Saturday, 31 January 2015

Saint John Bosco (1815 - 1888). Confessor. Feast Day 31 January.


From The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint John Bosco.
Confessor.
Feast Day 31 January.

Double.

White Vestments.


Don BoscoII.jpg

English: Portrait of Saint John Bosco.
Français: Portrait de Saint Don Bosco.
Date: Unknown.
Source: Own work.
Author: Fontevrault.
(Wikimedia Commons)

His Religious Family is carrying on his work, so that, on 3 December 1933, Pope Pius XI could describe it as numbering: 19,000 Religious; 1,430 Houses of Education; 80 Religious Provinces; Thousands of Churches, Chapels, Boarding Schools and Boys' Clubs; 17 Territories in the Mission Field; Hundreds of thousands of pupils, and about a million Old Pupils; about as many Co-operators, who, after his own expression, "lengthen his arm".

In Heaven, Saint John Bosco prays for them and for those who have recourse to his intercession (Postcommunion).


The following Text and Illustrations are from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
unless otherwise stated.

John Bosco (Italian: Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco; 1815 – 1888), popularly known as Don Bosco, was an Italian Roman Catholic Priest of The Latin Church, educator and writer of the 19th-Century. While working in Turin, where the population suffered many of the effects of industrialisation and urbanisation, he dedicated his life to the betterment and education of street childrenjuvenile delinquents, and other disadvantaged youth.

He developed teaching methods based on love, rather than punishment, a method that became known as the Salesian Preventive System. A follower of the Spirituality and Philosophy of Saint Francis de Sales, John Bosco dedicated his works to him, when he founded The Salesians of Don Bosco, based in Turin.


File:Don boscojf.JPG

Saint John Bosco Parish Church, 
Makati City, Philippines[1].
Photo: 18 May 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Ramon FVelasquez.
(Wikimedia Commons)


Together with Maria Domenica Mazzarello, he founded The Institute of the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians, a Religious Congregation of Nuns dedicated to the care and education of poor girls.

In 1876, John Bosco founded a movement of Laity, The Association of Salesian Co-operators, with the same Educational Mission to the Poor. In 1875, he began to publish The Salesian Bulletin. The Bulletin has remained in continuous publication, and is currently published in fifty different editions and thirty languages.

Saint John Bosco established a network of Organisations and Centres to carry on his work. Following his posthumous Beatification, in 1929, he was Canonised as a Saint in The Roman Catholic Church by Pope Pius XI in 1934.




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Friday, 30 January 2015

Saint Martina. Feast Day, Today, 30 January. Virgin And Martyr.


Roman Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
unless otherwise stated.

Italic Text is from "The Liturgical Year",
by Abbot Guéranger, O.S.B.
Available from ST. BONAVENTURE PUBLICATIONS

Christmas.
Book II.
Fourth Edition.
Volume 3.

Bold Italic Text is taken from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal.



Madonna and Child with Saint Martina and Saint Agnes.
Artist: El Greco (1541–1614).
Date: 1597-1599.
Current location: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.,
United States of America.
Source: [1]
(Wikimedia Commons)


Martina of Rome was a Roman Martyr, under Emperor Alexander Severus. She is a Patron Saint of Rome.

She was Martyred in 226 A.D., according to some authorities, more probably in 228 A.D., under the Pontificate of Pope Urban I, according to others. The daughter of an ex-Consul, and orphaned at an early age, she so openly testified to her Christian Faith that she could not escape the persecutions under Alexander Severus. Arrested and commanded to return to idolatry, she refused, whereupon she was subjected to various tortures and was finally beheaded.

The Relics of Martina were discovered on 25 October 1634, by the painter Pietro da Cortona, in a Crypt of Santi Luca e Martina, situated near the Mamertine Prison and Dedicated to the Saint.[1]

Pope Urban VIII, who occupied The Holy See at that time, had the Church repaired and, it would seem, composed the Hymns which are sung at her Office.

Her Feast Day is 30 January.



The Church of Santi Luca e Martina, Rome.
Photo: March 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Panairjdde (FlagUploader).
(Wikimedia Commons)


A Fourth Roman Virgin, wearing on her brow a Martyr's Crown, comes today to share the honours given to Agnes, Emerentiana, and Prisca, and offer her Martyr's Palm to The Lamb.

Her name is Martina, which the pagans were wont to give to their daughters in honour of their god of war. Her Sacred Relics repose at the foot of The Capitoline Hill, in the ancient temple of Mars, which has now become the beautiful Church of Saint Martina.

