Sunday  Saints of this Day December 18 Quintodécimo Kaléndas Januárii.  
Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
Пресвятая Богородице спаси нас!  (Santíssima Mãe de Deus, salva-nos!)

Mary Mother of GOD
The Expectation of Our Lady
        Dedication of Our Lady of Marseilles by St. Lazarus


December 18 – Feast of the Expectation of the Delivery of the Virgin Mary
 assigned to this date by the Council of Toledo in 656 
 
The creation of a new feast 
 This feast is celebrated today not only throughout Spain but almost everywhere in the Catholic world. It owes its origin to the bishops of the 10th Council of Toledo, in 656.

The prelates of the Council objected to the ancient custom of celebrating the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin on March 25th, because this joyful solemnity conflicted with the somber time of the Passion... so they decreed that henceforth, 8 days before Christmas, a feast with octave in memory of the Annunciation, and as a preparation for the great solemnity of the Nativity, would be celebrated in Spain.

After some time, the Church of Spain felt the need to return to the practice of the Roman and universal Church where March 25th is a solemnity, a day forever dedicated to the Annunciation the Blessed Virgin and the Incarnation of the Son of God; but since it had been the custom in Spain for centuries to celebrate that feast on December 18th, they decided to retain a remnant of it. A new feast was thus created under the title of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin’s Delivery.  www.abbaye-saint-benoit.ch


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The saints “a cloud of witnesses over our head”, showing us life of Christian perfection is possible.
December 18, 2016
287 Saint Zoe Appearing in a vision to St Sebastian she told him about her death received gift of speech from him
845 Saint Michael the Confessor was born at Jerusalem into a family of zealous Christians and at an early age devoted himself to monastic life; suffered for the veneration of holy icons under emperor Theophilus; After the death of Theophilus, the empress Theodora (842-855) restored veneration of holy icons, ordered return of Christians banished by the Iconoclasts; She offered St Michael occupy the patriarchal throne in place of deposed iconoclast, Grammatikos. the holy martyr declined this; Thus upon the patriarchal throne entered St Methodius.
1937 Thaddeus (Uspensky), archbishop of Tver executed in 1937 New Hieromartyr
1937 Nicholas archbishop of Velikoustiuzh, James, John and Vladimir priests. New Hieromartyrs
1942 Sergius deacon and Virgin-martyr Vera.  New Hieromartyr


December 18 - Feast of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (654) established at the Council of Toledo in 656
  Our Model to be Generous with Christ
On receiving the grace of being the Mother of the Incarnate Word, Mary did not keep that gift to herself; with a sense of responsibility, she set off from her home and went in haste to help her kinswoman Elizabeth, who was in need of assistance (cf. Lk 1:38-39); she carried out an act of love, of charity, and of practical service, bringing Jesus who was in her womb. And she did all this in haste!

There, my dear friends, we have our model. She who received the most precious gift from God, as her immediate response sets off to be of service and to bring Jesus. Let us ask Our Lady to help us too to give Christ’s joy to our families, our companions, our friends, to everyone.

Never be afraid to be generous with Christ. It is worth it! Go out and set off with courage and generosity, so that every man and every woman may meet the Lord.

Pope Francis,
Angelus to conclude the XXVIII World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, July 28, 2013

 
We always find that those who walked closest to Christ
 were those who had to bear the greatest trials. -- St. Teresa of Avila



December 18 - Feast of Mary's Expectation (Council of Toledo, 656)    Our Lady’s Expectation
The origin of this festival goes back to the bishops of the 10th Council of Toledo, in 656. These prelates believed that the traditional custom of celebrating the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin on March 25th was disadvantageous, seeing that this joyous solemnity usually fell on a date when the Church is concerned with the sorrows of the Passion of Christ. They issued that from that moment onwards, the Church of Spain would celebrate a solemn feast, with octave, in memory of the Annunciation, and to prepare for the great solemnity of the Nativity.
At a later date the Church of Spain felt the need to return to the practice of the Roman Catholic Church, which solemnizes on March 25th, as a forever sacred day, the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Incarnation of the Son of God. However, popular devotion was so strong for the feast on December 18th that a vestige was retained so that the faithful could celebrate the Mother of God in the days prior to the nativity of her Son.
A new feast was named under the title of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Expectation.  
December 18 - The Expectation of Our Lady (654) assigned at the Tenth Council of Toledo in 656
                
Mary in the Midst of Israel's Waiting (IX) "We have been healed by his bruises" (Is 53:5)
The mystery of the Messiah thickens in some prophecies that evoke his self-abasement and his suffering, in contrast to the promises of glory and kingship. How would the Blessed Virgin have understood what was written about the Lord's "servant" (Is 42:1), who must first "restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel" (Is 49:6)?
"He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised; and we didn't respect him (Is 53:3). "Surely he has borne our infirmities, and carried our diseases; yet we esteemed him stricken, struck by God, and afflicted" (Is 53:4). "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement that brings us peace was on him; and we have been healed by his bruises" (Is 53:5).
"The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all" (Is 53:6). "By the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors: yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors" (Is 53:11-12).
"A pack of dogs surrounds me, a gang of villains closing in on me as if to hack off my hands and my feet. I can count every one of my bones, while they look on and gloat; they divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing (Ps 22:16-18). And: "They will look to me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and will grieve bitterly for him, as one grieves for his firstborn" (Zech 12:10-12).
Mary must have trembled before these awful prospects.
"Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there be any sorrow like my sorrow" (Lam 1:12).
Excerpt from Dom Guéranger (1805 - 1875), Liturgical Year - Dec. 18th (Année Liturgique)
"O valiant warriors of Christ! Do not cast away your everlasting crowns of victory because of the tears of your relatives.
Do not remove your feet from the necks of your enemies who lie prostrate before you, lest they regain their strength and attack you more fiercely than before. Raise your banner high over every earthly attachment.
If those whom you see weeping knew that there is another life where there is neither sickness nor death, where there is unceasing gladness and everything is beautiful, then assuredly they would wish to enter it with you.
Anyone who fears to exchange this brief earthly life for the unending joys of the heavenly Kingdom is foolish indeed.
For he who rejects eternity wastes the brief time of his existence, and will be delivered to everlasting torment in Hades."
3rd v. The Holy Martyr Sebastian miracle worker steadfast faith given to wavering Christians
<<287 Saint Zoe Appearing in a vision to St Sebastian she told him about her death received gift of speech
         from him

 
107 St. Rufus and Zosimus Martyrs of Antioch
  250 St. Moses Martyr of Africa
  255 St. Quintus
African group of martyrs
        St. Theotimus & Basilian martyrs put to death at
        Laodicea

  287 
Sebastian The Holy Martyr miracle worker
       steadfast faith given to wavering Christians
  287 Victurus Victor, Victorinus, Adjutor, Quartus,
       30 others
Loreto_house.jpg
       Also in Africa, the holy martyrs
  318 Martyr Eubotius at Cyzicus
  321 St. Auxentius Bishop soldier under Licinius, preferred to surrender his military insignia than offer grapes to Bacchus
  337 St. Gatian 1st Bishop of Tours Celebrated many miracles,
6th v. St. Samthan Irish abbess foundress convent of Clonbroney 
  588 St. Bodagisil Founder abbey on the banks of the Meuse
        St. Flannan bishop Son of Irish chieftain Turlough
 
