our saint with many challenges.  Her father died in a concentration camp.  A brother, Bogdon, perished in a Stalinist massacre.  Blessed Hanna, stuck between Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler, organized nurses to provide home health care (when possible) and worked to resettle and feed refugees.  She also administered a nursing home and mentored nursing students.

Other challenges awaited Blessed Hanna after the war.  She worked as the Director of the School of Psychiatric Nursing, Kobierzyn, until the communist government closed it.  Next, she tended to the poor and neglected in her parish.  Our saint, diagnosed with cancer in 1966, underwent operations.  Yet the cancer spread.  She died in Kraków on April 29, 1973.  Blessed Hanna was seventy years old.  Cardinal Karol Wojtyla–later Pope John Paul II–presided at the funeral Mass.

Holy Mother Church has formally recognized Blessed Hanna.  Pope Francis declared her a Venerable in 2015 then one of the beati in 2018.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT CYPRIAN OF CARTHAGE, BISHOP AND MARTYR, 258; AND SAINTS CORNELIUS I, LUCIUS I, AND STEPHEN I, BISHOPS OF ROME

THE FEAST OF JAMES FRANCIS CARNEY, U.S.-HONDURAN ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST, MISSIONARY, REVOLUTIONARY, AND MARTYR, 1983

THE FEAST OF MARTIN BEHM, GERMAN LUTHERAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

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Lord God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served,

and to give his life for the life of the world.

Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom

the world offers no comfort and little joy.

Through us give hope to the hopeless,

love to the unloved,

peace to the troubled,

and rest to the weary;

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-14

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

Lutheran Book of Worship (1978), 37

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