The Holy Ambition to render herself worthy of Him, Whom she had chosen as her Divine Spouse, gave her courage to suffer torments and death for His sake; so that, of her, as of the rest of the Martyrs, we may say those words of The Liturgy, "she washed her robes in The Blood of The Lamb". Our Emmanuel is "the mighty God, the Lord that is mighty in war", not, like the Mars of the pagans, needing  the sword to win his battles.

He vanquishes his enemies by meekness, patience, and innocence, as in the Martyrdom of today's Saint, whose victory was grander than was ever won by Rome's boasted warriors.

This illustrious Virgin, who is one of the Patrons of the City of Rome, is honoured by having her praises sung by one of the Popes. It was Pope Urban VIII who wrote the Hymns which are recited on her Feast, and which we subjoin to the Lessons which recount the glorious combats of our Saint.



English: Interior of the 
Church of Santi Luca e Martina, Rome.
Architect was 
Italiano: Chiesa dei Santi Luca e Martina, Roma. Interno.
Architetto: Pietro da Cortona.
This File: 12 February 2006.
User: Torvindus.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Martina.
Virgin and Martyr.
Feast Day 30 January.

Semi-Double.

Red Vestments.


The Cycle makes us honour today a Virgin, who, by her constancy in the midst of the most atrocious torments, bore witness before all (Introit) to The Divinity of Christ, her Spouse (Gospel). "I  am a Christian," she declares to her executioners, "and I confess Jesus Christ."

The Epistle puts on her lips the words of Wisdom: "Lord, my Saviour, Thou hast become my help and protector." And she, herself, said, in the midst of her sufferings: "I love my Lord Jesus Christ, Who strengthens me."

Saint Martina was beheaded in 228 A.D., and joined in Heaven the train of Virgins who surround The Divine King (Alleluia). Her Remains rest in a former temple of Mars, transformed into a Church, which bears the name of this Virgin, whose name recalls that of the god of war.

Let us arm ourselves, to defend the Divinity of Jesus, with love of Purity.

Mass: Loquébar.




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Wieskirche, Bavaria, Germany.


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English: Wies Church, Bavaria, Germany.
Deutsch: Wieskirche, Bayern, Deutschland.
Photo: 17 December 2007.
Source: Own work.
Author: Mattana.
(Wikimedia Commons)


The Pilgrimage Church of Wies (German: Wieskirche) is an oval Rococo Church, designed in the Late-1740s by Dominikus Zimmermann, who lived nearby for the last eleven years of his life. It is located in the foothills of the Alps, in the municipality of Steingaden, in the Weilheim-Schongau district, Bavaria, Germany.



English: Chapel and Church, Wies, Bavaria, Germany.
Deutsch: Kapelle mit Wieskirche, Steingaden, Bavaria, Germany.
Photo: 14 December 2005.
Source: Own work.
Author: Flodur63.
(Wikimedia Commons)


It is said that, in 1738, tears were seen on a dilapidated wooden figure of The Scourged Saviour. This Miracle resulted in a Pilgrimage rush to see the sculpture. In 1740, a small Chapel was built to house the statue, but it was soon realised that the building would be too small for the number of Pilgrims it attracted, and, so, Steingaden Abbey decided to commission a separate Shrine.

Many who have Prayed in front of the statue of Jesus, on the High Altar, have claimed that people have been miraculously cured of their diseases, which has made this Church even more of a Pilgrimage site.



English: The Scourged Saviour, in its own separate Chapel.
Deutsch: Gnadenbild des gegeißelten Heilandes im Altar der Wieskirch.
Photo: 20 October 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Harro52.
(Wikimedia Commons)


Construction took place between 1745 and 1754, and the Interior was decorated with frescoes and with stucco work, in the tradition of the Wessobrunner School. "Everything was done throughout the Church to make the Supernatural visible. Sculpture and murals combined to unleash The Divine in visible form".



English: Wies Church, Bavaria, Germany.
Deutsch: Wieskirche, Bayern, Deutschland.
Photo: June 2005.
Source: Own work.
Author: Pipimaru.
(Wikimedia Commons)


There is a popular belief that the Bavarian Government planned to sell, or demolish, the Rococo masterpiece during the secularisation of Bavaria, at the beginning of the 19th-Century, and that only protests from the local farmers saved it from destruction.

Available sources, however, document that the responsible State Commission clearly advocated the continuation of Wies as a Pilgrimage site, even in spite of economic objections from the Abbot of Steingaden.

The Wieskirche was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983 and underwent extensive restoration between 1985 and 1991.