634 Saint Modestus Archbishop of Jerusalem restored devastated Christian shrines the Sepulchre of the Lord by
      Persian ruler Chosroes
7th c. St. Florus, bishop of Amisus
 761 St. Winebald Benedictine abbot missionary
 790 St. Desideratus Benedictine son of St. Waningus
845 Saint Michael the Confessor was born at Jerusalem into a family of zealous Christians and at an early age devoted himself to monastic life; suffered for the veneration of holy icons under emperor Theophilus; After the death of Theophilus, the empress Theodora (842-855) restored veneration of holy icons, ordered return of Christians banished by the Iconoclasts; She offered St Michael occupy the patriarchal throne in place of deposed iconoclast, Grammatikos. the holy martyr declined this; Thus upon the patriarchal throne entered St Methodius.
1496  Saint Daniel the Hesychast, great wonderworker monastics instructor
1500 Saint Sebastian of Sokhota, Poshekhonye Monastery (Vologda)
       
founded Transfiguration of the Lord monastery
1642 Saint Simeon of Verkhoturye led beggars life worked many miracles
        after death
1671 Blessed Anthony Grassi  devotion to Our Lady of Loreto; outstanding
        confessor gift of reading consciences & future

1838 St. Paul My  Vietnamese martyr convert to Catholicism
1838 St. Peter Truat Vietnamese martyr fellow catechist with Peter Duong
         Sebastian Martyr at Rome and his companions: Martyrs Nicostratus,          Zoe, Castorius, Tranquillinus, Marcellinus, Mark, Claudius,

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1937 Thaddeus (Uspensky), archbishop of Tver executed in 1937 New
            Hieromartyr
1937 Nicholas archbishop of Velikoustiuzh, James, John and Vladimir
        priests.
New Hieromartyrs
1942 Sergius deacon and Virgin-martyr Vera.  New Hieromartyr
Advent's Great O Antiphons (II): O Adonai December 18 - EXPECTATION OF OUR LADY (654)
O supreme Lord! Adonai! Come redeem us, not through your power this time but through your humility.
In the past you appeared to Moses your servant in the midst of a divine flame; you gave the Law to your people in the midst of lighting and thunder: now you are not attempting to impart fear, but to save. This is why your most pure Mother Mary, informed with her husband Joseph of the emperor's edict, which will force them to undertake the journey to Bethlehem,
is busy preparing for your happy birth.
O divine Sun, she is getting the humble swaddling clothes ready for you to cover your nakedness, and to protect you from the cold of this world that you have made, at the time when you will come, in the middle of the night and the silence.
This is how you will deliver us of the servitude of our pride, and how your mighty arm will be felt,
even as it will seem to be the most weak and immobile in the eyes of men.
Everything is ready, O Jesus ! Your swaddling clothes are waiting for you:
Leave soon and come to Bethlehem to redeem us from the hands of our enemy.
Dom Gueranger  The Liturgical Year - Advent -December XVIII


107 St. Rufus and Zosimus Martyred citizens of Antioch.
 Philíppis, in Macedónia, natális sanctórum Mártyrum Rufi et Zósimi, qui ex illórum número discipulórum fuérunt, per quos primitíva Ecclésia in Judæis et Græcis fundáta est; de quorum étiam felíci agóne scribit sanctus Polycárpus in epístola ad Philippénses.
      At Philippi in Macedonia, the birthday of the holy martyrs Rufus and Zosimus, who were of the number of disciples by whom the primitive church was founded among the Jews and the Greeks.  Their happy martyrdom is mentioned by St. Polycarp in his Epistle to the Philippians.
 who were brought to Rome with St. Ignatius of Antioch and shared in his martyrdom during the reign of Emperor Trajan. They died two days before Ignatius by being thrown to the beasts in the arena.
St. Rufus and Zosimus martyred citizens of Antioch
(or perhaps Philippi) who were brought to Rome with St. Ignatius of Antioch during the reign of Emperor Trajan. They were condemned to death for their Christianity and thrown to wild beasts in the arena two days before the martyrdom of Ignatius.
107 SS. RUFUS AND ZOSIMUS, MARTYRS
WHEN St Ignatius of Antioch was at Philippi in Macedonia, on his way to martyrdom in Rome, he had with him SS. Rufus and Zosimus, citizens of Antioch or of Philippi itself. On the instruction of Ignatius, the Philippian Christians wrote a fraternal letter to their fellows at Antioch, and were answered by St Polycarp of Smynia, to whom St Ignatius had commended the care of his church. In his letter, which during the fourth century was read publicly in the churches of Asia, he refers to Rufus and Zosimus, who had the happiness to share in Ignatius’s chains and sufferings for Christ, and likewise glorified God by martyrdom under Trajan about the year 107. St Polycarp says of them:
   “They have not run in vain but in faith and righteousness, and they are gone to the place that was due to them from the Lord, with whom they also suffered. For they loved not the present world, but Him who died and was raised again by God for us...Wherefore I exhort all of you that you obey the word of righteousness and exercise all patience, which you have seen set forth before your eyes, not only in the blessed Ignatius and Zosimus and Rufus, but in others that have been among you and in Paul himself and the rest of the apostles."
St. Theotimus & Basilian martyrs put to death at Laodicea (modern Syria)
 Laodicéæ, in Syria, pássio sanctórum Theotími et Basiliáni.
      At Laodicea in Syria, the martyrdom of the Saints Theotimus and Basilian.

250 St. Moses Martyr of Africa.
 Ibídem sancti Moysétis Mártyris.      In the same country, St. Moses, martyr.
sometimes listed as Moysetes. He was slain in the persecution of Emperor Trajanus Decius.
255 St. Quintus 1 of group of martyrs put to death in Africa.
 In Africa sanctórum Mártyrum Quincti, Simplícii et aliórum; qui sub Décii et Valeriáni persecutióne passi sunt.
      In Africa, the holy martyrs Quinctus, Simplicius, and others who suffered in the persecution of Decius and Valerian.
during the persecutions of the Church under Emperor Trajanus Decius.
 Item in Africa sanctórum Mártyrum Victúri, Victóris, Victoríni, Adjutóris, Quarti et aliórum trigínta.
      
Victurus Victor, Victorinus, Adjutor, Quartus, and thirty others Also in Africa, the holy martyrs
3rd v. The Holy Martyr Sebastian miracle worker steadfast faith given to wavering Christians
born in the city of Narbonum in Gaul (modern France), and he received his education at Mediolanum (now Milan).
Under the co-reigning emperors Diocletian and Maximian (284-305) he occupied the position of head of the imperial guards. St Sebastian was respected for his authority, and was loved by the soldiers and those at court. He was a brave man filled with wisdom, his word was honest, his judgment just, insightful in advice, faithful in his service and in everything entrusted to him. He was a secret Christian, not out of fear, but so that he could provide help to the brethren in a time of persecution.

The noble Christian brothers Marcellinus and Mark had been locked up in prison, and at first they firmly confessed the true Faith. But under the influence of the tearful entreaties of their pagan parents (Tranquillinus and Marcia), and also their own wives and children, they began to waver in their intent to suffer for Christ. St Sebastian went to the imperial treasurer, at whose house Marcellinus and Mark were held in confinement, and addressed the brothers who were on the verge of yielding to the entreaties of their family.

