Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria.
Feast Day 5 July.
Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria (1502-1539).
Founder of The Barnabite Fathers,
The Angelic Sisters, and The Laity of Saint Paul.
Illustration: BARNABITE FATHERS
Saint Anthony Mary was born of a noble family at Cremona, Italy. Penetration of mind, added to integrity of life, raised him above his school fellows. Having won his Degree of Doctor of Medicine, at Padua, Italy, he understood, by a warning from God, that he was called to heal Spiritual, rather than bodily, diseases.
Like the young man in the Gospel, he had from childhood observed The Commandments; more faithful than the young man in the Gospel, Saint Anthony Mary left everything to follow Jesus (Gospel). He Founded The Order of Clerks Regular, whose Members are called Barnabites, because they took up their abode near the Church of Saint Barnabas.
Saint Anthony Mary gave them Saint Paul as Model and Protector. He was, like The Great Apostle, filled with super-eminent knowledge of Christ (Collect). Wherefore, the Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, and Communion, apply to him the very words of The Apostle, and the Epistle is that in which The Doctor of The Gentiles gives to his Disciple, Timothy, the counsels that guided him in his teaching.
Consoled by a Heavenly Vision of The Apostles, he died a Holy Death at the age of thirty-six in 1539.
Mass: Sermo meus.
Commemoration of The Octave
of The Holy Apostle Peter and Paul.