English: The Pulpit, Wies Church, Bavaria, Germany.
Deutsch: Wieskirche, Bayern, Deutschland.
Photo: 17 December 2007.
Source: Own work.
Author: Mattana.
(Wikimedia Commons)



English: The High Altar,
Wies Church, Bavaria, Germany.
Deutsch: Wieskirche, Bayern, Deutschland.
Photo: 17 December 2007.
Source: Own work.
Author: Mattana.
(Wikimedia Commons)




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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Bayeux Cathedral, Normandy, France.


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English: The Nave, Notre Dame de Bayeux Cathedral, France.
Français: Le nef de la Notre Dame de Bayeux.
Photo: 22 July 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: Anton Bielousov.
(Wikimedia Commons)



English: Bayeux Cathedral, Normandy, France.
Français: Cathédrale de Bayeux (classé, 1862).
Photo: 21 July 2013.
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)



English: Bayeux Cathedral, Calvados, Normandy, France.
The High Altar, with The Nave in the backgound.
Français: Notre-Dame de Bayeux, Calvados, Normandie, France.
L'autel majeur néo-classique, avec la nef en arrière-plan.
Photo: 8 September 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: Tango7174.
(Wikimedia Commons)



EnglishBayeux Tapestry - Scene 23:
Harold swearing an Oath on Holy Relics to William, Duke of Normandy.
Titulus: UBI HAROLD SACRAMENTUM FECIT WILLELMO DUCI
(Where Harold made an Oath to Duke William).
Français: Tapisserie de Bayeux - Scène 23 :
Harold prête serment à Guillaume, duc de Normandie, sur deux reliquaires.
Légende en latin : UBI HAROLD SACRAMENTUM FECIT WILLELMO DUCI
(Ici Harold prête serment au duc Guillaume).
Photo: 7 March 2013.
Source: Own work.
Author: 
Myrabella.
(Wikimedia Commons)


Bayeux Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux) is a Norman-Romanesque Cathedral, located in the Town of Bayeux. It is the Seat of the Bishop of Bayeux. It was the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry and is a National Monument of France.



English: Notre-Dame de Bayeux Cathedral's Central Tower.
Français: La tour centrale de la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux, vue du sud-est.
Photo: 9 December 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: LeCardinal.
Attribution: 
© LeCardinal, CC-BY
(Wikimedia Commons)



English: Bayeux Historic Centre: Office of Tourism and Bayeux Cathedral.
Français: Centre ville historique de Bayeux: l'office de tourisme et cathedral.
Русский: Исторический центр Байё.
Photo: 24 July 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: Anton Bielousov.
(Wikimedia Commons)


The site is an ancient one and was once occupied by Roman Sanctuaries. The present Cathedral was Consecrated on 14 July 1077, in the presence of William, Duke of Normandy and King of England. It was here that William forced Harold Godwinson to take the Oath, the breaking of which led to the Norman Conquest of England.



The Nave,
Bayeux Cathedral, France.
Photo: 24 June 2007.
Source: Own work.
Author: Gerpsych.
(Wikimedia Commons)



English: Bayeux Cathedral, Calvados, Normandie, France. Gothic choir.
Français: Notre-Dame de Bayeux, Calvados, Normandie, France. Le chœur gothique.
Photo: 8 September 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: Tango7174.
(Wikimedia Commons)


Following serious damage to the Cathedral in the 12th-Century, the Cathedral was rebuilt in the Gothic Style, which is most notable in The Crossing Tower, Transepts and East End. However, despite The Crossing Tower having been started in the 15th-Century, it was not completed until the 19th-Century.



The Great West Door,
Bayeux Cathedral,
Normandy, France.
Date: 5 January 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: KNHaw.
(Wikipedia)



English: Northern Window of the Transept of Bayeux Cathedral.
Stained-Glass Window made by Étienne Thevenot in 1848.
Français: Verrière nord du transept de la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux.
Vitrail d'Étienne Thevenot réalisé en 1848.
Photo: 8 April 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: © Guillaume Piolle / CC-BY-3.0.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Rievaulx Abbey.



Rievaulx Abbey,
Yorkshire, England.
Photo: 15 October 2009.
Source: From geograph.org.uk
Author: Simon Palmer
(Wikimedia Commons)



"Salve Regina
By
The Monks Of The Abbey Of Notre Dame.
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Saint Agnes' Second Feast (Sanctae Agnetis Secundo). Feast Day 28 January.


Unless otherwise stated, Text is taken from
"The Liturgical Year", by Abbot Guéranger, O.S.B.
Translated from the French by Dom Laurence Shepherd, O.S.B.
Christmas, Book II.
Fourth Edition.
Volume 3.