"O valiant warriors of Christ! Do not cast away your everlasting crowns of victory because of the tears of your relatives. Do not remove your feet from the necks of your enemies who lie prostrate before you, lest they regain their strength and attack you more fiercely than before. Raise your banner high over every earthly attachment. If those whom you see weeping knew that there is another life where there is neither sickness nor death, where there is unceasing gladness and everything is beautiful, then assuredly they would wish to enter it with you. Anyone who fears to exchange this brief earthly life for the unending joys of the heavenly Kingdom is foolish indeed. For he who rejects eternity wastes the brief time of his existence, and will be delivered to everlasting torment in Hades."
Then St Sebastian said that if necessary, he would be willing to endure torment and death in order to show them how to give their lives for Christ.
So St Sebastian persuaded the brothers to go through with their act of martyrdom, and his speech stirred everyone present. They saw how his face shone like that of an angel, and they saw how seven angels clothed him in a radiant garment, and heard a fair Youth say, "You shall be with Me always."
Zoe, the wife of the jailer Nicostratus, had lost her ability to speak six years previously, and she fell down at the feet of St Sebastian, by her gestures imploring him to heal her. The saint made the Sign of the Cross over the woman, and she immediately began to speak and she glorified the Lord Jesus Christ. She said that she had seen an angel holding an open book in which everything St Sebastian said was written. Then all who saw the miracle also came to believe in the Savior of the world. Nicostratus removed the chains from Marcellinus and Mark and offered to hide them, but the brothers refused.
Mark said, "Let them tear the flesh from our bodies with cruel torments. They can kill the body, but they cannot conquer the soul which contends for the Faith." Nicostratus and his wife asked for Baptism, and St Sebastian advised Nicostratus to serve Christ rather than the Eparch. He also told him to assemble the prisoners so that those who believed in Christ could be baptized. Nicostratus then requested his clerk Claudius to send all the prisoners to his house. Sebastian spoke to them of Christ, and became convinced that they were all inclined to be baptized. He summoned the priest Polycarp, who prepared them for the Mystery, instructing them to fast in preparation for Baptism that evening.
   Then Claudius informed Nicostratus that the Roman eparch Arestius Chromatus wanted to know why the prisoners were gathered at his house. Nicostratus told Claudius about the healing of his wife, and Claudius brought his own sick sons, Symphorian and Felix to St Sebastian. In the evening the priest Polycarp baptized Tranquillinus with his relatives and friends, and Nicostratus and all his family, Claudius and his sons, and also sixteen condemned prisoners. The newly-baptized numbered 64 in all.
  Appearing before the eparch Chromatus, Nicostratus told him how St Sebastian had converted them to Christianity and healed many from sickness. The words of Nicostratus persuaded the eparch. He summoned St Sebastian and the presbyter Polycarp, and was enlightened by them, and became a believer in Christ. Nicostratus and Chromatus, his son Tiburtius and all his household accepted holy Baptism. The number of the newly-enlightened increased to 1400. Upon becoming a Christian, Chromatus resigned his office of eparch.

   During this time the Bishop of Rome was St Gaius (August 11). He blessed Chromatus to go to his estates in southern Italy with the priest Polycarp. Christians unable to endure martyrdom also went with them. Father Polycarp went to strengthen the newly-converted in the Faith.
   Tiburtius, the son of Chromatus, desired to accept martyrdom and he remained in Rome with St Sebastian. Of those remaining, St Gaius ordained Tranquillinus as a presbyter, and his sons Marcellinus and Mark were ordained deacons. Nicostratus, his wife Zoe and brother Castorius, and Claudius, his son Symphorian and brother Victorinus also remained in Rome. They gathered for divine services at the court of the emperor together with a secret Christian named Castulus, but soon the time came for them to suffer for the Faith.
   The pagans arrested St Zoe first, praying at the grave of the Apostle Peter. At the trial she bravely confessed her faith in Christ. She died, hung by her hair over the foul smoke from a great fire of dung. Her body then was thrown into the River Tiber. Appearing in a vision to St Sebastian, she told him about her death.  The priest Tranquillinus was the next to suffer: pagans pelted him with stones at the grave of the holy Apostle Peter, and his body was also thrown into the Tiber.
Sts Nicostratus, Castorius, Claudius, Victorinus ,and Symphorian were seized at the riverbank, when they were searching for the bodies of the martyrs. They were led to the eparch, and the saints refused his command to offer sacrifice to idols. They tied stones to the necks of the martyrs and then drowned them in the sea.
   The false Christian Torquatus betrayed St Tiburtius. When the saint refused to sacrifice to the idols, the judge ordered Tiburtius to walk barefoot on red-hot coals, but the Lord preserved him. Tiburtius walked through the burning coals without feeling the heat. The torturers then beheaded St Tiburtius, and his body was buried by unknown Christians.  Torquatus also betrayed the holy Deacons Marcellinus and Mark, and St Castulus (March 26). After torture, they threw Castulus into a pit and buried him alive, but Marcellinus and Mark had their feet nailed to the same tree stump. They stood all night in prayer, and in the morning they were stabbed with spears.
St Sebastian was the last one to be tortured. The emperor Diocletian personally interrogated him, and seeing the determination of the holy martyr, he ordered him taken out of the city, tied to a tree and shot with arrows. Irene, the wife of St Castulus, went at night in order to bury St Sebastian, but found him alive and took him to her home.
St Sebastian soon recovered from his wounds. Christians urged him to leave Rome, but he refused. Coming near a pagan temple, the saint saw the emperors approaching and he publicly denounced them for their impiety. Diocletian ordered the holy martyr to be taken to the Circus Maximus to be executed. They clubbed St Sebastian to death, and cast his body into the sewer. The holy martyr appeared to a pious woman named Lucina in a vision, and told her to take his body and bury it in the catacombs. This she did with the help of her slaves.
Today St Sebastian basilica stands on the site of his tomb.
287 Saint Zoe Appearing in a vision to St Sebastian she told him about her death received gift of speech from St Sebastian mentioned in the account of St Sebastian's martyrdom.
She was the wife of the jailer Nicostratus, and was unable to speak for six years. She fell down at the feet of St Sebastian, by her gestures imploring him to heal her. The saint made the Sign of the Cross over the woman, and she immediately began to speak and to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. She said that she had seen an angel holding an open book in which everything St Sebastian said was written. Then all who saw the miracle also came to believe in Christ, the Savior of the world.

Nicostratus, his wife Zoe and brother Castorius, and Claudius, his son Symphorian and brother Victorinus remained in Rome with St Sebastian, refusing to move to a safer place. They gathered for divine services at the court of the emperor together with a secret Christian named Castulus, but soon the time came for them to suffer for the Faith.
The pagans arrested St Zoe first, while she was praying at the grave of the Apostle Peter. At the trial she bravely confessed her faith in Christ. She died, hung by her hair over the foul smoke from a great fire of dung. Her body then was thrown into the River Tiber. Appearing in a vision to St Sebastian, she told him about her death.

