The Cloisters. Basilica Of Saint Paul-Without-The-Walls, Rome. Author: Dnalor 01. Licence (CC-BY-SA 3.0). Wikimedia Commons.

Monday, 27 January 2020

Saint John Chrysostom. Bishop. Confessor. Doctor Of The Church. Feast Day 27 January. With Saint Athanasius, Saint Gregory Of Nazianzen, And Saint Basil, They Form The Four Great Doctors Of The Eastern Church.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Saint John Chrysostom.
   Bishop. Confessor. Doctor Of The Church.
   Feast Day 27 January.


White Vestments.

Portrait of Saint John Chrysostom of Antioch (Hagios Ioannis Chrysostomos).
An Early-Byzantine mosaic from the Cathedral of Hagia Sophia, Constantinople
(modern Istanbul, Turkey). The mosaic is approximately 1,000 years old.
This File: 5 February 2011.
User: Ch.Andrew
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Lives of the Saints:
Saint John Chrysostom.
Available on YouTube at

Saint John Chrysostom, born at Antioch towards 347 A.D., was a great genius and his powerful eloquence earned for him the surname of Chrysostom, or "Golden Mouthed". [Editor: Note that Saint Bernard of Clairvaux also earned the sobriquet of "Mellifluous", or "Honey-Tongued".] The people of Constantinople, eager to hear him, crowded his Cathedral.

He ardently loved Saint Paul, of whom he would say: "The heart of Paul is The Heart of Christ." He also passionately loved Christ, and, like the great Apostle, he suffered everything rather than allow His Divine Rights to be impaired.

With Saint Athanasius, Saint Gregory of Nazianzen, and Saint Basil, they form The Four Great Doctors Of The Eastern Church (Introit).

Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom from Valaam Monastery,
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Anointed Archbishop of The Imperial City, he always distributed to those, whose father he had become, The Bread of The Word and of Grace (Communion).

His courage in branding vice, "in correcting in Season and out of Season" (Epistle), in order always to be The Salt of Wisdom, which preserves Souls from corruption (Gospel), caused him to be exiled and ill-treated in all manner of ways (Alleluia).

English: Saint John Chrysostom confronting Aelia Eudoxia,
in a 19th-Century painting by Jean-Paul Laurens.
French: Saint Jean Chrysostome et l'Impératrice Eudoxie.
Date: 1893.
Artist: Jean-Paul Laurens (1838–1921).
(Wikimedia Commons)

Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom.
Composed by: Tchaikovsky.
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He died a victim of those sufferings, at Comana, Pontus [Editor: Modern-day Turkey], on 14 September 407 A.D. The Anniversary of The Translation of his Relics, under the Emperor Theodore II in 438 A.D., is 27 January.

Let us love to hear The Divine Word, and let us keep it in our hearts, so that our lives reflect The Life of God.

Mass: In Médio.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers: “Why Do Fools Fall In Love ?” Plus, “Runaround Sue”. Plus, “Will You Still Love Me, Tomorrow ?” Happy Days.


Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers:
“Why Do Fools Fall In Love ? ”

“Runaround Sue”.
By: Dion.
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“Will You Still Love Me, Tomorrow ?”
By: The Shirelles.
Available on YouTube at

Saint Polycarp. Bishop And Martyr. Feast Day, Today, 26 January.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Saint Polycarp.
   Bishop And Martyr.
   Feast Day 26 January.


Red Vestments.

Saint Polycarp.
Date: 19 December 2006 (original upload date).
(Original Text : Circa. en:1685).
Source: Transferred from en.wikipedia
(Original Text : The Life of Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna).
Original uploader was Alekjds at en.wikipedia
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Polycarp, a disciple of Saint John, was by him invested with full Sacerdotal powers (Introit) and made Bishop of Smyrna [Editor: Known, today, as Izmir, Turkey.]. In a Letter, that he writes to the Philippians, he quotes the first Epistle of his Master (Saint John, of which a passage is read in today's Liturgy.