Saint Agnes.
Artist: Domenichino (1581–1641).
Date: 1620.
Current location: Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, England.
Source/Photographer: Web Gallery of Art.
(Wikimedia Commons)



Church of Saint Agnes Outside-the-Walls
Rome, Italy.
Photo taken during a survey of Roman Monuments, 1911 [1].
Date: 1911.
This File: 16 November 2005.
User: Panairjdde.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following three paragraphs are taken from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

The Church of Saint Agnes Outside-the-Walls (Italian: Sant'Agnese fuori la mura) is a Titulus Church, Minor Basilica, in Rome, on a site sloping down from the Via Nomentana, which runs North-East out of the City, still under its ancient name.

What are said to be the remains of Saint Agnes are below The High Altar. The Church is over one of the Catacombs of Rome, where Saint Agnes was originally buried, and which may still be visited from the Church. The Church was built by Pope Honorius I in the 7th-Century, and largely retains its original structure, despite many changes to the decoration.

In particular, the Mosaic, in the Apse, of Agnes, Honorius and another Pope, is largely in its original condition. The current Cardinal Priest, of the Titulus S. Agnetis Extra moenia, is Camillo Ruini.



Lazzaro Morelli Statue (1661-1662) of Saint Agnes,
atop the Colonnade in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican.
[Editor: Lazzaro Morelli (1619 – 1690) was an Italian Sculptor of the Baroque period.]
This File: 6 November 2011.
User: Cloudbound.
Original Upload Log: 2011-10-30 15:09:48 | Dickstracke | 57569 | 307×600 | Lazzaro Morelli, statue of St. Agnes atop the colonnade in St. Peter's Square, 1661-62 Statue: {{PD-art-3d}} Photo: {{Cc-by-2.0|Photographed by Richard Stracke in St. Peter's Square}}
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English: Saint Agnes.
Spanish: Santa Inés.
Artist: Cesare Dandini (1596–1657).
Source/Photographer: www.pintura.aut.org
(Wikimedia Commons)

Christmas.
28 January.
Saint Agnes.
Her Second Feast.

Five days after the Martyrdom of the Virgin Emerentiana (Editor: Feast Day 23 January), the parents of the glorious Saint Agnes visited the tomb of their child, during the night. There to weep and Pray. It was the eighth day since Saint Agnes' Martyrdom.

Whilst they were thinking upon the cruel death, which, though it enriched their child with a Martyr's Palm, had deprived them of her society, Agnes suddenly appeared to them: She was encircled with a bright light, and wore a Crown on her head, and was surrounded by a Choir of Virgins of dazzling beauty. On her Right-Hand, there stood a beautiful White Lamb, the emblem of The Divine Spouse of Agnes.

Turning towards her parents, she said to them: "Weep not over my death: For I am now in Heaven, together with these Virgins, living with Him whom I loved on Earth with my whole Soul."




It is to Commemorate this glorious apparition that The Holy Church has instituted this Feast, which is called Saint Agnes' Second Feast (Sanctae Agnetis Secundo). Let us Pray to this fervent spouse of The Divine Lamb, that she intercede for us with Him, and present us to Him in this Life, until it be given to us to possess Him face-to-face in Heaven. Let us unite with The Church in the following Prayer, which she uses in today's Office:

Antiphon.
Stans a dextris ejus Agnus nive candidior.
Christus sibi Sponsam et Martyrem consecravit.

Versicle.
Specie tua, et pulchritudine tua.

Responsary.
Intende, prospere procede et regna.

Oremus.
Deus qui nos annua beatae Agnetis
Virginis et Martyris tuae solemnitate laetificas:
da quaesumus, ut quam veneramur officio,
etiam piae conversationis sequamur exemplo.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
Amen.


Antiphon.
Standing at her Right-Hand,
as a Lamb Whiter than Snow,
Christ consecrated her to Himself
as His Spouse and Martyr.

Versicle.
With thy comeliness and thy beauty.

Responsory.
Set out, proceed prosperously, and reign.

Let Us Pray.
O God, Who rejoicest us
by the yearly Solemnity of Blessed Agnes,
the Virgin and Martyr: Grant, we beseech Thee,
that we may imitate her life,
to whose memory we pay this honour.
Through Christ Our Lord.
Amen.


Rievaulx Abbey.



Rievaulx Abbey,
Yorkshire, England.
Photo: 15 October 2009.
Source: From geograph.org.uk
Author: Simon Palmer
(Wikimedia Commons)



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