321 St. Auxentius Bishop soldier in the army first a soldier under Licinius, preferred to surrender his military insignia rather than offer grapes to Bacchus
 Mopsuéstiæ, in Cilícia, sancti Auxéntii Epíscopi, qui, olim sub Licínio miles, pótius elégit cíngulum exúere quam uvas Baccho offérre; factúsque Epíscopus, præclárus méritis quiévit in pace.
      At Mopsuestia in Cilicia, St. Auxentius, bishop, who, being at first a soldier under Licinius, preferred to surrender his military insignia rather than offer grapes to Bacchus.  Having been made a bishop, he was renowned for his merit, and died in peace.

of co-Emperor Licinius Licinianus. Auxentius refused to take part in sacrifices before pagan gods and was persecuted for the faith. Released from military service, he was ordained a priest. Auxentius became the bishop of Mopsuestia, in Cilicia.

337 St. Gatian 1st Bishop of Tours
 Turónis, in Gállia, sancti Gratiáni Epíscopi, qui, a sancto Fabiáno Papa primus ejúsdem civitátis Epíscopus ordinátus est, et multis clarus miráculis obdormívit in Dómino.
     At Tours in France, St. Gratian, appointed first bishop of that city by Pope St. Fabian.  Celebrated for many miracles, he calmly went to his repose in the Lord.
1/6 accompanied St. Dionysius to Rome then France Gatian is considered the first bishop, France, where he preached for half a century.
301 ST GATIAN, BISHOP OF TOURS
According to St Gregory of Tours St Gatian was one of the six missionary bishops who came to Gaul from Rome with St Dionysius of Paris about the middle of the third century. He preached the faith principally at Tours, of which church he is venerated as the founder and the first bishop. Having continued his labours with unwearied zeal amid many dangers for fifty years he died in peace. His memory was held in veneration, but it appears that much of his work was undone. A medieval legend says that St Gatian was one of the seventy-two disciples and was sent to Gaul by St Peter himself. This is certainly a fiction.
St Gregory of Tours mentions St Gatian in his Historia Francorum, bk I, ch. 10, and bk x, ch. 31, as also in his Gloria confessorum, bk iv, ch. 39. The fact that Gatian is not commemorated in the Hieronymianum suggests there was no very active cultus, but we are told that St Martin of Tours enshrined his relics with honour. Duchesne discusses the case of Gatian in his Fastes Épiscopaux, vol. ii, pp. 286, 302.
6th v. St. Samthan Irish abbess foundress convent of Clonbroney
County Longford. She was revered for her patronage of culture and spiritual perfection in the monastic traditions.

588 St. Bodagisil Founder abbey on the banks of the Meuse in Belgium.
He became the abbot of the monastery, praised by St. Gregory of Tours and St. Venantius Fortunatus.

7th v. St. Flannan bishop Son of Irish chieftain Turlough.

St FLANNAN, whose feast is kept throughout Ireland, is venerated as the first bishop of Killaloe, a diocese nearly conterminous with the district of Thomond, of which his father, Turlough, was chieftain. Flannan was educated by a monk, who taught him not only letters but also “to plow, sow, reap, grind, winnow and bake for the monks.
   According to his very late life, Flannan determined, in spite of the opposition of his friends and relatives, to make a pilgrimage to Rome, and he achieved the voyage in the miraculous manner common in Celtic hagiology, namely, on a floating stone. While there he was consecrated bishop by Pope John IV (d. 642), and on his return to Killaloe all the people assembled to hear the instructions and messages of the Holy Roman See. The exhortations and teaching of St Flannan caused his father in his old age to become a monk under St Colman at Lismore. Three of his sons having been killed, Turlough asked Colman for a special blessing on his family. Whereupon Colman made seven strides and said, “From you shall seven kings spring” and so it was, all of them called Brian. Flannan was afraid that the kingship would descend to him, and that he might be ineligible for it he prayed that he should be visited with a physical deformity. Accordingly, says his biographer, “scars and rashes and boils began to appear on his face so that it became most dreadful and repulsive”.

 St Flannan is supposed to have preached as well in the Western Isles a small group off the west coast of Lewis, the Seven Hunters, is also known by his name. Several great marvels are attributed to him, as well as such Celtic practices as reciting his office immersed in icy water.

There is a Latin life of St Flannan in the Codex Salmanticensis (defective in one leaf). It has been printed in the Bollandist edition of the Acta Sanctorum Hiberniae cc Codice Salmanticensi, pp. 643—680. Another text has been edited by Fr Paul Grosjean, from a Bodleian manuscript, in the Analecta Bollandiana, vol. xlvi (1928), pp. 124—141, and with this also a third fragment in the library of Trinity College, Dublin. “Flannan, prince of gentleness” is a phrase which occurs in some manuscripts of the Filire of Oengus on December 18. The life of St Flannan seems to be rather exceptionally late and extravagant. See also KSS., p. 350.

He made a pilgrimage to Rome where Pope John IV consecrated him.
On his return he became first bishop of Killaloe and also preached in the Hebrides.

634 Saint Modestus Archbishop of Jerusalem restored devastated Christian shrines the Sepulchre of the Lord by Persian ruler Chosroes
 Born into a Christian family in Cappadocian Sebasteia (Asia Minor). From his youth he felt a strong attraction towards strict monastic life. St Modestus accepted monastic tonsure. Afterwards, he became head of the monastery of St Theodosius the Great in Palestine. At this time (the year 614), military forces of the Persian ruler Chosroes fell upon Syria and Palestine, killing ninety thousand Christians and destroying Christian churches. Patriarch Zacharias of Jerusalem and a multitude of Christians were taken into captivity, along with the Cross of the Lord. St Modestus was entrusted to govern the Jerusalem Church temporarily as locum tenens of the patriarchal cathedra.

With the help of Patriarch John the Merciful of Alexandria (November 12), St Modestus set about restoring devastated Christian shrines, among which was the Sepulchre of the Lord. He reverently buried the murdered monks from the monastery of St Sava the Sanctified.
After fourteen years, Patriarch Zacharias returned from captivity with the Cross of the Lord, and after his death St Modestus became Patriarch of Jerusalem. St Modestus died at age 97 in the year 634.


Saint Modestus, Patriarch of Jerusalem
Modestus was only five months old when his parents died, but by God's providence he was brought up in the spirit of Christianity. When he became an adult, he was sold as a slave to a pagan in Egypt. However, he succeeded in converting his master to the Christian Faith, and his master granted him freedom. Modestus withdrew to Mount Sinai, where he lived a life of asceticism until the age of fifty-nine. He was then chosen as Patriarch of Jerusalem and fed the flock of Christ as a true shepherd. He entered peacefully into rest in the year 633, at the age of ninety-seven.
7th v, Saint Florus, Bishop of Amisus
Florus lived at the time of the Emperors Justin II and Maurice (565-602). He was the son of nobles. He renounced the commotion and vanity of the world and withdrew to a monastery in order to live a life of asceticism for the salvation of his soul.
Later he was chosen bishop of the town of Amisus in the province of Cappadocia. And as an ascetic and a hierarch, Florus pleased God, and he peacefully took up his habitation in the Kingdom of God.