"Whoever," he declares after Saint John, "does not confess that Christ has come in the flesh, is an Anti-Christ." He claims for Jesus the reality of His quality of Son of God against the heretics of his day, who affirmed that The Incarnation of The Word was only a semblance.

Saint Polycarp Church,
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.
Photo: April 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: Mick Knapton
(Wikimedia Commons)

One day, when the heretic Marcion asked him if he was known to him, the Holy Bishop replied: "That he knew him as the eldest son of Satan".

And today's Epistle enables us to distinguish "The Sons of God from those who are the sons of Satan". Those who, like Christ, love their brethren, and, like Him, give their lives for them, are of God. That is what Saint Polycarp will do.

Church of Saint Polycarp,
Holbeach Drove, Lincolnshire, England.
Photo: 30 May 2006.
Source: From
(Wikimedia Commons)

Martyred in the Persecution under Emperor Commodus, he bore testimony to Christ (Gospel). He was burned in the middle of the amphitheatre and then struck with the sword in the year 166 A.D. He was 86 years old.

Like Polycarp (which name signifies “Much Fruit”), let us produce much fruit by loving our neighbour for Jesus's sake.

Mass: Sacerdotes.

The Epistle of Saint Polycarp to The Philippians.
Available on YouTube at

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopædia.

Polycarp (Greek: Πολύκαρπος, Polýkarpos; Latin: Polycarpus; 69 A.D. – 155 A.D.) was a 2nd-Century A.D. Christian Bishop of Smyrna.

According to the Martyrdom of Polycarp, he died a Martyr, bound and burned at the stake, then stabbed when the fire failed to touch him. Polycarp is regarded as a Saint and Church Father in The Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran Churches. His name 'Polycarp' means 'much fruit' in Greek.

It is recorded by Irenaeus, who heard him speak in his youth, and by Tertullian, that he had been a disciple of Saint John the Apostle. Saint Jerome wrote that Polycarp was a disciple of Saint John and that Saint John had Ordained him Bishop of Smyrna.

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna.
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The early Tradition that expanded upon the Martyrdom to link Polycarp in competition and contrast with Saint John the Apostle, who, though many people had tried to kill him, was not Martyred but died of old age after being exiled to the island of Patmos, is embodied in The Coptic language fragmentary papyri (the "Harris fragments") dating to the 3rd- to 6th-Centuries A.D.

Frederick Weidmann, their editor, interprets the "Harris fragments" as Smyrnan hagiography addressing Smyrna–Ephesus Church rivalries, which "develops the association of Polycarp and Saint John to a degree un-witnessed, so far as we know, either before or since". The fragments echo The Martyrology, and diverge from it.

With Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp is regarded as one of the three chief Apostolic Fathers. The sole surviving work attributed to his authorship is his Letter to The Philippians; it is first recorded by Irenæus of Lyons.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

How To Love Mary.

Watch How A Little Baby Loves Our Lady.

If Only The World Would Learn From This Little One !!!

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Whoever has recognised, and deeply contemplated, the unspeakable love of Mary, wishes to answer this love with the greatest possible love of a child.

One looks with reverence and, perhaps, a little jealousy at the devotion of the great Saints who have done, and suffered, so much for Mary, and one would like to become at least a miniature of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, and Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

It is hard to imagine that there could be any possibility to love Mary even more.

We know now that no-one loved Mary more than her own Son. 
He loved her with all the perfection of His Human and Divine Nature.

He did more for her than for all other creatures put together, as is shown by the most extraordinary privileges God has ever granted to any creature:

The Immaculate Conception;
The Fullness of Graces;
Perpetual Virginity;
Divine Motherhood;
Spiritual Motherhood;
And, finally, her bodily Assumption into Heaven.

Now, we have received the immeasurable Grace to be totally united to Christ through Sanctifying Grace, just as the members of the body are united to the head,
and form a single wholeness with Him.

Thus, we possess with Christ the same life,
namely The Divine Life, that we may truly participate in.

The fullness of this life is in the Head, and, from the Head, it flows
into each of the members through the action
of The Holy Ghost, Who is The Soul of this Mystical Body.