Saint Florus, Bishop of Amisus, was the son of the Christians Florus and Euphemia, who provided him a fine education. He entered courtly service for the Byzantine Emperor and was elevated to the rank of patrician; he was also married and had children. After his wife and children died from smallpox, he left the world and withdrew to the outskirts of Constantinople, where he led a solitary and pious life. Later on he was chosen Bishop of Amisus (in Asia Minor).
St Florus wisely guided his flock and died peacefully at the beginning of the seventh century.
761 St. Winebald Benedictine abbot missionary
761 ST WINEBALD, ABBOT
IT has been related herein under the date February 7 that a certain West Saxon, St Richard, set out on a pilgrimage to Rome with his two sons, SS. Willibald and Winebald, and died at Lucca. The young men went on to their destination, whence Willibald undertook a further pilgrimage to the Holy Land; but Winebald (or Wynbald), who had been delicate from his childhood and was ill, remained at Rome, where he studied for seven years and devoted himself with his whole heart to the divine service. Then, returning to England, he engaged several among his kindred and acquaintances to accompany him back to Rome, and there he dedicated himself to God in a religious state.
   St Boniface came on his third visit to Rome in 739 and enlisted Winebald to help in the founding of the Church in Germany. Winebald followed him into Thuringia and, being ordained priest there, received the care of seven churches, which he ministered to from Sulzenbrü
cken near Erfurt. Being harried by the Saxons, he extended his labours into Bavaria, and after some years of strenuous missionary work returned to St Boniface at Mainz.
   But he could not settle down there, and went to his brother St Willibald, who was now bishop of Eichst
ätt. Willibald wanted to found a double monastery which might be a pattern and seminary of piety and learning to the numerous churches which he had planted, and he asked Winebald and his sister St Walburga to undertake it.
   Winebald therefore went to Heidenheim in W
ürttemberg, where he cleared a wild spot of ground of trees and bushes and built first little cells for himself and his monks and shortly afterwards a monastery. A nunnery was set up adjoining, which St Walburga governed.
 The idolaters attempted the life of St Winebald because of his unflinching efforts to impose Christian morality, but he escaped these dangers and continued to enlarge Christ’s fold, maintaining in his religious community the spirit of their holy state, teaching them above all things to persevere in prayer and to keep inviolably in mind the life of our Lord, as the standard from which they were never to waver and never to cease to hold up to the pagans around them.
   He established the Rule of St Benedict in both the monasteries, which formed an important centre of English learning. St Winebald was afflicted for many years with sickness (he had an altar in his own cell at which he offered Mass when he was not able to go to the church) and this much hampered his missionary work for he could undertake only short journeys. For this reason he was unable to end his days at Monte Cassino as he wished to do. Once he set out on a visit to W
ürzburg and on the way was brought almost to the point of death at the shrine of St Boniface at Fulda; after three weeks he was better, but at the next town had a relapse and was in bed for another week. The end came after three years of nearly continual illness, and after a tender exhortation to his monks he died in the arms of his brother and sister on December 18, 761.
   Hugeburc, the nun who wrote the Life of St Winebald, assures us that miraculous cures took place at his tomb, and St Ludger writes in the Life of St Gregory of Utrecht that, “Winebald was very dear to my master Gregory, and shows by great miracles since his death what he did whilst living
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The trustworthy biography of St Winebald was written by a nun of Heidenheirn, Hugeburc; the best text is that of Holder-Egger in MGH., Scriptores, vol. xv, pp. 106-107. Some further information is furnished in the Hodoeporicon of St Willibald, written by the same Hugeburc, which is translated in C. H. Talbot, Anglo-Saxon Missionaries in Germany (1954), and also for the Palestine Pilgrims Text Society by Bishop Brownlow in 1891. Other details may be gathered from the correspondence of St Boniface, from the Life of St Walburga and from the earlier portion of F. Heldingsfelder’s Die Regesten der Bischofe von Eichstatt (1915). See also Analecta Bollandiana, vol. xlix (1931), pp. 353—397 and W. Levison, England and the Continent.. . (1946) see therein for Hugeberc, p. 294.
The brother of Sts. Willibald and Walburga, he was born in Wessex, England, and went on a pilgrimage to Rome and the Holy Land with his brother and father. When their father died at Lucca, the brothers proceeded to Rome. Winebald remained in the Eternal City while his brother went on to the Holy Land. Winebald studied in Rome for seven years, went back to England, but then returned to Rome determined to enter the religious life. At the invitation of St. Boniface, he gathered together a group of English missionaries and went to Germany in 739. Winebald was ordained, labored in Thuringia and Bavaria, and then joined Wilibald in his missionary enterprise in Eichstatt, Frisia, Holland. With his brother, he founded the monastery of Heidenheim, Germany, where he served as abbot with his sister as abbess. He struggled against the local pagans and strove to make the monastery one of the leading ecclesiastical centers in Germany.
790 St. Desideratus Benedictine son of St. Waningus
He probably resided at Fecamp, the abbey founded by his courtier father, who became a monk. Desideratus’ relics are enshrined in Ghent, Belgium.

845 Saint Michael the Confessor was born at Jerusalem into a family of zealous Christians and at an early age devoted himself to monastic life;  suffered for the veneration of holy icons under emperor Theophilus; After the death of Theophilus, the empress Theodora (842-855) restored the veneration of holy icons, and ordered the return of Christians banished by the Iconoclasts. She made the offer that St Michael might occupy the patriarchal throne in place of the deposed iconoclast, Grammatikos. But the holy martyr declined this. Thus upon the patriarchal throne entered St Methodius.
After the death of his father, his mother and sisters went to a monastery, and St Michael was ordained as a priest. He was famed as a strong preacher, and therefore the Jerusalem Patriarch Thomas I took him under his wing and advanced him in the calling of "synkellos" (dealing in matters of church governance).

At this time there reigned the Iconoclast emperor Leo the Armenian (813-820). The patriarch sent St Michael to him, together with the holy brothers Sts Theodore (December 27) and Theophanes (October 11), with the hope that they might persuade the emperor to cease his persecution against the Orthodox. The emperor subjected St Michael to beatings and sent him off into exile.
Later having returned from exile, the monk again suffered for the veneration of holy icons under the emperor Theophilus (829-842). The companions of St Michael, Sts Theodore and Theophanes, were subjected to horrible torments: upon their faces was put red-hot brands with an inscription slandering them. They received the title "the Branded." Again condemned, St Michael was sent with his disciple Job to the Pabeida monastery.
After the death of Theophilus, the empress Theodora (842-855) restored the veneration of holy icons, and ordered the return of Christians banished by the Iconoclasts. She made the offer that St Michael might occupy the patriarchal throne in place of the deposed iconoclast, Grammatikos. But the holy martyr declined this. Thus upon the patriarchal throne entered St Methodius.
St Michael the Confessor to the end of his days toiled in the position of "synkellos." He died peacefully in about the year 845.

1500 Saint Sebastian of Sokhota, Poshekhonye founded Transfiguration of the Lord monastery
Transfiguration of the Lord, located at the River Sokhota, 90 versts from the city of Romanov (now Tutaev) in the Yaroslav district. The monks of the monastery themselves cultivated the soil and ate through the work of their own hands. The founder of the monastery taught the ascetics this by his own example and guidance. St Sebastian reposed about the year 1500.
The Transfiguration monastery on the River Sokhota was later annexed to the Cherepovets Ascension monastery, and in 1764 closed down. In the mid-nineteenth century a stone church was built over the relics of St Sebastian. The saint is also commemorated on February 26.