By this Supernatural Life, we live The Life of Christ, Himself,
as the branches live the life of the vine, as the member
lives the life of the whole body.

Therefore, when we suffer, Pray, work, love, etc.,
united with The Life of Christ, then it is Christ Who continues His Suffering,
His Prayer, His Work, His Own Love, etc., in us.

Our love for Mary is, thereby, more than the distant imitation of
Jesus' devotion to His Heavenly Mother. Inasmuch as our Supernatural Life
is a participation, continuation, and, in a certain sense, the prolongation, of
The Life of Christ, our love for Mary must be a participation, continuation, and prolongation, of The Love of Christ for Mary.

Therefore, if we love Mary, it is not so much we who love, but Christ,
Who is “Our Life”, loves Mary in us, through us, with us !!!

Such is the highest possible love and devotion to Mary,
which contains, in itself, The Devotion of All The Angels and Saints.

When Christ tells us that He has given us an example,
and asked us to do as He did, then we should, not only, but we must
honour, glorify, and love Mary, united with Him.

What an immeasurable joy for a child of Mary to be able to 
“love Mary so much” and, thus, to give her the greatest joy !!!

For this reason, alone, the “Mihi Vivere Christus Est”
[Editor: “For me, to live is Christ”] must be the complete reality of our life !!!

“ To love Mary, is my meaning at all times !!! ”

The Conversion Of Saint Paul. Whose Feast Day Is, Today, 25 January.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

The Conversion of Saint Paul.
   Feast Day 25 January.


White Vestments.

The Conversion of Saint Paul.
Artist: Caravaggio (1571–1610).
Date: 1600.
Current location: Odescalchi Balbi Collection, Rome, Italy.
Source/Photographer: Web Gallery of Art
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Conversion of Saint Paul.
Artist: Caravaggio.
Available on YouTube at

Paul of Tarsus was a Jew of the Tribe of Benjamin. A most zealous Pharisee, he appears in the Epistle as full of hatred "for the Disciples of The Lord". He becomes a "Vessel of Election", so filled with The Holy Ghost (Epistle), "that all Nations shall drink of its fulness," says Saint Ambrose, and shall learn through him that "Jesus is The Son of God" (Epistle).

Saint Paul is, like The Twelve, an Apostle of Christ (Alleluia), "he shall sit in one of the twelve seats and shall judge the World when The Son of Man shall Himself be seated on The Throne which belongs to Him as Son of God" (Gradual and Gospel).

We owe it to today's Feast, which follows by a few days that of The Chair of Saint Peter at Rome, and which had for its origin a Translation of the body of Saint Paul, that we are enabled to see the whole Season after Epiphany represented in a picture [Editor: A Theoretical Picture], giving us an admirable vision of The Kingship of Jesus.

In the foreground [Editor: Of this Theoretical Picture] are the two witnesses of The Divinity of Christ, Saint Peter, more especially sent to the sons of Israel, and Saint Paul, to the Gentiles (Collect, Gradual).

In the background [Editor: Of this Theoretical Picture], is Galilee with its verdant hills, where we perceive Cana, the Synagogue of Nazareth, and the Lake of Genesareth, where Jesus, by His Miracles, proved that He was The Son of God.

Following the example of Saint Paul, let us show by our Faith, and by a new life, that Jesus is God and that He is our King.

Mass: Scio cui crédidi.
Commemoration: Saint Peter.
Gospel: Ecce nos.
Creed: Is said.

Friday, 24 January 2020

Blessed M. Stella And Her Ten Companions, The Martyrs Of Nowogrodek, In Nazi-Occupied Poland In 1943.

The artwork for the Beatification image of
Blessed M. Stella and her Ten Companions,
The Martyrs of Nowogrodek, in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1943.
Painted by Jerzy Kumala (1998).
Illustrations: FR. Z's BLOG

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Saint Timothy. Bishop And Martyr. Feast Day, Today, 24 January.

Text from Wikipedia - the free encyclopædia,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Timothy.
   Bishop and Martyr.
   Feast Day 24 January.


Red Vestments.