1496  Saint Daniel the Hesychast, the great wonderworker and instructor of monastics
Born in Moldavia at the beginning of the fifteenth century. He was baptized with the name Dumitru. When he was sixteen, he became a monk of the monastery of St Nicholas at Radauti and received the name David. His spiritual Father was St Leontius of Radauti (July 1). After many years of ascetical struggles, he became a chosen vessel of the Spirit and was ordained to the holy priesthood.

He lived for some years at the monastery of St Laurence in the Civoul de Sus district. There he fulfilled his obediences during the day, and at night he kept vigil, prayed, and wove baskets. He received the Great Schema and the new name Daniel. He obtained the igumen's blessing to live in the wilderness in solitude, where he devoted himself to spiritual struggles. Around 1450, he lived near the Neamts Monastery by Secu creek for fourteen years. In time, people discovered where he lived and came to visit him. Longing for solitude, he moved to northern Moldavia and chiseled out a cell for himself in the face of a cliff near Putna creek. Next to it, he carved out a small chapel for prayer.

After his spiritual child St Stephen the Great (July 2) built the Putna Monastery, which was consecrated in 1470, St Daniel moved near the Voronets Monastery. Here too, he carved a small cell out of the rock under Soim (Falcon) Cliff and lived a God-pleasing life for the next twenty years. He guided many disciples in the principles of the spiritual life, and he also had the gift of healing the sick of their physical infirmities.
In 1488, when he was over eighty, St Daniel went to live at the Voronets Monastery, where he was chosen to be the igumen.
St Daniel was a great ascetic and wonderworker, wise and clairvoyant. People from near and far visited him seeking his spiritual advice, or to confess their sins. He died in 1496 and was buried at the Voronet Monastery, where people continue to venerate his tomb.
St Daniel was glorified by the Romanian Orthodox Church in 1992.
1642 Saint Simeon of Verkhoturye led beggars life worked many miracles after death
was a nobleman, but he concealed his origin and led the life of a beggar. He walked through the villages and for free sewed half-coats and other clothes, primarily for the poor. While doing this he deliberately failed to sew something, either a glove, or a scarf, for which he endured abuse from his customers.

The ascetic wandered much, but most often he lived at a churchyard of the village of Merkushinsk not far from the city of Verkhoturye (on the outskirts of Perm). St Simeon loved nature in the Urals, and while joyfully contemplated its majestic beauty, he would raise up a thoughtful glance towards the Creator of the world. In his free time, the saint loved to go fishing in the tranquility of solitude. This reminded him of the disciples of Christ, whose work he continued, guiding the local people in the true Faith. His conversations were a seed of grace, from which gradually grew the abundant fruits of the Spirit in the Urals and in Siberia, where the saint is especially revered.

St Simeon of Verkhoturye died in 1642, when he was 35 years of age. He was buried in the Merkushinsk graveyard by the church of the Archangel Michael.

On September 12, 1704, with the blessing of Metropolitan Philotheus of Tobolsk, the holy relics of St Simeon were transferred from the church of the Archangel Michael to the Verkhoturye monastery in the name of St Nicholas.

St Simeon worked many miracles after his death. He frequently appeared to the sick in dreams and healed them, and he brought to their senses those fallen into the disease of drunkenness. A peculiarity of the saint's appearances was that with the healing of bodily infirmities, he also gave instruction and guidance for the soul.

The memory of St Simeon of Verkhoturye is celebrated also on December 18, on the day of his glorification (1694).
1671 Blessed Anthony Grassi devotion to Our Lady of Loreto an outstanding confessor gift of reading consciences and of the future;  see dec 13 here 1671 BD ANTONY GRASSI; he possessed the gift of reading consciences, not merely in generalities but in specific actions of which he could have no natural knowledge; As he grew older his prescience, both of the future and of events at a distance, increased, and were frequently used both for consolation and warning in his dealings with the many who came to him. 
ancient statue of Our Lady which is found at Loreto
Anthony’s father died when his son was only 10 years old, but the young lad inherited his father’s devotion to Our Lady of Loreto. As a schoolboy he frequented the local church of the Oratorian Fathers, joining the religious order when he was 17.

Already a fine student, he soon gained a reputation in his religious community as a "walking dictionary" who quickly grasped Scripture and theology. For some time he was tormented by scruples, but they reportedly left him at the very hour he celebrated his first Mass. From that day, serenity penetrated his very being.

In 1621, at age 29, Anthony was struck by lightning while praying in the church of the Holy House at Loreto. He was carried paralyzed from the church, expecting to die. When he recovered in a few days he realized that he had been cured of acute indigestion. His scorched clothes were donated to the Loreto church as an offering of thanks for his new gift of life.

More important, Anthony now felt that his life belonged entirely to God. Each year thereafter he made a pilgrimage to Loreto to express his thanks.
He also began hearing confessions, and came to be regarded as an outstanding confessor. Simple and direct, he listened carefully to penitents, said a few words and gave a penance and absolution, frequently drawing on his gift of reading consciences.
In 1635 he was elected superior of the Fermo Oratory. He was so well regarded that he was reelected every three years until his death. He was a quiet person and a gentle superior who did not know how to be severe. At the same time he kept the Oratorian constitutions literally, encouraging the community to do likewise.
He refused social or civic commitments and instead would go out day or night to visit the sick or dying or anyone else needing his services. As he grew older, he had a God-given awareness of the future, a gift which he frequently used to warn or to console.
But age brought its challenges as well. He suffered the humility of having to give up his physical faculties one by one. First was his preaching, necessitated after he lost his teeth. Then he could no longer hear confessions. Finally, after a fall, he was confined to his room. The archbishop himself came each day to give him holy Communion. One of Anthony’s final acts was to reconcile two fiercely quarreling brothers.
Comment: Nothing provides a better reason for reassessing a life than a brush with death. Anthony’s life already seemed to be on track when he was struck by lightning; he was a brilliant priest blessed, at last, with serenity. But his experience softened him. He became a loving counselor and a wise mediator. The same might be said of us if we put our hearts to it.
1838 St. Paul My  Vietnamese martyr convert to Catholicism
Paul entered into the service of the Paris Foreign Missions and thus helped to spread the Catholic faith in Vietnam. He was seized by enemies of the Church and was martyred by strangulation. He was canonized in 1988.

1838 St. Peter Truat Vietnamese martyr fellow catechist with Peter Duong.
They were put to death by Vietnamese authorities. Both were canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988


 Sunday  Saints of this Day December 18 Quintodécimo Kaléndas Januárii.  

Pope Francis  PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR  December 2016
Universal: End to Child-Soldiers.
That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.
Evangelization: Europe  That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and
truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.
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God Bless Mother Angelica 1923-2016
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On Death and Life
"Man Needs Eternity -- and Every Other Hope, for Him, Is All Too Brief"
Пресвятая Богородице спаси нас!    (Santíssima Mãe de Deus, salva-nos!)
                      