Stained-Glass Window of Saint Timothy, Southwark Cathedral, London.
Photo: 1 August 2013.
Source: Own work.
Author: Vassil
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Timothy (Greek: Τιμόθεος; Timótheos, meaning "Honouring God" or "Honoured by God") was a 1st - Century A.D. Christian Bishop, who died around 97 A.D. The New Testament indicates that Saint Timothy travelled with Saint Paul, who was also his mentor. Timothy is addressed as the recipient of the Epistles to Timothy.

Saint Timothy is mentioned in The Bible at the time of Paul's second visit to Lystra, in Anatolia, where Timothy is mentioned as a "Disciple". Paul calls him his "own son in The Faith". Timothy often travelled with Paul. Timothy's mother was Jewish and his father was Greek, but he had not been circumcised, and Paul now ensured that this was done, according to the Text, to ensure Timothy’s acceptability to the Jews.

According to McGarvey, Paul performed the operation "with his own hand", but others claim this is unlikely and nowhere attested. He was Ordained and went with Paul on his journeys through Phrygia, Galatia, Mysia,Troas, Philippi, Veria, and Corinth. His mother, Eunice, and his grandmother, Lois, are noted as eminent for their piety and Faith, which indicates that they may have also been Christians. Timothy is praised by Paul for his knowledge of The Scriptures (in the 1st-Century A.D., mostly The Septuagint (Greek); See Development of The New Testament Canon - Clement of Rome), and is said to have been acquainted with The Scriptures since childhood.

Saint Timothy (17 A.D. - 97 A.D.). (Orthodox icon). Bishop and Martyr.
Author: Unknown.
(Wikimedia Commons)

That Timothy was jailed at least once, during the period of the writing of The New Testament, is implied by the writer of Hebrews mentioning Timothy's release at the end of the Epistle. It is also apparent that Timothy had some type of stomach malady, owing to Paul's advice, in 1 Timothy 5:23, counselling Timothy to: "No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments."

Paul commanded Timothy to remain in Ephesus (1 Timothy 1): "I command you to stay there in Ephesus", to prevent Heresy from infecting The Church in Ephesus. Paul also gave him instructions for establishing Elders and Deacons, there. These very guidelines have become the commonly-used guidelines among Churches across the World to this day.

According to later Tradition, Paul Consecrated Timothy as Bishop of Ephesus in 65 A.D., where he served for fifteen years. In 97 A.D., (with Timothy dying at age eighty), Timothy tried to halt a pagan procession of idols, ceremonies, and songs. In response to his Preaching of the Gospel, the angry pagans beat him, dragged him through the streets, and stoned him to death. In the 4th-Century A.D., his Relics were Transferred to The Church of The Holy Apostles, in Constantinople.

Pen and Ink Drawing (top), Colour Photo (middle), The High Altar (bottom),
of The Catholic Church of Saint Timothy, Los Angeles,
California, United States of America.

The following Text is from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal.

Saint Timothy, born at Lystra (Asia Minor), of a pagan father and a Jewish mother, was already a Christian when Saint Paul came to that town. Saint Paul, whose Conversion we Celebrate tomorrow, was struck by Timothy's Holiness and took him as a companion on his travels. Saint Timothy thereupon gave up everything and became his Disciple (Gospel).

Saint Paul conferred on him full Sacerdotal powers (Introit) and committed to his care The Church of Ephesus. We read, in the Epistle, a passage of one of the two admirable Letters which his Master wrote to him. Saint Timothy was stoned to death in his Episcopal City in 97 A.D.

Let us, with Timothy, confess The Divinity of Christ in this Season After Epiphany, which is its Liturgical manifestation.

Mass: Státuit. (Of a Martyr Bishop).

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Saint Emerentiana. Virgin And Martyr. Feast Day, Today, 23 January.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Emerentiana.
   Virgin and Martyr.
   Feast Day 23 January.


Red Vestments.