 
                                                                           
     
We are the defenders of true freedom.
  May our witness unveil the deception of the "pro-choice" slogan.
40 days for Life Campaign saves lives Shawn Carney Campaign Director www.40daysforlife.com
Please help save the unborn they are the future for the world

It is a great poverty that a child must die so that you may live as you wish -- Mother Teresa
 Saving babies, healing moms and dads, 'The Gospel of Life'

"Man Needs Eternity -- and Every Other Hope, for Him, Is All Too Brief"
It Makes No Sense Not To Believe In GOD 
Every Christian must be a living book
wherein one can read the teaching of the gospel

Jesus brings us many Blessings
 
The more we pray, the more we wish to pray. Like a fish which at first swims on the surface of the water, and afterwards plunges down, and is always going deeper; the soul plunges, dives, and loses itself in the sweetness of conversing with God. -- St. John Vianney

  Month by Month of Saintly Dedications


The Rosary html Mary Mother of GOD -- Her Rosary Here
Mary Mother of GOD Mary's Divine Motherhood: FEASTS OF OUR LADY
     of the Virgin Mary to those who recite the Rosary

May 9 – Our Lady of the Wood (Italy, 1607) 
Months of Dedication
January is the month of the Holy Name of Jesus since 1902;
March is the month of Saint Joseph since 1855;
May, the month of Mary, is the oldest and most well-known Marian month, officially since 1724;
June is the month of the Sacred Heart since 1873;
July is the month of the Precious Blood since 1850;
August is the month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary;
September is the month of Our Lady of Sorrows since 1857;
October is the month of the Rosary since 1868;
November is the month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory since 1888;
December is the month of the Immaculate Conception.

In all, five months of the year are dedicated to Mary.
The idea of dedicating months came from Rome and promotion of the month of Mary owes much to the Jesuits.  arras.catholique.fr


Pray that the witness of 40 Days for Life bears abundant fruit, and that we begin again each day to storm the gates of hell until God welcomes us into the gates of heaven.

If you seek patience, you will find no better example than the cross. Great patience occurs in two ways:
either when one patiently suffers much, or when one suffers things which one is able to avoid and yet does not avoid.
Christ endured much on the cross, and did so patiently, because when he suffered he did not threaten;
he was led like a sheep to the slaughter and he did not open his mouth.-- St. Thomas Aquinas


    We begin our day by seeing Christ in the consecrated bread, and throughout the day we continue to see Him in the torn bodies of our poor. We pray, that is, through our work, performing it with Jesus, for Jesus and upon Jesus.
The poor are our prayer. They carry God in them. Prayer means praying everything, praying the work.
We meet the Lord who hungers and thirsts, in the poor.....and the poor could be you or I or any person kind enough to show us his or her love and to come to our place.
Because we cannot see Christ, we cannot express our love to Him in person.
But our neighbor we can see, and we can do for him or her what we would love to do for Jesus if He were visible.
-- Mother Teresa
My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee.  I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not love Thee.  O most Holy trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly.
 I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the Tabernacles of the world,  in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended,
and by the infite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

I beg the conversion of poor sinners,  Amen Fatima Prayer, Angel of Peace
Mary's Divine Motherhood
Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI { 2013 } Catholic Church In China { article here}
1648 to1930 St. Augustine Zhao Rong and 120 Companions Christianity arrived in China by way of Syria -- 600s.
        Depending on China's relations with outside world,
Christianity for centuries was free to grow or forced to operate secretly.

How do I start the Five First Saturdays? 
Called in the Gospel “the Mother of Jesus,” Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as “the Mother of my Lord” (Lk 1:43; Jn 2:1; 19:25; cf. Mt 13:55; et al.). In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father's eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly Mother of God (Theotokos). 
Catechism of the Catholic Church 495, quoting the Council of Ephesus (431): DS 251.
“The Blessed Virgin was eternally predestined, in conjunction with the incarnation of the divine Word, to be the Mother of God. By decree of divine Providence, she served on earth as the loving mother of the divine Redeemer, an associate of unique nobility, and the Lord's humble handmaid. She conceived, brought forth, and nourished Christ.”
The voice of the Father is heard, the Son enters the water, and the Holy Spirit appears in the form of a dove.
   THE spirit and example of the world imperceptibly instil the error into the minds of many that there is a kind of middle way of going to Heaven; and so, because the world does not live up to the gospel, they bring the gospel down to the level of the world. It is not by this example that we are to measure the Christian rule, but words and life of Christ. All His followers are commanded to labour to become perfect even as our heavenly Father is perfect, and to bear His image in our hearts that we may be His children. We are obliged by the gospel to die to ourselves by fighting self-love in our hearts, by the mastery of our passions, by taking on the spirit of our Lord.
   These are the conditions under which Christ makes His promises and numbers us among His children, as is manifest from His words which the apostles have left us in their inspired writings. Here is no distinction made or foreseen between the apostles or clergy or religious and secular persons. The former, indeed, take upon themselves certain stricter obligations, as a means of accomplishing these ends more perfectly; but the law of holiness and of disengagement of the heart from the world is geeral and binds all the followers of Christ.

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We are called upon with the whole Church militant on earth to join in praising and thanking God for the grace and glory he has bestowed on his saints. At the same time we earnestly implore Him to exert His almighty power and mercy in raising us from our miseries and sins, healing the disorders of our souls and leading us by the path of repentance to the company of His saints, to which He has called us.
   They were once what we are now, travellers on earth they had the same weaknesses, which we have. We have difficulties to encounter so had the saints, and many of them far greater than we can meet with; obstacles from kings and whole nations, sometimes from the prisons, racks and swords of persecutors. Yet they surmounted these difficulties, which they made the very means of their virtue and victories. It was by the strength they received from above, not by their own, that they triumphed. But the blood of Christ was shed for us as it was for them and the grace of our Redeemer is not wanting to us; if we fail, the failure is in ourselves.
   THE saints and just, from the beginning of time and throughout the world, who have been made perfect, everlasting monuments of God’s infinite power and clemency, praise His goodness without ceasing; casting their crowns before His throne they give to Him all the glory of their triumphs: “His gifts alone in us He crowns.”
“The saints must be honored as friends of Christ and children and heirs of God, as John the theologian and evangelist says: ‘But as many as received him, he gave them the power to be made the sons of God....’ Let us carefully observe the manner of life of all the apostles, martyrs, ascetics and just men who announced the coming of the Lord. And let us emulate their faith, charity, hope, zeal, life, patience under suffering, and perseverance unto death, so that we may also share their crowns of glory” Exposition of the Orthodox Faith

Called in the Gospel the Mother of Jesus, Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as the Mother of my Lord (Lk 1:43; Jn 2:1; 19:25; cf. Mt 13:55; et al.). In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father's eternal Son,  the second person of the Holy Trinity.
Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly Mother of God (Theotokos).
Catechism of the Catholic Church 495, quoting the Council of Ephesus (431): DS 251.
Nine First Fridays Devotion to the Sacred Heart ... From the writings of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
On Friday during Holy Communion, He said these words to me, His unworthy slave, if I mistake not:
I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that its all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on nine first Fridays of consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they will not die under my displeasure or without receiving their sacraments, my divine Heart making itself their assured refuge at the last moment.
Margaret Mary was inspired by Christ to establish the Holy Hour and to pray lying prostrate with her face to the ground from eleven till midnight on the eve of the first Friday of each month, to share in the mortal sadness.
He endured when abandoned by His Apostles in His Agony, and to receive holy Communion on the first Friday of every month. In the first great revelation, He made known to her His ardent desire to be loved by men and His design of manifesting His Heart with all Its treasures of love and mercy, of sanctification and salvation.
He appointed the Friday after the octave of the feast of Corpus Christi as the feast of the Sacred Heart; He called her the Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart, and the heiress of all Its treasures. The love of the Sacred Heart was the fire which consumed her, and devotion to the Sacred Heart is the refrain of all her writings. In her last illness she refused all alleviation, repeating frequently: What have I in heaven and what do I desire on earth, but Thee alone, O my God, and died pronouncing the Holy Name of Jesus.
With regard to this promise it may be remarked: (1) that our Lord required Communion to be received on a particular day chosen by Him; (2) that the nine Fridays must be consecutive; (3) that they must be made in honor of His Sacred Heart, which means that those who make the nine Fridays must practice the devotion and must have a great love for our Lord; (4) that our Lord does not say that those who make the nine Fridays will be dispensed from any of their obligations or from exercising the vigilance necessary to lead a good life and overcome temptation; rather He implicitly promises abundant graces to those who make the nine Fridays to help them to carry out these obligations and persevere to the end; (5) that perseverance in receiving Holy Communion for nine consecutive First Firdays helps the faithful to acquire the habit of frequent Communion, which our Lord eagerly desires; and (6) that the practice of the nine Fridays is very pleasing to our Lord He promises such great reward, and all Catholics should endeavor to make nine Fridays.
How do I start the Five First Saturdays? by Fr. Tom O'Mahony.
On July 13,1917, Our Lady appeared for the third time to the three children of Fatima an showed them the vision of hell and made the now - famous thirteen prophecies. In this vision Our Lady said that 'GOD WISHES TO ESTABLISH IN THE WORLD DEVOTION to Her Immaculate Heart and that She would come TO ASK FOR THE COMMUNION OF REPARATION ON THE FIRST SATURDAYS...'  Eight years later, on December 10, 1925, Our Lady did indeed come back. She appeared (with the Child Jesus) to Lucia in the convent of the Dorothean Sisters in Pontevedra.
The Child Jesus spoke first:
'HAVE COMPASSION ON THE HEART OF YOUR MOST HOLY MOTHER WHICH IS COVERED WITH THORNS WITH WHICH UNGRATEFUL MEN PIERCE IT AT EVERY MOMENT, WHILE THERE IS NO ONE TO REMOVE THEM WITH AN ACT OF REPARATION.'

THE GREAT PROMISE
Our Lady then said: 'MY DAUGHTER LOOK AT MY HEART SURROUNDED WITH THORNS WITH WHICH UNGRATEFUL MEN PIERCE IT AT EVERY MOMENT BY THEIR BLASPHEMIES AND INGRATITUDE. YOU, AT LEAST, TRY TO CONSOLE ME, AND SAY THAT I PROMISE TO ASSIST AT THE HOUR OF DEATH WITH ALL THE GRACES NECESSARY FOR SALVATION, ALL THOSE WHO, ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF FIVE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS GO TO CONFESSION AND RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION, RECITE FIVE DECADES OF THE ROSARY AND KEEP ME COMPANY FOR A QUARTER OF AN HOUR WHILE MEDITATING ON MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY, WITH THE INTENTION OF MAKING REPARATION TO ME.'

The Five Reasons
Lucia once asked this question of Our Lord and received as an answer: 'MY DAUGHTER, THE MOTIVE IS SIMPLE, THERE ARE FIVE KINDS OF OFFENCES AND BLASPHEMIES UTTERED AGAINST THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY: (1) BLASPHEMIES AGAINST THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: (2) BLASPHEMIES AGAINST HER VIRGINITY: (3) BLASPHEMIES AGAINST HER DIVINE MATERNITY: (4) BLASPHEMIES OF THOSE WHO OPENLY SEEK TO FOSTER IN THE HEARTS OF CHILDREN INDIFFERENCE OR EVEN HATRED FOR THIS IMMACULATE MOTHER: (5) THE OFFENCES OF THOSE WHO DIRECTLY OUTRAGE HER IN HOLY IMAGES.'
From the above, it is easy to see that each of the Five Saturdays can correspond to a specific offence. By offering the graces received during each First Saturday as reparation for the offence being prayed for, the participant can hope to help remove the thorns from Our Lady's Heart.
What Do I Have To Do?
The devotion of First Saturdays, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima, carries with it the assurance of salvation. However, to derive profit from such a great promise of Our Lady, the devotion must be properly understood and duly performed.
The requirements as stipulated by Our Lady are as follows:
(1) CONFESSION, (2) COMMUNION, (3) FIVE DECADES OF THE ROSARY, (4) MEDITATION ON ONE OR MORE OF THE ROSARY MYSTERIES FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES, (5) TO DO ALL THESE THINGS IN THE SPIRIT OF REPARATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, and (6) TO OBSERVE ALL THESE PRACTICES ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF FIVE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS.
(1) CONFESSION: A reparative confession means that the confession should not only be good (valid and licit), but also be offered in the spirit of reparation, in this case, to Mary's Immaculate Heart. This confession may be made on the First Saturday itself or some days before or after the First Saturday within the preceding octave would suffice.
(2) COMMUNION: The communion of reparation must be sacramental duly received with the intention of making reparation. This offering, like the confession, is an interior act and so no external action to express the intention is needed.
(3) THE ROSARY: The Rosary mentioned here was indicated by the Portuguese word 'terco' which is commonly employed to denote a Rosary of five decades, since it forms a fourth of the full Rosary of 20 decades. This too must recited in a spirit of reparation.
(4) MEDITATION FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES: Here the meditation on one mystery or more is to be made without simultaneous recitation of the Rosary decade. As indicated, the meditation may be either on one mystery alone for 15 minutes, or on all 20 mysteries, spending about one minute on each mystery, or again, on two or more mysteries during the period. This can also be made before each decade spending three minutes or more in considering the mystery of the particular decade. This meditation has likewise to be made in the spirit of reparation to the Immaculate Heart.
(5) THE SPIRIT OF REPARATION: All these acts, as said above, have to be done with the intention of offering reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the offences committed against Her. Everyone who offends Her commits, so to speak, a two-fold offence, for these sins also offend her Divine Son, Christ, and so endanger our salvation. They give bad example to others and weaken the strength of society to withstand immoral onslaughts. Such devotions therefore make us consider not only the enormity of the offence against God, but also the effect of sins on human society as well as the need for undoing these social effects even when the offender repents and is converted. Further, this reparation emphasises our responsibility towards sinners who, themselves, will not pray and make reparation for their sins.
(6) FIVE CONSECUTIVE FIRST SATURDAYS: The idea of the Five First Saturdays is obviously to make us persevere in the devotional acts for these Saturdays and overcome initial difficulties. Once this is done, Our Lady knows that the person would become devoted to Her immaculate Heart and persist in practising such devotion on all First Saturdays, working thereby for personal self-reform and for the salvation of others.

Unless Russia is converted, the movement against God and for sin will continue to spread, promoting wars and persecutions, and making the attainment for peace and justice impossible for this world. One means of obtaining Russia's conversion is to practise the Fatima Message. The stakes are so great that to encourage Catholics to practise the devotion of the First Saturdays, Our Lady has assured