The Royal Gold Cup, or Saint Agnes Cup, is a Solid Gold Covered Cup,
lavishly decorated with Enamel and Pearls. It was made for
The French Royal Family at the end of the 14th -Century, and later belonged
to several English Monarchs, before spending nearly 300 years in Spain.
Since 1892, it has been in The British Museum, and is generally agreed to be the outstanding survival of Late-Mediæval French Plate. Saint Emerentiana's likeness is shown, here, on The Royal Gold Cup
Date: 4 July 2010.
Current location: British Museum, London.
Source: Own work.

Author: Johnbod

(Wikimedia Commons)

A Foster-Sister of Saint Agnes, the Virgin, Emerentiana, while still a Catechumen, shed tears on the tomb of her friend, who had just been Martyred.

Some Pagans mocked her grief. She, full of The Divine Virtue of which
Jesus is the source (Collect), reproached the idolaters with their cruelty towards Saint Agnes, and they, in their fury, stoned her on that very tomb. Baptised in her own blood, she went to join for every more her Spouse and her Sister, about 304 A.D.

Mass: Me exspectavérunt.

“The Mass Of The Foundation Of The Trinitarian Order”.
Artist: Juan Carreño de Miranda.
Illustration: LOUVRE



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President Trump Makes The Roe Anniversary “Sanctity Of Life Day”: “We Will Never Tire Of Defending Innocent Life”.

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WASHINGTON, D.C., 22 January 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – U.S. President Donald J. Trump has declared 22 January, the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision imposing Abortion on Demand across the Country, to be “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.”

In a proclamation issued yesterday, Trump declared that “every person — the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly — has inherent value” and said that the U.S. “proudly and strongly reaffirms our commitment to protect the precious gift of life at every stage, from conception to natural death.”

For the first time in history, a U.S. President will attend in person and speak at The Annual March for Life, that is taking place in Washington D.C., on Friday, 24 January 2020. 

President Trump announced today that he will be speaking at the 2020 March for Life on 24 January 2020, an annual event attended by hundreds of thousands to protest legal Abortion.

“We are deeply honoured to welcome President Trump to The 47th Annual March for Life,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life.

“He will be the first President in history to attend, and we are so excited for him to experience in person how passionate our marchers are about Life and Protecting the Unborn,” she continued.

Saint Raymund Of Pennafort. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 23 January.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Raymund of Pennafort.
   Feast Day 23 January.


White Vestments.

Saint Raymund of Pennafort.
Master-General of The Dominican Order (1238–1240).
Artist: Tommaso da Modena (1326–1379).
Date: 1352.
Current location: Church of San Nicolò, Treviso, Italy.
Source/Photographer: Il Capitolo dei Domenicani
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Raymund was born in 1175 of the noble Spanish family of Pennafort. Christ, by His teaching and Miracles, showed Himself to be the Son of God. The Church shows us, today, how, by the knowledge and Miracles of Saint Raymund, and thanks to her Saints, she also has a part in The Divinity of The Word.

Having given up everything to enter The Order of Saint Dominic, of which he is one of the glories, Saint Raymund "meditated on The Law of God" (Introit) and wrote the "Summa of cases of conscience", a summary of Christian morals which is much esteemed. Wherefore, The Church awarded him the title of "eminent Minister of The Sacrament of Penance" (Collect).

The Collect alludes to the Miracle by which, having spread out his cloak on the waters, Saint Raymund, in six hours, crossed the fifty-three Leagues of sea which separate the island of Majorca from Barcelona.

He persuaded Saint Peter Nolasco to sacrifice his fortune for the ransoming of Christians detained as captives in The Barbary States, and, with that end in view, obtained The Institution of The Order of Our Lady of Ransom.

Saint Raymund, unwilling to be surprised by the sudden arrival of The Lord (Gospel), employed the last thirty-five years of his life in a very special manner in preparing himself for death. The Saint gave up his Soul to God in 1275 at the age of ninety-nine.

Through the intercession of Saint Raymund, who was the eminent Minister of The Sacrament of Penance, and who miraculously crossed the sea, may we obtain to produce worthy fruits of Penance and to reach the haven of Eternal Salvation (Collect).

Mass: Os justi.
Commemoration: Saint Emerentiana.
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